September 28,2013

A train trip across Canada is one of the things we’ve often talked about doing today, we are doing it. We flew to Toronto and spent a night there before boarding the train at 10PM, just in time to get into bed.

It had been thirty years since I was in Toronto. I remembered it as a big, clean city with a lot of energy. It is still that but right now there is a huge building boom going on with whole sections of the center of the city blocked off to traffic while a new waterfront renovation takes place. There will be new parks and street configurations with bike lanes and walking paths. Looking skyward, there are 187 high rise buildings under construction. We were told that 102 of them will be condominiums. Cranes dominate the skyline.

Standing on the waterfront one looks across to an island that looks barely inhabited. It is a huge park, turning back toward the city, skyscrapers dominateIMG_3721-001

Toronto high rise apartments on the waterfront.

Toronto high rise apartments on the waterfront.

We took a very crowded Hop-On-Hop-Off tour of the city stopping at the Royal Ontario Museum. It is an impressive museum that would take days to appreciate. We spent our time viewing two exhibits on early Canada. One featured the lives of the indigenous peoples, the other the struggles between the French, British and Americans to gain control of the vast territory that is Canada. The museum has a spectacular entrance.

Entrance to the Royal Ontario Museum

Entrance to the Royal Ontario Museum

We’d hoped to have lunch at the CN Tower but it was fully booked. We should have guessed that one doesn’t walk in and be seated. The Tower complex was aswarm with tourists from all over the world.
Listening to the different languages it would be easy to imagine being in a European or Asian country.
In fact, the tour guide said that Toronto is the most ethnically diverse city in North America. Even tiny African and Asian countries seem to have their own neighborhoods contributing to a wealth of different cuisines and traditions.