I admit I don’t usually go to "touristy" things in my own city unless I have out-of-town guests. In fact, most of the time my guests will know more factual things about my city than I do – though I usually know the best route to get there and where to find parking!
I was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario and it wasn’t until recently (I’m in my 30s now) that I went to Casa Loma. And only because I heard that Robin Esrock was visiting Casa Loma as part of his Toronto Bucket List search with Ford Canada. Robin is a best-selling author, resides in Vancouver British Columbia, and is well-known for his adventurous travels. He’s written The Great Canadian Bucket List books.
So I figure this guy might know a thing or two about travel, tourism, and bucket lists. I was intrigued as to what experiences would make it onto Toronto’s Bucket List.
We started off our tour at the St. Lawrence Market in downtown Toronto. This market has roots going back to 1803 with producers of Southern Ontario selling their seasonal produce. I grabbed a Lobster Roll at Buster’s Sea Cove – it was so good! If you love seafood, I definitely recommend it!
Next, my driving partner Michael Cusden and I took the 2015 Ford CMax Hybrid to the Toronto Archives. This building holds all the records created by the City of Toronto government and its previous municipalities. Talk about being rich in history!
The Toronto Archives currently has an exhibit about food beverage production in Toronto. This free exhibit is on until August 31, 2015.
At the Toronto Archives, Robin spoke with us about some of his travels that he’s chronicled in The Great Canadian Bucket List.
Did you know that you can be part of the prestigious Sour Toe Cocktail Club in Yukon? All you have to do is drink this cocktail… which happens to have a severed human toe in it. Easy peasy, ya? You guys go right ahead. Let me know how well you do with that!
Another memorable bucket list item that Robin talks about is the cold sauna in British Columbia. He describes a beautiful resort owned by the Swarovski family and showcases $10 Million in Swarovski crystals. I’m just about to add this one to my personal bucket list when Robin goes on to tell us about the cold sauna located in the resort where the temperature drops to -110C and you’re wearing nothing but your bathing suit! They do provide you with gloves and slippers. Robin also provides details in an insert in his book about how humans freeze to death – such helpful information.
Next, we took a short walk to Casa Loma. Robin Esrock tells us that there are a few things he looks for when determining if an experience will make it to his bucket list. Is it do-able for most folks? Is it unique? And does it make a great story?
I found out a few interesting things about Casa Loma. It was built in 1911 by Sir Henry Pellatt, an impressive businessman and incredible romantic. His story is one filled with glamour, affluence, love, and multiple tragedies. Specifically about Casa Loma:
So, the Casa Loma made it Toronto’s Bucket List. Definitely unique, a great story, and certainly accessible. Want to know what bucket list items are in your backyard? I definitely recommend The Great Canadian Bucket List book – I had no idea Canada had so many experiences waiting for us!