It is said that the city never sleeps … at least that was my expectation. I ventured out of bed and away from the suburbs picking up my hiking partner along the way. I can always count on Helen’s enthusiasm for an adventure and we drove through the quiet streets of mid-town, and finally all the way downtown.
We were both surprised to discover a city that appeared to be fast asleep. Travelling down streets that are normally very congested with traffic, we found … nothing. It was borderline eerie and had a post-apocalyptic feel to it. Besides the rabbit and raccoon who eyed me suspiciously … there was no activity of note, even in the heart of the city.
So these are my meager offerings of our middle-of-the-night adventure through the streets of Toronto …
I had erroneously thought that the current construction of a new Rapid Transit Line along one of the busiest traffic corridors in the city was operational 24-7. Last night I discovered it’s not. I suppose if I was a resident in the area, I would be very grateful for that.
Portions of the new LRT line will be underground and burrowing began some months ago. Surely I’m not the only person fascinated by the fact that engineers can accurately figure out how two massive tunnel-boring machines can be started simultaneously – one at the beginning and another at the end of the proposed tunnel – eventually meeting in the middle.
Meanwhile, a 4 lane road that is normally moving at a crawl during the day, was strangely empty of traffic.
Continuing our journey down Yonge St, we stopped at one of my favourite mid-city landmarks. I really like watches and clocks, so it stands to reason that I would also like any building with a clock tower.
It was formerly a Canadian Pacific Railway station built in 1916, but passenger service through this station ended only 14 years later. It became a beer store in 1931 and liquor store in 1940. It is now the largest liquor store in Canada boasting a magnificent inventory of liquors and wine.
One of the year 2000 projects in Toronto was Moose in The City. Over 300 life-sized moose statues were commissioned, decorated and displayed throughout the city. A handful of them can still be found, including this one. His attire changes throughout the year based on the season or special occasion, including his own King-of-the-Mountain jersey and bicycle for the Tour-de-France.
Last night he was sporting flippers and a life-jacket for some water fun. Too bad the weather hasn’t been cooperating with him.
On our way back home, one lonely car passes us on an otherwise deserted road.
This was my world last night from 3 am to 4 am. Visit Lisa at Northwest Frame of Mind for more on the One Day One World Project.