Meanwhile Greensystem spent the day on a bus tour. We drove through Chinatown, Queen Street West, Lakeshore Blvd and Harbourfront. Passing by the BMO field (which is the home of TFC and the Toronto Argos) and taking breaks at Kensington and St. Lawrence Market. It was great to see the many different pockets around Toronto and how different each district is! After breaking for dinner the group met up again and made its way to join the others at Hard Rock Cafe for the party.
Ripley’s Aquarium is one of Toronto’s newest attractions. Opening just three years ago, it holds about 16 thousand animals, so A LOT to see! The Canbe group spent the day at the aquarium looking and learning about the many incredible underwater creatures before joining others at the youth party at Hard Rock Cafe.
It was Greensystem’s first day seeing the city after yesterday’s time filled doing tests.
We started off by seeing Toronto’s New City Hall, one of our most distinctive buildings. It is located within Nathan Phillips Square which during the summer host farmer’s markets, concerts, outdoors movies and of course the famous 3D Toronto sign. After stopping for a few quick pictures, we headed down Queen Street West, which is known here for its “trendy, hip and cool” atmosphere. t is backed with one-off shops, rock/ punk influence, and great art scene. Which suits the neighbourhood which also hold the AGO and OCAD University- a post-secondary institution specializing in art and design. Then we walked by China town and took a break at the Ontario Legislative Building, before walking back and finishing off at the Eaton Centre. The students were definitely excited for Ontario’s largest mall!
Today a large group of Brazilian students arrived, joining Quest and adding new exciting energy! For them the day entailed placement tests and introductions.
However, others spent the afternoon canoeing or taking a walking tour around Chinatown and the waterfront, without saying, a much more relaxing and leisurely time.
Meanwhile Toronto’s Salsa on St. Clair Festival, a celebration of Latin culture has been in full swing. The event’s programming and jammed pack and attracts hundreds of thousands, who come to taste, listen and dance. A couple groups of students joined in on the fun and experienced one of the most sensational and entertaining parts of living in such a multicultural city.
Some students today explored UofT and others took in culture and art at the Royal Ontario Museum. However, a group of twenty students spent the the day getting a little wet paddling one of Canada’s most historically embedded modes of transportation. The students paddled on lake Ontario to Toronto Island, experiencing the surreal feeling of being surrounded by nature while at the same time witnessing the beautiful city skyline. After taking a break and tossing the ball around on the island, we headed back to mainland via ferry, relaxing and letting the breeze and views wind us down.
Founded in 1827, UofT has a long and incredible history. Today it stands as a top Canadian institution and is well known as a leader in research, specially in the sciences and technology, while also maintaining a great position of influence in literary studies. Today a group of ‘Sheffield’ students walked the same steps as Canada’s first female astronauts, top literary critic and Toronto’s current major, amongst many more notable alumni!
We’ve had a wonderful start to summer 2016! The sun is shinning and hundreds of students are flooding the campus. Today a large group of us went to to watch Jay’s game, a team Torontonians take great pride in, specially with the strong start to the season. This game was no let down- we walked away with another with and the students filled an entire section showing strong support!
For 35 years now Toronto has hosted the Pride Parade, an event that aims to honour and empower people with diverse gender identities and sexual orientations. This is an all inclusive event that truly highlights our vibrant culture and continues to educate and celebrate our community. The students took part in this historically important event, seeing the parade and surrounding entertainment. Joining thousands of others- wearing bright colours and huge smiles! Due to such huge crowds it was tough to take a good shot, so we’ve borrowed the ones not of the group from: Mark Blinch/ Canadian Press http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/toronto-pride-parade-2016-1.3663042 and Pride Toronto’s Instagram https://www.instagram.com/pridetoronto/