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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

TRANS CANADA: Day 9--Toronto

  • Home to indigenous peoples for 10,000 years.
  • Population of 6 million (#5 in North America), where 47.5% were foreign-born (in 2006, 49.9% came from other countries)
  • More people speak a Chinese dialect than French
  • Is pronounced with the second T silent.
  • Attracts 25 million tourists/year (Hawaii: 9 million).
  • Major professional sports teams
    • Toronto Maple Leafs (hockey)--won 13 Stanley Cups
    • Toronto Blue Jays (baseball)--two World Series
    • Toronto Raptors (basketball)--zero championships
    • Toronto Argonauts (football)--won 16 Grey Cups
    • Toronto FC (soccer)
    • Toronto Rock (lacrosse, which is the national sport, not hockey)
  • University of Toronto has just about 89,000 students on three campuses, making it the largest university in North America.
  • Has 8,000 restaurants
  • Temperature range from minus 24.3F to 105F.
  • PATH (which is connected to the Sheraton), is the largest underground pedestrian system in North America, connecting 1200 stores over 17 miles.
  • Third largest movie production city in North America, with 25,000 jobs and 70 movie festivals/year.
  • 1600 named parks.
  • 35,000 hotel rooms
  • Pearson Airport is the fourth busiest in North America.
I did not realize how stressful the train ride was.  I woke up to learn that my free breakfast period had expired.  Looking from my room, no one was walking around in town.  However, I took PATH underground, walked past Union Station and made it to CN Tower in around 20 minutes.  Tens of thousands of people walking around in the comfort of protection.  Thus, my eating day started with an 11AM lunch at 360 The Restaurant, which revolves at the midpoint or so point of this tallest structure in the Western Hemisphere.  Prime rib and romaine/kale salad with a sparkling rose and cabernet.

I was worried about getting a good window table.  I was one of the very few diners:

Took one hour to make a complete rotation.  The restaurant has won some awards:

The food was okay and the view was absolutely spectacular on a very clear and cold (21 F high) day. I took a photo with a moose here:

I jumped on the Hop On Here sightseeing bus for free (paid for by VIA--normally $30-$40/day) and took a few photos.  I could never find the sign showing that was the bus stop, and later learned that was because someone had stolen it.   Christmas trees in Toronto:

Some street scenes:

To the right is Union Station, where I arrived yesterday from Vancouver.  

Walking through PATH, I decided to try Australian, a cousin of Canada:

Another international meal:  Australia beef pie, Italian Wedding Soup and Belgian beer.

Tomorrow, I'm probably skipping a posting, for I'll be returning to Honolulu.  On the other hand, I might review the entire trip during my stops in various airline lounges.

Yup, the Dow Jones Industrial Average went up 81 to 24,585 and again broke its all-time high.


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