Toronto 2005-2013


For about a quarter century now, Toronto has been my home base. Shortly after I came here in 1986 I fell in love with the city, and that feeling has not changed. Toronto is a vibrant, cosmopolitan and multicultural hub with a short but interesting history. One of the places I certainly love is the waterfront, from the Beaches in the east, to the Toronto Islands to Sunnyside Beach and the Humber Bay area in the west. The city has so many lively neighbourhoods that are great to visit: from the Greek sights and sounds of the Danforth to the Indian-flavoured Gerrard Street Bazaar, several different Chinatowns, Kensington Market, Little Italy, Riverdale, the Annex, Little Portugal, Bloor West Village and so many more, there is so much to discover in Toronto. Of course, sights like the CN Tower, Casa Loma or the St. Lawrence Market are well known among many travellers, but these stories will give you an insider look into Toronto.

Every year, by about mid-March, I get sick of the Canadian winter, and when I don’t have a chance to travel abroad to a sunny place, I look for alternate ways of satisfying my craving… Read more.

The Art Gallery of Ontario is one of Toronto’s foremost arts institutions and attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. Founded in 1900 by some private citizens, the Art Gallery of Ontario has evolved into one of the largest galleries in North America.

Especially at this time, as New Years approaches, so many of us are making resolutions about losing weight and becoming more active in the coming year. Why not try some free outdoor activities in Toronto in the winter?

On December 28, 2012 I embarked on a local Toronto travel adventure: Casa Loma – Toronto’s castle. For this year’s Christmas, the castle was decorated as “Mozart’s Magical Castle” and for the entire month of… Read more.

On December 12, 2012 I decided to visit this year’s Christmas Market in one of my favourite parts of Toronto. The Distillery District is a 13 acre entertainment district that evolved from the historic Gooderham & Worts Distillery to become the largest collection of Victorian-era industrial buildings in all of North America.

For a person as curious as me, I am always out on some sort of discovery. No wonder travel writing appeals so much to me because it gives me the opportunity to explore interesting new… Read more.

In all my explorations of Toronto over the last few years I have learned that in addition to numerous world-class sights and attractions, Toronto has many lesser known nooks and crannies that are full of… Read more.

My summery biking adventures through Toronto continue. This morning I packed my backpack and as usual I entered the Taylor Creek Park system. Heading down into the lush green river valley that is fully closed… Read more.

Sometimes you get hooked on an activity, and exploring Toronto by bike has become one of these pastimes for me. Not only is it great exercise, but it’s also an awesome way to explore the… Read more.

There is no doubt in my mind that bicycling is one of the best ways, if not the best way, to explore a city. You cover more than walking, you can easily stop anywhere, and… Read more.

Human transformation and progress towards a more positive enlightened way of living have long been topics that fascinate me. Many of the articles on this website focus on the personal transitions that so many of… Read more.

The more time I spend discovering Toronto the more I realize it is a fascinating city with interesting people and places, historic and current, famous and not so famous. Sometimes our most interesting discoveries are… Read more.

Casa Loma, Toronto’s castle and the city’s second most important tourist attraction, has an extremely interesting history. It was the life dream and brainchild of Sir Henry Pellatt, one of Canada’s most successful industrialists and… Read more.

As part of my “Celebrate Toronto” article series I have set out with a goal of making one of the most complete discoveries of this city, focussing on the people and places of Toronto. One… Read more.

As a European immigrant, historical districts always hold a great fascination to me. Over the last few years, Toronto has been enriched by the revitalization of an entire district: the Distillery District, a complex of… Read more.

It’s been a pretty amazing summer so far. The weather has been pretty good since as far back as April. Occasionally, we’ve had rain showers and thunderstorms, but much of the rain has actually fallen… Read more.

I am a great believer in volunteer work and dedicating time and effort to the greater good. Corporate responsibility embodies this spirit on the business side. In our modern cities and developed nations we often… Read more.

So many festivals to choose from, so little time….. This weekend Toronto had so many special events to offer, there simply wasn’t enough time to attend them all. Here are just a few samples of… Read more.

During summer Toronto goes all out to entertain its residents and visitors with a wide array of festivals including street, theatre, music and culinary festivals. This past weekend was a perfect example of the multitude… Read more.

One of my favourite spots in Toronto is the Toronto Islands, that lovely patch of land right in front of downtown Toronto, separated by just a sliver of water. So close, yet so far from… Read more.

Festival season is in full swing. Summer is a great time to be in Toronto since there are multiple events going on at the same time. I had just heard about the “Taste of Little… Read more.

Judging by the line-ups of architecture buffs on the streets, Toronto’s free architecture festival, Doors Open, is a resounding success. Since 2000 Doors Open has been providing free access to architecturally or culturally significant buildings… Read more.

“Tonight a dream has come true”, said G.A.P Adventures CEO and founder Bruce Poon Tip. About a year ago he and a few of his team members at the Planeterra Foundation, G.A.P’s non-profit organization, sat… Read more.

Well, all throughout January we had above average temperatures. Now it’s mid February and winter has arrived. For the last few days we have officially had a “winter weather warning” which, among other things, alerts… Read more.

By Bruce Bell Bruce Bell is the history columnist for the Bulletin, Canada’s largest community newspaper. He sits on the board of the Town of York Historical Society and is the author of two books… Read more.

By Bruce Bell Bruce Bell is the history columnist for the Bulletin, Canada’s largest community newspaper. He sits on the board of the Town of York Historical Society and is the author of two books… Read more.

By Bruce Bell Bruce Bell is the history columnist for the Bulletin, Canada’s largest community newspaper. He sits on the board of the Town of York Historical Society and is the author of two books… Read more.

By Bruce Bell Bruce Bell is the history columnist for the Bulletin, Canada’s largest community newspaper. He sits on the board of the Town of York Historical Society and is the author of two books… Read more.

By Bruce Bell Bruce Bell is the history columnist for the Bulletin, Canada’s largest community newspaper. He sits on the board of the Town of York Historical Society and is the author of two books… Read more.

By Bruce Bell Bruce Bell is the history columnist for the Bulletin, Canada’s largest community newspaper. He sits on the board of the Town of York Historical Society and is the author of two books… Read more.

By Bruce Bell Bruce Bell is the history columnist for the Bulletin, Canada’s largest community newspaper. He sits on the board of the Town of York Historical Society and is the author of two books… Read more.

By Bruce Bell Bruce Bell is the history columnist for the Bulletin, Canada’s largest community newspaper. He sits on the board of the Town of York Historical Society and is the author of two books… Read more.

By Bruce Bell Bruce Bell is the history columnist for the Bulletin, Canada’s largest community newspaper. He sits on the board of the Town of York Historical Society and is the author of two books… Read more.

It is unbelievable how nine days can just fly by. Today my brother, sister-in-law and our two Austrian friends are scheduled to fly back to Graz, Austria, via Vienna. There has been an increasingly palpable… Read more.

One of the beauties of Toronto is its diversity, the fact that hundreds of ethnic groups from all over the world congregate here in this metropolis and give their distinct flavour to this urban mosaic… Read more.

Two days ago I took our European visitors on a little driving tour of the Niagara Peninsula, specifically to explore some of the 50 something wineries. My brother is a chef and very interested in… Read more.

Since my European visitors are quite sporty I figured that renting a bicycle would be the perfect way of exploring the city. So to join them on their first guided bicycle tour I grabbed my… Read more.