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September 22, 2018

Sandra Scott Travels: There Is Plenty To Do In Toronto


Last week I asked: What is there to do in Toronto?

Plenty.

Wolfe Island Ferry

Wolfe Island Ferry

Visit a foreign county this fall – Canada.

Toronto is only four hours or so from central New York.

Take the southern route one way and the northern route the other.

Do it while the ferry from Cape Vincent is operational.

The ferry stops on Oct. 17 this year.

Nothing is simple any more.

the CN Tower.

the CN Tower.

To return to the United States from Canada by land you need one of the following: passport, enhanced driver’s license or NEXUS trusted traveler program card.

If you are traveling with a minor or a foreign visitor then it is best to check with the state department as rules get even more complicated.

I love Toronto with its diverse population and myriad things to do.

I especially like their Broadway productions because they are less expensive and just as good.

The best place to start learning about the city is at the CN Tower.

Shopping at Eaton Centre

Shopping at Eaton Centre

The view from the LookOut is spectacular due to the floor-to-ceiling panoramic wall of windows and the glass floor.

Looking for a daredevil experience?

Try the Edge Walk or for a more sublime experience dine at the revolving restaurant.

The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is one of the largest museums in North American and the largest in Canada.

The ROM

The ROM

It is a museum of art, world culture and natural history so it can be a day of learning for the whole family.

There is a café for lunch and, of course, a gift shop.

I have found that museums have some really unique gifts, especially for children – think Christmas shopping.

If you suffer from arachnophobia you may be able to squelch your fear by touring their current exhibit on spiders.

Castle Loma

Castle Loma

The museum offers free ROMWalks, a walking tour exploring the diverse aspect of Toronto.

Toronto has its own castle – Castle Loma.

Get the feeling you are in Europe.

The excesses incorporated into the Gothic Revival hilltop 98-room castle bankrupted the owner who is known for bringing electric lights to Toronto.

The electric company he founded was the main source of his income.

But, his wealth declined rapidly when it became publicly owned; that along with excesses like $250,000 to put the names of his horses on their stable in 18-caret gold.

Bata Shoe Museum.

Bata Shoe Museum.

That was in 1911 dollars when the average income was $520 and a new car sold for about $750.

One of the most unique places in Toronto is the Bata Shoe Museum.

Even if you have no interest in shoes, you will find is interesting as it traces the history of shoes through the years and variations made my different cultures and occupations.

Got shoes?

Got shoes?

They have more than 12,000 shoes in the museum which is shaped like a shoe box.

Toronto has a beach… most people don’t realize that but on the Toronto Islands there is Hanlan’s Beach and Centreville Amusement park.

The island community is the largest urban car-free community.

Access to the island is by ferry or water taxi.

Toronto Island

Toronto Island

There is so much to do it will take several trips.

Shoppers will love Eaton Center and St. Lawrence Market.

Visit one of the several art museums and galleries.

At Ripley’s Aquarium you can pet a sting ray or have a sleepover with the sharks.

Take in a game or event at one of Toronto’s eight stadiums and arenas.

Science Center

Science Center

As always the best get acquainted tour is on the Hop-on Hop-off bus but there are several free walking tours of various neighborhoods.

Travel Trivia Tease™: What is the most serene place in the “Queen Village?”

Look for the answer next week.

Sandra and her husband, John, have been exploring the world for decades, always on the lookout for something new and unique to experience. We have sailed down the Nile for a week on a felucca, stayed with the Pesch Indians in La Mosquitia, visited schools in a variety of countries, and — to add balance to our life — stayed at some of the most luxurious hotels in the world. Let the fun continue!

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