Toronto – the good


Tourists visiting Toronto should get up, at least one morning, and wander from University Avenue and Queen Street west to Duncan Street then south to see how the city wakes up from the excesses of the previous night.

Nightclubs disgorge their last inebriated customers, street vendors try to get rid of already cooked, and dried out sausages and young people, nursing huge hangovers hurry to get to their hotel rooms or homes. Streets are being cleaned, everything seem to be orderly.

A walk on Duncan Street south, and at King Street turn left to admire the Roy Thompson Hall, an architectural monument for lovers of musical performances.

Another block south will get you to the CBC’s (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) main diffusion centre. Visit this venerable Canadian institution and see how news are gathered, arranged, filtered and disseminated coast to coast to coast.

Cross the street and the train tracks to enter one of the world’s tallest man-made structures – the CN Tower. It is visited by millions of tourists, but thousands also the revolving restaurant that serves good food, served by amateurs, Locals take their visiting friends and business associates to admire the city escape.

The Skydome, the first baseballs stadium with a faultlessly working retractable roof, is worth a vast for those interested in architecture and sports. Walk along the Bremner Boulevard to York Street and go south to Queen’s Quay. Proceed to the Harbour Castle hotel at the foot of Yonge Street, which was built in 1796 as a military road by George Yonge, Secretary of War of England, to link York (toady’s Toronto) to Penetanguishene. With a length of 1986 kilometres, it was once the longest highway in the world, but is now second to the pacific Coast Highway starting in Alaska and ending at the southern tip of South America.

In Toronto, what is known as Yonge Street was actually built as Highway 11 to move armed forces between Lakes Ontario and – Superior.

Take in Toronto’s skyline from a sightseeing boat. It is well worth the time.

Then walk up Yonge Street to see how it changes section by section. Along stretches it looks sombre and business like, then it changes to a seedy looking street (up to Bloor Street) and north of that there are shops, restaurants, pubs, a cemetery, commercial buildings and residences.

On Bloor Street turn left and walk west to University Avenue. Here the Royal Ontario Museum (aka ROM) beckons, an imposing building with highly interesting and well-sequenced displays.

Across the street, is the George Gardiner Museum of ceramic housing thousands of china plates, cups, and other vessels, from Colombian times to present.

The Bata Shoe Museum located a few hundred metres away on Bloor west should be on your itinerary if you are interested in shoe wear -an interesting museum to say the least.

Those who like museums of science will have an opportunity to visit the Ontario Science centre on Don Mills and Eglinton west.

When you feel it is time to have a break, you have a choice. You can decide to splurge and go to a fine restaurant in the Four Seasons Hotel on Yorkville or you can visit Eaton Centre and eat in the Food Court fast food featuring many different cuisines. If fast food fails to interest you, walk one block north to Barberian`s Steak House, an intuition started in 1959 by Harry Barberian¸ whose ancestors escaped the Ottoman Empire’s genocide at the beginning of the 20 the century. The steaks are tender; taste great, service efficient, and the wine list some 60 pages long.

Toronto is the most multicultural city in the world and there is no shortage of neighbourhoods China Town, Little Italy, Greek town, Little India. In each you will positively feel you left Toronto and transplanted yourself to town in China, Greece, Italy,, or India.

For those interested in animals in captivity Toronto’s Zoo houses 5000.

The Ontario Art gallery exhibits hundreds of paintings from many eras and jewellery that would intrigue even the least interested. The dining room (Agora) in the gallery serves innovative food in a modern day light illuminated environment.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and its financial capital, where daily billions of dollars change hands in the stock exchange.

Most international airlines fly Toronto’s International Airport.

Many hotels surround the airport, but it is better to seek accommodation downtown for ease visiting sights and museums.