As promised in Sunday’s Teaser, I promised more details about my husband and I’s 5 day trip to Toronto this past week. We had a lot of fun and for my hubby it was his very first international stamp in the good ‘ole passport. I think he finally caught the travel bug which hopefully means more international trips in the future!
For this trip we made a long weekend out of it. We left after work on Tuesday and came home early Sunday afternoon. We made a couple of money making decisions prior to the trip. First off, we decided to book a condo through airbnb close to Toronto’s downtown transit. Secondly, we decided not to rent a car and to take transit only, since we figured we could get anywhere that we wanted to via transit. Thirdly, we decided to make the most our of our trip and see all the main sites by purchasing Toronto’s City Pass where we could pay a discounted rate for the main Toronto attractions. Because of these decisions we probably saved over $500.
On Wednesday, after we had an opportunity to rest up from our late night arrival the night before we decided to jump right in by visiting Casa Loma which is a castle previously built and inhabited by Canadian financier Sir Henry Pellatt. After exploring many of the 98 rooms we made our way back to the condo, freshened up and got ready to see Justin Timberlake and JayZ at the Rogers Centre. Those two talents sure know how to put on a good show. I was mainly there to see Justin, but I think in the future I’d be willing to see JayZ again. What a great performer!
Thursday we booked a day trip to Niagara Falls via City Site Seeing Toronto. The tour included a bus trip to Niagara Falls, time spend in Niagara on the Lake (a quant little village), and a winery where we tasted Canada’s famous ice wine. While in Niagara Falls we participated in the famous Maid of the Mist boat ride, which was lucky for us because this is the last summer they will be running the tour.
On Friday we packed in a lot of activities, it was our day of museums and baseball. We attended the Ontario Science Centre (wouldn’t recommend this unless you have kids), Royal Ontario Museum, and the Hockey Hall of Fame. I love the architecture at the ROM and the Christian Dior exhibit. For Jacey, he was in heaven standing near the Stanley Cup.
Prior to catching a game at the Rogers Centre we rode to the top of the CN Tower where we caught some brilliant panoramics of Toronto. Then, we ended the night by watching the Tampa Bay Rays beat out Toronto’s Blue Jays.
On our last full day in Toronto we met a friend and her beau for brunch at Mildred’s Temple Kitchen. I can attest that the Huevos Monty and Mrs. Biederhof’s Legendary Light & Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes are both incredibly delicious.
After parting our ways Jacey and I headed to the zoo to use up the last ticket in our Toronto City Pass. The big attraction at the zoo this year was a pair of pandas gifted to Canada from China this past spring. So, after waiting in line for approximately 1 hour we finally had a chance to glance at a pair of napping, cuddly pandas. Post pandas we spent the next couple of hours exploring the remainder of the zoo before I eventually got cranky and tuckered out, along with the other beings under the age of 10.
While I feel we packed in plenty of touristy activities, something we didn’t spend a lot of time on was shopping or trying out different restaurants. Basically we’ll just need to plan another trip back … and when it isn’t so hot!
Have you been to Toronto? Is Toronto on your travel bucket list? xoxo ‘n lols, crystal