Toronto, A City Historically Populated By Pyromaniacs & Arsonists – @MariposaCruises #IceCreamFloatTO
OK, to begin – yes, I changed the name of my trip with Mariposa Cruises on the Toronto Harbor which I mentioned yesterday. I ended up using the hashtag #IceCreamFloatTO. Oh, and I was basically the only one using it, haha.
As promised I wore my “Why join the navy when you can be a pirate?” t-shirt.
Before we got to the ice cream or the history we had to hear about the safety features of the boat and how to use the life jackets. It is my humble opinion that someone needs to invent a life jacket which has an airtight bag/pocket for all the technology we carry around these days – I had 2 phones, both high end, on me at the time. Note to self: when I am going on a boat cruise I need to bring a zipper storage bag with me (aka Ziploc but that’s a brand name which has passed into the vernacular).
There was quite a bit of history about Toronto that I did not know but there seemed to be a running theme throughout the entire tour. A lot of stuff burned down in Toronto over the years. Pretty much every building that was mentioned burned down at least once. Either Torontonians were all a bunch of pyromaniacs and arsonists (and I always thought Australia was the British penal colony, not Canada) or early Torontonians were a REALLY BAD candle makers and the things kept exploding into flames causing stuff to burn to the ground. I wonder if we will ever know the truth.
We saw a lighthouse called the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse which I never knew existed. It is the only structure we saw or heard mentioned that hasn’t burned down. But we did hear a way more messed up story about it. Seems the Lighthouse lightkeeper used to make whisky to pass the time and one night some soldiers came out to buy some from him. It was a cold night and as they walked home the whisky froze! Now, whisky should not be able to freeze as it is usually about 40% alcohol so they were fairly annoyed with this turn of events – being sold watered down whisky. Being the honorable (read: bloodthirsty & savage) British/Canadian soldiers that they were they marched back to the lighthouse, smashed the lightkeeper on the back of the head with the “whisky” to knock him out and then cut him up into little pieces and buried him all across the Toronto Islands.
Turns out this is more of a photo blog post than anything. Sorry I can’t remember everything that I learned I was busy eating ice cream and snapping pictures. I tweeted about the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse being the oldest in Canada as I was told by our tour guide Nick and was quickly corrected by one of my tweeps – Sean @sboulton Boulton – turns out Gibraltar Point Lighthouse is the oldest lighthouse on the Great Lakes which is still hella old.
The Toronto Islands Airport used to be a huge amusement park which was called Toronto’s Coney Island – guess what happened to it? It burned down.
We had some delicious ice cream. I had two cups because I like me some ice cream.
I got some great shots of the city from out on the boat – here’s one great shot of me in front of a great shot of the Toronto skyline.
Here’s a picture of the Toronto skyline from the boat.
There was a whole bunch of kids on the boat trip and it was a ton of fun. I don’t think the kids really appreciated the history being conveyed but honestly they enjoyed the views, being on a boat, (one girl that I saw even got to go hang out with the captain, Captain Stefan!) and were all just having a blast. Next time my niece and nephew are in town I am so taking them!
More Toronto Skyline awesomeness. The two main symbols of Toronto, the CN Tower and the Rogers Centre aka the stadium formerly known as SkyDome.
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