Toronto, Canada

I’m in Toronto this weekend visiting a friend, Erin Boynton and practicing for my first singles tournament in a while, an ITF tournament in Mt. Tremblant, about 90 minutes outside of Montreal.

I arrived Thursday and it was warm, wet (rainy) and muggy. Erin and I practiced Friday and then I joined her tennis team practice which was fun, at the Cricket Club. While we ate lunch we were able to watch a cricket match. The club also has squash, lawn bowling, swimming, a gym, curling and an Olympic level ice skating program. After practicing we had a nice walk in the Evergreen Brickworks with Erin’s dogs Olive & Ruby, who are an energetic duo.

Saturday we practiced again, then Erin, her daughter Hannah and I went downtown to see the University area and the City Hall. The city is really green.

Today Erin & I went to Niagara Falls. I’d never seen them and the Canadian falls are huge, impressive, powerful. We walked behind them and next to them. The area around the falls is pretty touristy…lots and lots of fast food restaurants and an miniature golf course and Ferris wheel…but the falls are well worth seeing. The American falls are the smaller ones, the falls with all the mist rising above are the Canadian Falls which are more of a horseshoe shape.

After seeing the falls we went to a Butterfly Reserve and then to Niagara on the Lake (Lake Ontario) which is a restored town (after being destroyed in the War of 1812). It had lots of gelato shops, food shops and even a hat shop (my favorite of course).

Just as we left it started to rain, so we were lucky to get in a good day of sight seeing.

Tomorrow is the last day here before heading off to Montreal and Mont Tremblant. The draws have been posted and I play on Wednesday morning, weather permitting of course. Draws are here.

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