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Toronto’s Geography

contact October 1st, 2014

Toronto – the name derived from the Huron word for “fishing weir” – is on the northwest shore of Lake Ontario at Latitude 43 39 N, Longitude 79 23 W.

Located on a broad sloping plateau cut by numerous river valleys, Toronto covers 641 and stretches 43 km from east to west and 21 km from north to south at its longest points. The perimeter is approximately 180 km. More stats:

* waterfront is 76.5 meters above sea level; shoreline stretches 43 km (as the crow flies) or 138 km if you factor in the bays and islands
* highest point is 209 m (at intersection of Steeles Ave West and Keele St)
* 307 km of rivers and creeks run through the city; all flow into Lake Ontario and are part of the Atlantic Ocean Drainage Basin
* most northerly point is the intersection of Steeles Ave E. and Pickering Town Line
* most southerly point is Lake Ontario’s shoreline at the border between Toronto and Mississauga
* most easterly point is the meeting of the Rouge River and shoreline of Lake Ontario
* most westerly point is the intersection of Steeles Ave W. and Albion Road
* Toronto is in plant hardiness zone 6, and on the eastern edge of the Carolinian Forest zone
* there are 1500 parks and 8,000 hectares of parklands – (ravines, valleys, woodlots, waterfront natural areas, parks and farmland), or 18.1 per cent of city’s area. There are also 187 km of bike paths, 7.8 km of pedestrian paths, and 3 million publicly owned trees.
* in geological terms Toronto sits atop sedimentary rock – part of the St Lawrence Platform geological zone (as is all of southern Ontario)

Statistic source: Land Information Toronto, Parks & Recreation, Natural Resources Canada

Toronto is Big

contact September 30th, 2014

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and home to over 5 million people. Thought you’d enjoy that bit of trivia.

City of Toronto’s Official Website

contact September 29th, 2014

city of toronto official website
How can I go on with this blog without talking about the very official City of Toronto’s very complete and awesome website? I can’t. It’s as simple as that.

Here, I’m going to link you to the “special events” page, where you’ll find gobs of things to do during your stay in this great city.

Toronto Special Events is a full-service Section of the City of Toronto’s Economic Development, Culture & Tourism division.

With a mandate to develop and promote dynamic, innovative and accessible events and festivals, the Toronto Special Events office celebrates the richness and diversity of this great city, enriching the quality of life for residents and attracting world-wide tourist audiences.

Toronto Special Events produces more than 30 festivals and events and consults with hundreds more every year. This web page provides you with detailed information on all events produced by Toronto Special Events.

Link: City of Toronto

Toronto Residents are SMART

contact September 28th, 2014

Toronto residents hold more university educations than in any other country, in the world, based on percentage of the population, and from a study by the OECD.


Casa Loma

contact September 26th, 2014

casa loma
It might interest you to know that Toronto has the only real castle in all of North America.

“Casa Loma” means “home on a hill” (I would want to call it CASTLE Loma, but anyway). Casa Loma, which was the former home of financier Sir Henry Mill Pellatt , is not at all short of amazing vista views of both the downtown area as well as the beautiful skyline of Toronto and of Great Lake Ontario.

About Casa Loma
Sir Henry commissioned Canadian architect. E.J. Lennox to design Casa Loma with construction beginning in 1911, starting with the massive stables a few hundred feet north of the main building. The stables were used as a construction site for the castle, with some of the machinery still remaining in the rooms under the stables. The house cost approximately $3.5 million and took a team of 300 workers three years to build from start to finish. Upon completion in 1914, at 98 rooms, it was the largest private residence in Canada. Notable amenities included an elevator, an oven large enough to cook a steer, two vertical passages for pipe organs, central vacuum, two secret passages in Sir Henry’s ground-floor office and three bowling alleys (never completed).

Many of the rooms were left unfinished, and today serve as the Regimental Museum for The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada. Pellatt joined the Regiment as a Rifleman and rose through the ranks, eventually becoming the Commanding Officer. He was knighted for his dedication to the Regiment. Later, Pellatt served as the Honorary Colonel and was promoted to Major-General upon retirement.

During the Depression, Toronto increased Casa Loma’s annual property taxes from $400 to $1,200, and Pellatt—already experiencing financial difficulties—was forced to auction off $1.5-million in art and furnishings for only $250,000 during bankruptcy hearings. Sir Henry was able to enjoy life in the castle for only ten years, taking up residence in 1923. Pellatt also operated the building for a short time as a luxury hotel. During the late 1920s Casa Loma was also a popular nightspot. The Orange Blossoms, later known as Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra, played there for eight months in 1927–1928. Shortly thereafter, they went on tour of North America and became a major Swing Era dance band.
Intended as Sir Henry’s drawing room, the French oak panels took artisans three years to carve.
Intended as Sir Henry’s drawing room, the French oak panels took artisans three years to carve.

The city seized Casa Loma in 1933 for $27,303 in back taxes.

Contrary to popular belief, Casa Loma has never been an official residence of either the city or the Province of Ontario. In 1937 it was opened to the public for the first time as a tourist attraction operated by the Kiwanis Club of Toronto. Coincidentally, this is the same year that Chorley Park, the Government House of Ontario was closed by the provincial government.

During World War II, Casa Loma was used to conceal research on sonar, and for construction of sonar devices for U-boat detection. Today it is regarded as one of Toronto’s premier tourist attractions, still operated by the Kiwanis Club.

Casa Loma Trivia
* Parts of the movie X-Men were shot at Casa Loma, which stood in for Professor Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters.

* A few scenes in episode 12 of Pure Pwnage was shot in Casa Loma.

* Casa Loma was featured as “Elsinore Castle” in the McKenzie Brothers movie Strange Brew, both as an escargo and on the packaging for a case of fictional Elsinore beer.

* The castle featured as the setting for a battle in the second of the Scott Pilgrim series, Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, a graphic novel by Bryan Lee O’Malley.

* Other films which include scenes filmed at Casa Loma include Chicago, The Tuxedo, and The Pacifier. Cocktail and a few others were also filmed in Casa Loma. This can be seen in the basement where there are movie posters of those films.

* The film Twitches 2 recently finished filming at Casa Loma. An Upcoming Disney film is currently being filmed at Casa Loma.

* The castle was also the setting for Canadian children’s author Eric Wilson’s murder mystery, The Lost Treasure of Casa Loma.

[photo and info courtesy of wikipedia]

Toronto Trivia – The Islands

contact September 25th, 2014

Did you know that the beautiful Toronto Islands protect Toronto’s natural harbour? Did you even KNOW that Toronto HAD any islands? The islands are comprised of park areas, nature reserves and protected wetlands, maintained by the Toronto’s Parks Department.

Private vehicles are not permitted on the Toronto islands.

[photo courtesy of wikipedia]

Photos: Old Marries New in Toronto

contact September 24th, 2014

old and new toronto
No, no; I’m not talking about an old person marrying a young person in Toronto! This is about the city, and this photo. Is it a clash or harmonious marriage between the old City Hall in Toronto just in front of a sort of modern mirrory building? I think it works pretty well. It says, “preserve Toronto’s historic past while embracing modernity” – something like that, anyway.

A Focus On The Environment – Dr. David Suzuki

contact September 23rd, 2014

david suzukiThis doesn’t have anything to do with hotels or restaurants or places to see or dance or drink but it DOES have something to do with you and the world – plus it’s taking place in Toronto, so I thought I should post about it. My absolute hero of the world, David Suzuki (he rules so much!) is giving a talk this Monday, October 29 at 7pm. Be there or be a jackass. Oops, excuse my rudeness.

David T. Suzuki PhD, Co-Founder of the David Suzuki Foundation, is an award-winning scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster. Since 1990, the David Suzuki Foundation has worked to find ways for society to live in balance with the natural world that sustains us. Focusing on four program areas – oceans and sustainable fishing, climate change and clean energy, sustainability, and the Nature Challenge – the Foundation uses science and education to promote solutions that conserve nature and help achieve sustainability within a generation.

Click here to purchase tickets online

For more information contact:

Emma Roche

Gay Bed and Breakfast, Toronto

contact September 22nd, 2014

gay b&b in torontoYou found yourself on this site so I have one question to ask you: Are you gay? No, I don’t mean to be nosy or indiscrete (today anyway!), I’m asking because today’s post is about the adorable gay B&B in Toronto, The Dundonald House – that will be perfect for you. Perfect, that is, if you’re gay. Well, are you?

About Dundonald House

The Church – Wellesley corner is center of the Toronto gay village– Shops, cafes, restaurants, bars, nightclubs and public transportation, are all a quick three minute walk from the guest house. Voted Best Bed and Breakfast 6 years in a row by the gay community, Dundonald House offers an oasis of calm in a busy yet exciting area of downtown.

Dundonald House Bed and Breakfast
35 Dundonald St Toronto
Ontario M4Y 1K3 Canada
Phone: 1-800-260-7227

Tell me, What is the Capital of Canada?

contact September 19th, 2014

Uh huh. I know you might be thinking that this website is Toronto-centric, sooooooooo Toronto, right? Duh, the obvious? Do you take me for a fool, you may be thinking. Your final answer is Toronto, you say?


The Capital of Canada is…. drum roll here …. OTTAWA!
tongue sticking out
I felt like being a brat today.

That is all.

The Art Bar

contact September 18th, 2014

art bar toronto
The Art Bar is well frequented in Toronto’s arts scene but hidden to the general tourist. What is it? The Art Bar is a space that is leased out to talented artists looking to showcase their work and the room is used nightly as a venue for poetry readings, film screenings, live music performances and the occasional DJ.

It is home to a variety of art and events at varying levels so you if show up without knowing what’s going on for the night, you may get anything from screaming performance artists to a more classic art exhibit. You never know and that is the beauty of this place. The crowd there is diverse so if you see some grannies or people over 30, and you can’t handle that (because you have some issues), check beforehand about what is going on. But really, people are people and it’s what’s INSIDE that counts so try to rid yourself of those shallow beliefs.

Surprise! If you’re looking to partake in some over 21 drinking, don’t expect that here. Go next door. I know it’s called an art BAR but oh well. Deal with that.

The Art Bar
1214 Queen Street West
Toronto M6J 1J6 Ontario
Phone: 416-531-4635

Note: The Art Bar Poetry Series is now held at Clinton’s, 693 Bloor Street West, by Christie subway station.

B&B for Vegetarians!

contact September 17th, 2014

les amis b and bDeep in the very heart of downtown Toronto, you might find some friends. Well perhaps, but at least you’ll definitely find Les Amis, a quaint and special kind of bed and breakfast. You will be welcomed by the owners, Paul Antoine and Michelle, an expatriated Parisian couple, and because of the location, you will have easy access to Toronto’s main attractions. In addition to this convenience, every morning you’ll be treated to an organic, gourmet vegetarian breakfast. (Vegan breakfasts are available as well upon request.) It can’t get better than this. If you stay for several nights or more, each day you will have a different breakfast, so things don’t get boring. How is that for service?

Les Amis
A Vegetarian Bed & Breakfast in Toronto /
Paul-Antoine & Michelle Buer
31 Granby St., Toronto, Ontario M5B 1H8 Canada.
Tel. (416)928-1348
Fax (416) 591-8546
Website and Rates (Canadian Dollars)

10 Free Things to Do in Toronto

contact September 16th, 2014

1. Allan Gardens – In the heart of downtown Toronto, you’ll be able to escape to wonderful Victorian Greenhouses, which will remind you that greenery DOES exist in a big city. Find some photos of Allan Gardens here.

2. Beaches – When thinking about Toronto, “beach” probably doesn’t come to mind but yes! There’s an area that can fill all your beach dreams albeit lake beach dreams.

3. Chinatown – How can you not visit the Chinatown? Grab a taste of lacquered duck or take in all the aromas of a place far, far away, but with the convenience of being right here in one of Canada’s most visited cities.

4. Don Valley – Nature lovers and active travelers will get a kick out of the bike paths, hiking trails and climbing areas of Don Valley.

5. Harbourfront Centre – Especially lively during the summer, the waterfront area if filled with live music and entertainment, festivals, kids camps and other activities that will keep you and your family busy and smiling.

6. Kensington Market – You’ll find this colorful of corner fruit stands, thrift stores and pubs, a fascinating meeting place for some of Toronto’s most interesting people. Every month the neighborhood blocks off the narrow streets for a Sunday afternoon festival celebrating the beauty of diversity with live music, dancing and food!

7. Riverdale Farm – Smack dab in the middle of Toronto’s Cabbagetown in the downtown area, is a 7.5 acre farm with wooded paths, flowered vegetable gardens and a variety of animals, including turkeys, ducks, geese, cows, horses, donkey, sheep, goats, pigs, chickens and rabbits. This is a great free opportunity to show your kids that chickens aren’t shaped like nuggets.

8. St. Lawrence Market and Market Gallery – Wander and visit, or just sit and people watch. The gallery space hosts changing art installations and exhibits of paintings, artifacts and furnishings that visually describe the history and culture of the area. Admission to the market and the gallery are free.

9. Toronto Islands – Check out the trails, picnic areas and beaches of the Toronto Islands. Explore the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse, or bask in the sun on the clothing-optional beach on the west side of Hanlan’s Point. For the sportif, baseball diamonds, volleyball courts and wading pools welcome you with open arms (if they had any).

10. Wednesdays at the Art Gallery of Ontario - 36,000 works of art in its collection, the AGO is gallery worth visiting. Wednesday evenings are free of charge between six and nine o’clock pm.

Chocoholics, this One’s For You

contact September 15th, 2014

dark chocolate tower toronto
Toronto’s most visited site is the CN Tower but did you know you can eat it too? Yes, of course you must have a huge appetite to eat it – and no, I’m not talking about eating the actual CN Tower, though you must go to the tower for this special treat.

The “Dark Chocolate Tower” dessert is to die for and you can find it at the CN Tower’s revolving restaurant appropriately named, “360.” Don’t worry if you’re prone to motion sickness. The rotation speed isn’t like your salad spinner. It’s so slow you might not ever notice that your absolutely spectacular view is changing as you devour your meal. It takes 72 minutes for the whole restaurant to make a complete rotation, just in case you were wondering. Also if you were wondering, the restaurant sits more than 1,150 feet above Toronto.

Reservations are recommended and can be made online or by calling 416-362-5411

360 Restaurant at CN Tower
301 Front Street West
Toronto, Ontario M5V 2T6

In the heart of Downtown Toronto, right in between the Rogers Centre and the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on Front Street, just north of Bremner Blvd.

More places to see

contact September 14th, 2014

If you’re like me and travel a lot i highly recommend to visit the world top cities so that you have a full global experience of the world. You can also find relaxing balneo places if you like water or sea shores.

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