A Day at the Cottage


The Toronto Zoo - Hippos, Orangutans, and Wart Hogs - OH MY!

The Stables and Garden Shed of Casa Loma

My little "Casa Loma Belle"

Casa Loma

After climbing up four flights of stairs, we reached the top tower that had a magnificent view of the city of Toronto.



The Hotel

"In 1843, Captain Thomas Dick, a respected lake-boat captain, built Ontario Terrace, which consisted of four brick houses. The humble row project was soon thereafter occupied by Knox Theological College. In 1853, the building was refurbished and renamed the Sword's Hotel, and then, following a change of ownership, renamed the Revere Hotel.

Captain Dick bought back the property and renovated it yet again in 1862. The statelyQueen's Hotel, as it was then called, became an integral part of the boomtown. It was even rumored to be the site of Sir John A. Macdonald's meeting with American Civil War sympathizers who plotted retaliation.

Years later, the Canadian Pacific Railway announced it would build the largest hotel in the British Commonwealth on the site. Citizens were shocked by the demolition of their beloved Queen's Hotel; nevertheless, construction began in 1927, immediately across from Union Station and Canadian Pacific Railway.

On June 11, 1929, the hotel officially opened as The Royal York. It was the tallest building in the British Commonwealth and quickly set the hospitality standard of the day. The magnificent hotel became known as a city within a city, rising in 28 floors of architectural splendor and replete with mechanical genius and opulence never before seen in Toronto. It boasted 1,048 rooms - each with radios, private showers and bathtubs. The 1.5 acres of public rooms included a 12-bed hospital, 12,000-book library and ten ornate passenger elevators. The Concert Hall featured a full stage and mammoth pipe organ weighing 50 tons, which surpassed anything else in Canada with 300 miles of copper wire. There was a glass-enclosed roof garden, the largest hotel kitchen in Canada with a bakery that could produce over 15,000 French rolls a day, a 66-ft.long switchboard manned by 35 telephone operators, its own bank and golf course (now known as St. George Golf & Country).

Later years saw additional renovations, with a $100 million project from 1988 to 1993 that restored the original elegance with refurbished guestrooms, public spaces, a health club, skylit lap pool and the first-ever American Express Travel Service Centre.

Today, after welcoming more than 40 million guests, The Fairmont Royal York continues to epitomize gracious hospitality. Although the years have brought changes, many features are still intact - the magnificent hand-painted ceilings, the travertine pillars, ornate furnishings, crystal chandeliers and wall hangings. Guests walk where the rich and famous walk: elevator number nine still carries illustrious guests such as Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. On the big screen, The Fairmont Royal York, like the Waldorf Astoria, Biltmore and The Plaza in New York before her, has been featured in numerous movies. Guest rooms have taken audiences to Boston, New York, Poland, Vienna and the U.K., without ever leaving Toronto."

Taken from the Fairmont Royal York website


Fun in the Hotel

After a long day of traveling and evening of sightseeing Charlotte walked around the Mezzanine viewing the history of the Royal York in photographs with Daddy to fall asleep.
The spiral staircase leading to the lobby.
Did somebody order room service?  You betcha!  Our first taste ever of the good life.
Could you fetch me my pipe and leather bound book please

All wrapped up in a pillow case

Veganicious Dinner and an Evening Stroll

Eating at Commensal
A quaint little eatery on Elm Street 
A display for Barbie clothing line on Bay street

The Glass Floor

I was absolutely terrified, but Allen took Charlotte to the floor of my fear - The Glass Floor.  Optically, the glass looks about 2 inches thick.  I hope that is an illusion.  You could also feel the cold on the glass because of the height of the CN Tower.  

It is difficult not to act fearful in front of your children.  Heights absolutely terrify me and falling to my death through a plate of glass is up there as well.  But you have to be brave for your children so they can experience life without fear.  The world is their oyster:  they can achieve anything in life because they have the ability, opportunity and freedom to do so.   

Bearing this in mind, I plastered a smile on my face and lay with her in my arms as she jumped continuously, up and down.  

Toronto Trip - First Stop the CN Tower


Not the Mama...Can you see the resemblance?


Playtime with Cousin Anthony