Toronto Zoo, Casa Loma, Downtown Toronto

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Polar Bears

Woke up this morning and did my workout again. It makes you feel good and wakes you up!!  Today's going to be another long day and we are both looking forward to it. This has been the coldest day so far and it is very refreshing compared to the heat and humidity of Florida. The zoo is about a thrity five to fourty minute drive from our hotel. Stopped at McDonalds again for breakfast. We used our CityPass ticket but you still have to pay the $8.00 for parking. 

What can I say about the Toronto Zoo, They are celebrating 35 years and bring some comfortable walking shoes, cause baby you are gonna need them!! The zoo is huge, it's so hughe that they a a shuttle that takes you around and you get off and on as you like. $7.00 for a day pass.

Grizzly Bear
The layout of the zoo is a big circle. There are hills, flatland, creeks, and ponds. It's more than a zoo it's a beautiful park. Bring your lunch because there is plenty of picnic tables to eat at. They have six zones or areas to visit. Eurasia, Tundra Trek, Americas, Canadian Domain, African Savanna, and Indo-Malaya. Since we have Busch Gardens back home with it's African theme we decided to start with  Eurasia and go to the left around the park. The park is so huge that the animals have plenty of area to roam around in. We saw Kangaroos, Snow Leopards with cubs, Bactrian camels, Red pandas, Oryx, Asiatic wild dog, Przewalski's horses, Cougars, Grizzly bears, Bald eagles, American elk, Wood bison, Giraffe, Zebra, Polar bears, Artic Wolf, and Reindeer. The canadian geese were everywhere.
Casa Loma, Home of Sir Henry Pellatt
And that was just half of the zoo. There was so much more to see but we wanted to see Casa Loma. It will give us another reason to come back to Toronto.

Casa Loma is the former estate of Sir Henry Mill Pellatt, a prominent Toronto financier, industrialist and military man. Sir Henry engaged the noted architect E.J. Lennox to help him realize a life-ling dream - the creation of a medieval castle on the brow of a hill overlooking Toronto. Begun in 1911, it took 300 men nearly three years to complete and cost $3,500,00 at the time. Sir Henry and his wife lady mary enjoyed Casa Loma for less than ten years before financial misfortune forced him to abandon his castle home.

Mike at the Pearl Chinese Cuisine on the Harbourfront.
We took many many pictures here. The gardens were just beautiful and full of color. The Gardens of Casa Loma portray a wide variety of specialty garden areas in a unique and balanced setting. The formality and elegance of the perennial borders provide a distinct contrast to the vibrant show of spring wildflowers. Artistic displays of annuals find strength in their colour schemes while the many flowering shrubs and trees provide an impressive array of foliage, texture and form. The ever-changing colours of this brilliant floral mosaic allow visitors to enjoy the beauty of the Casa Loma Gardens all season long.

It's seems like we eat all the time, but we have done so much walking and walking. You need to keep your strength up...lol.  We left Casa Loma and headed back into downtown and to our hotel.

Evening view of the CN Tower from the harbourfront.
It's located right on the harbourfront. We parked the car and walked to our hotel, freshened up and walked to the harbourfront boardwalk located behind the hotel. Great views of the islands and water. You see sailboats, dinner cruise ships, water taxi's running all around. We walked over to the Harbourfront Centre looking for some place to eat a good dinner. We settled on the Pearl Chinese Cuisine.  Located on the second floor with some great views. The prices were on the expensive side but is was our last night in Toronto. We started dinner with soup. Mike had the cream corn and chicken soup and I had the chicken won ton soup. And for dinner Mike had the Seafood (shrimp, squid, and scallops) combination with snow peas and I had the Orange Beef. Both came with white rice. The food was very good and the service matched.  We finished with the fortune cookie....my fortune read "Share your happiness with others today". I believe I did that today.....lol.

vulindlela says:
Casa Loma looks great!
I'll have to go there next time....
Posted on: Sep 27, 2009
bkretzer says:
First smile. I just know this will be best Zoo blog I have ever read, once you actually write it.
Posted on: Sep 25, 2009
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Polar Bears
Polar Bears
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City of Toronto view from Casa Loma
City of Toronto view from Casa Loma
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City of Toronto view from Casa Loma
City of Toronto view from Casa Loma
City of Toronto view from Casa Loma
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Our hotel, Westin Harbour Castle
Our hotel, Westin Harbour Castle
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Pearl Restaurant Harbourfront
Pearl Restaurant Harbourfront
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Castle Casa Loma, Toronto, Canada
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photo by: yasuyo