At times like these, it's understandable to feel a huge desire to take a long walk. Sure, we're all social distancing, but the advice is that if you can get out while staying safe, you should continue to exercise. Well, some GTA residents who did just that on Tuesday, March 24, got more than they bargained for when they stumbled across an eerily blood-red Etobicoke Creek.
Some residents were strolling near the creek on Tuesday afternoon when they found themselves on what looked like the scene of a horror film.
According to the users who shared photos, the affected area of the creek was in Mississauga.
Photos and videos taken from the scene show the usually clear (ish) water looking like the run-off from a slaughterhouse, rather than a neat park water supply.
In fact, one video taken of the flow of water is more than slightly reminiscent of the trailer for The Shining, if we may say so ourselves.
That footage was recorded near Dixie and Brittania roads in Mississauga, reports CTV News.*
If we'd come across this ourselves, we're not sure what we'd have thought, to be honest. It looks pretty gruesome.
But, according to Peel Public Works, there's a rather less sinister cause behind the rather unusual and pretty unsettling colouring.
@CP24 @CTVToronto Hi the Etobicoke Creek is all red??? https://t.co/M3i1qvtAyW— the meatagain of my neighborhood (@the meatagain of my neighborhood)1585082845.0
"Approximately 400L of red ink was spilled into the Etobicoke Creek," reads a Peel Public Works tweet at around 3 p.m. on Tuesday.
"The Ministry of the Environment and Conservation and Parks are on site and clean up is underway."
Peel Public Works tweeted the following day, Wednesday, March 25, to offer more information on the cause of the spill.
"The red ink came from a company in North Mississauga," PPW explained. "An accident occurred at a factory and the ink spilled."
@citymississauga Why is the Etobicoke Creek red? https://t.co/VHMA3vSEML— Chuck Wagon (@Chuck Wagon)1585088713.0
The tweet continued: "The creek was checked and there were no dead fish or other wildlife seen by either Peel staff, Ministry of Environment or Conservation and Parks staff."
We can't pretend we're not a little relieved.
It certainly startled walkers, though, who were likely looking for some fresh air and escape from their own homes. After all, most of Ontario is self-isolating right now.
Earlier on Tuesday, the province announced that numerous GTA hiking trails are being closed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
And just as spring officially hits, too.
At least that will save us stumbling across horror movie scenes like this one, we guess.
Narcity has reached out to Peel Public Works and the Ministry of Environment for more information.
*This article has been updated.