As I have previously mentioned.. I always visit the Hard Rock cafe whenever the chance arises and the Toronto Hard Rock cafe was no exception..I had a bit of difficulty finding this HRC as I was on foot ( but) it was a long way from where I was staying and it turned out to be a lot further than first thought..
Like all HRC's I visit, the staff here were really welcoming and upon arriving at the Toronto Hard Rock I was immediately shown around the many interesting music memorabilia items that adorned the walls and bar area..So much so, and being so well looked by really friendly doorstaff . I forgot to photograph the entrance to the HRC...so all my pics here are inside .After the long walk on what was a warm day a few beers were on the agenda and a HRC Hamburger and fries. I call these Hard Rock Cafes Museums of music ..due to the varied amount of Rock and Roll memorabilia they contain and all are different..
IT'S ALL ABOUT THE MUSIC
Toronto has some real beaches, in addition to the ludicrous 'Sugar Beach'. About 10km east of downtown, on the Queen Street East streetcar line are 'The Beaches', a fine neighbourhood, whose commercial core is but a block from some gravelly foreshore reserves. And in Toronto's humid summer heat, a cooling dip in Lake Ontario would not be a bad thing.
And if you are not into a dip in the waters (not sure how clean!), there's a pleasant boardwalk, cycle paths, and picnic tables under shady trees. You'll see joggers and dog walkers and families enjoying al fresco lunches, watched over by the lifeguards at the iconic Leuty Lifeguard Station on Kew Beach.
The beaches themselves are artificial, maintained by groynes, with a need to supplement the sand from time to time.
The historic Don Valley Brickworks (ak Evergreen Brickworks), is now an interesting centre for environmental sustainability, run by by Evergreen, a national charity dedicated to restoring nature in urban environments.
The old brick kilns are now an exhibition space for artists, and and the surrounding area, once an industrial wasteland is converted to wetlands, hiking and biking trails and reforested landscape.
Quite ironic given the central role that the brickworks played in making Toronto look as it does today. The ubiquitous red and brown bricks are visible in many well-known Toronto landmarks, such as Casa Loma, Osgoode Hall, Massey Hall, and the Ontario Legislature, in most of the facades of commercial buildings. Many older residential houses are built of the same material.
We were to see this clearly in our lunch destination, the old Distillery District.
There is a Farmers Market each Saturday, a food court serves an interesting menu and plants are on sale at the Garden Centre.
If you can come by public transport (a free shuttle bus comes from a nearby subway station), you will avoid the voracious appetites of Toronto's exorbitant and ubiquitous paid parking system.
This place is faintly ridiculous. An array of deck chairs, set in a concrete bordered sandy space. Add a few trees and concession stands and a view of the Redpath Sugar Factory Dock across the wharfs! (hence the name). The most ludicrous addition - the signs warning that 'No Swimming Allowed' (!). The beach you have when you don't actually have a beach.
Seemed popular enough with some folk who were sitting on the deck chairs and enjoying the rays of a hot summer sun. And in any case, probably a better use of the location than its former incarnation as a parking lot.
High Park Zoo
The zoo inside High Park in Toronto is located on Deer Pen Road and is accessible via the Parkside Road entrance. There is plenty of parking just in front of the zoo's entrance.
The zoo is open all year long from 7 am till dusk. There are 6 or 7 enclosed areas on either side of Deer Pen road where the animals of the zoo live. You can find bison, deer, llamas, peacocks, highland cattle, etc. in the zoo.
The zoo dates back to the early 1900s when deer were kept inside High Park.
Please do not feed the animals. They are on a special diet and they may get sick from food given to them by visitors. When you take pictures, please be considerate and don't use your camera's flash because it disturbs animals (how would you like to be photographed 100 times a day?)
The High Park zoo is really great for families. No need to walk for hours from one animal to another and there are plenty of other activities in the park where you and your family can engage in.
There is no admission fee to enter the zoo area
This bronze statue of Winston Churchill was presented to the City of Toronto by the Churchill Memorial Committee on October of 1977. I don't know if everyone knows him. Well, he's the British prime minister during world war II and he's one among the greatest war time leaders of the 20th century. His faith and leadership inspired free men to fight in every corner of the globe for the triumph of justice and liberty.
Yes there is actually a farm at the heart of Toronto. It is a tranquil hideout that looks like any countryside. It has ponds, path walks and animals like sheep. The 7.5 acres of grasslands is perfect for picnics and games for the entire family. This place is very laid back if you just like to have a quiet walk and a break from the busy city then is the right place. We just passed by to this farm going to Danforth.
It's a downtown Toronto Landmark which started on 1980 by Jack Cole and later acquired by Indigo, the largest book retailer in the country. It's not literally the biggest in terms of floor space or shelves nowadays but they said it still has the biggest title that's why they retained the name. It's there for 25 years but then I found out that it will cease to exist end of 2013. They will develop a new condo. The downtown bookworms will be hit hard when it closes.
This is pretty old and constructed in 1910 designed by Walter Seymour Allward to commemorate Canada's participation in the Boer War, it consists of three bronze figures at the base of a granite column
This sculpture can be found in the western corner of the skydome. And it's above so don't forget to look up. It was called "Audience" by Michael snow. You could see a man pointing someone, a man and boy who's waving his small hat, a man making a victory sign ,a camera man, a man doing nose thumbing and a woman trying to look on something down. It is made of fiberglass painted metallic and was built in 1989.
There are lots of outdoor sculptures in Toronto if you are aware of it. And this one which looks like 2 giant steel egg beater tied up together called "Between the Eyes" which can found at the beginning of the longest street in Canada , Yonge street. It was created by Richard Deacon in 1990.
It's not just the gay village but nice restaurants can be found along this very lively street and centre of LGBT nightlife, gatherings, events and performances. The restaurants I went to like Ferkins, Ginger, Wild Ginger, Ghaza, Garage etc are all here. A monument of controversial historical figure Alexander Wood can be found here at the intersection of Wood st. and Church st.
Located just outside of Toronto, the McMichael collection is housed in a group of rustic log and fieldstone galleries, whose floor to ceiling glass windows provide an outlook onto the densely wooded Humber River Valley amidst which the gallery is situated.
The collection includes only Canadian art, principally by Tom Thomson, the Group of Seven, their contemporaries, and First Nations, Métis, Inuit and other artists who have made a contribution to the development of Canadian art.
Outdoor paths and hiking trails give access to the remainder of the property.
Opening hours are 10 to 4 every day. Tours are provided and there is a cafe. Admission is $15 plus $5 parking.
Colborne Lodge is a historical museum located in an 1836s home in Toronto's High Park. John George Howard, an architect, engineer, and prominent Toronto citizen built this house, which became the property of the city following his death in 1890.
Colborne Lodge Drive & the Queensway
Transport Streetcar 501/subway High Park.
Telephone 416 392 6916
Open Jan-Feb, Apr noon-4pm Fri-Sun. Mar noon-4pm Thur, Sat, Sun. May-Aug noon-5pm Tue-Sun. Sept noon-5pm Sat, Sun. Oct-Dec noon-5pm Tue-Sun .
Admission $4; $2.75 concessions.
Campbell House is a historic house in downtown Toronto, Canada. It is the oldest remaining house from the original site of the Town of York and was built by Upper Canada Chief Justice Sir William Campbell and his wife Hannah in 1822. The home was designed for entertaining and comfort, and constructed at a time when the Campbells were socially and economically established and their children had grown to adulthood.
The house is one of the few remaining examples of Georgian architecture left in Toronto and is constructed in a style in vogue during the late Georgian era known as Palladian architecture.
160 Queens Street West Toronto, ON M5H 3H3
160 Queen Street W,
at Simcoe Street
Transport Streetcar 501/subway Osgoode .
Telephone 416 597 0227
Campbell House website
Open May-Oct 9.30am-4.30pm Mon-Fri; noon-4.30pm Sat, Sun.
Admission $4.50; $2-$3 concessions; $10 family.
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