1YoT: Toronto

In our last post we finished the roadtrip portion of our year of travel, and with this post we’ll finish the entire US/Canada portion of our travels. Our last US/Canada destination was Toronto, where we caught a plane to Europe. But first we gave ourselves a few days in the city.

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Crossing the border into Canada (again, and again). We sold our car in our last post, so its all about busses, planes, and trains from here on out. To cross into Canada, we took Megabus.

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Toronto was a strange city, parts of it were modern and hip, while other parts were old and decrepit. The city wasn’t very cohesive, it was part awesome, part modern but boring, and part old and falling part. We didn’t find any historic areas, almost all of the older areas (which weren’t even that old) were beat up and worn down.

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As an example of modern-but-boring, here’s a picture from Toronto’s financial district. Tons of tall skyscrapers decked out in glass (similar to Vancouver), all elegant and powerful, but not much to do other than stand around and look up.

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In the center of the previous picture is this building: Toronto’s old city hall. It was one of only two historic buildings we saw in the city.

Now to the awesome part of Toronto: the entertainment district. Here is Roundhouse Park, the CN Tower, TIFF, and Margaret Atwood’s star on the Canadian Walk of Fame.

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The CN Tower deserves a second photograph. It was the tallest structure in the world from 1976 to 2010 and it is amazing.

From the entertainment district we went to the boardwalk, which wasn’t as nice as Vancouver’s but still was a lot of fun.

From the boardwalk, way off in the distance, we saw an airshow!

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To get into true Canadian spirit, we stopped by the Hockey Hall of Fame. This was the only hall of fame we visited on this trip; we missed the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame and we thought about stopping by the baseball hall of fame in Cooperstown, but we had too much distance to travel that day.

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And finally, in the evening we stopped by Yonge-Dundas Square, Toronto’s main public square. There was a music festival going on during our visit, and there was so many people! I’ve never seen anything like it. This is partly because the square is next to Toronto’s busiest attraction, the two-block-long four-story-tall above-and-underground with-its-own-subway-stop Eaton Center, the biggest shopping mall I have ever seen. Add to this another 13 story shopping center (ten stories above ground, three below) across the street and this area becomes insane, averaging more than a million visitors per week.

With that we finished Toronto, which also means we’ve come to end of the US and Canada portion of our year of travel. It was sad to go; we had so much fun and despite how much we saw we also missed so much! But that just means we’ll have to do another roadtrip, and I already have it planned: Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, the Carolinas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri; geez, the US has so much!

As for now, the rest of the world awaits. Up next: Paris!

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