So far three visits of Canada has been made and more to come. Every time I couldn’t manage to visit any city other than Toronto. First time February 2007, I planned to go to Canada, thanks to British Airways who had offered very attractive fare. So had a chance to visit London for another time (Even though been there many times).
-30 °C welcomed me at Toronto Pearson International Airport. Great hospitality was waiting for me in “Brampton”. It is suburban city in the Greater Toronto with more than half million population. Due to snow, didn’t get much chance to roam around but still some memories were enough to be captured in the frame of mind.
Second visit was after 2 years and again Toronto welcomed with -10 °C which was still bearable
Third trip was in July 2013 with ideal weather to see the surroundings of Toronto. A very happening place, one of the most multicultural cities like Dubai where 150 languages are spoken and interestingly 50% residents are born outside of Canada. It is a natural hub of commercial, cultural, industrial and financial life.
The experience of Radisson Hotel Toronto East gave wonderful experience but a bit far from city centre. Just went to Fairview Mall since had to visit some companies due to official needs. Since we wanted to be in city centre so moved to Ramada Plaza Toronto Downtown on Jarvis street. My old colleague and friend Prakash Prabhu was kind enough to spare time and took us for dinner on “Gerard Street”. Whenever I went to Gerard Street, I always thought that I am in Pakistan. The reason was that the shop boards were written in Urdu and you will see culture like our own country. Later we walked and went to see CN Tower. It was great experience to be on the top of CN Tower (Canada National Tower)
One of the major attractions of Toronto was Niagara Falls. I couldn’t go in previous visits due to winter. This time, I couldn’t miss so I chose the best place to stay “Hilton Niagara Falls”. Thanks to them that being ex employee of Hilton, I was upgraded to the Classic Suite on top floor overlooking the breath taking view of Niagara Falls. The memories of walking along the Niagara Falls garden will always be in my mind. As social media freak, I check in Hilton on Facebook and went to my room, Room phone rang, what a surprise, my lovely uncle Sattar Choudhry from New York, who had seen my FB status and called me. Thanks to high tech world where we live in Global Village now
On return, another good friend of mine Aravind Murthy picked us and took for lunch in a Punjabi Restaurant near Brampton and later dropped to the airport.
Next time, Montreal will be the destination to stay in Canada