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Toronto: What to see and do
Comfortably avoiding the landlocked ensconcing of its northern neighbours, the city of Toronto beams alongside Oshawa and Mississauga, hugging the Lake Ontario waterfront as it nurtures a port town ambience enlivened with a multicultural mass of locals - more than half of which originated from outside of Canada’s borders. Much to the enhancement of the local palette, the melting pot of diasporic denizens brings with it a smorgasbord of cuisine as diverse as the city’s attractions - with the essentially local poutine sharing the spotlight with international selections of daily bites uncovered in Toronto’s Little India, Chinatown, and Little Italy as well as a side-order of the odd Greek nosh and Thai offerings making guest appearances.
Despite its beginnings under the affectionate banner of Hogtown (as christened by locals and mischievous neighbours alike), the expanse of Toronto has seen an ascent into embodying its more flattering persona as the Megacity, with past municipalities conglomerated into its dominion to form a more concrete metropolitan hearth. However, old-time charm still holds sway within ample modernity, thrusting glances upon the classically ornate monolith of the Casa Loma, a medieval-styled castle built in 1914 and set upon a vantage point of the city down low. Similarly imbued with nostalgic sentiment and the local appreciation for heritage, the Colborne Lodge offers a walk through Toronto’s history through the eyes of its former residents John and Jemima Howard - the couple who originally founded High Park, yet another of Toronto’s (and to a larger extent, Canada’s) prized local parks. Within the picturesque cottage and its three storeys, exhibits adorn the restored walkways and former living spaces to include the now-antique furnishings of its previous inhabitants as well as their documented effects pertaining to the process of shaping the aforementioned park, and precious watercolour paintings depicting sights and scenes of a much younger Toronto. Not forgetting the modern-age young, the Torontonian domain doesn’t come without its hip, youthful aspects - a trip down to the pedestrian-friendly network of Distillery District proffers a historic territory enlivened with the hip, upbeat pulse of currency within multifarious designer boutiques, artisanal merchantry, art galleries, and performance venues.