In order to avoid the intense traffic that had already started to build up at 1:30pm, it was suggested that we drive up to Sorel, then take the ferry across the Saint Lawrence River.
The Mini-RV is packed down in that mass of steel somewhere. The ferry run was short and smooth, but it took some of the stress out of the impressive traffic that we had been battling.
The MacDonald Monument at Place du Canada. John A. MacDonald was Canada’s first prime minister. This monument was erected in 1895. There are two cannons flanking the monument, which were used in the Crimean War. Queen Victoria presented the city with the cannons in 1892, to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the founding of Montreal. The Curator found the cannons quite interesting.
A trip to Montreal would not be complete without a visit to a jazz bar. We stopped by The Upstairs Jazz Club. A wonderful club, with a great atmosphere. The Shawn McPherson Blues Band was the night’s act. McPherson plays a decent harmonica, and the band surrounding him was solid. We were treated to some very good music.
North of Toronto lies the large Algonquin Park. We drove up to spend a few days camping and exploring the area.
Since it is getting to be off season, there were plenty of sites to set up the two tents and the mini-RV for The Curator.
Lucas and I spent one day canoeing in the Park. It was a perfect day to be on the water: plenty of sunshine and just a slight breeze.
It’s a beautiful park, and the canoeing is excellent. One could spend weeks out traveling the canoe routes through Algonquin.
Heading out on the canoe expedition. Photo credit: The Curator
When in Toronto, it is hard not to stop by Niagara to see the power of the falls. Since Lucas had never seen them, the choice was an easy one.
Even on a week day, late into the tourist season, the falls was a busy place to be. Still, it’s hard not to be impressed by the amount and power of the water flowing over the falls between Canada and the US.
Lucas and I even did the zip line towards the falls and into the mists.
All photos by C-to-C, except the zip line photo, which was taken by The Curator
I’ve been told it’s the “additives” that gives the fire a Brazilian flavor.
Completed in 1976, Toronto’s CN Tower stands at 1815 feet. Built on former railroad land, the CN stands for Canadian National. Don’t forget: the old round house at its base is now a brewery!
Currently it is the ninth tallest structure in the world, and it receives over 2 million visitors a year.
We joined the throng, and the lines, to get the view from the tower. It does offer some great visuals of the city of Toronto.
The Curator, Brazil Lucas and I took in an MLS game while in Ontario. Toronto FC was hosting the LA Galaxy, and the Galaxy was Lucas’ favorite US team.
A decent crowd, although no where near the rowdiness of the only other MLS game I’ve attended, which was in Seattle.
Toronto took an early 3-0 lead, and the Galaxy defense looked suspect.
LA would claw back and tie the game at 3. The highlight was Galaxy striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic scoring on an impressive, spinning back-heel volley. It was the 500th goal of his career.
The comeback was not to be, as Toronto found the back of the net twice more, for a 5-3 win.
Six Nations Territory, Ontario
The Curator, Brazil Lucas and I ventured into the Six Nation Territory in Ontario to watch some racing at Ohsweken Speedway.
It happened to be the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals weekend, which was no doubt purely coincidental.
The track was pretty dry and slick by the end of the night, but we saw some good racing.