Toronto is a vibrant, modern metropolis. But sometimes it’s nice to get away from the hustle and bustle and spend time in a quieter place, like these four historic villages. They are incredibly well-preserved, almost too perfect, but gorgeous. Streetsville, Oakville, Unionville and Thornhill provide a welcome change of pace and a glimpse into Canada’s […]
Old Town Toronto began as the Town of York, founded in 1793 as part of the British colony of Upper Canada. The city was incorporated in 1834 and renamed Toronto. The Great Fire of 1849 destroyed most of its wooden buildings, which were replaced by solid brick constructions, mostly Second Empire or Georgian in style. […]
Did you know that American troops invaded Canada once? Yes – well done, you history buff you! No – don’t feel bad, I didn’t know it either. In 1812, the United States and Great Britain went to war. In April 1813, the US Army and Navy attacked York, as Toronto was called then. The outnumbered […]
“What do you mean a medieval castle in Toronto?”- You’re entitled to think someone’s pulling your leg. But no, they are not. In fact, there is such a thing in the Annex North neighbourhood: Casa Loma, a medieval inspired castle built in 1911. The owner, industrialist and financier Sir Henry Pellatt, had his dream home […]
I’ve been meaning to take high tea here in Toronto
Hmmmm hot dogs! I thought I’d join the lunchtime crowd at Nathan Phillips Square
Kensington Market is a vibrant area, said to be among the best street markets in North America. I loved ambling along, taking the atmosphere in, smelling the smells of faraway places, watching locals go about their business and tourists like me taking photos and window-shopping. Diversity is the name of the game. This is what […]
Toronto trivia: the city was originally named York. When New Amsterdam became New York, people began to call it Little York. The locals didn’t like to be known as “Little Yorkers” so they renamed it Toronto, which means “meeting place” in the Huron language.