S: Toronto 2012
BC: DEPARTED | TORONTO | 30 JUN 2012
FC: ToroNto 2012
1: Toronto | Toronto | ARRIVED 23 JUN 2012 | It's not New York. It's not London. It's not Montreal. Though it has been compared to these great cities, Ontario's capital and largest city is distinctly, well, Toronto.
2: We had a family reunion with the Sinha and Yost families in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. We stayed in Cabbagetown, which was, well, not very nice. We did see and do a lot of great touristy things while we were there and it was nice spending time with family, though!
4: was one of our first stops in Toronto. We had a great time walking through the tropical Rain Forest exhibit and getting a good laugh with all of the distorted mirrors. Mallika had a great time playing in the KidSpark area. Our favorite exhibit was the space exhibit, though, which featured fantastic images from the Hubble Space Telescope. At the water exhibit, we found out that Amanda prefers filtered water, Mallika prefers bottled water, and Ricky prefers Toronto tap water! | Ontario Science Center
6: CN TOWER | is considered one of the world's tallest buildings and free-standing structures and has been called an engineering and architectural wonder. Sky Pod, at 1,465 ft, is one of the world's highest public observatories. The views were fantastic! One level down, the Glass Floor Level (1,122 ft), offered a view straight down. Mallika was jumping on the panels with wild abandon. The best part was the open air observation area. It was so windy!
9: Toronto Skyline | THE VIEW FROM THE CN TOWER is pretty amazing. It offers views of the expansive city in all directions. We had a good time trying to pick out the few landmarks that we recognized. Everything looked so small from so high up! It also provided a great view of Lake Ontario. We couldn't quite see all the way to Niagara Falls that day, but the view was truly breathtaking!
10: Toronto Island | Park | 25 JUN 2012
11: Centre Island is one of the harbor islands that makes up Toronto Island Park. After our visit to the CN Tower, we boarded a ferry that took us to the island. We didn't spend a long time there, but it was nice to get away from the busy city for a few minutes and enjoy the park with its great views.
12: Niagara Falls Powerful. Majestic. Spectacular. We cruised on the Maid of the Mist to experience the American and Horseshoe falls up close. It was a memorable trip!
14: Royal Ontario | Museum
15: Called "Canada's single greatest cultural asset," the highlight of the museum for us was definitely the dinosaur exhibit,
17: We had one rainy day while we were there, which for those of us from the desert, was a special treat. We were singing and dancing in the rain on the deck. Mallika had a great time trying to catch raindrops on her tongue and loved just getting wet while enjoying the cool air! | Rain
18: PARK TIME! The neighborhood had a park that Mallika enjoyed playing in one afternoon. It had the tallest slide we had ever seen, but she was brave and slid down anyway!
20: THE TORONTO ZOO was a lot of fun! There was a wonderful butterfly exhibit and Mallika loved finding the big footprints that marked the different trails all over the zoo. Our favorite animal was the Indian Rhino.
22: Casa Loma was Sir Henry Pellatt's dream home built 1911-1914 for the astounding cost of $3.5 million. It is a 98-room recreation of a medieval castle perched on a hill overlooking Toronto. Pellat was rather an unlucky man and was only able to live here for 10 years before economic misfortunes forced him to turn the manor over to the city as payment for back taxes.
24: Farewell Toronto... until next time....