Saturday, May 6, 2017

Eastern Canada Trip 2016 Day 1 Tuesday June 14: Victoria to Toronto

This is the 1st of a series of posts dealing with my 2016 trip to Toronto, Montreal, and vicinity. I’ve made minor corrections to these reports (typos, bits I don’t feel like making public). Also, I’ve added additional thoughts with the hindsight of two years later or to add further clarification.  These are indicated by “NOW”.

Pardon typos. No internet terminal so stuck with tiny keyboard. Plus lots of ground to cover and have to get up really early tomorrow. And only got a little shy of three hours sleep. I waited on the Kingston side of Royal Scot Hotel for the YYJ Airporter, Kingston being the address. However, I missed the first bus because the bus actually picks up on Quebec St. The cows are back in the field by the airport after a few years absence; I think I also saw a deer.  I checked in; there’s a new place in the airport to put bags. I grabbed breakfast at Tim Horton's. A tiny dog belonging to the woman in front of me smiled at me. A lot of people were getting randomly screened to have to go through the body scanner. Luckily I was one of the few that didn't beep going through the metal detector.

[NOW: Typos hopefully all corrected. Contrary to what I was told at first, at the Toronto hostel, Backpackers on Dundas, the terminals with better keyboards were available to all after all. I had reserved the early YYJ Airporter but still managed to snag the next one. The cows weren’t around when I passed by on a later trip.]

The map screen (mine specifically that is) kept blinking on and off during the flight. Found that adjusting the screen helped. Mostly clouds except over Saskatchewan and closer to landing.  There was such a long hike from the plane exit in Pearson Airport, Mississauga to the baggage area that since I saw a big line at Tim Horton's and since I wasn't hungry at that point, I passed. A mistake as it still took a while for baggage to arrive, and you can't leave the baggage area and come back.

The 192 Rocket bus (all transportation after plane arrived Toronto Transit) was there whenI arrived so I took it to Kipling Station. A 2 Bloor-Danforth subway train took off as I arrived so I waited for the next one to leave and took it to St. George Station. The 1 Yonge-University-Spadina train was also taking off as I was switching trains so I took the next one to St. Patrick Station

On a hunch since the hostel is called Backpackers on Dunas and the address is Chestnut, I looked for the tiniest entrance on Chestnut at Dundas and promptly found the hostel.  No roaches so far and they do take debit after all.

[NOW: I did see roaches after returning from Montreal, but not in the dorm.]

I went to Yonge-Dundas Square and Toronto Eaton Centre. At Toronto Eaton Centre I wanted the Tuesday KFC deal but to save time switched to Subway. Outside again a Christian man was talking about Christianity being the one true religion. Beside him was a quiet man with material indicating that Allah was the one true God.

I went to the BMV Books on Edward St. The former World's Biggest Bookstore was now an empty gravel lot. By this time I noticed that I didn't have my itinerary with me (I later realized I left one set at home. I have a backup however).

I visited Hairy Tarantula (comics), then a 7-11 which had a chocolate cappuccino Slurpee. One Million Comix is moving but is still in old location. Visited Eliot’s Bookshop, ABC Books, Bay Street Video, BMV  Books (filed some DVDs/blu-ray in my mind for possible purchase later), Seekers Books (bought DVD), Queen Video, Labyrinth (comics), Neurotica Records, Beguiling (comics), Vintage Video (new?), the landmark Honest Ed's, Doug Miller Books. The latter was across the street from the old location;  Bumpkin the rabbit is at owner's home now due to cataract issues. I bought a DVD and blu-ray at Zoinks. Eyesore is Cinema possibly closed.  I grabbed dinner at the McDonald's at Dundas West Station. I walked to Keele Station.  I was early so walked to Pandemonium on Dundas West St then returned there and bought subway tokens for later. I met up with longtime friends Jan and Dave and they took me to a shy cat they're cat sitting. She has a sad look on her face.

[NOW: One Million has in fact now moved; Neurotica Records and The Beguiling both moved from Markham St to College St due to the planned demolition of the Mirvish Village area, while Vintage Video moved from same to Bloor St. Honest Ed’s and, overlooked in the above report, Suspect Video were both closed as a result of the above. While I couldn’t find the entrance that visit, Eyesore is still around.]

They treated me to a couple beers at Henderson Brewery. The brewery also gave us samplers of a new lime beer. We walked back to Keele Station where I used one of the tokens I got earlier. I took the 2 train back to St George. The 1 train arrived right away and I took it to St. Patrick Station. Depending on if you factor in time zones, getting up even earlier tomorrow, though after 5 here.

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