#91 Tour City by Bus (Toronto)

This is a lemonade experience. We never intended to visit Toronto. However, when traveling sometimes things don’t go as planned. Our return flight from Calgary had a change of planes in Toronto. The weather started getting rough… and the Toronto airport shut down before we could land. We were diverted to Montreal. In Montreal, we sat on the tarmac for about an hour before heading back to Toronto. When we arrived the weather was still not good. We had a bigger problem. We arrived so late that the US Customs was closed for the night. Even though the flight to the US was cancelled, we would not have been able to board it as we could not get through customs. We were stuck along with hundreds of others. Our only hope was to catch a flight the next day.

Mary Ann secured a flight for the same time the next day. I searched for a nearby hotel. The first two were completely booked. Duh, late at night near the airport. I hit pay dirt on the next one. They had one room remaining. A smoking room. Dang, I am too old to start smoking. We took the room and, as advertised, it did smell of smoke. We got used to the smell after a while. We did have another problem. We had very limited luggage in our carry-ons. We had to survive the next day with less than clean clothes.

So we had lemons, we needed to make lemonade. Since we had most of the day free before attempting to return home, we decided to make the best of it by touring the city. After going to the airport to check in and store our bags, we took the subway to the middle of the city. We hopped on the hop on/off sightseeing bus (double decker buses with open second floor). It was a pretty good tour with guides explaining the buildings and the history of Toronto.

We rode much of the way around town, getting off at a few of the stops. On one stop we took the complimentary boat tour around the waterfront and islands. On another stop we got off for lunch. The later stops were less than thrilling. It seemed these stops were a bit overhyped and there wasn’t much to see. As the day wound down, we did too. We had to hurry back to the subway to get to the airport for our flight. We must not miss this flight! We found that it is easy to get on the bus early in the day and not so easy to get on later in the day as the busses are filled. We hoofed the last mile and made it back in time to get to the airport for our flight.

In the end, we had enough of Toronto. If we never return to the city, it would be too soon. To be continued? (7/17/18)

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