Walk around downtown and YONGE STREET: the longest street in Toronto where EATON CENTRE is located (Subway - Dundas Station). Taking a walk from Bay to King Street is one luxury in life that I wish to relive every year. The Canadians are so lucky: fresh and crisp cool air! Canadians are very friendly and greet one another everywhere they go! As an Asian I felt more welcome here than anywhere else in the world! Thanks!!!
Visiting Canada, travelling to US?
The question of requirements to get into the US from Canada if one is visiting from another country continually comes up in the forums.
I've decided to put information here for any searchers and for my future reference when answering.
Visa Waiver Program and a list of eligible Third -Country Nationals:
The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) allows foreign nationals from certain countries to be admitted to the U.S. under limited conditions and for a limited time without obtaining a visa. Visitors to Canada who wish to travel on to the United States, and who are citizens of countries included in the program, have only to present their passports at any U.S. port of entry.
U.S. Consulate in Toronto
To Book a Visa Appointment:
From Canada - 1-900-451-2778
From The U.S. - 1-900-443-3131
Main line (416) 595-1700 (Our switchboard operator has no consular or visa information.)
(416) 201-4100 Emergency-After Hours Only
(416) 595-6506 Death or Arrest of a U.S. Citizen
(416) 595-6501 Fax - American Citizen Services
(416) 595-5466 Fax - Visas
Mail from Canada:
U.S. Consulate General
360 University Avenue
Mail from U.S.:
U.S. Consulate General
PO Box 135
Lewiston, NY 14092-0135
Wander around downtown...the...
Wander around downtown...the shopping is great! Go to Eaton Center! Also...take the Hippo Bus Tour. It's a good way to see a lot of the city....and it goes in the water! The people are VERY nice and friendly!
Remember homeless are still people
Please remember that most homeless have some sort of mental illness such as schizophrenia and they are not mentally aware of certain things. Please treat them with respect and dignity, they are still human beings after all. If you don't want to give them money, give them your left overs or buy them food.
"Showers" Don't Necessarily Involve Water
One of the traditions that many Canadians have before a wedding, or the birth of a baby (or after the birth), is a "SHOWER". These are also often called a hen party or a staggette (although tend to be a little wilder, or more risque). Normally a shower is female only, however there are a number of "Jack and Jills" or "Doe & Stags" where both men and women attend. "Shower" comes from the concept of "Showers of Happiness"... and again, water is not involved!!! (Except to drink.)
Showers are often surprise parties for the guest of honour... however that is not necessarily a good idea if it is for an expectant mother near the due date! *grin*
If it is a wedding shower, there can be a theme - Kitchen, Bath & Bedroom, even Wine, or just Miscellaneous. Yes, there are gifts involved... and the prices vary. Sometimes the hostess will suggest that the guests go together and purchase one gift (place setting(s) of the dishes, for example). The price of the gift shouldn't be the focus, it should be the thought that counts, and thus the guests should be friends and not merely acquaintences of the guest of honour. Now, sometimes there are showers held by friends of the bride's mother and they may not be close to the bride. The immediate family of the bride doesn't normally hold the shower. Sometimes there are games played , but usually it is just a chance to get together and chat. And of course, there is the food! Can't forget that part of it. Depending upon the time of day, it could be a luncheon, afternoon "tea" or an evening dessert & coffee. It used to be that fancy sandwiches, squares and tea or coffee were served, but now anything can be served.
The picture was of the luncheon that one of my friends held for me, and there were cold cuts, rolls, and different types of salad, as well as fresh vegetables and dip.