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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House on the hill: Casa Loma, Toronto

Casa Loma (Spanish translating to ‘Hill House’) is a prominent mansion and garden located in midtown Toronto, situated at an elevation of 140 metres above sea level. It was constructed between 1911 and 1914 as a residence for financier and founder of the Toronto Electric Light Company, Sir Henry Pellatt. Designed by architect E.J. Lennox,…

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A walk through Allan Gardens Conservatory

Founded in 1858, Allan Gardens is one of the oldest parks in Toronto and a source of garden envy for the likes of condo dwellers like me. Its main attraction is the large conservatory that houses rare tropical plants from around the globe, first developed by the Toronto Horticultural Society when it was offered a…

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Photo essay: Summer in the city

It’s August 31st and the end of summer is upon us. Here’s a recap of our prolonged staycation in Toronto this season.

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Sunny days at Sunnyside, Toronto

Sunnyside is a lakefront district in west Toronto sitting along Lake Ontario’s Humber Bay, extending west from Exhibition Place to the mouth of Humber River. Interestingly, the area has notable history in Toronto, first documented as the landing location of an 1813 attack during the War of 1812. Later on in the early 20th century,…

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Discovering the Toronto Islands

The Toronto Islands are my favourite outdoor spot in the city, so I am really happy about them now being open to visitors again. This green oasis punctuating the concrete jungle comprises a small chain of 15 islands on Lake Ontario south of mainland Toronto, making up the only islands on the western part of…

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Vietnamese eats in Toronto

This is a follow up to the recent post on my favourite foods and drinks in Vietnam. Since we won’t be able to travel back there for quite a long time, I’m on a quest to continue discovering Vietnamese cuisine here at home. Mainstream Vietnamese communities began arriving in Canada in the mid-1970s and early…

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Entertaining yourself in Ottawa, Canada

I’m continuing with my blog series where I recap past travels, particularly places within Canada, since I’m trying to focus more on domestic travel for the foreseeable future. Today’s edition is about the city of Ottawa, Ontario, where I lived for two years between moving away from Vancouver, British Columbia and then eventually returning to…

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The finest lockdown takeout in Toronto

Latest news reports suggest that Toronto is likely to remain in lockdown through at least the first half of May, so Mr. Chuckles is going to keep barbecuing away while I contribute to our sustenance via the Goodfood meal kit subscription. However, sometimes a break from cooking is nice, so we have been filling in…

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Exploring my backyard: Toronto, Canada

Other than a short trip to San Francisco coming up next month, I am wrapping up my travel plans for 2019 and will be living the homebody life until the new year. In the few months that I’ve been writing this travel blog, I have yet to highlight my hometown of Toronto! As the largest…

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