Toronto is a place that everyone (and their grandmother) wants to visit at least once.
Canada in general is a place that I love, for a number of reasons. I’ve got to visit Toronto and Ottawa (Capital) so far, and I cant help but be impressed by both cities. I was born and raised in an African country (might reveal where at some point in time) and I’ve been an American for a while now, and let me tell you… I’ve never seen such a healthy, CLEAN place as the cities in Canada before. I don’t know if it’s that I was in a nice area or what, but I felt like the city, even downtown Toronto, was exceptionally clean for a place that has a lot of tourism.
Secondly, I was impressed by the CN tower. I am NOT a fan of heights by any means, but the view from the top was breathtaking. I definitely avoided looking down the elevator though, and might I add, that was the longest 50-something seconds of my life (yes it takes a whole minute to get to the top of it). FUN FACT about the CN tower; its one of the 7 wonders of the modern world and the tallest freestanding structure in the Western Hemisphere apparently.
Ripleys’ Aquarium was also a marvel in and of itself. I am not usually one to do a lot of touristy things, but let me tell you, this is definitely worth seeing. Maybe I was more fascinated because I don’t typically go to aquariums but I definitely enjoyed myself. That place is HUGE! (I don’t have much to compare it to though).
Other than the sharks, I was mesmerized by the JELLY FISH! If you’ve never seen them, that alone is worth going to an aquarium for. Such absolutely stunning creatures. I was captivated.
Lastly, I want to comment on the scenery of Toronto. I did not do a whole lot other than walk around the downtown area, and go to china town. This little picture of a college campus (or so it seemed) was right by china town and it was no disappointment. The park was alive on the cool fall day we visited; filled with dog owners, soccer players (yes even the old guys), families with young children, young college students, adult friends meeting up, etc. My friend and I sat there for almost an hour just reveling in the sight, sounds, smells (you can guess what smell I mean, 😉 it’s Canada after all), and people. I can see that day very vividly in my mind when I close my eyes. It was a very peaceful moment.
OH, I almost forgot about the art. Toronto is filled with beautiful art (and I regret not taking a picture of China Town). The city skyline as you drive in is art by itself, and a lot of buildings and areas are splashed with just enough structures that are incredible its hard to describe. Needless to say, its a very expressive city. I hear there’s a spot for those of you who value graffiti, the museums are also impressive as well as building art. So if you every get a chance, even if its just a day or two, drive into this glorious city of cities. And give yourself a treat!