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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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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On this day: Nuit Blanche, Toronto

See more from my On This Day series here, where I celebrate travel memories on their trip anniversaries. On October 4, 2015, I was waking up after a night at Nuit Blanche, Toronto. Nuit Blanche is an annual arts festival that takes place in many cities around the world at various times of the year.…

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Photo Friday: The Crystal at Royal Ontario Museum

Today’s edition of Photo Friday comes to you from the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Canada. The Michael Lee-Chin Crystal was constructed in 2007, as a multi-million dollar expansion to the Royal Ontario Museum located in downtown Toronto. The structure employs a Deconstructivist crystalline form, made of 25% glass and 75% aluminum sitting atop a…

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Travelling within Canada during Covid-19

Our recent trip to Niagara Falls a couple weeks ago was the furthest that we’ve ventured out since our return from Cambodia and Vietnam in February, pre-pandemic. What was it like embarking on our first travel experience since the Covid-19 pandemic? Refund policies for transportation and hotels are more flexible. We opted to take public…

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Autumn afternoon at High Park, Toronto

This weekend, we decided to take advantage of Toronto’s final weekend of road closures for the ActiveTO initiative and go on a bike ride through High Park. Located west of downtown and north of Humber Bay, High Park is the second largest municipal park in Toronto, spanning 400 acres. It was originally opened in 1876…

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Niagara beyond the falls

After a day of exploring world famous waterfalls, we decided to venture further afield to discover Niagara beyond the falls. As I mentioned in the previous post, the Niagara Parks encompass not only the Niagara Falls themselves, but also 16 square kilometres of other attractions and parkland extending along the Niagara River. Here are some…

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Journey to Niagara Falls, Canada

Finally, some new travel content for this blog! Last weekend, Mr. Chuckles and I ventured out on an overnight trip to Niagara Falls – here on the Canadian side, of course. Covid-19 cases are on the rise in our province again and this may be as far as we will be able to travel for…

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Photo Friday: Saskatchewan Valley, Canada

I have visited the Canadian prairie province of Saskatchewan once. Back in 2012, I attended a conference in Waldheim, Saskatchewan at a retreat centre adjacent to the North Saskatchewan River. Waldheim is a small town of 1,035 residents, located about 50 kilometres north of the city of Saskatoon. First settled in the 1890s by the…

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