I only spent a few days in the city of Toronto, ON, but the memories will last a lifetime. I had made previous stops at the Hockey Hall of Fame and Lake Ontario, but now I was determined to get an intimate knowledge of the downtown area. Here are few highlights from my remaining days strolling through Toronto.
Blue Jays Game
Of course, no trip to Toronto would be complete without a few sporting stops along the way. I had already made my way to the Hall of Fame the day before, but I still had a sports itch that needed to be scratch. I would’ve have gone to see the world-famous hockey team, the Toronto Maple Leafs, but since they weren’t in-season, I decided to check out the baseball team. The Blue Jays played the New York Yankees that day and lost, but the experience was definitely memorable to say the least. The ballpark was right in the heart of the downtown area in a convenient location. There is actually a hotel built into the stadium – situated behind right field. If I had known about that hotel, I would have stayed there for at least a night.
Yonge Street is known as the “longest street in the world.” These claims began long ago when Yonge Street was part of Highway 11. That title now belongs to the Pan American Highway – although that is where the discrepancy lies. Younge is the longest “street” while the Highway is classified as a “road.” Locals still believe Yonge is tops in the world. Anyway, back to the actual scene on the street. Yonge street has everything! Shops, restaurants, you name it – the street goes on for so long, it feels like you are walking throughout all of Canada. At night, the street was home to a free hip-hop concert. Thousands of civilians stopped to watch the performance so I did as well.
So many more memories were created on my trip to Toronto. A massive street performance festival took place west of Yonge Street. It was a truly amazing experience that took up several hours of my day. Comic Con was also going on while I was there – something that I found out the hard way. I was baffled when I witnessed a man covered in makeup and blood…. until I was told about the gathering taking place near the Maple Leafs’ arena. One last piece of advice – eating at the revolving restaurant in the CN Tower is an absolute must!