It’s a beautiful Friday morning in Toronto, the sun is out with no cloud coverage, so we’ve decided to spend the day exploring the city. For the last two days, we’ve been baffled by the traffic in Toronto – it’s bumper to bumper traffic and the city feels completely gridlocked for the biggest parts of the day. For example, yesterday morning we spent over an hour and a half to drive only 8km from our hotel to Elaine’s office. But this morning, the city was quiet and we managed to get to the city centre in just a few minutes.

We parked at the iconic CN Tower and strolled down to the harbour for a boat ride on Lake Ontario to see the city’s skyline, but we discovered that the entire city is pretty dead. I mean, it actually felt like we were walking around in Will Smith’s movie “I am Legend”. No busses. No boats. No shops or restaurants that were open. The city has shut down for the weekend in a way that you would never have imagined. But that didn’t stop us.

After spending some time in and around the harbour, we headed over to the famous Distillery District. The Distillery District is a commercial and residential district in downtown Toronto. The 13 acres (5.3 ha) district comprises of more than forty heritage buildings and is the largest collection of Victorian-era industrial architecture in North America. The well-known Gooderham and Worts Distillery was founded in 1832 and by the late 1860s became the largest distillery in the world. Once providing over 2 million gallons of whisky, mostly for export on the world market, the company was bought out in later years by another large Canadian distiller. The Distillery District’s traditional brick-paved streets are restricted to pedestrians, so getting around was easy. We spent the biggest part of our morning in the District and enjoyed one of Canada’s famous dishes for lunch – Poutine (last photo below).

From the Distillery District, we took an Uber to Kensington Market and the AGO (Art Gallery Ontario) where we spent most of our afternoon. Tomorrow we are driving out west to Amherstburg to visit an old school friend and hopefully we can squeeze in a stop at the falls.