Tag Archives: Canada

‘Metamorphosis’ at the Royal Alexandra Theatre, Toronto, Canada

Three of us from Trek and Run – myself, Lamia and Ksenia – saw this show, which has just a week left to run here in Toronto. Here are a few of our thoughts, with more in-depth reviews following below… “The script was faithful to the standard interpretation of Kafka’s work…but would you understand it if you hadn’t read or studied the book? I’d say yes, absolutely. The themes of betrayal, of shallow loves and friendships and vulgarians blinded by money, status and loud words are ones that all but the…

The Canada Running Series ‘Move Your Paws for the Polar Bear Cause 3km’, Toronto, Canada

This 2014 event took place on 22nd February. First of all, here’s a film of the event, it’ll give you an idea of what to expect from the route I’ve run with the Canada Running Series people before, at their Toronto Waterfront Marathon in 2012. The organisation was great and there was a good vibe about the whole event so since I was in Toronto for a month this winter I  had a look at their website to see if they had anything going on locally during this time. As it…

Fresh Restaurant, Toronto, Canada

Fresh is on Spadina Avenue, near to Kensington Market, Chinatown and Queen Street East – an interesting area for tourists and hipsters alike. It’s an easy 10 minute walk to Osgoode Tube Station, or 20 minutes to Dundas Square, the centre of downtown Toronto. Before we talk about our experiences there, here’s a record of a chat we had with Fresh spokesperson Jennifer. How would you describe Fresh, your core values, what’s generally on the menu, etc, to somebody unfamiliar with the restaurant? We aim to offer vegan and vegetarian food…

The Magic Oven Restaurant, Toronto, Canada

The Magic Oven offers award winning pizza made with organic flours, organic mozzarella & raw milk cheddars and organic meats. They also serve a diverse selection of healthy salads, pastas and sandwiches, all made to accommodate a variety of diets – for instance, there are organic spelt pizzas, gluten-free rice flour pizzas and the option of vegan or lactose-free cheese. The restaurants (there are 6 spread across the city of Toronto) are fully licensed (offering a selection of specialty wines and beer with organic options) and reflect the owners commitment to respecting…

Spring Rolls Restaurant, Toronto, Canada

The branch of Spring Rolls Restaurant that Lamia and I visited, at 40 Dundas Street West, is just 2 minutes walk to Yonge and Dundas intersection (the central square of the city) and the Eaton Centre (downtown Toronto’s shopping mall). If you’re in town for the Toronto Waterfront Marathon then it’s a 10 minute walk from the finish line.      There’s a take away option – useful if you want to sit out in Dundas Square or take back to your hotel –  or a regular eat-in. We chose…

The CN Tower, Toronto, Canada

The CN Tower is a 553.33 m-high (1,815.4 ft) concrete communications and observation tower in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. When it was completed in 1976 it became the world’s tallest free-standing structure and the world’s tallest tower - both records it held for 34 years until the completion of the Burj Khalifa and the Canton Tower in 2010. It remains the tallest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere, a signature icon of Toronto’s skyline, and a symbol of Canada, attracting more than two million international visitors annually.            We visit Toronto a lot – it has a host of well organised running events including marathons in…

The Canadian National Exhibition (The CNE), Toronto, Canada

Friendly? 4 out of 5 Founded in 1879 the CNE has enjoyed a distinguished history as a showcase of Canada. It was “the place” where people came to experience the “best and the brightest” from the latest innovations in technology and commercial products, to the greatest artists of the time. Although the CNE has changed over the years it continues to be one of Ontario’s great annual traditions. The CNE is currently the seventh largest fair in North America and its audience truly reflects the diversity of Toronto and the…

Treetop Trekking at Brampton, Toronto, Canada

Friendly? 5 out of 5 We’d been to Go Ape in England and loved it, and since the Treetop Trekking experience appeared to be very similar, we decided to give it a go. Our session was due to last 3 hours, starting with a safety talk and culminating with an amazing 900 ft long twin zip ride over a lake. The course was a lot of fun, quite testing in places but within most people’s reach I’d say, as this short film we made shows… First of all, here’s a…

Planet Traveller Hostel, Toronto, Canada

Friendly? 2 out of 5 Planet Traveler touts itself as a very ‘green’ hostel. You can read all about it on their website - http://theplanettraveler.com/?page_id=5 It’s why I chose to stay there in the first place. And overall it was an ok place to stay. But I did have a few issues. Mostly, Toronto is a very fine place indeed. But there’s one thing that took me a while to get used to, and that’s the local habit of adding tax to a price on top of the price quoted. It…

The Holiday Inn Downtown, Toronto, Canada

Friendly? 2 out of 5 The Holiday Inn, Downtown (30 Carlton Street). The Holiday Inn is much nearer the downtown Toronto area than the Planet Traveller Hostel that we’ve also stayed at and reviewed, and if there are 2 of you sharing a room it doesn’t actually work out much more expensive. A very cramped double room at Planet Traveller, and every other hostel and cheap B & B in Toronto (I checked every one recommended in Lonely Planet, Trip Advisor and Rough Guide), is around 85 to 100 dollars,…