In September of 1965 Two Country Bumpkins from Nova Scotia arrived in the VERY big city of Toronto by train. As we walked out of Union Station onto Front st. we looked up, up, up upon the largest building we had ever seen, the Royal York Hotel. It was something out of this world. What do we do now?
We contacted DeVry Tech as we were surposed to do upon arrival to find out. We were told to take a taxi to the school. Our first problem! We were told from people at home to not take taxis as they will cheat you by talking the long way to where you needed to go so it will cost more. You see we had very little money when we arrived. Well not knowing how else to get there we took the cab. Knowing the city now I do not think they ceated us, but we were sure they did back then.
Once registered we were sent to the home shown in the picture. This house was in North York just off of Wilsonheights Blvd. This is where we spent our first night in Toronto in a small bedroon with two twin beds.
After settling in we went out to explore the area. We walked down Wilsonheights Blvd to the larges highway (401) we had ever seen. Looking out at this 4 lane highway (now at least 10 lanes) we could not believe how many cars and especially trucks there were. This was certainly not Nova Scotia.
Our next surprise was when we looked across the highway and seen the largest shopping mall in the world. The parking lot we could see for Yorkdale Mall could hold both of our towns in Nova Scotia.
I know for Gord and myself that first day in Toronto was one of the most eye openning days in our lives. We had arrive in the BIG CITY.
The next two years will never be forgotton. We went from Country Bumpkins to big city guys. We never had a dull moment, developed a career and made so many lifetime friends.
Gord we lost touch over many years, but you will never be forgotten. Rest in peace my friend.