Would you believe Toronto is only a few hours from New York? And it’s actually rather similar to NYC. But everything in Toronto feels pretty clean and new.
Home of the second biggest film festival in the world, one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World and the location of many movies such as Legally Blonde and American Psycho, Toronto is also the largest city in Canada.
Apparently, according to a tour guide, Toronto is the city of two C’s – construction and condos. There are hundreds of brand new condominium buildings being built all over the city and we stayed in one of them.
Situated about 10 – 15 minutes from CN Tower the apartment is in a great location. But guess what? You don’t even have to walk far for a coffee, a Subway or the gym. In fact, there is a free gym in the building, which we made full use of.
The apartment is perfect for a couple staying in Toronto with wifi, cable and laundry facilities.
About 1 hr and 15 mins away from Toronto you can drive to Niagara Falls. Going there in mid-September meant it wasn’t overly busy so finding parking is pretty easy (although expensive).
First stop was a boat cruise. A free poncho was given to us but it didn’t do much good… The power of the falls blew it all over the place soaking us from head to toe. But it was wonderful being so close to something as powerful and beautiful as Niagara Falls. Luckily the weather was warm enough to dry us off quickly for lunch. There are a huge amount of restaurants but most of them are grills and steak houses… So, we headed to Hard Rock Cafe for nachos and onion rings (yum).
As well as the Falls there are plenty of activities to do within Niagara. Wax museums, bowling allies, arcades, casinos, fun houses, bars and restaurants. You can even walk through the tunnels underneath and behind the Falls.
Within the old distillery are fashion boutiques, cafes, restaurants and art galleries. Being a pedestrian only village means no chains – no Starbucks, McDonalds or Taco Bells… This is a great place to check out little crafts, homeware and grab a coffee.
This beautiful castle, as seen in Scott Pilgrim VS The World and the Tuxedo, is stunningly decorated and was one of my favourite spots in Toronto . The former estate of Sir Henry Mill Pellatt, a prominent Toronto financier, industrialist and military man had a dream of the creating a ‘medieval’ castle on the brow of a hill overlooking Toronto. With a free audio guide you can leisurely tour around the estate and get a history of Sir Pellatt. Oh and you can grab some lunch or an ice cream whilst at Casa Loma.
Although a little overpriced, going up the CN Tower is a must do when in Toronto. The tower is 553 metres tall meaning you can view the whole city from the view poitns. I’ve never been so high up in my life, it was a little nerve wracking going in the lift! I certainly would never do the sky walk…
These are just some of the things on offer for you to do in Toronto! You can also:
- Go shopping at Toronto Eaton Centre
- Visit Canada Wonderland theme park
- Go to a sports or music event at the Rogers Centre
- Do the City Sight Seeing Bus and get a free ticket for the boat tour
- See what’s on at the Harbourfront Centre
Been to Toronto and have some tips on visiting the city? Leave a comment!