(On the MOVE) with 2021 MINI Cooper S Countryman ALL4 – Explore & Discover [Ontario Travel Series]


As many of you know me by now, I am ALWAYS on the MOVE. This week, I am driving the 2021 MINI Cooper S Countryman ALL4 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 MINI Cooper S Countryman ALL4. Perhaps my visit to these places/events will give you inspiration to explore and experience yourself with your loved ones! Enjoy!

The 2021 MINI Cooper S Countryman ALL4 was provided by MINI 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.

First up, let’s roam around the west end Toronto area.

Colonel Samuel Smith Park – Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada
Website: https://www.Toronto.ca/data/parks/prd/facilities/complex/466/index.html
Address: 3145 Lake Shore Blvd W, Etobicoke, ON M8V 4B6
Hours: Open 24 hours

Colonel Samuel Smith Park is an urban park in the Etobicoke district of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is also located beside the Humber College. This park has a historic chimney as a iconic landmark and became the Power House Recreation Centre. And in the winter, it has its signature 8-shaped outdoor skating rink.

Humber College Lakeshore Campus – Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada
Website: www.humber.ca/about-humber/campuses-facilities/lakeshore-campus
Address: 2 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive, Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada M8V 4B6
Phone: (416) 675-3111

Humber College Lakeshore Campus is situated in the west end of Toronto, on the shores of Lake Ontario. It’s located beside the Colonel Samuel Smith Park. This campus is home to more than 10,600 full-time students with 400 living in residence (which we took a photo outside one of the residence buildings).

Humber Bay Park West – Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada
Website: www.Toronto.ca/data/parks/prd/facilities/complex/1074/index.html
Address: 2225 LAKE SHORE BLVD W

City of Toronto Watertank – Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada
Website: www.LakeshoreArena.ca
Address: 400 Kipling Ave, Etobicoke, ON M8V 3L1

The Lakeshore Arena is a hockey facility located in the Etobicoke district of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is an official practice facility of the Toronto Maple Leafs NHL hockey team, and their AHL affiliate the Toronto Marlies.

And sitting behind this practice facility, you could see a Toronto water tank. FYI – I often like to take photos of the water tank coz they usually show the name of the city/town that we just entered, so it’s a nice landmark for me to know we have arrived!

Oakbank Pond Park – Vaughan, Ontario, Canada
Address: 250 Centre St, Vaughan, ON
Hours: Open 24 hours

Oakbank Pond is located at 250 Centre Street with the nearest intersection is Centre and Bathurst streets. This park has been redeveloped back in early January 2018  with a nice boardwalk and walkways with trees and plants and overlook a beautiful pond and nearby mansions. And it’s located across Thornhill Presbyterian Church and this pond is only a block away from the historic MacDonald House.

I really appreciate the new lookout deck that is safe for people to overlook the pond plus a few benches there for people to sit and enjoy the view. There aren’t any parking lots but there are a few spots you can park along both sides of Centre Street.

Thoreau Macdonald House – Thornhill, Ontario, Canada
Website: www.thornhillhistoric.org/old/walktour/walktour_slided1.html
Address: 121 Centre Street, Thornhill, ON, Canada

Thoreau Macdonald House is located at 121 Centre Street in Thornhill, Ontario, Canada. It’s home of the famous Group of Seven artist J.E.H. MacDonald and later of his son Thoreau, a talented artist in his own right. The house remains intact and prior to the pandemic, hosted a number of events and tour for people to learn more about the life of the famous Canadian artists.

During this pandemic, the house is closed, there are no tours or events. However, it’s still pleasantly worthwhile to walk into the woods and trees and walk along the trails. I really enjoy the high tall trees at the trees and walk though the entrance. It’s so peaceful and magnificent.

Morgan Boyle Park – Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada
Website: www.RichmondHill.ca/en/index.aspx
Address: 5 B Pearson Ave, Richmond Hill, ON L4C 7L6

Mill Pond Park – Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada
Website: www.RichmondHill.ca/en/index.aspx
Address: 321 Mill St, Richmond Hill, ON L4C 4B5
Phone: (905) 771-8800

David Dunlap Observatory – Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada
Website: www.RichmondHill.ca/en/david-dunlap-observatory.aspx
Address: 123 Hillsview Dr, Richmond Hill, ON L4C 1T3
Phone: (905) 884-1281

Princes’ Gates – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Website: www.explace.on.ca
Address: 11 Princes’ Blvd, Toronto, ON M6K 3C3
Hours: Open 24 hours

The Princes’ Gates is a triumphal arch and a monumental gateway at Exhibition Place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

BMO Field – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Website: www.bmofield.com
Address: 170 Princes’ Blvd, Toronto, ON M6K 3C3

OVO Athletic Centre – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Website: www.nba.com/raptors/press-release/raptors-ovo-elevate-partnership-with-ovo-athletic-centre
Address: 30 British Columbia Rd, Toronto, ON M6K 3C3

The OVO Athletic Centre is the Toronto Raptors practice facility.

Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Website: www.MedievalTimes.com
Address: 10 Dufferin St, Toronto, ON M6K 3C3
Phone: +1 888-935-6878

Bandshell Park – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Website: www.TheEx.com/main/entertainment/music/bandshell-music
Address: 100 Prince Edward Island Crescent, Toronto, ON M6K 3C3

The Bandshell Park is an open-air concert venue in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Built in 1936, it is located at Exhibition Place on the Lake Ontario lake shore. And surprising to me is that….it is also a Green P, you can park your vehicle right in front of the stage. Neat eh?

Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Website: www.LibertyGrand.com
Address: Exhibition Place, 25 British Columbia Rd, Toronto, ON M6K 3C3
Phone: (416) 542-3789

Toronto Windmill – Toronto, Ontario, Canada

WindShare’s ExPlace wind turbine was erected on December 18, 2002, on the grounds of Exhibition Place, in Toronto. It was the first wind turbine installed in a major North American urban city centre, and the first community-owned wind power project in Ontario.


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