ACROSS CANADA DAY: 5 July 14~ Toronto

No stop in Ontario is complete without a bit of time in Toronto. When our kids were little we would often come to Ontario and do Toronto activities. However,  the last few years, our Toronto stop was usually just at the airport for a few hours lay, waiting for connecting flights to either Brazil or China. How much fun is that? Trust me, it gets old quick!

So today we said farewell to our family and went in to the city for the day.

We wanted to do something different in Toronto that we haven’t done before so we went to the Harbour front and took a ferry to Toronto Island. It’s a great view  of the Toronto Skyline and famous CN tower. We got lots of pics and had a delicious lunch with this awesome view!

A beautiful getaway from the hustle and bustle in downtown Toronto,  $7.25 roundtrip and a short ferry ride brings you to the many beaches and parks here in the Islands.  There are 3 different ferries you can take from the terminal to get to different points on the Islands: Hanlan’s Point, Centre Island, and Ward’s Island.

Once on the island, you are surrounded by Lake Ontario with a view of Toronto’s skyline.  On a nice day, the sight can steal your breath away.  The best view is right off the docks on Hanlan’s Island.( BUT it’s here where the nude beach is so we opted to stay at Centre Island lol)We didn’t have a lot of time so we enjoyed the Far Enough Farm and a nice stroll after lunch and then it was back to downtown.

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The next thing I REALLY wanted to do was checkout was Toronto’s Chinatown!  The boundaries of the area are Spadina Ave between College and Queen and East and West of Spadina Ave on Dundas. So we did a fair bit of walking to get there. BUT I got lots more interesting pictures. This Chinatown is the biggest Chinatown in the city.  The first Chinatown was between Elizabeth Street and extended to Queen around 1910 when the number of Chinese Torontonians grew to over 1,000 residents.  Next to the Streetcar tracks there are two red poles in the form of a dragon on the top of them, which I think is a staple art sculpture in the area. We had fun browsing, it felt so familiar, comfortable really.  We enjoyed some authentic dumplings ( so delicious) picked up some fruit, and took the red street car back to our parking.

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Then it was time to get back on the highway and head to the airport hotel to get rested for our early flight in the morning.

What a fun day!!

 

 

 

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Adventure For Two

I am from Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, Canada and I'm back from traveling with my husband on an expat assignment to foreign lands. 2011-2012 we were in Shenyang, China. Spring 2012- Spring 2013 we were in Resende,RJ Brazil then back to Shenyang, China in July 2013 until the end of July 2014. Expat life WAS amazing! Adventure abounds no matter where we travel to. We really enjoyed the amazing opportunity to live and experience culture and tradition in these places. BUT now we are finished and adjusting to life in our small town in Canada. Our days of travel and adventure are not over.

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