Exploring Toronto

Today I’m talking about the wonderful City of Toronto.

At the beginning of 2017 I was inspired by Makelight to choose a word to guide me through the year, instead or as well as New Year’s Resolutions. At first I was hesitant and it took me a while to come up with something that I felt summed up what I wanted to achieve. However, once I found that word there was no stopping me!

My word is Explore.

To me, Explore means meeting new people, learning new things and visiting new places. I find exploring in this way really opens the mind, allows creativity to blossom and creates a great work life balance.

This is the last in a series of blog posts about my recent visit to Canada. It’s a quick visual tour around the city. Previous posts talk about Casa Loma, Toronto Old Town and Niagara Falls.

One of the things that struck me from the moment I laid eyes on Toronto was the stunning architecture, both new and old. The reflective glass in the new buildings provides a dramatic backdrop to the history of the city.

These busy City scapes surround the beautiful area of Queen’s Park, named after Queen Victoria.

The Park was opened in 1860 by the Prince of Wales (Edward VII to be). It was planned as the location for the new parliament buildings.

Below are a few more of my favourite structures.

The combination of new and old is a general theme.

CN Tower is never far from view. Below it looms over Union Station.

Another reflective building framing the clock tower. Below is a view from the gardens in front of Osgoode Hall.

The building of Osgoode Hall commenced in 1829 by the Law Society of Canada. Various portions were added over the years. It is said to be one of the finest examples of Victorian Classical architecture in Canada.

The Spring blossom in the gardens in late May was also very pretty!

If you’re looking for shopping then you would be in the right place as there are so many different shopping areas from the eclectic mix of independent shops and markets in the Old Town to the designer areas pictured here.

From the hustle and bustle to the calming waterfront where you can travel by ferry to the islands of Lake Ontario or book a water taxi.

… and there’s even a beach.

This City, I feel, has something for everyone! It comes highly recommended by me!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and it’s inspired you to explore! There are so many wonderful places to see — whether it’s something local or far away. There is so much to learn and so many new people to meet.

If you would like to see more of my photos I would love to see you on Instagram.

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Stay safe and cosy until next time.

Yvonne x

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