On to Newmarket – June 3, 2014
Well we did manage to turn what should have been a short 2 -3 hour drive from Hamilton to Market into a daylong affair which in retrospect worked out very well for us. Both our American Cousins and us were running low on fresh water and had grey and black water tanks that needed dumping. Running Google searches for these types of facilities that were reasonably priced or even better free proved futile. Our expectation was that we would have to fork out $15 to $20 in fees for these services.
At a pit stop in Orangeville we called the City and we advised there was a “free” dump station at the waste water treatment plant. We were able to dump but still need to fill the fresh water tanks. We knew we could fill up the tanks at the Albion Hills Conservation Area but would probably have to pay the $15 daily fee. As luck would have it we discovered there was only a fee for dumping and we could fresh fill for free and as we had already dumped yippee no fee.
So it was late afternoon by the time we arrived at camp Walmart in Newmarket but time enough to meet with MODD and DD’s sister Lynn for dinner.
CN Tower, St. Lawrence Market, HHOF and City Hall(s) – June 4, 2016
A full schedule of events planned for our visit to TO starting off with LL and BBB enjoying their very first subway ride. DD, LL and BBB made the ascent to the top of the CN Tower to take in the unrivaled views of the City while the earthbound Captain wondered about the Roundhouse.
Now I have been thinking about the CN Towers claim that it is the tallest building in Canada but I just don’t buy it. When I think of a building I think of a structure that can actually be occupied and used. Now the restaurant is pretty high up there but then above that they’ve got this really skinny spike like thing that is basically for show or some other arcane purpose so this shouldn’t be calculated in the total height of the building so even though it’s still kinda tall it really isn’t super tall and they should have to re measure it without the spiky thing to see if they are really number 1.
After lunch was taken at the famous St. Lawrence Market we headed over to the Hockey Hall of Fame for a couple of hours perusing the displays. Although not big hockey fans LL and BBB enjoyed taking in some hockey history and in particular the Grand Room where Lord Stanley’s mug sits proudly on display.
Last stop of the day was at Nathan Phillips Square and City Hall. It was the unanimous decision of our gang that the character of Old City Hall clearly stood out as the winner over the “new City Hall” in the best looking city hall contest.
CASA LOMA – June 6, 2016
Casa Loma might be, in my personal opinion, the real jewel of Toronto’s tourist attractions. In 1903, financier Henry Pellatt purchased 25 lots from developers Kertland and Rolf. Pellatt commissioned architect E. J. Lennox to design Casa Loma with construction beginning in 1911, starting with the massive stables, potting shed and Hunting Lodge (a.k.a. coach-house) a few hundred feet north of the main building. The Hunting Lodge is a two-story 4,380-square-foot house with servants’ quarters. As soon as the stable complex was completed, Sir Henry sold his summer house in Scarborough to his son and moved to the Hunting Lodge. The stables were used as a construction site for the castle (and also served as the quarters for the male servants), with some of the machinery still remaining in the rooms under the stables. The house cost about $3.5 million and took 300 workers three years to build. Due to the start of World War I, construction was halted. At 98 rooms covering 64,700 square feet (6,011 m2), it was the largest private residence in Canada. Notable amenities included an elevator, an oven large enough to cook an ox, two vertical passages for pipe organs, a central vacuum, two secret passages in Pellatt’s ground-floor office, a pool, and three bowling alleys in the basement (the last two were never completed).
Most of the third floor was left unfinished, and today serves as the Regimental Museum for The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada. Pellatt joined the Regiment as a Rifleman and rose through the ranks to become the Commanding Officer. He was knighted for his dedication to the Regiment. Pellatt later served as the Honorary Colonel and was promoted Major-General upon retirement.
The Captain has a distant but personal connection to Major-General Pellatt in that his grandfather Herbert Powell served in the 1st Battalion of the Queen’s Own Rifles who were taken to Aldershot England in 1910 by Pellatt. And in addition when the 1st Battalion of the Rifles were rebranded in 1970 they became the 3rd Regiment of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry which is the regiment Captain Canada served in from 1973 to 1976.