Toronto, the capital of the province of Ontario, is a major Canadian city along Lake Ontario’s northwestern shore. It's a dynamic metropolis with a core of soaring skyscrapers, all dwarfed by the iconic, free-standing CN Tower. Toronto also has many green spaces, from the orderly oval of Queen’s Park to 400-acre High Park and its trails, sports facilities and zoo.The CN Tower is a 553.3 m-high concrete communications and observation tower in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Built on the former Railway Lands, it was completed in 1976. Its name "CN" referred to Canadian National, the railway company that built the tower. 360 The Restaurant at the CN Tower, one of Toronto's finest, features unforgettable food combined with a magnificent revolving view of Toronto more than 351 metres (1,151 ft) below.

🙂 Clean City. CN Tower. Friendly people.

🙁 Cold in winter!

Three things we did not know about Toronto:

  1. Toronto is the largest City in Canada and the 5th largest in Northern America. In the city proper, Toronto is closing in on 3 million people, and the Greater Toronto Area boasts a population of almost 6.5 million! Toronto also has one of the fastest growing populations in all of North America. Larger cities include Mexico City, New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago.
  2. On the summer solstice the sun rises at 5:37 AM and sets at 9:03 PM. On the winter solstice the sun rises at 7:50 AM and sets at 4:45 PM. The coldest temperature ever recorded in Toronto was -31.3°on January 4, 1981. The windchill on that day was -44.7°C, the coldest ever. The highest temperatures ever recorded were 41°C from July 7-9 in 1936.
  3. PATH is the largest underground pedestrian system in North America. It connects 1200 stores and restaurants, 50 office towers, 20 parking garages, five subway stations and a railway terminal over its’ twenty eight kilometre length. Each letter in PATH is a different colour representing a different direction: P is red and points south. A is orange and points west. T is blue and directs north. H is yellow and points east.

Our train from Niagara falls was on time and we arrived in Toronto at 19h35 – welcome to CANADA! Woo Hoo. Our good friend Simon met us at the station and we went to his apartment to freshen up. He had kindly booked the360 restaurant at the top of the CN Tower for dinner. The CN Tower, as of 2018, stands as the ninth-tallest free-standing structure on land, remains the tallest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere, and is the third-tallest tower. The ‘bomb smeller’ which blew air up your skirt was quite entertaining! The food was AMAZING!!!

Simon dropped us at the station to check in for our 09h00 departure … bad news – train delayed for 12 hours! We stayed with Simon for the day did a whistle stop tour of the City taking a few photos of the iconic landmarks.

We then headed to the railway station to the waiting room to board the Silver and Blue Trans Canadian train that we were taking to Calgary ready for our delayed departure of 21h00. It would have been great to spend more time in Toronto but we will be back!

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