You’ve got choices! You can say

  • Toe Ron Toe as the American visitors do
  • T’ronno or Turronno as many locals do
  • or plain and snappy T.O.
  • or the newer T dot 
  • or even The Six (popularized by Mr. Toronto himself, i.e. Drake!)

Any way you say it, Toronto is  North America’s six-largest urban sprawl.   It has been my home and base camp for the past forty years. I moved here in 1976 after being hired to teach at a Scarborough Collegiate (i.e.high school).

North America - largest urban areas

I’ve spent most of those years living in an area of the city known as Riverdale, a manageable and small -town-like community not far from downtown on the east side of the Don River.  The river valley is a north to south slice of green where I often go for walks with our Icelandic Sheepdog Viggo.

rough guides

I set up this folder to encourage me to take a closer look at the space I spend most of my time in.  While I lug my camera gear 5000 kilometers to capture special places and moments,  I too often walk by the very same magic in my own backyard! The following posts are my ongoing attempt to pay more attention to these everyday views.

Toronto’s Main Street In Transition – Yonge Street From Yorkville to Dundas

Toronto’s Main Street In Transition – Yonge From Dundas to the Harbour

Toronto  Sunday Morning: Cycling The Lakeshore To Port Credit

Sakura Hanami: Viewing High Park’s Cherry Blossoms

Checking Out Downtown Toronto’s Street Art

Rambling Around Downtown Toronto On A Saturday In October

City Lights: My Toronto In Mid-December

-10ºC and Snow In Toronto – A Good Day For Tobogganning

The Post-Apocalyptic Look  of Toronto’s Lower Don Valley

Viggo Checks Out Toronto’s First Real Snowfall – December 2014

The Chinese Temple Murals And Statues Of Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum

Anishinaabeg Beadwork & Painting Exhibit At The Royal Ontario Museum 

There are more posts on the Riverdale neighbourhood of Toronto in the folder Viggo’s Den.  Do be prepared for my Icelandic Sheepdog to pop up in a few of the photos!


I need to get a guide-book to Toronto and pretend I am a tourist and looking at everything again for the first time!

2 Responses to Toronto

  1. George Ormsby says:

    I have just been reading your 2015 account about the Petroglyphs north of Peterborough
    Have you read “Bronze Age America” by Barry Fell?
    It was published in 1983, and discusses the Peterborough site, and also Norweigan sites.
    Fell was a very controversial professor at Harvard, but I believe his writings are at least worth reading: you can agree or not with his theories.
    George Ormsby

    • true_north says:

      George, as you may have gathered from my post, I think those who see Vikings at an out-of-the-way site above Stony Lake are needlessly complicating what is pretty clear – i.e. that members of an Algonkian-speaking tribe came to this site over generations and pecked images drawn from their culture’s mythological image bank. In my youth I did read Von Daniken and Velikowsky but I somehow missed Barry Fell.

      I do like the analysis provided by a fellow wordpress blogger in this post –
      Rather than imagine some collosal conspiracy involving thousands of arhaeologists and historians to ignore – and to denegrate – the truth that he – and he alone – uncovered, I’m going with the explanation that he was the one putting out “fake news”. He ain’t no Copernicus or Galileo!

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