I recently had the opportunity to travel around Ontario for a week. Although I was there for a curling bonspiel (fancy name for a tournament), I also got to sight see and explore downtown Toronto!
Here are some things I did and whether I would recommend them or not!
- CN Tower: There are two things to keep in mind when contemplating going up in the CN Tower. 1- If you are afraid of heights or are claustrophobic I would not recommend (The elevator ride up can last up to 2-3 minutes in a glass elevator slowly watching everything below you get smaller and smaller… its a bit daunting if you ask me!) 2- If you are on a tight budget, your time is better spent at the Aquarium. HOWEVER… if you have never been… it is still something pretty cool to check off the bucket list! The view is spectacular! (Just to go up the CN Tower it costs $35… and that basically only includes your elevator ride, the view & being able to walk over a glass floor)
View from outside
Walking over the glass floor with a view of the aquarium!
Hiding how terrified I was to sit on this floor
- Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada: I absolutely loved the aquarium! It’s a little bit pricey but well worth it! Definitely set aside 2-3 hours if you decide to visit here. There are shows throughout the day & you can see divers enter the tanks and they will teach you all about the aquatic life! I would consider the aquarium a must see!
Entrance to the aquarium
One of the many tanks
My new friend!
Eaton’s Centre: After the Aquarium my boyfriend and I took a lengthy walk to the Eaton’s Centre (mall). We spent tons of time walking around here and quickly began to realize that everything was extremely overpriced and we were better off shopping at home! Therefore, if you aren’t in search of a specific store you don’t normally get to visit… don’t waste your time here!
- Go Transit/ Go Train: I used the Go Train to get from the suburbs to downtown Toronto (Union Station). It was fairly easy to use and pretty quick (considering how long it takes via car). The only thing that is a little bit daunting are the amount of people you will bump into while walking around the station. ALSO, I didn’t take the train out of downtown to get home… but give yourself a little more time if you are planning to do so as Union Station is a little more complicated than the suburb stations!
All in all downtown Toronto was pretty cool!
Here are some things that took me by surprise:
- Everybody is always in a rush
- There are way more people than I expected
- Everything is fairly close to each other (makes it easy to see everything)
A few other photos I took:
Where the Blue Jays play!
Aquarium from outisde
Night view of CN Tower
I hope this helps you out with your next visit to Downtown Toronto!
Sometimes all you need is a little break!
About a week ago, my mom and I took a mini road trip! We went shopping, stayed in a hotel, and ate delicious food! We did all of this within 24 hours and enjoyed every minute of it.
If you ever feel overwhelmed and have some time on your hands, take that time to yourself and plan yourself a mini getaway. It doesn’t have to be a road trip, rather it could be a day of fun activities close to where you live!
Some things you could do:
- Go to a spa
- Get a manicure or pedicure
- Movie night out
- Go to a hotel overnight (go swimming, eat out, relax!!)
Budget friendly ideas:
- Movie night in
- Build a fort (and watch your movie in it!)
- Try baking!
- Go to a park and pack a picnic
- Have a DIY day and make some cool crafts
- Play board games
Even if you don’t have a full 24 hours to put aside for yourself..you could always set aside an afternoon or an evening! Just make sure to take time to enjoy yourself 🙂
I absolutely love traveling! However, with traveling comes one small problem… it can be very expensive! Therefore as a student, it makes more sense for me to create a travel bucket list and check them off throughout my life. Here’s the list of everywhere I’m hoping to travel to in the future!
- Agra, India: Ever since I saw photos of the Taj Mahal, I’ve wanted to travel here! I think it would be such an amazing and eye opening experience to submerge myself in a new culture.
- Cuzco Region, Peru: Since my grade 10 Spanish class project, I’ve had the desire to go to Machu Picchu. It looks beautiful! Also, it sounds like a great place to get some good exercise (haha)!!
- Amsterdam, Netherlands: Amsterdam seems to be a perfect place to travel. Between the naturally beautiful architecture, to the historical destinations (Anne Frank House, Van Gogh Museum, etc..), Amsterdam seems breathtaking and I can’t wait to visit here.
- Australia: Need I say more? I mean, who doesn’t want to travel to Australia? Between the weather, the Great Barrier Reef, and…. kangaroos and koalas!!
- London, England: Honestly, the real reason I want to visit London (apart from the touristy things..) is to simply enjoy a London Fog… in London. Needless to say I have a slight obsession with this beverage…
Well there you have it folks! Those are the top destinations on my Travel Bucket List! Of course, I’m sure the more I explore, the more I will add to this list. But for the time being, here it is!
ps. If you’ve ever travelled to these destinations (or other ones not on my list) let me know how you liked them by commenting below!