Toronto/Niagara Falls

Toronto is the most populous city in Canada and in the province of Ontario. It is located in Southern Ontario on the northwestern shore of Lake Ontario. 

One of the first things you will notice about Toronto is the clean sidewalks and how friendly the people are. The first stop needs to be the CN Tower, featuring the “glass floor”. It is the tallest freestanding structure in the Western Hemisphere and is declared one of the modern Seven Wonders of the World by the American Society of Civil Engineers. Located on one side of the CN Tower is Rogers Centre, home of the Toronto Blue Jays. If you plan on touring the stadium you may be able to catch them opening or closing the dome. On the other side of the tower is the brand new Ripleys’s Aquarium of Canada. Across from the Aquarium is Roundhouse Park, a 17 acre park in Downtown Toronto in the former Railway Lands. It features the John Street Roundhouse, a preserved locomotive roundhouse which is home to the Toronto Railway Museum. The park is also home to a collection of trains, the former Canadian Pacific Railway Don Station, and the Roundhouse Park Miniature Railway. After touring the Hockey Hall of Fame, spend the rest of the day shopping in Toronto's well-known Kensington Market and Chinatown.

For some family fun, the Centreville Amusement Park and Far Enough Farm are located on the Toronto Islands. This is a great destination especially for younger children, which includes a 10 minute ferry ride to beautiful Centre Island. The amusement park is designed to look like a turn-of-the-century Ontario village and features over 30 rides and attractions for the whole family. Far Enough Farm is a hobby farm with over 30 species of animals.

And for adults, Toronto offers a vibrant nightlife with large and small concert venues, nightclubs and trendy bars. Popular are the food tours which highlight Toronto’s creative culinary scene. There are tours that will have you mushroom foraging to touring Kensington Markets’ confectionery history to satisfy your sweet tooth. For beer aficionados, Toronto has a long history with beer. Guided brewery and tasting tours will give you insights into Toronto’s past.

Niagara Falls

A short distance from Toronto, Niagara Falls is actually the collective name for three waterfalls.  The three are the Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls. The Horseshoe Falls lie on the Canadian side and the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls are located on the American side.  

Each side offering a different perspective, it is best to visit both sides. The American side gives a side-on view of the American Falls and an observation point only 20 yards from the top of the falls. Although the Canadian side is touted for having the best view, the American side is a State Park, the oldest in the nation, so efforts have been made to preserve the natural beauty of the area and visitors looking to experience the falls as a natural wonder will appreciate this.

Besides having the best view, the Canadian side also has the famous Maid of the Mist which gives you an up close view and history of the falls while you wear a blue rain slicker. Make sure you have your walking shoes on for the trip up Clifton Hill to check out the many shops, boutiques and eateries.

Pack your bags, grab your passport (yes you need a passport) and cross the border with us into Canada.

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