Toronto Wrap

Royal Ontario Museum
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While I am absolutely delighted to have been able to get into Canada, and plan to go back again soon, I have also been forcibly reminded that I do not cope well with eastbound jet lag. Next time I go, I need to allow a day or two to just rest after I get back. Hopefully that way I won’t lose so much time to exhaustion. Anyway, I am now in catch-up mode, and the first job is to tell you a little more about Toronto.

First up I should mention that I visited Chapters, which claims to be the biggest bookstore in the world. It is a long time since I was in Powells so I can’t really comment on how that claim stacks up, but I do know that the place is huge, and the SF&F section excellent. I’d love to see bookstores like that in the UK, but I guess that space is much cheaper in Canada.

Much of Sunday, however, was spent in the Royal Ontario Museum, which I rather like. Partly that’s because it took the challenge of extending a beautiful old building with a modern wing in a way that must give Prince Charles nightmares (see photo above), but it has good content too. I was pleased to see a large gallery devoted to First Nations people (and now know what a parka should be like). And they have a great dinosaur collection. Going around it, I kept experiencing flashbacks to books I read as kid because, poor old Brontosaurus apart, they seemed to have all of the well known creatures represented, including a T.Rex, Allosaurus, Stegosaurus, Triceratops and an impressive array of hadrosaur species. It cost CA$16 to get in, but I spent several hours there and could have stayed much longer.

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5 Responses to Toronto Wrap

  1. James Davis Nicoll says:

    First up I should mention that I visited Chapters, which claims to be the biggest bookstore in the world.

    It’s owned by Chapters-Indigo but the store itself is called The World’s Biggest Bookstore. Whether or not it is depends on how you measure “biggest”: the WBB would prefer by number of titles carried, in which case it is definitely in the running.

  2. Farah Mendlesohn says:

    Nalo put me on to dramamine. Along with dioralyte it’s shortened my recovery time drastically,

  3. Carolyn says:

    and now know what a parka should be like

    Ooh, parkas made of gut? I saw those last year in the wonderful Fairbanks and Anchorage Museums. They were amazing – light, strong and waterproof. Modern “technical clothing” had absolutely nothing on them.