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askalobanner_esc.png Last week, regular guest blogger Wendell Gaa introduced us to the cosmopolitan model city Toronto and gave us some tips regarding the must-visit places in this Canadian landmark. This week, we continue his virtual travel guiding and explores fun fairs, amusement parks and other point of view-changing suggestions in this article.

Toronto-2.jpg Centre Island, Toronto Islands
Not all of Toronto's attractions are found in the downtown area alone, for family and friends alike seeking to veer off the city's main urban trappings, the Toronto Islands grant a quick and easy getaway. These are a chain of small islands located just offshore from the downtown area, and they are the only group of islands in the western part of Lake Ontario. These islands are all about recreation and relaxation, and they can be easily reached by plenty of ferry services from downtown Toronto. Some of these ferries can even accommodate bicycles and canoes for interested passengers. You will be happy to know that some ferry operators even set aside a few weekends where families can ride their boats for free to anywhere in the Toronto Islands (we were lucky to be given this offer).
askalobanner_esc.png In our series "Around the world with askalo", we feature cities from all over the world, based on personal experiences of our guest bloggers. Our regular jetsetter contributor Wendell Gaa makes another trip around the world and shares with us the accounts of his latest travels. He brings us this time to Toronto, Canada.

Toronto-5.jpg Name: Wendell
City: Toronto
What brings you to Canada? How often do you see yourself coming here? I wanted to experience the cleanliness and exciting multiculturalism for which the city of Toronto is known for. Additionally, I wanted to experience my first ever birthday in the country of Canada, and true enough, it was a worthwhile and enjoyable weekend experience spending time with my cousins whom I haven't seen in many years.
How often do you see yourself coming here? I intend to visit Ontario, Canada at least once or twice a year, it is just along the border of New York State where I currently live. Visiting the region brings back happy memories of my college years when I was a student in neighboring Michigan state during the 1990s, when Toronto in particular was a frequent playground for my friends and I during our long weekend holiday breaks.
Did you notice any distinction between the French-speaking Canadians and the English-speaking ones? Yes, a few of the French-speaking Canadians that I observed there seem to take much natural pride in their unique heritage as French-Canadians and carry a distinct European cultural aura in terms of their architecture and outlook on life, whereas English-speaking Canadians have a pretty obvious affinity with their American counterparts living south of their nation's border in many areas, from interests in fast food, pop music to Hollywood films.
Any particular specialty/food/souvenir/symbol you remember Toronto by? I'll always remember Toronto whenever I see a photo or image of the city's amazing CN Tower, few other buildings have left such a lasting impression of a great city on me!
Toronto_International_Antiquarian_Book_FairWhat are interesting things to do in Toronto, Canada? If you love literature, one of the top things to do in Toronto is visit the Toronto Antiquarian Book Fair in October.

We now know from Toronto Book Fair questions on askalo that the international Antiquarian Toronto book festival is one of the most popular Antiquarian book fairs in all of North America!