Saturday, July 21, 2018

Canada By Rail: Toronto, ON

Our stay in Toronto would be a short one.  All together we were talking about thirty-six hours.  We arrived in early evening, checked in to our perfectly situated hotel (picked out by the Wife naturally), and walked to a local bar to plan our time.

The modern buildings of Toronto.
The next morning we slept in ... a common occurrence on this vacation ... before going out to look for a hop on/hop off bus stop.  It took us a little while to find the stop.  We got on and road the bus though the twenty-one stops around the fairly modern city of Toronto.  While there were a few spot we could have spent more time at, we decided not to go back to any.  Our time, and energy, were limited.

The Toronto skyline is dominated by the CN Tower and the Rogers Centre.
Included with the bus was a ticket for a boat tour.  After we completed our two hour bus tour we got off at the boat tour start.  We ate a late lunch at a bar near the water before getting in line for the tour boat.  The boat took you around the islands off the shore in Lake Ontario.  On the way to and from the islands you got a great view of the skyline.

The little wildlife we saw in Toronto - ducks and swans.
We returned to the room after the boat tour and relaxed awhile.  We went back out for dinner before walking the few blocks to the CN Tower.  We went up to the top just before sunset and waited and watched as the sun dropped below the horizon and the city lights turned on.


Sunset from the CN Tower.
Our train was leaving the next day at 3:15 pm so we got up, checked out, left our bags at the hotel, and walked to the St Lawrence market.  We had a late brunch at the awesome Paddington's Pump restaurant.  We wandered through the market looking at the variety of meats, cheeses, and sea food while looking for magnets in the more touristy stores.

We were a little early so we walked to a nearby park (Berczy Park) whose center piece is a fountain surrounded by water spitting dogs.  We sat in the shade and people watched while drinking water.  It was a perfect, relaxing moment.

We returned to our hotel, picked up our bags, and walked to Union station and caught our shortest train leg.

Pictures can be found in my 2018-06 Canada By Rail Google Photos album.

Next stop, Montreal.

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