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hello from toronto

once upon a time the city looked like this

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now (much of it) looks like this

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this

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this

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this

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this

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and this

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but there's a lot of greenspace, with parks in every corner of the city

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the parks can be really beautiful: and it can be hard to accept that you're actually in a city in some of them

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trails that run along the creeks through the city can feel quite wild

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there's a good subway system

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and trams (aka streetcars)

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the city stands on edge of lake ontario, one of the five great lakes

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and it's nice to walk or bike along the lakeshore

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the lakeshore is a happening place (eg this intimate and totally wonderful flamenco gig that took place 28.08.03)

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and besides the more obvious interesting things (like the cn tower) you might see street hockey

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('cus everybody is into hockey -street hockey being a warm weather substitute for 'real' hockey played on ice) like this

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or you may see things by the side of the road, like this

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you can skate in front of city hall for much of the year

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you can skate on lake ontario if the weather is really cold

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but it's more common to skate on one of the many lakes in parkland in toronto.

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or you can hang out in one of the many ethnic enclaves (this is chinatown)

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often the architecture is a mixture of old and new

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which is kindof interesting

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it's common to see chipmuncks in the garden

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and racoons

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but both of those critters tend to hide out over the winter months...
the winter of 2002-3 was great. this is me taking the dog for a walk

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as you can see, there is snow on the ground

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the snow that year was the 'best' for a decade (or 'worst', depending on your point of view)...

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yippee!

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this is the humber river, that flows through toronto into lake ontario.
-this was completely frozen in the winter 2002-3

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the edges of lake ontario were solid enough to walk on

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and the trees looked really pretty, laden with snow like this
(views from various windows of our house)

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it was fun being out in the snow that year

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in the winter you can use cross-country skis in city parks

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i wonder if first nations people here skiied...

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algonquin provincial park is only half a day's driving north
of toronto, and it is 6,000 square kilometres of wildness
-in summer it can look like this

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-in winter it tends to look more like this

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in winter it's beautiful up there nonetheless

all of the water from the vast upper great lakes system
drains south through the viagra falls, not far from toronto

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canada's cool.

that's all folks!

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