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  • Toronto…the Beaches

    Monday was my last day in Toronto. And it was a blast…literally, the wind was blowing about 25 miles an hour or more all day. It was tough sledding on the court but Erin and I persevered (Erin much better than I). It’s tough playing tennis after a long break…the mind remembers your best tennis level and when it’s not replicated, well, it’s frustrating, but it’s a process.

    After dinner, both Erin and her daughter Hannah had a league match down by “The Beaches”, and area of Lake Ontario which has sand rather than rocks and a lot of activity…besides a tennis club, there was a huge beach volleyball area, a marina and miles of verdant walking paths. I could see the City from one vantage point.

    Tuesday morning I left Toronto for Montreal from the Toronto City airport. It’s pretty cool, right downtown on an island. To reach the airport from the city, I walked through a long tunnel under the water to the terminal. Once there it was easy to check my bags and reach the gates, where there were free drinks and snacks for the passengers.

    Next up: the ITF tournament in Mont Tremblant…

  • 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.

  • Great Walks, Apple Picking & Nuit Blanche 17, Toronto

    Hello again from Toronto. The last few days I’ve taken walks in an old brickyard , through the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, attended “buit Blanche” a contemporary art festival and gone apple picking outside Ontario.

    I’ve been visiting a friend in Toronto who has two very energetic dogs (you may have seen them if you every watch any of DrErinB’s videos on instagram or youtube), Olive (poodle/golden cross) and Ruby (Australian Shepard). So we’ve gone on many walks and the area is really nice. There’s the Evergreen Brick Works, the site of a brick factory which made many of the bricks that built Toronto, and now is a very nice nature area with ponds and lots of trees and walking paths.

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    There’s also the Mt. Pleasant (what a name!) Cemetary which is peaceful and beautiful with many interesting tombstones and crypts. The Eaton crypt, of Eaton Center fame was the size of a small bungalow.

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    Last night Erin, her daughter Hannah and I went to Nuit Blanche which was very confusing to me! It’s a one night cultural festival with installations all over the downtown area. Though the art was difficult to understand, we walked for a long time and there was good energy, tons of people and I saw the City Hall, Provincial Hall and the lights on the buildings was interesting.

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    Today Erin and I went apple picking in the afternoon at Pingles Farm Market  outside of Toronto. The place was packed, mostly with families. We bought a big bag (the only size offered), filled it with honey crisp apples (which are delicious), and also got an apple pie and pumpkin. There were also hay rides, a maze, a kids area and food. We then took the dogs to an off leash nature area, where we could see the Lake from the top (just a sliver). The dogs loved it, though they did manage to find two streams to wade in which made them  nice and wet and muddy!



    Last bit of Canada trivia…did you know that milk here comes in bags? Three small bags in each large bag I’ve been told.

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  • Toronto!

    I am in Toronto, Canada 🇨🇦 for a few days. I was here briefly last year but didn’t see much, so this time I am trying to remedy that. 

    Toronto is the largest city in Canada with a population of about 2.8 million, similar to Chicago. The greater metropolitan area is over 5 million. 

    Toronto is famous for its multiculturalism and the CN Tower, the highest in the Western Hemisphere. The hockey hall of fame is here too. 

    I went up the CN Tower today. The views were predictably good. Toronto is right on the Great Lake, Ontario, which seems like an ocean, it’s so huge. There are some small island and a small airport right by the harbor front. It was a nice afternoon, partly sunny, but cool, low 60s. 

    After the tower visit I walked over the main railway line and over to St. Lawrence Market where there were tons of restaurants, food stalls with everything from mustard to fish to cheese to maple syrup. 

    I passed an interesting dog-themed fountain along the way. 

    The public transit here, a mesh of subway, buses and trams, seems quite good. I took the bus and subway to the CN Tower without incident. 

    Toronto also seems very clean. It’s a nice place.