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Signs of Toronto

02 Signs of Toronto, Queen Street.  CP 24 News

Toronto is one of Canada’s great cities.  Often called the “New York of the North” (I presume as a complement), it’s a fun place to visit.  There’s lots to see and do in Toronto, from the amazing CN Tower which soars 1815 ft (553 m) into the clouds, to enjoying great architecture,  to endulging in a large assortmant of great restaurants and markets.  We’ll be discussing Toronto in more depth in the coming months.

Today I’d like to introduce you to Toronto through a series of photos taken while walking around the city’s many neighborhoods, and showing you some of the its signage and ads.  I’m always fascinating by the glimpses these images can provide into a city’s character.  This post …

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St. Lawrence Market, Toronto

022 St. Lawrence Market.  Toronto 7-2014

I’ve a fondness for visiting Farmers’ Markets in my travels.  One of the finest markets I’ve ever been to is the St. Lawrence Market in Toronto.  This market was recognized by National Geographic as the “world’s best food market” in 2012.  It’s one of two main markets in Toronto, the other being the Kensington Market.

The quality of the food in the market is superb.  Extremely fresh produce, meat, seafood and a wonderful assortment of cheeses and baked goods.  Much of the food is locally grown, often in farms north of Toronto but also the Niagara peninsula, and it’s supplemented with seafood from the maritime provinces and St. Lawrence seaway.  Many of the cheeses are made in Quebec but there are …

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St. Catharines Market, Ontario

009 St. catherines Market 07-2014

One of the oldest Farmers Markets in Ontario is found on the Niagara peninsula, in the pleasant small city of St. Catharines (nicknamed the “Garden City”).   The market has been held since the early 1800s and is currently located in Market Square in downtown St. Catharines, at the corner of King and James Streets (adjoining the historic courthouse).

The market highlights the quality fresh produce grown in the rich soil of the Niagara peninsula.  You’ll also find fresh baked bread and other bakery items, meat products, seafood, and cooked food for sale.  Several vendors sell fresh cut flowers, jams and preserves, honey, and even some handicrafts are available.  The farmers market operates year round every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, with an extended …

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“Pic of the Week”, July 25, 2014: Field of Roses, Niagara peninsula, Ontario

2014 30a July 25, 2014  St. Catherines

I just returned from a short but very pleasant visit to southern Ontario.  After attending a meeting in Toronto, I visited my dear cousin who lives on the Niagara peninsula for a few days.  She was a excellent tour guide and shared many great sights, including this one.

The Niagara peninsula is well know for its fruit orchards and vineyards, but it also has a substantial nursery business, like this field of roses near St. Catherines.  On a gray misty morning, it was a most beautiful sight!

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Ottawa – NOT the coldest Capital in the world!

Ottawa – NOT the coldest Capitol in the world!

Ottawa is a vibrant and charming small city — so pleasant that it’s hard to believe it’s home to soooo many politicians.  Of the national capitols I’ve visited, Ottawa seems the most livable to me (ie. if I had to live in political city, I’d probably choose Ottawa).  I like Ottawa as a travel destination — big enough, but not sprawling, with a compact central area that’s easy to visit and walk around in.  Besides Parliament Hill, it has lots of museums and parks, plenty of things to see and do and a good selection of pubs and restaurants.  It’s very near nature and has a youthful energy.

Ottawa does have two serious drawbacks 1) It’s filled with politicians and those who “work” for the government  2) It …

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