|Toronto from the CN Tower.|
After leaving my Canadian family, we drove an hour up around Lake Ontario to reach Toronto itself. Despite cool (to us!) temperatures - roughly 11-18'C while we were there - the city glistened in sunshine making it warm when walking around and picturesque for photographing.
Having little time in the city, we picked just two focused activities for our 1.5 - 2 days: the CN Tower, and Casa Loma. The CN Tower, as I'm sure you all know, is a 553m high building that was the world's highest from when it was built in 1976 right up until 2010. Casa Loma may be less well known, and is a rather bemusing castle-house built by the Canadian Sir Henry Pellatt in the early 1900's.
|View from the CN Tower (including the glass floor, lower left, and daring souls edge walking, lower right).|
We visited the very top of the CN tower, stopping en route to experiment with the glass floor that allows you to challenge your body's sensory mechanisms quite effectively. That is located at 342m or 113 building stories high, and seeing the ground beneath your feet from that height is quite dizzying. The sky pod, the highest point, is 447m or 147 building stories high - quite high enough in my view. We didn't contemplate the 'edge walking' that allows you to lean out from 356m above the ground (see picture above)!
Casa Loma is located in Toronto's leafy northern suburbs, and was designed to be castle-like without being an actual castle (it was a private home). As might be expected in a suburban neighbourhood, it was a controversial creation and the city may have had its final revenge when it sent the owner, Sir Pellatt, bankrupt by raising property taxes.
|Casa Loma Gardens.|
It is now owned by the city and consists of various suites set up roughly as they were in Sir Pellatt's day, towers that can be climbed, several secret passages, an underground tunnel, and 5 acres of gardens that may have been my highlights of the visit.
The rest of our time in Toronto was spent exploring the downtown area (including the large Eaton Centre where I found my vegan muffin, and Mr Bite found a nutella and banana crepe he is still raving about now!), and the attractive streets that intermingle with busy main roads.
|The Best Ever Crepe. |
(Or at least, Mr Bite's Best Ever Crepe for this trip.)
I'm not sure if or when we'll be back, but I'm glad we got Toronto into our itinerary.
Any castle homes in your neighbourhood?! And would you want to live in one? The thought of cleaning a house that large rather makes my head spin...