Our first stop was Parliament Hill, Ottowa.
Parliament Hill colloquially known as The Hill, is an area of Crown land on the southern banks of the Ottawa River in Downtown Ottawa. Its Gothic revival suite of buildings serves as the home of the Parliament of Canada and contains a number of architectural elements of national symbolic importance round the square.
Originally the site of a military base in the 18th and early 19th centuries, development of the area into a governmental precinct began in 1859, after Queen Victoria chose Bytown as the capital of the Province of Canada.
Peace Tower in 1927. Since 2002, an extensive $1 billion renovation and rehabilitation project has been underway throughout all of the precinct's buildings; work is not expected to be complete until after 2020.
After a whistle stop tour of Parliament Hill we were back on the coach heading for our destination for lunch - ByWard Market a district in Lower Town, Ottowa, located east of the government and business district, surrounding the market buildings and open-air market on George, York, ByWard and William Streets.
the market building is open year-round, and open-air stalls are operated in the warmer months offering fresh produce and flowers.
We were back on the road again, with a short comfort stop, arriving in Toronto late evening. We checked into our hotel - here's the view from our bedroom,
unpacked the necessaries and went out to a local restaurant before retiring for the night.
Ontario Legislative Building.
The building and the provincial government are both often referred to by the metonym "Queen's Park"
Casa Loma - (Spanish for Hill House) a Gothic Revival style house and gardens in midtown Toronto, that is now a museum and landmark. It was originally a residence for financier Sir Henry Mill Pellatt.
the oldest pub in Toronto, The Black Bull,
Yonge Street, (pronounced "young street") Until 1999, the Guinness Book of Records repeated the popular misconception that it was 1,896 km (1,178 mi) long, and thus the longest street in the world; this was due to a mistaken conflation of Yonge Street with the rest of Ontario's Highway 11. Yonge Street is in actuality 56 kilometers long. Yonge Street has many different styles of artchitecture,
Brookfield Place an office complex comprising the 2.1 ha (5.2-acre) block bounded by Yonge Street, Wellington Street West, Bay Street, and Front Street. The complex contains office space and consists of two towers, Bay Wellington Tower and TD Canada Trust Tower, linked by the six-storey Allen Lambert Galleria. Brookfield Place is also the home of the Hockey Hall of Fame.
inside Brookfield Place
outside Brookfield Place
City tour over, those of us who wanted were taken back to our hotel, others stayed and continued sightseeing. We went back, grabbed a sandwich and a coffee from a nearby Subway and ate in our room, because we were meeting someone special at 2.30p.m. My old school friend Kaye, who I met when we started senior school together over 50 years ago has lived in Toronto for 30+ years, was coming to pick us up at the hotel to take us out of the city. We last saw her approximately three years ago when she was on a visit to England and she was thrilled to be able to meet up with us in her home city.
Kaye collected us in her car and took us to the beautiful Rosetta McLain Gardens.
After a whirlwind tour of the city in the morning it was wonderful to catch up with a dear friend and see the countryside and suburbs of Toronto. A perfect end to our two days in Toronto.
Please join me in Part 8 when we leave Toronto for the journey to Niagara.