To many people, Toronto is east of Canada. To some, parts of Quebec. Many expats and permanent residents of the country have yet to visit its beautiful Maritime provinces in the East – New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. Add two more Atlantic provinces – Labrador and Newfoundland – and you have the complete picture of the lovely East of Canada.
Work was already taking me there and I decided to explore a little bit more. The season was just right – although the peak usually starts from Mid-June.
Well, my choice of dates was limited as I had work to do as well. But then traveling in the shoulder season before the peak saved me money. Here is what I did in something like three weeks:
Here are some highlights about Toronto:
The Economist rated this city as among the safest, most livable, food-wise secure, democratic and business-friendly cities in the world.
Even if you are not the Economist reader, walking around in the city will give you that feel. The city has a nice blend of modern and traditional-looking architecture.
…or, a hundred-odd year old departmental store.
If you grabbed the bull in NY, then it’s time for change: grab an elephant in Toronto, no matter how strong the wind:
Of course, I had the family of my friend who made sure that I would see all the interesting quarters of the city. Here are some highlights:
Meet the Eagles:
Toronto, like many modern, developed cities have a department looking after their urban forests and preserves. These spaces have a number of trails that hikers and walkers take. Kelso Conservation Area is one such place for a nice hike:
The area overlooks a very refreshing – looking water body which must be fun to swim in during the warmer times of the year. When we visited, it was still late spring and Toronto was oscillating between 7-12 degrees and light showers.
The woods were very tranquil and soothing. I had seen some photos of this place, showing huge line up of cars. The day we went, we had the place to ourselves. And we enjoyed every bit of it:
.. and a number of locations meant for one to reflect, think, rest, and enjoy the nature around:
The weather was just perfect, we were a good company and wanted to do more. So, the host family decided to go onward to the Lake Crawford Conservation Area. Another space dedicated to scenic beauty, quiet board walk and a re-created village of the original residents of this place:
Nearby, there is a village re-created from the scattered remains found by the archeologists. It seems that in this settlement, people lived communal life in ‘houses’ – huge huts, which have symbols of turtle, deer and such at their entrance. There is a resourceful information center for all the answers you might want.
Enjoy at Scaddabush:
Then there is this nice little center island for soaking the Sun in, gazing at the limitless sea and cycling:
.. and the gulls, of course