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Golden Gate Bridge

Yorkville, Royal Ontario Museum and Queens Park

The TIAW conference in Toronto took place in the historic Yorkville area. York, the colonial town, was laid out in the 1790s when the provincial capital from Niagara-on-the-Lake was moved. The citizens constructed many of their churches and mansions in Georgian Style.

Four Seasons Hotel

This Yorkville church is just few steps from the hotel Four Seasons, where the first day of the conference was held. This image is taken at the corner of Avenue Road and Bloor Street. Bloor Street is named for Joseph Bloor, the original developer of this area in the last century.


The Royal Ontario Museum

On the southwest corner of Bloor and Avenue Road is the Royal Ontario Museum. The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is the largest natural history museum in Canada. Founded in 1912, the museum has maintained close relations with the University of Toronto throughout its history. A new crystalline-form expansion was designed by architect Daniel Libeskind.


The Alexandra Gates

The Alexandra Gates were built in 1901 to commemorate the visit of Prince George, Duke of Cornwall, and Mary, Duchess of Cornwall. It is situated at the beginning of Philosopher's Walk. On the left you can see the right side of the Royal Ontario Museum, perched against the wall of the original museum.




The Bata Shoe Museum

The Bata Shoe Museum, at the corner of Bloor and St. George, is dedicated to one of the least pretentious subjects for a museum, shoes. But when you consider that people have been wearing shoes for thousands of years, a museum that documents the history of shoes makes sense.


This Gothic revival church is located across from Bata Shoe Museum, near the intersection with Huron Street, and was designed by architect William R. Gregg in 1887.




Before our lunch at C 5 restaurant at the Royal Ontario Museum, I had a quick walk in Toronto Queens Park. The Equestrian Statue of King Edward VII on his horse Kildare was moved here from India in May 1969.


Known as the Ontario Legislative Building (and sometimes the Parliament Building), this impressive structure sits in Queens Park. Built at a cost of $1.4 million, the architect for the project was Richard A. Waite, an Englishman who was - at that time - living in nearby Buffalo, New York. His style is often described as Richardsonian Romanesque, but many Canadians found the structure to be too American, reflecting many of the styles found "south of the border." But while the building may have seemed "American" in style, nothing but Canadian materials were used in its construction, including more than 10 million bricks of pink sandstone.

I still had a few hours Sunday afternoon and took a subway from the attractive Museum station to Casa Loma. Casa Loma castle reminded me of Craigdarroch castle in Victoria, British Columbia.







I am always intrigued by castles' stories, and didn't mind climbing the 27-meter Baldwin Steps from Spadina Avenue above the Annex, the neighborhood where you would want to buy a house these days. Casa Loma's owner Sir Henry Mill Pellatt was a prominent financier, industrialist and military man. He founded the Toronto Electric Light Company and built the first hydrogenerating plant at Niagara Falls.
In 1911 Sir Henry and his wife Lady Pellat hired the noted architect E.J. Lennox to create a 'medieval' castle of the Edwardian era with 98 rooms but were able to enjoy the castle less than 10 years, before losing their money. In 1937, the city purchased the property. The Toronto Kiwanis Club volunteered to operate it and continues to do so today.

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Casa Loma

Ximena and Lana experience on the tour bus

Niagara Falls

Niagara-on-the-Lake day

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