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Trip Report 10 day trip to Toronto and still no bears!!

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Since I was a small child I have grow up hearing endless tales about Toronto as this is the city that my Mother grew up in.She returned to Scotland in the 1930's and sadly never managed to return to Canada.
So I somehow always knew I would visit Toronto one day.
Due to researching my family tree,I discovered that I had two Great Aunts, not one as I had always thought (one of them had paid my Mum's fare to Canada,back in the 1920's ) buried at Prospect cemetery Toronto .
Over a year ago I came on to this forum to ask for some help about the the arrival address that I had from the ships manifest and was amazed at how much help I received especially from*Morning Glory,Carolyn*So thank you everyone for all the help and directions and suggestion,we had an amazing trip.
So we left cold wet Heathrow London on Monday the 30th August,we flew Air Canada and had a great flight.We arrived at 11.10am Toronto time,we had already ordered our Airport express tickets on line before leaving home so we headed to the coach stop which was easy to find and we only had about ten minutes to wait for our coach.Within an hour we arrived at The Sheraton centre down town I think our hotel was about the fifth stop.
Check in at the hotel was quick and easy and we had a lovely room on the thirty four floor over looking the old and new city hall .We quickly unpacked ,showered and headed to the pool for a swim have I mentioned that it was over 30 degrees when our plane landed,the Sheraton has a great pool .Well that evening we walked down to the harbour front just to keep our self awake,The lake was really pretty and as we were so tired we just grabbed some fruit and snacks from the supermarket *Sobey's* and headed back to the hotel
Checking out were the Hertzs desk was at Union Station as we were passing the station anyway that was handy .
Tuesday morning and another hot day,we were up very early ,We were meeting Carolyn *morning glory*today in the lobby,I checked on Fodor to make sure I had the correct description and place to meet her(and saw the cheeky message from our youngest son ,*The Forgotten One*:- ) We settled into the comfy chairs in the lobby,there were loads of comfy chairs the Sheraton has a lovely lobby ,the hotel looks rather ugly from outside but it is really nice once you get indoors.
Well we did not have long to wait and Carolyn arrived and she was as lovely as we expected .Over the last year she has done so much research trying to track down my Mum's cousins and finding the places that my Mum and her family had lived while they were in Toronto.I can never thank her enough.
With Carolyn help we made our way to Prospect cemetery,stopping to buy some flowers in the hotel lobby .I am not sure if my husband and I would of found Prospect cemetery without help(we would of ended up in a cab )We went by subway and street car,with Carolyn help.
it was a really hot day and none of us had come prepared for such a long walk,the cemetery is huge and beautifully kept .We found the section that my Great Aunt Jane was buried in ,but sadly it looked as if she was in an unmarked grave so we left flowers in that area with another Barnes we found (I have checked since I came home and Harry had not connection to Jane that I could see) .
Had we thought ,we should of had cold drinks with us as it was so hot ,we headed back to see if we could find Great Aunt Agnes grave again and I think we were quite close within seven or eight plots as you could not always find the markers ,Agnes had been buried in 1933 so we decided to leave the flowers as close as we could to where we thought her plot was ,Agnes section was under an old tree and right beside some neighbouring gardens and I could hear the children playing ,my mum would of liked that as Agnes was her favourite aunt and had loved children .
We left the cemetery and headed of to buy a cold drink and have a sit down before catching the street car back to down town ,It was great travelling with Carolyn as she told us so much information about the areas we were travelling through it was a lovely trip back and Carolyn also took us for a walk through the path ,we never did manage to find our way back to many of the shops that we passed,we did get lost a couple of times when we were on our own.
So following the Path we ended up back at the Sheraton,Carolyn very kindly gave us her mobile(cell)phone number in case we need any help with directions and we swapped e-mail addresses and I was thrilled to have met Carolyn after all the time I have spent on this forum .
It was late afternoon when we arrived back after a lovely day and we had a quick swim and a early night as we were heading to Ottawa the following morning .

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