Posts Tagged ‘Toronto’

Sunnyside Bathing Pavillion + Woodbine Beach | 501 Queen Street Car | Exploring The6

Friday, August 12th, 2016

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Sunnyside Bathing Pavillion was built in 1922 and is a Toronto landmark that equalled the summer for people in Toronto.  It was built as a place for people to change and go swimming in the lake.  Since the lake was very cold, 3 years later a pool was built lakeside.  Back in the 20’s it cost 25 cents for admission and you could rent towels and bathing suits.  When the pool was built, it could have up to 2,000 swimmers and a special streetcar was created to shuttle kids from all across Toronto to the pool to swim.

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In the 80’s the change rooms were demolished and rebuilt and the pool was named Gus Ryder after Maryiln Bell’s swimming coach.

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Sunnyside Pool is open for swimming during the summer, starting in June and ending in September. In 2012, the pool is open from 10 AM until 8 PM, with a break from 3:45 PM until 5 PM. During heat alerts, the pool stays open until 11:45 PM.  You can park along the Lakeshore or it’s very easy to get to by taking the 501 Queen TTC streetcar and jump off at Parkside Dr.  It’s about a 4 min walk from there.

My kids love exploring.  They love the TTC and the streetcar. The lure of the “Red-Rocket” and I think I am in love with it also.  I picked them up on Saturday and asked them if they wanted to explore and hit a pool in Toronto that in the 20’s was the worlds largest outdoor pool.  I told them it’s on the other side of Downtown and we can take the streetcar to it.  We jumped on the Train from Ajax and jumped off at Danforth… walked down to Main Subway station and jumped on the subway west to Bathurst to jump off to have some Hero Burger at Honest Ed’s.

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Just down the street on Bloor across from Honest Ed’s is Snakes and Latte’s which is pretty cool.  We were going to check it out but the kids wanted to jump on the TTC and head to the pool after eating.  Before we did that we went around Honest Ed’s and it’s a pile of Giant Tiger stuff scattered around in a maze.  We regret not buying “Jesus” and we will pick him up the next time we are down there.  Everyone needs a co-pilot 😉

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We also got off the Streetcar to explore Queen West before heading to the pool to swim for the afternoon and into the late evening.  The kids loved sitting on the streetcar with an open window and just watching citylife walking around along the strip and the collection of stores and patios and people enjoying the summer.

We did some steath camping in a secret spot and set up our tent around midnight and had a long sleep.  The next day we picked up a TTC daypass and decided to hit Woodbine Olympic Pool in the Beaches on the Sunday.

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It’s a pretty cool beach right along the lake with the sandy beach right beside it.  Swimming is free and it’s open all day.  We got to ride on the Streetcar again along Queen.  After swimming the kids wanted to go along Queen again for a ride so we jumped on and went downtown and jumped off at Spadina to have a bite to eat and people watch crossing the street at Queen & Spadina which was hilarious.

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Noah wanted to ride on the new style of Street car so we jumped on the 510 North to Bloor to catch the subway back to the LRT and jumped on a double decker Go Bus to Ajax.

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Two days of swimming, catching rays and exploring with some steath urban secret camping… can’t go wrong with that.

The Paper Kites | TwelveFour | Concert | Lee’s Palace – Toronto

Sunday, November 29th, 2015

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The Paper Kites is such a sweet sweet band from the land of down under.  I’ve taken the full albums from the two EP’s and made them into a mixtape that you can download here.  I had the opportunity to go see them last night at Lee’s Palace in Toronto and it was a sweet show.

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I fell in love for the soft reflective feel they give.  If you want to hear some older stuff you can hit this post.  The new album is a tiny bit forward for them as a group and the trailer of the album is shown below.  Such a cool process of writing music each night only between midnight and 4am.

The new album is nice.  I’ve highlighted some songs below the trailer

 

Navigation Challenge | Swimming In Toronto

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

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In the summer of 2014… I thought it would be fun to take the kids swimming somewhere different and do a little challenge with them to see if they could get us there by themselves.  I like teaching my kids street smarts and have them use their own judgement to problem solve.  My kids need to know how to follow maps and read signs.  They need to know how to cross the street without a traffic light.  They need to know when it’s safe to cross.

The video of the day is below:

Previous 101 List Completed | Up The CN Tower With The Kids

Friday, November 7th, 2014

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Just a short time ago… I took the kids downtown to explore the city a bit and hit the CN Tower.  We went downtown and hit Chinatown near Spadina & Dundas and hit some shops.  Chantal has never been to Chinatown and she loved the stores will all the fake brandname stuff and electronics.  We then had lunch.  Noah sweet talked me into getting him shoes and I gave them each some money to buy some things they wanted.  Noah picked up a hat.  I guess he needed some more swag.

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We then headed down to Front Street to get tickets for the Tower.  It took us a good hour in line to get to the elevator to head up.  Noah was a little scared.  Once up there… he was pretty good.  We went up just as it was going to get dark soon… so we could see the city in the day and when it twinkles.  We took our sweet time and walked around and looked at all viewpoints of the city.  The kids thought it was cool to see places that we just walked and had lunch at.  We then went up to the Skypod and viewed it from that vantage point.  I gave Chantal a sharpie so she could write her name that she “was there”.  We also hit the glass floor before heading down to the ground level again.  We then hit up Jack Astors on Front for dinner and watched a bit of the Hockey Game.  Leafs were playing the Penguins and the game was in Toronto… so they thought it was neat that we were watching the game on the big screen that was being played 4 minutes away.

It was a great day and I was glad that I could take my little man up the tower for the first time.  Chantal had the chance to go up already with her cousin.

Toronto | Get Out + Explore | So many great little places…

Friday, August 9th, 2013

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There is so many little places to explore.  To drive around.  To stop and get out and walk and explore.  So many different people with cultures that are not like yours.  New food.  New stores.  Just people living and getting by the best they can.

I look at urban photography and it’s striking.  So simple the portraits of city life.  How come when I walk around… it’s hard to see the moments and have it trigger in my mind to capture that perspective?

Summer is fading fast.

Snippets of Ben Howard in Toronto last week | Echo Beach

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

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Some highlights of last weeks concert recorded on my crappy cracked iPod Touch.