Toronto, Canada

Canada's largest city has long since shrugged off its frightfully proper, goody-two-shoes tag, thanks to a healthy dose of multiculturalism. You'll hear a babble of more than 100 languages spoken on Toronto's streets, and it's estimated that 40% of the population was born overseas - no wonder UNESCO voted it the world's most diverse city!

Toronto's most obvious symbol is the CN Tower, the world's tallest freestanding structure. Harbour front, the (perhaps overly) renovated docklands area lining Lake Ontario, is a fine place for an outdoor wander or meal in a refurbished warehouse.

Some of Toronto's best-preserved historic buildings can be found in York Old Town, and there's a peerless collection of fine Victorian domestic architecture in Cabbagetown. And a mere two-hour's drive away there's one of North America's top tourist attractions, Niagara Falls.


9 Jul 1997 - Toronto, Canada

As usual, we all went on the razz to experience the night scene. Like most nights out we had a good time and some good stories were formed - particularly one concerning a midget. I had a terrible time however as after eating the oysters on one night, I woke up the next morning at 6AM in pain. A visit to the bathroom was needed to eject the oysters. Further visits were needed half hourly and then hourly until 4PM when my body decided that there was no trace of oyster left in my body.

A place to visit that reminds you of Canada's colonial past is Fort York. This was once used by the British in the defence of Canada from those sneaky, rebellious and at the time newly independent Americans in the War of 1812. At this time Britain was stretched on all fronts and were particularly concerned with beating Napoleon in the Napoleonic Wars in Europe.
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