I've been out of Toronto for over a fortnight now. Do I miss it? Absolutely.
It's definitely difficult to leave a place when you've just grown accustomed to it. The strange unpredictable weather. The amazing public transport. The college. The friends.
I think it is definitely a city that will hold a place in my heart. I don't think I'd be able to live there permanently (I never even experienced winter!), but what I did experience was incredible.
During the last few weeks of my Diploma Programme at Bonnie Gordon College, I realised that I'd been so busy studying that I'd hardly seen the usual "tourist spots" of the city. I quickly purchased a "CityPASS" and off I went, adventuring around the city on buses, subways and street cars to reach each destination.
The first stop on my list was the zoo. I ventured to the Toronto Zoo on a Monday public holiday and spent most of the day there. It was definitely my favourite of all the sights, and I couldn't wait to see a Polar Bear! Unfortunately, neither could anyone else so I wasn't able to get any photos.
Unsurprisingly, the flamingos were one of my favourites. There were just so many of them!
|Flamingos at the Toronto Zoo|
I had a lot of fun that day, even though it took me two buses, the subway & almost 2 hours to travel each way!
The following weekend I came down rather ill, but I pushed through to visit the CN Tower and Casa Loma!
|The base of the CN Tower, Toronto, Canada|
The CN Tower was very busy, despite my getting there rather early in the morning! I think this must have been a 'slow' time however, since the trip to the top was a rather quick process. The amount of security before going to the top was slightly alarming, although I suppose when I thought about it, I probably felt safer having it there. I guess this 'small town gal' isn't used to such heavy security as what they have in North America.
|CN Tower, Toronto, Canada|
Casa Loma on the other hand - you could spend hours there! I wish I hadn't been so ill so that I could have spent more time exploring through this old castle, and then through the beautiful gardens.
|At Casa Loma, Toronto, Canada|
My favourite part was definitely the stunning grounds, which I wish I'd had more time to explore. Coming in a close second however, was the underground tunnel. Dark, creepy, and so full of history!
|Underground Tunnel at Casa Loma, Toronto, Canada|
With only 2 locations left on my "CityPASS", my next point of interest was the Royal Ontario Museum, or 'ROM' as it's called by the locals. I rushed down there after college and spent a couple of hours in the museum before it closed for the evening.
This is another tourist attraction that I wish I'd had more time to spend at. I admit I was surprised by the high entry fee, having been used to the museum back home in Adelaide being free, but when I discovered the size of the museum it made a bit more sense.
|At the Royal Ontario Museum|
There was actually so many exhibits, with so much to learn, that I could really only skim the surface of it all. If I'd had the time, I would have loved to return and spend a whole day there.
My favourite part though? Definitely the dinosaurs!
|Rawr! T-Rex at the Royal Ontario Museum|
The last tourist attraction on my "CityPASS" was the Ontario Science Centre. I'm sure it is probably a great place to see but I felt like science centres are the sort of thing you need to do with friends. Interacting with displays alone? Probably not so much fun...
I gave it a miss and called it a day for my Toronto tourist adventures!