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Letters to the editor, August 6

Neighbor to the north

Though I have traveled to Buffalo and Toronto numerous times, it took me all these years to see Niagara Falls. Viewed from the railing, the Maid of the Mist, or splurging for a helicopter ride as we did, Niagara Falls will be one of your most spectacular destinations, the Canadian horseshoe side being the more spectacular.

In Toronto is Casa Loma, the largest castle in all of Canada, 93 rooms covering 180,000 square feet plus extravagant gardens. It took 300 men three years to build it. Its owner finally went bankrupt and wound up living above the garage of his ex-chauffeur.

Toronto is also the capital of Ontario and you’ll want to tour the imposing Provincial Legislature Building. You’ll also see many august buildings while driving through the University of Toronto. I had to stop at the Old Soldiers Tower.

Touring the Royal Ontario Museum will take you several hours. Its exterior is a combination of the old stately and super-modern crystalline architecture. In fact, all of Toronto will stun you with a blend of both old and ultra-modern buildings that you may want to tour on a double-decker bus.

Visiting with people as I always do, fans at the beautiful Rogers Centre bought my wife and I Toronto Blue Jays baseball caps during a game. The Blue Jays won.

Of course, you’ll have to dip your toes into Lake Ontario, one of the Great Lakes, before you leave.

Jim Stodola,