More popularly know as the Bloor Viaduct, the Prince Eddy has been the site of numerous suicides throughout its life since it was opened in 1918, second only to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. So Stephanie’s flirtation with jumping off of it is based in a realistic possibility for any depressed Toronto pre-teen in the 1980’s. In the early 2000’s a suicide prevention fencing was added to the structure, making it very difficult to get past the railing, or to take decent photos for comparative purposes to an 80’s teen drama.
In the dream sequence at the beginning of the episode Steph is seen looking over the edge from below the bridge, based on the following sequence this is the south side of the viaduct, east of the Don River. After the cut it is clear that she is walking east across the bridge based on the foliage in the background as there is little to be found on the east side. She stops, looks over and drops a stick into the Don River south of the bridge and wakes to her alarm. Later in the episode she approaches from the north on the bike path that runs alongside Bayview Avenue, this is made obvious by the fence to the left of the path, which isn’t found on the Lower Don Trail headed north.
As a Torontonian this isn’t a difficult location to map, just difficult to re shoot. With the suicide fence interference and trying to match up the angles on the shots below the bridge this isn’t my best set of photos. I don’t feel great about posting sub-par images, but I’ll get over it, suicide isn’t for me.
If you’re planning to visit: I hope you’re going for your interest for the show. If you’re thinking the same way Stephanie was please reach out and talk to someone, your parents, a teacher, friends, hell reach out to me if you want, just talk to someone.