JOURNEY

Toronto

  • 41 km travelled
  • 1,499 people watched
  • 57 stuffed shopping bags and tummies

We were living large in Toronto. This dynamic metropolis had everything to keep our short attention spans in check: shopping, cafés, art galleries, bars and a fantastic array of multicultural sights, scents and sounds. People here work hard and play hard. Lucky for us, we left the working behind as we boarded our ferry from Toronto Island and made our way into the beating heart of this urban playground.

Day 1
Stars in the city
Hey big city, we’re on our way, on board the Toronto Island Ferry, touring downtown. Jodie was the first to spot the CN Tower in the distance. We disembarked just in time for dinner, so we dropped off our bags and then headed towards the Financial District, into the Bymark, with its beautiful interior and courtyard bar. We tried to point out all the towers and stars from behind the glass enclosure and sipped through a couple rounds of drinks. Prince Edward Island fillet and gnocchi were the main attraction at our table. Alex loved it so much she instantly posted an online review. About an hour after dessert Daymon suggested we walk by the Royal Ontario Museum, so we strolled out into the night and took the long way back to our hotel.
Day 2
The urban wonderland
Toronto is an architectural wonderland. We were mesmerized by the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal—a dazzling addition to the ROM, designed by Daniel Libeskind. I think Jodie cried when she saw it, but don’t mention it to her. We can’t decide what we liked most about the Distillery District. Was it clonking down its cobblestone streets, its Victorian era architecture or the fact that so many movies were filmed here? In any case, we spent the afternoon talking about movies as we weaved our way in and out of boutiques, galleries, theatres and epicurean eateries. We refuelled at Balzac’s, a pump house-turned-Parisian-coffee-shop and Alex wasted no time writing another raving review. She may have found her calling. So what to do tonight? We eventually agreed on Queen St West. There were so many contemporary art galleries and funky shops and we enjoyed a leisurely dinner at Jamie Kennedy’s Wine Bar on Church Street before reviewing our jam-packed day at Dundas Square.
Day 3
Walk. Talk. Stop.
Sunday morning found us at Kensington Market where we had a little coffee and stocked up on picnic supplies. The girls got distracted with some shopping and we all enjoyed the eclectic street musicians. Actually, we enjoyed Daymon trying to bust a move in front of the market. With our supplies, all we needed was a picnic spot. We found it in the park, next to the Art Gallery of Ontario, a Frank Gehry building that had us talking about architecture for a couple hours. That led us to the “Tabletop” stilted structure conceived by Will Aslop at the Ontario College of Art and Design. All the talking and gawking made us thirsty and in desperate need of some libations so a round of Caesars was ordered as we nestled ourselves into a booth at Czehoski. The music seemed to be getting better with time, but that could have been the drinks that kept coming. Eventually we stumbled out into Queen Street West. You could ask what time that was, but no one knows for sure.