Apr 06, 2010
Where I stayed
Jordan Valley Campground
Rather than another costly night in a city, we continued south towards our final destination in Canada (Niagra Falls), stopping for the night in Jordan Valley campground - right in the heart of Ontario's wine region.
We left Montreal at lunchtime, heading south alongside the St Lawrence river on the scenic route to Toronto via the Thousand Islands; over 1800 islands dotted along the river. Another very beautiful part of Canada, with houses fit for millionnaires, some of them with an entire island to themselves. We spent an uneventful stop over night in Kingston, but did make it to the cinema and enjoyed switching off for a couple of hours. We arrived in Toronto by pot luck on a busy market Saturday and after mooching around St Lawrence market for an hour or so we made our way to a 1929 train depot which now houses a microbrewery called the Steam Whistle Brewing Co. We did a tour of the brewery which was a really interesting look behind the scenes and at the history of the company, and there was live music and people enjoying their weekends in the bar. Oh yeah, and free samples too of course. Straight across the street from here is the CN Tower, the tallest free standing structure in the world, and which would have been worthy of a visit if it wasn't completely engulfed in thick cloud, mist and rain. We escaped the weather once more, this time by walking along the skywalk - an elevated corridor that stretches back to Union Station, Toronto's main train station with departures to cities all over the country.