Ralston Independent Works Palace of Fine Arts and Ferry Tower, San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge
Golden Gate Bridge

Ximena and Lana experience on the tour bus

After the Tuesday conference was over, Ximena and I had the same idea to take a tour bus from the down town, Yonge-Dundas Square. When I approached the bus, I saw Ximena already tucked in the first row of the top part of the double-decker. We took North South Routes.




Flatiron Building

In the Old York we saw many of the city's oldest and best preserved buildings. In 1891 an unusual Gothic Romanesque structure was built at a cost of $18,000 on a triangular piece of land at the intersection of Front, Wellington, and Church Streets by the Goodenham family, who wanted local residents to recognize their success and the success of their distillery business. Currently, the Flatiron ranks among the most expensive office spaces in the city and is home to prestigious businesses.

St. Lawrence Hall

St. Lawrence Hall, built more than 150 years ago, is home to retail establishments, and city offices, with space available for rent. The large 3 story brick building in Georgian style would serve as Toronto's city hall until 1899, when the city moved to a monumental new city hall.

The Cathedral Church of St James

The Cathedral Church of St James in is the oldest congregation in the city and is a prime example of Gothic Revival architecture. The parish was established in 1797. The present structure, begun in 1849 and completed in 1853, was at the time one of the largest buildings in the city. It was designed by Fredrick Cumberland.




In the mid-1960s, the Ludwig Mies van der Rohe-designed complex known as the Toronto Dominion soon became the city's new financial center. Originally consisting of six buildings - the Ernst & Young Tower, Royal Trust Tower, Canadian Pacific Tower, 95 Wellington, Maritime Life Tower, and the tallest of all the towers, the 56-story TD Bank Tower - the TD Centre is often referred to as the city's "most influential business community".

The CN (Canadian National) Tower has long been a source of pride for Canadians in and around Toronto and has been a favorite tourist attraction. It was built between 1973 and 1976. The worlds highest public observation deck, Sky Pod sits at 447 meters (1,465 feet).

Clock Tower Fire Station

Clock Tower Fire Station was built in 1872. This station, located at Yonge Street, also had a clock tower. The tower remains, but the main structure has since been demolished, being replaced in this instance by a retail building.


China Town

Our tour guide had asked us what is the second language spoken in Toronto? The correct answer was Chinese, not French as some of the tourists guessed. Toronto's Chinatown had its beginnings with just one man - Sam Ching - who came to the city and opened a hand-wash laundry.





Massey Hall

Massey Hall is a performing arts theatre in the Garden District of downtown Toronto. Designed by architect Sidney Badgley, Massey Hall was financed by Hart Massey of Massey-Harris and completed in 1894.



The tour was over at the Dundas Square where Victoria's Secrets had grandiose preparations for the advertising event. One of the tabloids suggested having a picture taken with the models, no price revealed.

This concludes my Toronto visit. About 10 participants of the TIAW conference continued on the Niagara Falls.

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Niagara Falls

Niagara-on-the-Lake day

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