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TORONTO - CANADA - 2006

Jules and I visited Canada with a group of family and friends in January 2006.  We all stayed in a hotel in the centre of Toronto and had an absolutely superb holiday which we can recommend to anybody.

We travelled with the Travelscope tour company.  Our Air Canada plane landed at Pearson Airport at 6:10 pm Toronto Time, though of course it felt like the early hours of the morning to us!  We met John Dawson, our Travelscope tour rep’, at the airport who guided us safely to our hotel.  John is a brilliant guide and he helped make our holiday a fabulous experience with his engaging style and vast knowledge of Toronto and the other areas that we visited in Canada. 

We went on several trips during the holiday:  A guided tour of Toronto; Evening dinner in the "360 Restaurant" at the top of the CN Tower; Niagara and Niagara Falls and Dog Sledding at Winterdance in the Haliburton Mountains.

We took over four hundred photographs during our stay, but we'll present here just a few highlights of the sights that we saw while visiting Canada.

On this page are some general shots of some of the sights in Toronto, while on the other pages are a few photographs of  The CN Tower, the CBC Broadcast Centre, Niagara and Niagara Falls, and dog sledding at Winterdance near Haliburton.

Apart from the unseasonably mild weather that we were treated to during our stay in January 2006, the great impression that was made was how clean Toronto was and how friendly and helpful the everybody was.  It was a delightful trip that we could recommend to anyone, particularly using Travelscope.  Thanks to John Dawson who was the perfect guide!




The Flat Iron



THE FLAT IRON (GOODERHAM) BUILDING - TORONTO  (above)

The two photographs above show The Flat Iron building, also known as The Gooderham Building.  The “Flat Iron” is the triangular red-brick building in the centre of the photo.  It was built in 1892 as home to the largest whiskey distiller. The top photo really shows the sharp contrast between old Toronto, represented by the Flat Iron, and the new Toronto skyline. 

The CN Tower can be seen just to the left of the sky-scrapers in the first photograph.  There is another famous 'flat iron' building in New York, but Toronto's Flat Iron was built ten years before it's American counterpart!

The other end of the building is decorated with an attractive and rather clever mural, shown in the photograph below:




The Flat Iron






QUEEN'S PARK - THE ONTARIO PROVINCIAL LEGISLATIVE BUILDING (below)

Ontario’s Provincial Legislative Building is located in Queen’s Park Circle and is generally known as ‘Queen’s Park’.  There is a statue of Queen Victoria in the grounds, though she never visited Toronto throughout her 62 year reign!



The Ontario Parliament




The Ontario Parliament


Queen Victoria's statue in Queen's Park




The Ontario Parliament





THE OLD CITY HALL (below)

The old City Hall building is now the public court house:


The Old City Hall




The Old City Hall





ST LAWRENCE MARKET

The St Lawrence Market offers a truly amazing range of fresh produce.  The red van outside is a Rogers Television unit:



St Lawrence Market





THE PATHWAY

This is one of the many entrances to Toronto’s underground pathways.  This entrance is at Bell Canada Enterprises, Canada’s major telecommunications company. 

During winter there may be vast amounts of snow on the ground and particularly cold conditions - maybe down to minus thirty degrees Celsius with the wind chill factor!

The Pathway protects people from severe weather and consists of a system of pristine underground tunnels, that look more like typical shopping malls!

It may also be more pleasant to walk around Toronto in the summer by using The Pathway since temperatures can be extremely high in the summer months.

We visited in January, when temperatures could, and should, have been well below sub-zero with the possibility of much snow on the ground.  However January 2006 seemed to be much milder than may have otherwise been expected and we were treated to 'mild' temperatures of between six and eight degrees celsius, with no snow at all!




The Pathway




The Pathway






THE BIRD ON A POST

We are not sure what the bird on the post is, or why it is there, but it was an interesting photograph!














THE EATON CENTRE

The Eaton Centre is Toronto's massive shopping mall:  Home to many of the more up-market shops and the famous American SEARS store.  The well known Hudsons Bay Company can also be accessed from the centre.  The Hudsons Bay Company is a Canadian institution which, by coincidence, was bought by an American company while we were in Canada, much to the chagrin of many Canadians!



The Pathway






THE 'WINTER CITY' ICE FESTIVAL

At the Winter City Ice Festival was an exhibition of quite spectacular ice sculptures



Winter City Ice Sculptures




Winter City Ice Sculptures




Winter City Ice Sculptures




Winter City Ice Sculptures




Winter City Ice Sculptures






THE HOCKEY HALL OF FAME, THE AIR CANADA CENTRE and THE TORONTO SUBWAY

The last few photographs show the Hockey Hall Of Fame, The Air Canada Centre (and popular events venue) and the Toronto Subway which was completed in 1954 and was the first underground railway system in Canada:



Hockey Hall Of Fame




Air Canada Centre




The Toronto Subway





Below: A helpful map so that you may get your bearings:



Map of the Toronto area



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