Blogs from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, North America - page 90


North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto September 20th 2005

I caught the greyhound to toronto & then cruised round downtown for an hr or 2. Then Adam (from Yeppoon, we used to be in the surf club together) came and picked me up and took me to his place about an hr & a half away. Adam moved to canada to work in a roofing company as the head supervisor (top bloke). I met all Adam's mates, all top fellas and we went out partyin. I borrowed his mountain bike and cruised around then went up to a small sky hill that had a heap of mountain bike tracks through the bush, good fun & I didn' even hit a tree! 1 day adam dropped me at this shopping center that had a ice rink in the middle of the food court. So I had ... read more
toronto sunset
Ice hockey in the food court

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto September 17th 2005

So when I was putting photos on my last blog page I was dead tired from a big weekend of paintball, partying and sightseeing so here are the pics of my trip to Muskoka with the lovely Nat and Lace. Hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed the weekend. Love you girls hope you like the page, and don't worry I didn't put anything tooooo bad on.....he he Love always Jo ... read more
Supper excited
On the road again....
Nat's dream

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto September 11th 2005

I know I know it’s been ages since my last web page. Sorry to those of you who can’t live with out it (A.K.A Mum and Dad). Hope you enjoy this one. It’s been a hectic couple of weeks with heaps of family and friends in town (hence the title) The Crothall (mum’s side of the family) clan all started arriving about two weeks ago in preparation for my cousin Sarah’s wedding. This was held on Sunday the 3rd of September. Right in the middle of all this my great friend and traveling buddy Kate Lacey comes into town as well. There is lots to tell but I’m going to focus on the long weekend just been. It started on Friday with a fantastic family BBQ round at Adam’s place. John my uncle cooked lamb chops ... read more
Charlie and Sarah
Getting stuck in
The Crothalls

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto September 11th 2005

On the 11th of September 2005, I had the privilege of being included in Brampton's Fire and Emergency Services Honor Guard, whilst attending the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Ottawa. Under the Honor Guards guidance, I was presented with a unique opportunity to represent not only the New South Wales Fire Brigades but Australia as a whole, in a world class memorial service tribute to our comrades that have tragically offered their lives in the line of duty. The flag party usually comprising of the Canadian, Ontario and Brampton Fire and Emergency Services flags, had a unusual International flavor this year, courtesy of S/FF Chris Arthey, Chris had taken it upon himself to scour Ottawa and walk for miles to obtain an Australian flag, to held by myself and to be included in our flag line. ... read more
The Australian contingent.
A late night Bagpipe moment.
Scotty Walker.....The morning after. Two minuites to kick off.

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto September 10th 2005

long time offline. sorry about that. we're back. our time in india has finished, we had a whistlestop return to the UK, before flying out here to North America and Canada. I'm sitting here in a hotel lobby, trying desperately to remember what we've done for the last month. lets try to summarise in a paragraph or 2... the end of india turned into a fast paced touristic frenzy. train to Agra, and a great visit to the Taj Mahal. Generally I don't go for looking at stuff but the big marble palace built as a symbol of love for a queen who died, by a husband who then died alone and staring at the palace, locked up by the son who wanted all the cash. then another very long train trip to amritsar to see ... read more

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto September 7th 2005

A big Hi to everybody!!! Now I can say that I'm finally settled in Toronto. I have moved into my room and have sort of made it my own, its a great size and has everything I need. Its in Little Italy so I have great cafes and bars just minutes from my doorstep.......Although the clubs and stuff are all downtown. I'm off to Ikea this sunday to deck out my room with some, u know the kind of cool stuff u can get from that place so how could i not go! So all is good with me at the moment, i'm safe and a little more relaxed than before. Uni has started and my classes are cool.......i'll be taking some french so I can use it in Quebec (hpefully). So now its time ... read more
my room
livin room
the room.......again

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto September 5th 2005

For those that have been around Fitzroy, VIC or Newton, NSW some parts of Toronto will be familiar. The area of most interest was Queen street West. This is the side of the city I got to see on the first few days in Canada. Toronto's much celebrated multi-cultural population is fairly evident, but not dramatically different to Sydney or Melbourne. I do like the Canadian accent and the smiles of many of the people who are both friendly and outgoing. With only a short time in Canada and with a keen need to see more of this country, I decided to head into the wilderness. This led me to the Algonquin National Park, one of the closest parks to Toronto. It was about 3.5 hrs north. One of my limitations was that I was not ... read more
Back Streets around Queen St
Initiation for local uni students

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto August 26th 2005

On the 26th of August 2005, I performed my first Canadian night duty on "A" shift at 201 Stn Brampton Headquarters. The shifts are slightly different to Australian ones, the Canadians like us do the 10 hour days & the 14 hour night shifts but it's in different blocks, instead of the Australian system of 2 days followed by 2 nights followed by 4 off, the Canadian ststem comprises of; The Canadian system works along the lines of 5 day duties straight, followed by 5 days off. Then 4 night duties straight followed by 5 days off. Then you work 2 day duties (Monday + Tuesday), then 3 night duties (Wed night, Thurs night & Fri night), followed by 4 days off. Confused...You should try working it. For the first few weeks, at the end of ... read more
The "Toocan" Australian.
The Guys
My first Canadian car park

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto August 13th 2005

Toronto Jim and Pauline were our gracious hosts for our four days in and around Toronto. On our first night we were invited to the Maguire mansion for a tasty dinner with Jamie, Rita, Jenny and JP. On exploration of the city itself, we saw the CN tower and went on a city bus tour and boat tour around the harbour and islands. Niagara Falls is as busy as it is breathtaking. We were crammed aboard the Maid of the Mist in order to be drenched by the spray of the falls. Thankfully our sexy blue ponchos kept us reasonably dry. Lonely Planet warns that Niagara Falls is a place filled with the Newly Wed and the Nearly Dead. Dave reckons it should therefore be called .... wait for it .... yep .... Viagra Falls. Tee ... read more
Nic and Dave with Jim, our host
Toronto skyline
Quick lunch in downtown Toronto

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto August 8th 2005

At o7oo hrs on the 8th of August, I reported to Brampton Fire and Emergency Services Training College, which coincidently is exactly the same as the New South Wales Fire Brigades Training College, (even down to the fact that, 203 Stn is to Brampton, what 13 Stn is to Sydney). Fortunately for me, (unfortunately for my new found buddies), there was a recruit class that was in their last two weeks of their initial 14 week training, so I was tagged on, taking the class number to 8. Our Instructors were Captain Larry Taylor, Captain Mike Clark & Captain Dana Brashaw who even tailored the language in the lesson plans. Thankfully, all Captains took the time & trouble to become bi-lingual for a few days; Station Officer = Captain Station = Hall Operational = On the ... read more
Brampton Fire Service College.
Ray Mansell "The Silver Axe" & Marc Saulnier
Debrief Time.

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