Wednesday, 18 November 2020

Tents for the homeless keep getting bigger in Toronto

To follow up with a previous post: Winterizing the tent, I passed by Rosedale Valley road today. The previous tent is gone but on the other side of the road, there is now a much larger tent. 

Wednesday, 11 November 2020

Ontario Place in 2020

This picture was taken as I left Ontario Place, a really nice walk along the shore with a great view of the city. 
Here is a nice panorama
This is a lookout tower with some great views
Skyline view in the distance. 
As the site has been mostly abandoned, nature has started to grow.
Construction began March 17, 1969, cost approximately $29M and involved an estimated 1.5 million hours of labour.

The park opened its gates to the public on May 22, 1971.

The park initially encompassed 96 acres of which 51 acres were land fill, 30,000 trees, shrubs and plants and 5.5 kilometres of sculpted pathways.

Ontario Place originally featured a five pod pavilion complex, The Forum, pedal boats, a marina, restaurants, and the world's first permanent IMAX® theatre, the Cinesphere.

That first brochure presented Ontario Place as a "work in progress" that would be ever changing and have something for everyone.

Admission in that first year was $1 for adults and $.50 for children.

The popular Children’s Village play area opened in 1972 on the East Island as an interactive play area for children under 12.

The West Island originally housed a reflecting pool that was filled in with concrete and a refrigeration system in the 70’s to furnish an ice skating rink.

In 1979, the rink was opened in summer as a roller rink offering a unique hangout for post disco-era teens.

Canada's first waterslide opened in August of 1978 in the south east parking lot of Ontario Place bringing the attractions right to the water's edge.

During the 80’s the park underwent a substantial transformation with the introduction of a number of new attractions aimed at giving every member of the family something to enjoy.

In 1980, the government constructed seven concrete silos linked by walkways on the West Island, featuring the wildlife of Northern Ontario.

Cinesphere features a six-storey screen and one of the most powerful sound systems in the world – its Sonic Sound System is equipped with 24,000 watts of digital power. 

In 1981, a 70mm film festival was introduced at the Cinesphere making use of the theatre for non-IMAX films for the first time.

In 1984, theming and reconstruction of the West Island introduced the popular Wilderness Adventure Ride, a fully automated flume ride complete with 40-foot splashdown.

In 1991, Ontario Place celebrated its 20th anniversary which included the introduction of a free admission program that lasted until 1996.

The waterpark’s development began in 1993 with the opening of the Hydrofuge (featured in Ontario Tourism commercials).

Waterpark expansion continued during the 90’s replacing the old waterslides to make way for Rush River Raft Ride: a five person raft experience; and two new waterslides: the Pink Twister and Purple Pipeline. Heated water was also introduced, allowing for earlier and later use of the waterslides in the waterpark.

1993 marked the introduction of the Play All Day Pass, a pay-one-price package that allowed visitors to use the attractions throughout the day for one low price.

During the winter of 1994/95, The Forum was replaced with the Molson Amphitheatre; the Amphitheatre seats 16,000 as compared to 8,000 in the old venue.

In 1995, the Atlantis Pavilions opened in the Ontario Place pod complex and included a nightclub as well as banquet and theatre facilities.

The pods also featured Grossology: an interactive display highlighting features of the human body.

1997 marked the year pay-as-you-go attraction pricing was completely replaced in favour of the Play All Day Pass®.

During the 90’s a South Beach volleyball complex was introduced, adding another venue for special events and hundreds of corporate groups hosting company picnics and teambuilding events each summer.

In 2001, Hydrofuge, Purple Pipeline, Pink Twister, and Rush River Raft Ride were merged with Water play, into one huge venue and Soak City was born. During these years the waterpark continued to expand to include a restaurant and bar patio with a total area encompassing approximately 120,000 sq. ft.

The 2000’s saw an increase in “Heritage Days” at the park, celebrating the diverse cultures that make our province such an exciting place to live.

In 2004, the award winning “Guaranteed Weather” program was introduced, giving guests a free day at Ontario Place if they purchased a Play All Day Pass® and it rained for an hour during their visit.

2004 also saw Canada Dry join Ontario Place in presenting the Canada Dry Festival of Fire: a spectacular display of fireworks replacing the popular Benson and Hedges Symphony of Fire fireworks competition.

In 2005, Ontario Place expanded the zero-depth waterplay area in Soak City to include Canada’s largest tipping bucket that drops 1,000 litres of water every six minutes.

In 2006, the world-class Rogers Chinese Lantern Festival graced Ontario Place’s West Island. This evening event celebrating Chinese culture and artistry expanded the park’s regular programming and was such a success that it was extended through 2008.

In 2009, the Event Tent in Market Square was taken down and replaced with Heritage Square. This entertainment expanse provides guests with an optimal area to enjoy much of Ontario Place’s special events and entertainment while improving sightlines through the park.

Wild World of Weather, a brand new attraction, was introduced in 2009. Replacing the Mega Maze, Wild World of Weather takes guests through an educational and entertaining journey where they experience all of the elements in Mother Nature’s repertoire.

As well, Ontario Place became the new home to Caribana with the ‘De Caribana Lime’ Island Party and Caribana Tent Village.

Monday, 9 November 2020

Sunset a Dairy Freeze in Toronto


Thursday, 5 November 2020

Thexyz vs Gmail email apps

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Sunday, 1 November 2020

Bike lanes in Toronto are usually just used for parked cars


Car crashed into Toronto school yard


Car crashes into School yard

Lambo crash in Toronto


Car in Toronto goes through stop sign, fence and crashes into parked cars

This one below crashed into parked cars at a local school around noon. Fortunately, the children were in class during the time of the crash. 

Wednesday, 21 October 2020

The Humber River Trail in Fall


Humber River

Sunday, 27 September 2020

Working remote on a laptop


Monday, 21 September 2020

R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant


R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant

Sunday, 20 September 2020

The Lower Don River, Toronto

Plenty of potential for the Don River in Toronto. Usually, the riverbank is a prime real estate location for a city. There are abandoned bridges running across the river. 

Saturday, 19 September 2020

Graffiti in Toronto, somewhere on Lakeshore east


Winterizing the tent in Toronto, Canada

There are several new neighborhoods in Toronto parks and trails. They are not your typical residential dwellings, these were mostly tents but I also caught this person getting the tent ready for the approaching winter. 

I also noticed:

  • Wigwams
  • People living under bridges
  • Makeshift log homes

Tuesday, 1 September 2020

Close-Up Photo Of Woman

Photo by Wherbson Rodrigues from Pexels

Sunday, 16 August 2020

Inside the abandoned Venus Motel in Wasaga Beach, Canada


Sunday, 19 July 2020

Comfort Food

Close up look at computer code

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Computer Networking Server Setup

Sunday, 12 July 2020

Flamingos by a pond at Toronto Zoo

Flamingos by a pond.

Thursday, 2 July 2020

Beautiful home interior

Sunday, 24 May 2020

Music fan’s room by Paulette Wooten


Thanks to Paulette Wooten for sharing their work on Unsplash.

Thursday, 2 January 2020

Pool in the ocean by Spencer David with Hasselblad

Thursday, 19 December 2019

Harley Davidson

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Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Two young women with Pumpkins by DeMorris Byrd

Photo by DeMorris Byrd

Sunday, 22 September 2019

Toronto skyline at dusk

Photo taken from Leslie spit in Toronto in September 2019.

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

China town in downtown Bangkok by RYU Wongs

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Sunday, 21 July 2019

Horse photo by Dave Mullen

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

New York City photo by Lerone Pieters

Tudor City, New York, United States
Photo by Lerone Pieters

Monday, 24 June 2019

Beautiful young Asian woman

Pink and blue city apartment night light

Dimensions: 3799 × 6005

Friday, 21 June 2019

Stratford in London, England

Stratford was the region that saw much of the improvements from the 2012 London Olympics really benefit the area. There are still some parts that show what it used to be like before the gentrification project and London Stadium was built. 

Public urination

A man in Toronto publicly urinats under a bridge along a bust road.