I decided to make the most of the Veterans Day and take few days off around that national holiday and go to Toronto. As always, all the addresses are in hyperlink and I’m adding pictures of all places.
Starting the visit of Toronto by going to Casa Loma Castle. Every city needs its castle and Toronto’s one located on a hill is a masterpiece with its ostentatious masterpiece . More than the castle, I felt in love with its garden, so gorgeous and romantic.
For lunch, I headed to St Lawrence Market.
In the afternoon, you can wonder at the Distillery District which is full of galleries. I decided to stay there for dinner as they have amazing restaurants and bars. Make sure to try the Mexican restaurant El Catrin.
Let’s drive to Niagara Falls. It is about 2 hours drive from Toronto.
The Falls are breathtaking. Watching close to 750,000 gallons of water a second hurtle down the curved cliffs is very very impressive. Take the boat, maid of the mist, to go almost in the middle of the falls. That boat ride is so much fun and definitely a must do – be ready to get wet.
For lunch, I went to the only restaurant in front of the fall, Edgwaters Tap & Grill. I’m not sure if one can have lunch with a better view.
Few Minutes away from the falls, there is the Whirlpool area with its cable cars. You can take the cable car to go over the Niagara River.
Finally, go to Gananoque to get the boat cruise for 1000 islands. The 1000 Islands constitute an archipelago of 1,864 islands that straddles the Canada-US border. What a relaxing cruise and you get to see all those beautiful islands. It made me want to buy my own private island one day. After the cruise, take a walk in the city. They have one of the oldest theaters, the Playhouse Springer theater.
I drove to Montreal. It is just a few hours drive.
I visited the Vieux Montreal (old town). Walking in the old town made me feel like I’m in France. Go through the Rue des Artistes (Street of Artists) and seat down at one of the cafes at place Jacques Cartier. I had to try Poutine, which is their famous fries with a special sauce and I added sausage and bacon. The old town is also a good place to buy souvenirs.
At night, I started by going to the W Hotel Lounge the Wunderbar with its bright lights. You can then go towards the concert area and finish the night at one of the lively bars there.
I went to Quebec City from Montreal. It is again about 2 hours drive.
I went to the old town, a UNESCO designated world heritage treasure. You enter the old town by passing the fortifications. Go up the fortifications to have a nice view of the city.The old town is very small. You will see a beautiful view of the St. Lawrence River. For lunch you should go to that steak and fries restaurant Entrecote Saint Jean. It is exactly like the Parisian famous restaurant Entrecote.
Since that was only a day trip, I decided to just stay in old town and wonder around.
Back to Toronto, If you are a hockey fan, don’t miss the hockey hall of fame.
I skipped that part and went to Kesington Market . They have the best sandwiches at Sanagan Meat Locker. Then, go to one of the cafes to have a beer. I went to Last Temptation on Dundas St.. That street is full of vintage and hippie shopping stores.
Starting the afternoon at the CN Tower. Toronto’s dazzling skyline is 1,815-foot tall. If you dare, you can go to the Glass Floor Room at 1,122 feet and the Sky Pod, which at 1,465 feet is the highest public observation area in the world.
From there, head to the waterfront. If the weather is not too windy is nice to walk around and stop at one of the restaurants for a drink.
Finally, take a ferry to go to Center Island. That island, few minutes away from Toronto, is a classical weekend gateway for people. You can bike or even go to the beach. The island also has the oldest lighthouse. The only way to get to Center Island is by ferry. The Toronto Ferry Docks are located at the foot of Bay Street and Queen Quay
At night, head to little Italy. A good neighborhood for dinner and dessert.