Toronto Travel Blog› entry 7 of 10 › view all entries
We decided to spend the day in Toronto! THe GPS said it was about an hour from where we were in Niagara. We took the QEW (Queen Elizabeth's Way) all the way around Lake Ontario. As we neared the city, we decided to call Amanda back home for suggestions on parking. (As I had left our travel guide at home in Birmingham!) She said to park in one of the suburbs and take the GO train into the city. It took one wrong exit and finally punching in the right query on the GPS thing, and we found the GO station in Oakville. Bought our tickets, and luckily the train was due to arrive just then! Be aware if you do travel to Toronto this way, that the GO trains run only once an hour on the weekends.
The GO train came into Toronto's Union Station, the central hub for the city. We emerged and decided to go right to the CN Tower...since we knew we could find that!
The CN Tower is touted as the tallest tower in the world. Looks like the Space Needle, and has an educational movie you can see, a gift shop, and several restaurants. Fortunately, we were there in the off season, so we waited about 5 minutes for an elevator up. The elevators run up the sides, and have glass looking out...a little scary. You are at the observation level in about 35 seconds...over 1,000 feet!! The day was kind of hazy, so we couldn't see very far, but it was nice to see the lake and to see how far out Toronto and surrounding suburbs go! They also have a section that has a glass floor.
In the gift shop, we found a travel guide, so that was our souvinier from the CN Tower. We headed out and decided to find the nearest Starbucks and plot out our next stop in Toronto. We walked around for a while and ended up at the Old City Hall, and had Starbucks across the street. The Old City Hall is very pretty, very castle-like. That was one thing that struck me about Toronto, they have not razed all the old buildings...you can see new, modern building right alongside a much smaller, old one!
We decided to go to the Yorktown area, which was uptown and close to the University of Toronto campus. Yorktown reminded me of the Upper East side in New York.
[Another thing about Canada I enjoyed was the slower pace, even though it is a big city! I'm used to New York, where people run over you and are not very friendly...Toronto was great! You are ok to walk a little slower, stop and take a picture or look in a window, and people are genuinly friendly! I was almost taken aback!]
We ate lunch at one of the cafes and then roamed around Uof T's campus. U of T is beautiful and looks like to was popped right out of England! It has cathedral looking buildings, old stone work, and ivy grows on everything!