I’m not sure Toronto belongs on this list, as my one previous visit (in 1994) left me ambivalent about this city. I loved the museums, but recall the rest of the city as a bleak, unwelcoming mass of large buildings. On the other hand, my husband loves Toronto because since it is a great city for Inuit art, so it was inevitable that I would have to give it another chance one day.That day is coming quickly, as this year’s travel blogger’s conference (the TBEX conference) is being held in Toronto.
I learned so much at last year’s conference in Denver that I knew I would attend again no matter where the next conference was held.
So I am going to Toronto again.
It’s clear from the program that the conference will again be fabulous and I am looking forward to meeting and learning from others. There are LOTS of great sessions to attend. But there will also be time to explore Toronto on my own.
I have been sorting through the city’s museums and other attractions and wondering why none were offering complimentary admissions like they did in Denver (where I had wonderful experiences at the Denver Art Museum, the Kirkland Museum, and the Denver Botanic Gardens). Now Tourism Toronto has come to the rescue! They are providing conference participants with complementary access to a number of attractions. While few places were on our “must see list” (the CN Tower, the McMicheal with its collection of Inuit art and painting by the Group of Seven, and Sebastião Salgado’s Genesis show at the Royal Ontario Museum (which also has a great collection of work by Inuit artists and the Group of Seven), now we’ll check out some other places that we would not have visited otherwise.
Of course, I am also hoping it will be spring in Toronto, with enough warm sunshine to entice me into some of the cities green spaces. And if the weather isn’t good, there are more than enough museums, restaurants, and shops to fill my free time.
Good weather or bad, I don’t think I’ll have enough time to fully explore Toronto.
Toronto 2013 Travel Diary
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