Travel to Canada (Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec, Niagara Falls
At the end of October, a very short trip to Canada took place (Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec, Niagara Falls).
The flight of 9.5 hours by airbus was easily transferred. This is not 19, as flew through Amsterdam to Bali! TV, books, and now, he is an unfamiliar airport. The plane filled out customs declarations. A sample of filling (in English and Russian!) Was in the back of a chair in a magazine. Standard questions – where, why, for how long, and the condition for importing foreign currency – an amount over 10,000 Canadian dollars must be declared. Border guards, customs – hard. We were warned that even with a visa, you can’t get into the country, everything will depend on the border guard, he can shorten his stay, and may even consider visiting the country inappropriate (?!).
The border guard turned out to be pretty nice, his welcome “high, how are you?” I was shocked. Immediately before our eyes, our border guards drew. There were no problems, the visa was for half a year, and it was confirmed. But that was not all. At the exit to another room they asked for documents, checked the mark of the border guard, then again in another room they asked for documents. Let’s go get your luggage. As soon as the suitcases began to creep out onto the tape, again some people with shoulder straps and a dog. Come on dog sniff drugs. When we sniffed someone’s bag, I sat next to her on the ass and let’s wag my tail, asking for goodies, I must understand, I found something. Immediately, people in uniform attached a tag to a bag with the words “recommended to check,” and went on. Well, we went further, where customs joyfully greeted us … Then questions rained like from a cornucopia – where, why, do you have friends in Canada, maybe you have business, maybe you have gifts, and in general you are lucky. If our customs stops selectively, then here they talk with everyone. “Our” customs officer was satisfied with our answers, he did not check the suitcases, let him go in peace. And finally, we’re on the street, Toronto !!!
They reached the hotel for almost an hour, hit rush hour, terrible traffic jams. But then on the way we watched the city. For some reason, I didn’t see the green at all from the plane and decided that the harsh climate still affected. In fact, it turned out quite differently. There are many parks, there are quite small ones, but there are a lot of them! (as it turned out later, there are 1,500 of them in Toronto) Trees, lawns, benches (required!) and squirrels, around squirrels! Struck houses. There are many single-storey cottages, whole streets. It seems that the style of houses is the same, but they are all different. Very beautiful houses, with small porches and small lawns. No fences, and the houses stand tightly-tightly to each other, literally a meter away from each other. I thought: how inconvenient it is, the neighbors look to each other, and then she noticed that the windows are only in front and behind the houses, and there are blind walls on the sides. Interesting buildings.
Here is our Park Hyatt Toronto hotel. The location of the hotel is very good, in the city center. The hotel itself also made a good impression. Excellent rooms, excellent service, and as it turned out later, the hotel restaurant is beyond praise.
Having washed quickly, throwing things away, we went outside until it got dark. The architecture was amazing. Once upon a time, Toronto was a group of small towns and villages located close to each other on the shores of Lake Ontario. The villages grew, the borders between them were blurred and now it is a huge city in which small fairy-tale houses with unimaginable skyscrapers are mixed. If you look at the map of Toronto, all the streets are located in the direction of the arrow, everything is in a straight line, no zigzags, strictly parallel and perpendicular to each other, as if someone measured 90-180 degrees under the ruler. Life in Toronto, in my opinion, does not stop day or night. We walked for a long time, got lost, asked the way to the hotel, were pleasantly surprised by the willingness to help us almost to the hotel. In general, the people there are very friendly, somehow calmly walked, without fear.
In the morning we had a city tour planned. The city is huge. Despite being a little over 200 years old, he is very diverse. You can feel the English influence – the streets of King and Queen, Royal Park, York Street. Although, as explained to us by “Toronto” itself, from the language of the Indians living in these places, as immigrants arrived in the city, the Indians began to disappear from these places and eventually moved to the reservation, where they still live independently, of course, not as much as before. The main population of Toronto now is immigrants from all over the world. It turns out that Toronto holds one of the first places as the best city to live not only in North America, but also in the world!
For 2 days in Toronto, we looked at the Embankment from the sights, looked at the harbor, from where ships, loaded with skins, once sent to Europe, a huge exhibition complex with beautiful gates, which were put to the arrival in Toronto of some heir to the English throne, walked along the longest Peace Street –Yang Street.