Vodafone’s First – First Trip to Toronto and Niagara Falls

Have you seen Vodafone’s new “Firsts” campaign? The telecommunications company filmed people while there were doing something for the first time in their lives. One of the videos has particularly caught attention. Two elderly women flying for the first time. It’s wonderful to see their excitement, fear and happiness all at the same time. But see for yourself:

 

I thought why not share one of my firsts with you:

I went on a trip to Eastern Canada two weeks ago and used the time before work to spend a couple of days in Toronto. I instantly felt inspired by the beautiful mix of architecture, advertising and fashion around town. It was refreshing to get out of “little Kelowna” and explore the big city.

I had read a little bit about Toronto online and asked for recommendations, but somehow ended up hitting the streets without  a real plan. Frankly, I’ve always found it fascinating to explore a new place by myself with some direction but no plan.

So I started my first day in Toronto. it was a little windy and since the CN tower was covered in clouds, I decided to take a long walk. I started in Toronto’s Old Town with the St. Lawrence market. A beautiful old market building in the middle of downtown with vendors selling all types of food and drinks, fresh seafood, candy among many other things.

In the afternoon,  I continued my walk towards the CN tower and found myself in the Financial district. It’s quiet the contrast from the older part of town. Skyscrapers, security guards, expensive cars and people in suits.

Talking about contrast, anywhere I went in Toronto, I was surprised to see how often old, small buildings where either incorporated into modern architecture or built side by side. For instance, I stayed at the Best Western which had about 40 floors. Right next to it, there was a tiny town house. It reminded me of the movie “Up” – When you look at the pictures you will understand what I mean. Even the old building of the Bank Nova Scotia was maintained and the new skyscraper was attached right next to it.

My first day ended with a shopping stroll through Eaton Center, a big shopping center in the middle of downtown. Once it was dark I went to Yong Dundas Square. At night this might remind you of New York’s time square with lid bill boards showing non-stop advertisements. An advertising jungle one may say.

I was lucky enough to have a beautiful second day in Toronto. I started my day off with a walk to the CN tower and used the chance to see the old city hall and the “entertainment district”. Again, I witnessed the beautiful mixture of old and modern architecture like the gorgeous St. Andrew’s church surrounded by skyscrapers and shadowed by the CN tower. I took the elevator all the way up to the top floor of the CN tower. The view is breathtaking. Ontario lake in it’s rich blue color on one side  and the view over Toronto  on the other were amazing.

I walked back to the hotel over Queen’s Street West which has a ton of interesting boutiques and restaurants. This was the end of my stay in Toronto as I headed down to Niagara Falls for work.

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