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You blink, its gone. That’s exactly how Summer is in Canada. There are some conventional things we all do every summer, like visiting Central Island, Scarborough Bluff, Zoo, African Lion Safari and beaches, though we very religiously visit these places every summer, there are other things that we have enjoyed doing out of ordinary, sharing a few experiences here:
Cheltenham Badlands: About an hour from Toronto, Badlands makes a very good day outing for adults and kids, especially if you haven’t seen anything like this before. Badlands are dry terrain where sedimentary rocks and clay rich soils have been eroded. (it was closed for public last year so check before you go).
Address: 1501 0 1901 Olde Base Line Road, Caledon, ON
Lavender Farm: Though, there are a lot of lavender farms in and around Toronto, we visited “Terre Bleu Lavender Farm”. It simply takes you to a fairy land with the fresh lavender smell. They also have picnic tables, who wouldn’t like to eat overlooking beautiful flowers. Don’t miss their lavender Ice cream.
Address: 2501, 25 Side Road, Campbellville, ON
Thousand Islands, Kingston: National Park which is closest to Toronto is Thousand Island National park which is just about 2.5 hours drive. If you fancy seeing a castle, tons of Islands, lighthouse, beautiful waterfront houses then take the cruise, relax and enjoy cruising through the island.
Harbourfront Boat Tour: We visit Toronto Harbourfront every year during summer as it has such a lively atmosphere and there is something going on during summertime every single day. We had also seen a lot of sail boats, though we have been on cruise, ships and boats, we had never been on a sail boat. It was such an amazing experience sailing on Kajama and the view of Toronto Skyline was mesmerizing.
Blue Jays Game: If you are living in Toronto, you definitely know how crazy people are about Baseball season. You will not understand until you actually attend a game to witness yourself. Though, I had no clue about the rules or how the game is played, we still went to watch a match. Sitting in Roger center with the dome open filled with people was reason enough to get into the vibe and feel the craze but by end of the match, I had become a fan myself and yes, I understand the game now!
Enjoy the little things in life, they give you immense happiness!
Toronto is a very small City and it doesn’t need too many days to go around but there are a lot of places to visit on a day trips keeping Toronto as a base, which I would save it for another article.
My top things to do in Toronto, assuming you are visiting the city just for couple of days as a tourist (I would say 3 to 4) or visiting on work and have only weekends in hand:
CN Tower: Canadian National Tower or Canada’s National Tower is the 3rd tallest tower in the world. So, if you are visiting Toronto, you should go up the tower to see the city from 1122 feet high.
What to expect:
- Glass Floor and Outdoor Observation terrace located at 1122 feet high;
- Indoor Observation terrace at 1135 feet high;
- The Horizons Café and 360 revolving restaurant, I do not like the food much but you should go just for the experience. Also, if you dine in the restaurant, the admission to observation center is complimentary;
- If you are feeling adventurous, then there is “Edge Walk” to add to your crazy adventure list. Check it out http://www.edgewalkcntower.ca/;
- Magnificent structure itself from outside, you don’t have to spend a penny to take selfies with the tower.
Ripley’s Aquarium: Aquarium is right next to CN Tower, so if you are planning to visit the tower, you can include the Aquarium as well in your itinerary for the day. It is definitely, one of the best Aquariums that I have been. The aquarium displays about 13, 500 exotic species.
Distillery District: Distillery district is a National Historic site in Toronto. It has some unique boutiques, restaurants, coffee shops, brewery, jewelry shops and art gallery. Its unique since it does not have any of the regular chains and all the shops are individually owned.
It’s mostly famous for its Christmas market during the winter time apart from all the amazing shops it houses. This is definitely one of my favorite place to take my guest.
Harbourfront: Toronto Harbourfront is one of the most happening places in Toronto come winter or summer. The place is always buzzing with lot of activities throughout the year. Taking a boat tour from here would give a fabulous view of the Toronto Skyline. Also, you can take a boat to the Centre Island from here which is again another tourist location.
Check out www.harbourfrontcentre.com for the latest event details.
Nathan Philips Square: Apart from housing the large illuminated Toronto Sign which is every tourist desire for clicking picture, it also has skating rink during winter and various events like Cavalcade of Lights Festival (lighting of official Christmas tree), concerts, exhibits and annual New Year’s Eve party. If you are in Toronto and can bare all the crowd, this is the place to be during the New Year time.
All of these places are located in Toronto Downtown. If you buy a City Pass, most of these attractions are included and you would save up a lot of money. Other places which you can be visited are Casa Loma (castle), Bata Shoe Museum, Royal Ontario Museum and some amazing galleries around downtown area.