Early in 2004 Mr Monkey found out that Bouchercon 2004 was being held in Toronto. He'd never been to a Bouchercon or to Toronto, and he thought it would be a good idea to go and see what it was all about. And very soon it turned out than, in his enthusiasm he'd booked almost half of October, in three different hotels, for his trip.
Follow the links below for more details of Mr Monkey's trip.
October 1 - 2
Mr Monkey flies into Toronto Pearson airport, checks in at the Delta Chelsea hotel, visits the Art Gallery of Ontario, and wanders the streets of Toronto after dark. (8 pages)
Mr Monkey takes a very short ferry ride, has a brilliant helicopter trip over Toronto, walks along the lakefront, then ascends the CN Tower. (20 pages)
Mr Monkey sees a taxi strike, visits Fort York, finds a landlocked lighthouse, takes his first streetcar ride, then watches a film crew. (23 pages)
Mr Monkey takes the subway to Castle Frank, visits Todmorden Mills Heritage Museum, walks along the Don Valley, and self-guides himself the wrong way round Cabbagetown. (23 pages)
Mr Monkey visits the Campbell House, and takes an amphibious Hippo tour of Toronto. (14 pages)
Mr Monkey attends several panels at Bouchercon 2004, meets new friends, hangs out in a couple of bars, says goodbye to his friends, inspects public art in Simcoe Park, takes an open top bus tour and walks around the Music Garden (29 pages)
Mr Monkey goes under Union Station in a streetcar, fails to visit the Bata Shoe museum, does visit the Royal Ontario Museum, Yorkville, and the Danforth, and returns to the Rex jazz club (19 pages)
Mr Monkey takes the train to Niagara Falls, looks at the waterfalls, goes behind a waterfall, sails on the Maid of the Mist, has a ride on the Spanish Aero car, then takes the train back to Toronto (37 pages)
Mr Monkey takes a ferry to Ward's Island, looks at a couple of landmarks, takes a car to the airport and finally flies home to Manchester (17 pages)
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