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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
The Bata Shoe Museum is well worth the time and ticket price. Even for those who are not shoe lovers will enjoy this walk through history. This stop is filled with histrical shoe facts, preservation information, artwork (in shoe form), and of course shoes!
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Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
If this isn't the coldest place on earth in wintertime then I don't want to go anywhere colder! Minus 27 degrees Celsius with windchill! But I had a good time. Can't tell you about accommodation as I stayed with friends of friends. But public transport is good. The centre for the local first nations tribes was a great place to visit. I had a meeting with a representative and swapped some similarities and differences between the native people and Maori. I went to a high school ice hockey game with the family I stayed with. Wicked!!! Smashing into the perspex and so fast. If I couldn't watch rugby or league, this would be the game to watch! Good shopping and lots of history. Very good museum to visit. I would like to go back in the summer to compare.
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Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Victoria Express is the fastest ferry to get here; no cars allowed so you can make the trip in less than half the time it takes one of the larger ferries. It also docks in Victoria's Inner Harbour, just a few blocks from the restaurants and shops of downtown. I recommend the Brazilian restaurant just across the street from the Customs building you go through at the Inner Harbour (all martinis are standard 3 oz. and the deep-fried cheesecake is to die for); also, farther downtown on Government Street, there is a fantastic Irish pub where you can wash down a lamb burger with a pint of Guinness from the tap. You won't need a car to get around Victoria; I've backpacked and walked each of the 4 times I've visited. Taxis and rental scooters and bikes are abundant. If you plan on staying overnight, though, I recommend making reservations ahead of time, as the hotels here fill up rather quickly. Within walking distance of the harbor there are several museums, lots of shopping including a mall with a liquor store, and so much history evident in the gorgeous architecture. Taxis are available if you wish to venture out a bit farther to visit the famed Butchart Gardens (which, during the summer, have a fireworks show every Saturday) and Craigdarroch Castle.
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Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
A small town with interesting history on the tip of Vancouver Island. A must see.
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Quebec, Quebec, Canada
It's worth actually walking around the wall of the old city - I recommend literally walking along the wall, as much as possible. It's an amazing view, and there's 400+ years of history and architecture to watch unfolding before your eyes. Thinking about the violence and wars leading to the construction of these massive fortifications, including the Citadel (also worth a visit) deepened my appreciation for all the hard work of past generations of Canadians to resolve deep conflicts that could easily have carried forth through the generations... as they have in other parts of the world. That had never really sunk in until I stood there and saw the real places where battles and massacres took place.
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