Being a tourist in Toronto

We stayed with friends who live between Yonge and Bloor and Church and Wellsley in the Big Smoke before Christmas, after New Year’s and again when our flights to Dublin were cancelled due to the Polar Vortex.
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During this time we had plenty of time to get better acquainted with Ontario’s capital (and the city most foreigners think is the real capital of Canada) during our first winter together up north.
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We saw Canucks skating, walked the underground tunnels between shopping centres and subway stops and tried our best to stay warm in the -40 conditions. We moved briskly between the toasty apartment, cafes, Eaton Centre and we even slid along the park on the way to Steam Whistle Brewery near the frosty Financial District.
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Here, we sampled pints while we learned of the story behind the ‘Three Fired Guys’ who brewed the little beer that is all natural and crisp, with a company focus that’s as green as the bottle itself.
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We shopped in the former Maple Leaf Gardens, which is now a grocery chain with centre ice located beside the Asian ingredient aisle. You can stand and pretend to drop the puck before you pick up your spices for the week.
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We marveled at the dinosaurs and cultural displays at the Royal Ontario Museum, dodging school tours along the way.
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I also had the chance to pop by the Art Gallery of Ontario with my friend for their free gallery night where we watched locals learn how to salsa.
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We ended our trip with an evening in Koreatown sampling delicious goods, topped off with a night belting out classic rock tunes in a karaoke bar.

Were we the only tourists wandering around in Toronto during the coldest winter in 20 years? Quite likely but at least we made the most of our time there!

Published by Amy Maureen Lynch

Over the past decade, Amy Maureen Lynch has negotiated remote work arrangements, freelance client work and validated business ideas, in between living and working in Canada, Europe and Australia (and having two kids). She writes about travel, international family life, creativity and flexible work on her blog, where you can read about her experiences bringing her children into business settings and access flexible and remote work resources to help you navigate the future of work: notesfromanotherland.com. Amy’s first book, Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience, is based on her journey as a blogger, writer, founder and parent to date.

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