Further afield – Toronto

The fourth largest city in North America, larger than Chicago or Houston, is rapidly changing with a huge number of apartments being built downtown, and vibrant improvements along the waterfront. Parts of the city remind me of Melbourne, thanks to the tram system and eclectic architecture. Sharp Centre For Design Will Alsop’s iconic piece of…

Further afield – Niagara Falls, Ottawa and Quebec City

Niagara Falls Home to spectacular natural beauty and spectacularly tacky man-made attractions. The US side is apparently worse, though its hard to believe how that could be possible. Worthwhile day trip from Toronto, less than 3 hours by train, though beware that the most direct route from the station to the falls goes through some…

Further afield – Montreal

The second largest French-speaking city in the world, and one of the most bilingual, Montreal has a vibe I’ve found in few other places. It may lack (though change is underway) the modern glass sheen of Vancouver or Toronto, but makes up for it in character, and has more history than pretty much anywhere else…