Canada’s summer hot spots: Toronto’s Queen St. area

After two years of study, or “indigenization,” as it is called in the kingdom, there have been 7,000 citizenship ceremonies since 1958 and around 50,000 people have become citizens since 1981. This is a…

Canada's summer hot spots: Toronto's Queen St. area

After two years of study, or “indigenization,” as it is called in the kingdom, there have been 7,000 citizenship ceremonies since 1958 and around 50,000 people have become citizens since 1981.

This is a breakdown of the week of July 23, which is the last day for applicants to make the trek to the Queens Quay area of Toronto to claim their new status.

The city’s latest wealth of amenities and development makes this area the ideal location for a home-like environment.

Some of the highlights include:

Free parking: Regal Drive, a stretch of Queen Street West, offers free valet parking in places.

Parking: Regal Drive, a stretch of Queen Street West, offers free valet parking in places. Digital clock towers : Tap into one of six locations across the city that all feature interactive digital clocks showing the current time in different parts of the world.

: Tap into one of six locations across the city that all feature interactive digital clocks showing the current time in different parts of the world. Two outdoor pools : The city’s Greenport YMCA and Hutchinson-Central Presbyterian Church gym offer to the best group swimming opportunities, although it is highly recommended to get a private lesson first. The Ryerson YMCA is located nearby and has indoor and outdoor pools.

: The city’s Greenport YMCA and Hutchinson-Central Presbyterian Church gym offer to the best group swimming opportunities, although it is highly recommended to get a private lesson first. The Ryerson YMCA is located nearby and has indoor and outdoor pools. Seven new restaurants: Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest and The Lobster Board Cafe brought swarms of people and a trade show of seafoody foods to the waterfront. Look for people donning costumes ranging from an octopus to headless lobsters and manatees at the Galleria, a 100,000-square-foot oceanfront shopping area.

: Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest and The Lobster Board Cafe brought swarms of people and a trade show of seafoody foods to the waterfront. Look for people donning costumes ranging from an octopus to headless lobsters and manatees at the Galleria, a 100,000-square-foot oceanfront shopping area. Candy:

Not a typical summer wonderland, but just a few blocks up from Queen Street West is the legendary Taste of Tiffany & Co., Canada’s biggest outdoor food festival.

There are five food courts, which as with food festivals all over the world, consists of loads of different dishes. Note the Harris Wiltshire tater tots, which feature a hearty serving of tart relish, melted butter and onions.

One popular entry is the caramel corn booth, which are in fact scoops of caramel sauce in a microwave. Other fried food includes sliders, biscuits and hotdogs. Have a fork on hand for those who have dealt with post-summer after-effects (as has all of us!)

There are also outdoor ice-cream trucks, and ice-cream floats. The phyllo dough stuffed with fruit, shaved ice and drizzled with syrupy syrup has a cult following.

What’s more, the ice cream makes a perfect snack after a run up and down the waterfront promenade.

If you find yourself there, it’s a good idea to bring your headphones, along with a bottle of water and, if you can, a hat.

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