During my time at Queen’s University, I often found myself gravitating towards the Gord Edgar Downie Pier. After a long day of being confined to my small room when school went online, I would often bundle up and head down to the water to clear my mind and find a moment of respite from the chaos. Likewise, on hot early spring or summer days I would often head down to the park to picnic, stroll, or jump in the water.
Regardless of the purpose of my visit, I always found myself feeling grounded and rejuvenated after my visits. While the refreshing benefits may be partially attributed to the strong gusting, breezes coming off the lake, I think the the water itself must hold some magic that oozes into one’s soul when they are near. Moreover, being near the lake makes me feel close to home as the water here is the same water that crashes up against the shores of Hamilton, my hometown.
Upon reflection, I realize how important this space along the water is for so many people. It seems as though everyone I have talked to at Queen’s has some sort of ritual tied to the Gord Edgar Downie Pier, wether that be running down from the bars to sit by the water after a long night out, jumping in before an exam, or simply their favourite destination for a sunset walk.