Whirlwind Toronto Attractions & Niagara Falls

Trip Start Jul 03, 2012
Trip End Dec 16, 2012

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Flag of Canada  , Ontario,
Thursday, July 19, 2012

Stepping out of the small Jet plane onto Canadian soil, was I was a little apprehensive?  Immigration and customs are generally not well known for their warm welcomes and generally try to make the process as intimidating as possible. However, the process was very smooth and before I knew I was whisked onto a shuttle bus heading for my new Hostel in Downtown Toronto.
After spending two weeks in frantic New York city, it was remarkably refreshing to find the people of Toronto so friendly compared to some of the New Yorkers we had encountered! Even in the big smoke of Toronto the attitude is much more laid back and relaxed and I could breathe a sigh of relief to be around like-minded people again.
Having woken at 3:30am to catch an early flight I was very lucky to be able to check in to my room early which allowed for a quick nap and a cooked breakfast of bacon, eggs, baked beans, & tomato on toast.Map in hand - it was time to put my navigational, map reading skills into practice again. A hot and humid day ahead, 37 degrees! However, I was excited and optimistic about seeing as much as possible  of the city in a short time.
I had not done only a little research prior to arriving in the city ( I left my lovely lonely planet brick book in New York to drop some baggage weight), so I decided to be spontaneous and explore by foot and see what I could discover. The first decision I made was to head in the general direction of the giant spiky looking thing that towered over the whole City. This, I was to discover was the CN tower - the most famous landmark in toronto. It was very tall and had glass panels imbedded into the lift that treated you to a nauseating view directly down to the ground. After walking around a few times  and some photos, I started feeling a little unsettled by the slight swaying of the floor and decided to head down again. 

Some of the other attractions I stumbled on were the Whistle Brewery and the Street Piano which is open for anyone to play and I also had lunch on the foreshore overlooking the water.

The next day was a huge day and early start for a tour of the Niagara region including the falls. I made a friend on the tour, a nurse from Japan and we caught the 'Maid of the Mist' together. As the name of the boat would suggest everyone on the boat gets wet (thus the highly fashionable plastic ponchos). The view from the boat however, was absolutely spectacular! Its was amazing to see the sheer power and volume of water gushing over the falls. 

After our awe inspiring boat cruise I headed up the street to a happy little town called Clifton Hill. The whole road which is adjacent to Niagara Falls is set up as almost a theme park, with haunted houses, rides, museums and games everywhere! It was crazy! I quickly grabbed a bite to eat and then wanted to explore, however there was only limited time so I missed visiting the upside house and the Brick City.

The last part of the tour was a trip to 'Niagara on the lake' a small romantic village on the lake which was possibly the most beautiful town I have ever seen. It was perhaps the most magical part of the trip, purely because it was so unexpected. The streets filled with colour from the flowers which decorated the nature strips and adorned the lamp posts. A strip of shops included an quaint hat store, filled with amazing hats, a Christmas shop, and many other charming shops. Horses and Carriages were available and could lake you for a short ride to the foreshore of the lake. On the leafy streets of the lake, some beautiful residences and B&B's sat facing with water with large veranda's to soak up the spectacular views.
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ttbeverley on

Keep it coming gorgeous :) You look great in the pics :)

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