on the town in toronto, days 4 and 5 and 6 …

Day 4:

  1. Visited The York School and heard about their implementation of the International Baccalaureate (IB) program.
  2. Went to the top of the CN tower with a small group from the convention in downtown Toronto.  Great views and one section has glass panels in the floor that allows you to look 1122 feet down to the ground.  In spite of the fact that I don't like heights, I ventured out onto the glass floor until a few teenaged boys behind me began jumping up and down … Needless to say, I got off rather quickly.
  3. After the CN Tower I went off on my own and found my way to Chinatown for a brief stroll. 
  4. Visited Bishop Strachan School where we took a tour, had cocktails, dinner, and then got to hear Deborah Ellis who is one of Canada's best known children's and young adult authors speak.

Day 5:

  1. Took a ferry out to the Toronto Islands which were actually part of Toronto linked by these sandbars that ebbed and flowed over time.  In 1858, a big storm took out the sand bar and it was never repaired, creating the Toronto Islands.  While there, I rented a bike and got to ride around the three different islands from end to end.
  2. Went for another walk through Chinatown and Little Italy.  On the way, I happened upon the Kingston Marketplace which is a really cool street where there are stores selling everything from gourmet organic pastries to cheese to hemp products to Caribbean food to used Canadian Army fatigues.
  3. Met the librarian from the Bishop Strachan School who showed me around town a bit before we went for dinner at a Thai restaurant.

Day 6:

  1. Went for a nice breakfast and did some more strolling around the city. 
  2. Headed out to Pearson International Airport in the afternoon which was an adventure of its own as there was a huge parade for tolerance in Downtown Toronto right next to my hotel so the streets were closed and the airport shuttle bus couldn't get out of the city. 

All in all, Toronto is just an awesome city!   I'll be back for sure!!!

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