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Toronto 2011

Quite a few of my friends have emigrated to Canada, so I was intrigued to know why it appeals so much to so many. Also, for the last 15 years (ish), I’d seen the country and its people mercilessly mocked on South Park, and wanted to know whether it deserved the ridicule. So I booked myself an Air Canada flight from LAX to YYZ (Toronto Pearson).

So what did I learn during my two days on “Trono”? Well, Canada is exceptionally clean. And the people are, almost without exception, super nice and very friendly. (One woman I met was a complete and utter bitch, but I’m assuming she’s not even close to typical.)

Toronto, Canada
My first view of Toronto as I head there from the airport.
CN Tower in Toronto
The CN Tower in Toronto. This was the view of it from my window. It was literally next door to the hotel.
Jaipur restaurant, Toronto
Every city I visit, I manage to find an Indian restaurant. (This one though, not so nice.)
Jaipur restaurant, Toronto
The Toronto Trolley.
The Toronto Trolley.
Captain Jack's Seafood restaurant docked in the harbour.
Captain Jack’s Seafood restaurant docked in the harbour. Now for sale, cos Cap’n Jack refused to pay his taxes for 40 years and is in big financial trouble!
Captain Jack's Seafood restaurant
Captain Jack’s Seafood restaurant
St. Lawrence Market.
St. Lawrence Market. One of the largest food markets in the world.
Busker-Fest, Toronto
I was lucky enough to be in town during the “Busker-Fest”. Thousands of buskers took to the streets. A lot of live music on every street corner, from classical orchestras to one-man guitar heroes.
Busker-Fest, Toronto
Busker-Fest, Toronto
I want one!! :)
I want one!! 🙂
King Edward hotel in Toronto.
The historic King Edward hotel in Toronto. The Beatles stayed here whenever they were in town and the street next to the hotel has been named “Penny Fields” in tribute.
Dundas Square, Toronto
Lots of fun characters to be found at Dundas Square. A few religious preachers…
Dundas Square, Toronto
An anti-China political protester at Dundas Square.
Yonge Street, Toronto
Yonge Street, the longest street in the world at more than 1100 miles!
Madina restaurant, Toronto
No shortage of Halal food in town. 🙂
Elephant and Castle, Toronto
Elephant and Castle? Now where have I heard that name before…? 🙂
Toronto fire engine
Specially built narrow fire engine. The old fire stations were originally built for horse-and-cart fire engines. Due to building heritage laws the doors couldn’t be widened, so instead the city had to order specially-made narrow fire engines instead.
Church of the Redeemer, Toronto
Church of the Redeemer in Toronto which has, according to my tour guide, performed more than a million gay marriages. (Not entirely convinced that number is true!)
Architecture, Toronto, Ontario.
Some unique architecture dotted throughout the city.
Casa Loma, Toronto, Ontario.
The Castle in Toronto, Casa Loma. Built by an electricity magnate who later had to give it up to the city to pay off his tax debt.
Toronto Baha'i Centre.
Toronto Baha’i Centre.
Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto
Bata Shoe Museum? Waaaah?
Toronto, Ontario
Toronto, Ontario
The Toronto Marina
The Toronto Marina
Looking across the Toronto Bay
Looking across the Toronto Bay
Looking across the Toronto Bay
Toronto Waterfront.
Toronto Waterfront.
Clipper Ship on the Bay, in Toronto, Ontario.
Clipper Ship on the Bay, in Toronto, Ontario.
CN Tower
The CN Tower dominates the Toronto skyline, no matter where you are.
Toronto Bay
Toronto Bay
Toronto Islands
Looking back on to Toronto from the Islands
The Toronto Islands
The Toronto Islands
Toronto Islands
Looking back on to Toronto from the Islands
The Toronto Islands
The Toronto Islands
The Toronto Islands
The Toronto Islands
The Toronto Islands
The Toronto Islands
Toronto Marina
Toronto Marina
Westjet auditorium, Toronto
A Chinatown Rock group performing at the Westjet auditorium on the Toronto Marina! They were downright hilarious (albeit unintentionally!).
Westjet auditorium, Toronto
Westjet auditorium, Toronto
A Chinatown Rock group performing at the Westjet auditorium on the Toronto Marina! They were downright hilarious (albeit unintentionally!).
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