Greetings from Toronto! We touched down on Friday evening for the Philippine Airlines Toronto Inaugural Flight and from that moment, I started falling in love with the City. It is my first time to experience snow and that could be one of the reasons why I love this place.
Philippine Airlines Toronto Inaugural Flight
My experience was definitely beyond the expectations I had in my mind before landing in this city. The City is so clean, quiet and not too crowded considering that Toronto is the largest city in Canada and is also the provincial capital of Ontario State where Filipinos are ranked 3rd in terms of ethnic minority population.
On our first night, we decided to have a short walk within the vicinity of our hotel just to get familiarized with the place and to expereince the freezing weather. We passed by several theatre buildings and performing arts centers including the building where the Toronto Film Festival is being held annually.
Pinoy Travel Bloggers in Toronto
Before heading back to the hotel, we had a taste of Canada’s most popular coffee – Tim Hortons. If theres Tim Hortons coffee shop in the Philippines, It will definitely replace my favorite coffee shop with a green logo hmmm more hint?
Coffee at Tim Hortons
During our first day in Toronto, we had a short City Tour and our first stop was at the old and new Toronto City Hall. The big difference between the two is its structural design and of course, the year it was built. The new City Hall building opened in 1965 to replace the Old City Hall, which was built in 1899.
The Old and New Toronto City Hall
If you love shopping, you will find a Best Buy outlet and Toronto Eaton Centre right next to the old City Hall. Eaton Center is Canada’s premier shopping destination offering top apparel brands, gadgets and other fashion accessories. According to our tour guide, Toronto has over fifty ballet and dance companies. In addition to that, it is a city that is home to opera houses, theatres and symphony orchestras.
Interesting Places to visit in Toronto
Aside from Eaton Centre, we also visited Toronto’s very own Chinatown. Toronto has a multi-cultural society which has a significant population of communities ranging from Indians, Chinese, Filipino and French people. This shows the city’s diverse style and tastes.
St. Lawrence Market
Aside from modern shopping malls, we also visited the Saint Lawrence Market. This Marketplace is located in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The building used to be an industrial area, is bounded by Yonge, Front, and Parliament Streets, and the Canadian National railway embankment. Just like Salcedo and Legaspi Weekend Market in Makati, Shoppers in Saint Lawrence Market can have items of their choice from fresh produce, to designers hat, to meat products and all kinds of Cheese.
CN Tower’s 360 Restaurant
Toronto also boasts of one of the finest public transportation systems in North America. Taxis are available with ease and all the taxis are equipped with modern location tracking devises. I also found the parking facility in the city to be adequate but its so expensive to be honest.
Filipino Travel Bloggers in Toronto
Travel to Toronto would never be completed without visiting the CN Tower which is the city’s famous landmark. We had a good time capturing some photos in front and outside of the 553 meter, tallest free-standing land structure in the world. However, due to bad weather, we were not able to capture some birds eyeview of the City while having our lunch at the CN Towers famous 360 Restaurant.
I noticed that Canadians are generally polite and they would always greet you “How are You”? In fact, I felt most of the people with whom I interacted with in this incredible city were simply friendly. This would definitely makes visitors like me to consider visiting this city again sometime in the future.
This Toronto inaugural flight experience was sponsored by Philippine Airlines. Visit their facebook page ( http://www.facebook.com/flyPAL) or Twitter (https://twitter.com/flyPAL) if you want to know more about their flight schedules and Airline updates.
To be continued:)