Travel nostalgia at Tivoli Miniature World

Whatever happened to miniature villages? Back in the 1980s and 1990s, children and families in Ontario were spoiled by these attractions filled with small-scale replicas. Tivoli Miniature World in Niagara Falls, Canada was opened in the early 1990s, after moving from its original location in Prudhomme’s Landing on the shores of Lake Ontario. It featured…

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Around the world via 10 ethnic neighbourhoods in Toronto, Canada

With international travel plans still on hold, I have not been doing the trip planning that I normally would at the start of a new year. Instead, I’ve been looking for places to discover locally, and what better way to substitute travel abroad than exploring the cultures of Toronto? Toronto, Ontario is the most diverse…

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Under the sea at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

Located in downtown Toronto adjacent to the CN Tower, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is one of three public aquariums owned by Ripley Entertainment. The aquarium was originally intended for Niagara Falls, where it would undoubtedly fit in on the kitschy Clifton Hill, but plans fell through and it opened in Toronto in 2013. It houses…

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Hometown Challenge: My favourite photos of Toronto

If you’ve been following this blog lately, you’ll know that I recently completed the Travel Challenge, where I posted 10 of my favourite photos taken during my international adventures. Unfortunately, 2020 was a bad year for travel so beyond the ones from my timely pre-pandemic trip to Cambodia and Vietnam, most of the photos in…

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Revisiting history in Quebec City, Canada

Quebec City is the capital city of the French-speaking Canadian province of Quebec. Sitting on the Saint Lawrence River about 250 kilometres northeast of Montreal, it is not quite the buzzing metropolis as its urban neighbour, but still has much to see. When I visited in November 2014, I spent most of my few cold…

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Season’s greetings from Distillery District, Toronto

It’s 12 days ‘til Christmas, so what better way to start the countdown than a stroll through the Distillery District’s annual Winter Village? The Distillery Historic District east of downtown Toronto is a commercial and residential district housed within heritage buildings of the former Gooderham & Worts Distillery. Founded in 1832, Gooderham & Worts once…

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A sweet stroll at Sugar Beach, Toronto

Sugar Beach is an urban beach park located across from Redpath Sugar Refinery in downtown Toronto’s East Bayfront. The refinery is a longstanding fixture along Queens Quay adjacent to the Toronto Harbourfront. Redpath Sugar started as a Montréal based company in 1854, the first of its kind using sugar cane imported from the British West…

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Lockdown dining: What we’re eating in Toronto

As of this week, our province is officially in its second lockdown. Indoor dining has been restricted again, so we are back to curbside pickup and delivery. Earlier in the spring, I published a post on a few of our favourite takeout meals, and it’s now time for an update with new additions. I actually…

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Uncovering street art on Graffiti Alley, Toronto

Located within the trendy Queen West neighbourhood of downtown Toronto, Graffiti Alley encompasses three city blocks running parallel to Queen Street and including the contiguous alleyway of Rush Lane. Previously a hotspot for unsanctioned street art, Graffiti Alley sparked a debate on the blurred lines between vandalism and art, leading to a fight for its…

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Looking around Trillium Park, Toronto

Those of us who were around in Toronto back in the day will remember the stretch of waterfront southwest of downtown that housed Ontario Place. This entertainment and event venue opened in 1971, functioning as an iconic summer theme park until its closure in 2012 when its annual attendance dropped to just over 550,000 from…

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