Tag Archives: Ontario

Photo of the Week: Toronto’s Garden Car.

While walking around the Kensington Market neighborhood in Toronto this past summer I came up across a hand painted community car filled with grass and soil, the “Garden Car”. Sitting on Augusta Street near Oxford, this car has been a stable of the market in the warmer months since 2006. An interesting mural as a back drop too.

Toronto, Kensington Market Garden Car

Photo of the Week: A Constantly Evolving Toronto Skyline.

Hanging out along Lake Ontario at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto gives off beautiful views of the water. Do a 360 and you’ll get a great city shot. Your also bound to see a few of countless cranes that are setup throughout the city. One high-rise after another is being built. It’s been only a month since I was there, I wonder what the view and skyline looks like now from this very spot?! ๐Ÿ™‚

Toronto skyline, Harbourfront Centre

Toronto: Stumbling Into “The” Coffee Drink!

Prior to my recent trip to Toronto I came up with a plan of attack for diving into the well-known Toronto coffee scene. I asked for tips and recommendations on the social media channels and did a lot of research online. I had a lot of places on my list to checkout.

In the early morning hours one day I went over to the Kensington Market neighborhood with the intention of roaming around until the coffee shops on my list started opening. While walking around right in the heart of the neighborhood I stumbled upon another coffee shop that was already open, Moonbean Coffee Company.

Moonbean Coffee Company, Kensington Market, Toronto

Walking inside I was immediately drawn to the small-town, cozy, neighborhood like atmosphere.

Moonbean Coffee Company, Kensington Market, Toronto

I loved checking out the local flyers and information that was pinned right above the cream/sugar station. I felt like I was a part of the community while reading.

Moonbean Coffee Company, Kensington Market, Toronto

Turning around, there were lots of coffee cups above the espresso machine just waiting to be drank out of. On this morning though I felt like getting something different.

Moonbean Coffee Company, Kensington Market, Toronto

I asked the barista behind the counter for her recommendation on what to get and she was very friendly and suggested an iced mocha. A few minutes later in a taller glass I got a caffeinated beverage filled with big espresso ice cubes and chocolate syrup was hugging the inside. OMG! I just got “The” coffee drink.

Moonbean Coffee Company, Kensington Market, Toronto, Iced mocha coffee

Opened since 1995, they are a full-fledged micro roaster of green coffee that people order online from all around Canada. I checked out the coffee beans and roaster as I was consuming the chocolate deliciousness. They also offer plenty of breakfast, lunch and tea options for those that come to hang out in person. They open early and close late seven days a week. Perfect.

Moonbean Coffee Company, Kensington Market, Toronto

Moonbean Coffee Company, Kensington Market, Toronto

Immediately upon hanging out and drinking the iced mocha I knew I would come back. There I was the very next morning enjoying the same iced mocha, this time along the front entrance and outside patio.

Moonbean Coffee Company, Kensington Market, Toronto, iced mocha coffee

Moonbean Coffee Company, Kensington Market, Toronto

Moonbean Coffee Company, Kensington Market, Toronto

The coffee shop and drink in Toronto that I canโ€™t wait to get back to and experience again, is one that was not even on my radar. When on the lookout for a coffee, or just traveling about in general, keep your eyes open, you never know when youโ€™ll uncover a gem.

If your ever in Toronto and craving a tasty beverage and/or a relaxing neighborhood atmosphere, I suggest heading to the place where I found โ€œTheโ€ coffee drink, Moonbean Coffee Company. Yum! ๐Ÿ™‚

Ontario: Hanging along the Windsor Riverwalk.

Recently I was passing through Windsor, Ontario, Canada and I decided to checkout a different part of their Riverwalk (riverfront) then I had seen before. The Riverwalk sits along the Detroit River with the skyline and city of Detroit opposite, not to mention a different country, the United States.

On this day I stopped at the part of the five kilometer park near Walkerville. Many scenic and romantic park benches along with two city skyline views and a bike path going in-between. What can beat sitting on a park bench in one country, looking at the beauty of another?!

Windsor Riverwalk, Detroit river, skyline

Windsor Riverwalk, Detroit river

Windsor Riverwalk, Detroit river, skyline

Windsor Riverwalk, Detroit river, skyline

Just hanging out on the open Riverfront Trail. ๐Ÿ™‚

Windsor Riverwalk, Casino, park benches, bike path

Windsor Riverwalk, bike path, park benches

A little further down the riverwalk around Ouellette Avenue and the main drag of Windsor is Piazza Udine. You’ll find lots of greenery and gardens alongside the park benches and Riverfront Trail.

Windsor Riverwalk, gardens

Windsor Riverwalk, Detroit river, skyline

Windsor Riverwalk, gardens, Detroit river, skyline

Windsor Riverwalk, gardens

<Windsor Riverwalk, Detroit river, skyline

Windsor Riverwalk, Detroit river, skyline

It was fun-filled sunny afternoon hanging along the Windsor riverfront. You can check out my time at other parts of the Windsor riverfront in The hidden gem across the river. Windsor..

Toronto: A Million Skyline Looks.

During the recent travel blogger conference (TBEX) in Toronto, I attended an after-party on Centre Island, one of the Toronto Islands. On the short ferry ride to get out to the chain islands out in Lake Ontario, it became apparent that I was going to be giving the beautiful and expansive skyline lots of eyeball time.

Toronto skyline, Ontario, Canada, Toronto Islands, Lake Ontario

Toronto skyline, Ontario, Canada, Toronto Islands, Lake Ontario

I was one of the first people to the party at Shopsy’s so I headed to the table closest to the water and started firing away,…

Toronto skyline, Ontario, Canada, Toronto Islands, Lake Ontario

…capturing the skyline which was in the background to the beautiful greenery right in front of me.

Toronto skyline, Ontario, Canada, Toronto Islands, Lake Ontario

Toronto skyline, Ontario, Canada, Toronto Islands, Lake Ontario

There the CN Tower sits front and center with the neighboring white-domed Rogers Centre along for the ride.

Toronto skyline, Ontario, Canada, Toronto Islands, Lake Ontario

Toronto skyline, Ontario, Canada, Toronto Islands, Lake Ontario

Do you see the plane that’s about to land at nearby Toronto Island Airport?

Toronto skyline, Ontario, Canada, Toronto Islands, Lake Ontario

It was getting later in the evening so each shot brought a little more darkness.

Toronto skyline, Ontario, Canada, Toronto Islands, Lake Ontario

More and more people were bringing their conversations and fun out onto the outside decks getting their smart phones and cameras ready. Some people had their umbrellas out as it was raining lightly, but that wasn’t going to stop the skyline photo madness. ๐Ÿ™‚

Toronto skyline, Ontario, Canada, Toronto Islands, Lake Ontario

Toronto skyline, Ontario, Canada, Toronto Islands, Lake Ontario

Toronto skyline, Ontario, Canada, Toronto Islands, Lake Ontario

It’s wasn’t just the tower that was front and center. At times, the sky was lighting up perfectly behind it.

Toronto skyline, Ontario, Canada, Toronto Islands, Lake Ontario

I grabbed a couple of more shots from along the railing…

Toronto skyline, Ontario, Canada, Toronto Islands, Lake Ontario

Toronto skyline, Ontario, Canada, Toronto Islands, Lake Ontario

…and before you knew it, the city lights were starting to come on in the distance.

Toronto skyline, Ontario, Canada, Toronto Islands, Lake Ontario

Toronto skyline, Ontario, Canada, Toronto Islands, Lake Ontario

Toronto skyline, Ontario, Canada, Toronto Islands, Lake Ontario

Toronto skyline, Ontario, Canada, Toronto Islands, Lake Ontario

There she sits, all it up and the CN Tower is standing tall. I loved how the colors reflected off the night waters of Lake Ontario.

Toronto skyline, Ontario, Canada, Toronto Islands, Lake Ontario

The ferry ride back concluded the Toronto city photo madness. ๐Ÿ™‚

Toronto skyline, Ontario, Canada, Toronto Islands, Lake Ontario

It was a night of fun and a million skyline looks. Each one seemed better than the next. We docked and I was once again within all the buildings that I spent a lot of the evening capturing.

Toronto skyline, Ontario, Canada, Toronto Islands, Lake Ontario

What skyline or other scenes have you just clicked your camera over-and-over again from daylight to night?