As many of you know me by now, I am ALWAYS on the MOVE. This week, I am driving the 2021 BMW M440i xDrive Coupe to roam around different places in Ontario.
And as part of my travel segment “Ontario Travel Series“, check out the places and photos that I have visited and explored while driving this BMW M440i xDrive sport coupe. Perhaps my visit to these places/events will give you inspiration to explore and experience yourself with your loved ones! Enjoy!
The 2021 BMW M440i xDrive was provided by BMW Canada so that I can be On the MOVE to explore Ontario. However, as always, the opinions expressed in this post is entirely my own.
Cherry Blossoms Season – April of every year in Ontario
The month of April is cherry blossoms season and we roamed quite a number of places other than High Park to maintain physical distancing and enjoyed up close and personal with these beautiful flowers. I have to admit, when these plants are blooming, they are so magnificent.
First up, let’s check out cherry blossom at John P. Robarts Research Library (aka Robarts Library), part of the University of Toronto, St. George Campus.
John P. Robarts Research Library – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Address: 130 St. George St., Toronto, Ontario, M5S 1A5
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/Se2qQ8t8eVDrmcDYA
There are 70 Japanese cherry trees, also known as sakura, located at Robarts Library. They were originally given to the University of Toronto as a gift from the Consulate General of Japan in the early 2000s. They’re now an annual showstopper, attracting visitors from across the city who will snap selfies or put them as a photogenic backdrop.
I have to admit, when I first googled and realized U of T Robarts Library has these cherry blossoms, I couldn’t believe it. I was like “Wow! Robarts have these beautiful trees?”. And I am so glad. And I began to wonder why everyone flocks to High Park when you could easily check out the cherry blossoms right at a more accessible location at Robarts?
Another hidden gem to check out the cherry blossoms is located at Japanese Cultural Centre. And of course, that’s fitting since the cherry blossoms (sakura) is an iconic plant from Japan.
There are a number of cherry blossoms around the building as well as along the slope on the property. While you are checking out the cherry blossoms, I highly recommend you to also check out the Aga Khan Museum that is located right across from the Japanese Cultural Centre. The Aga Khan has a nice open space to roam around and lots of good photogenic spots. More importantly, there is a nice park and walking route beside the museum and near the busy Don Valley Parkway highway.
I still recalled when I was young, our school brought us here at the Japanese Canadian Culture Centre to learn more about the Japanese culture, including the Japanese tea ceremony and the etiquette of the traditional music and outfit. It was fascinating and I still remembered those memories these days.
Aga Khan Museum – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Address: 77 Wynford Dr, North York, ON M3C 1K1, Canada
Architects: Fumihiko Maki, Vladimir Djurovic
Founded: September 18, 2014
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/TNtwPE5UxF6RZgQM7
The Aga Khan Museum is a museum of Islamic art, Iranian art and Muslim culture.
Scotiabank Arena – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Address: 40 Bay St, Toronto, ON M5J 2X2, Canada
Teams: Toronto Raptors, Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Marlies, Toronto Rock
Opened: February 19, 1999
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/HBngQgj7LBrqRDMU6
Man! I really missed watching my beloved Raptors in person. Those were the good ol’ days when we could watched sports game in person here at the Scotiabank Arena. This location, exactly where this BMW M440i is located was where the famous “Jurassic Park”, when Raptors Fans got to watch the playoffs in front of the jumbotron.
Just wondering when we can watch LIVE sports and concerts again and cheer them on.
Convocation Hall (University of Toronto – St. George Campus) – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Address: 31 King’s College Cir, Toronto, ON M5S 1A1
Built: 1904 -1907
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/9x2RTm7Q3novpUz89
The Convocation Hall is a domed shaped rotunda located on the grounds of the University of Toronto in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is being used to host graduation and lectures of its students.
Casa Loma – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Address: 1 Austin Terrace, Toronto, ON M5R 1X8
Construction started: 1911
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/1Ee9zqQEkf55hv3x7
Casa Loma is an iconic historic building that is became one of the most famous must visit place for the tourists and locals in Toronto. It is one of the rarest buildings that looks like a castle/mansion still standing and prior to the pandemic, guests can purchase tickets to check out this place. Better yet, they have a prestige restaurant called “Blueblood Steakhouse” serving high quality nice steak and cocktails at the bar. Throughout the year, they host special events such as Halloween themed events or the popular Escape game. I highly recommend you to check out this place once the pandemic is over.
Aurora Family Leisure Complex – Aurora, Ontario, Canada
Address: 135 Industrial Pkwy N, Aurora, ON L4G 4C4, Canada
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/M2McMTqvaZPSgNSQ6
The Aurora Family Leisure Complex is home to a swimming pool, skating rink, Club Aurora Fitness Centre, rock climbing wall, indoor walking track, gymnasium plus a skate park located outside the building. It also conveniently located right next to the Aurora Community Arboretum. There are plenty of parking spots located around this complex.
Tony Murphy Park – Markham, Ontario, Canada
Address: 4 Chambery Crescent, Markham, ON L3R 5C4, Canada
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/i19yf4ni4AucgxR28
City Hall – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Address: 100 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5H 2N2, Canada
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/sMm78vcVePPsVwrJ8
The Toronto City Hall is the seat of the municipal government of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and one of the city’s most distinctive landmarks. From the bird’s eye view, the building resembles the retina of an eye ball. Designed by Finnish architect Viljo Revell and landscape architect Richard Strong, and engineered by Hannskarl Bandel, the building opened in 1965.
Sunnybrook Park – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Address: 1132 Leslie St, Toronto, ON, Canada
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/nxdVqH4y7Emt7ASq5
Sunnybrook Park is a large public park in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is located north of Leaside and south of the Bridle Path areas of the city. The park is home to many bike trails, dog parks, and Sunnybrook Stables.
E.T. Seton Park – North – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Address: 1100 Leslie St, North York, ON M3C 1H8, Canada
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/ZvGDSo7qgML4Monv8
E.T. Seton Park is a public park located in the North York district of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Paramount Fine Foods Centre – Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Address: 5500 Rose Cherry Pl, Mississauga, ON L4Z 4B6, Canada
Google Maps: https://g.page/PFFCentre?share
On the MOVE to get my 1st dose of vaccine with this BMW M440i to the Paramount Fine Foods Centre. Currently, the ministry of health and the government has setup this centre as a temporary vaccination clinic. Moreover, the arena besides this clinic is the home of the Toronto Raptors G-League team, the Raptors 905. And you guys know how much I luv my Raptors, so this is very special.
Pride of Canada Carousel (Downtown Markham) – Unionville, Ontario, Canada
Address: 8080 Birchmount Rd, Unionville, ON L6G 0B6, Canada
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/Rszq2rKRfiapDMoE9
The Downtown Markham has an iconic landmark that brings super joy for children. It’s the Merry Go Around that is housed in a beautiful open glass pavilion and is open all-year round.
Dorian Parker Community Centre (Located in Arboretum Sunnidale Park) – Barrie, Ontario, Canada
Address: 227 Sunnidale Rd, Barrie, ON L4M 3B9
Phone: (705) 739-4220
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/CjtsVb8qaPALoyCC8