This past weekend, I finally dragged my family out to Canada to not only get a chance to get out of the house, but to see a new city and a World Wonder or two.
Our initial plan was to venture to Niagara falls for a day trip, and return home in the evening, but with a four hour drive there, and back, it didn’t seem worth it to stay on the road for 8 hours of the day and only see one thing. So, I decided that Toronto would be a worthwhile stop as well, and we extended our itenirary for one extra day.
Getting into the city around noon on Sunday, a lot of the stores were closed. But I wasn’t really interested in shopping, so that worked out just fine.
Our first stop was to walk around Queen St. West, a hip, really youthful area. College students packed the streets, riding on skateboards, bikes, and those weird motorized board things.
We walked through Graffiti Alley, which was lined with photographers taking in the gorgeous art.
We then stopped for lunch at a restaurant called Jack Astor’s Bar and Grill. It was alright, nothing too special. I ordered the Pad Thai, which lacked an authentic taste, but was good nonetheless.
We then decided to take a ferry to the Toronto Islands.
After getting lost and driving in circles for about an hour, we finally found a spot to park and walked to the ferry, which was relatively inexpensive (especially for students). From the ferry, we got an amazing view of the city.
Once we got to the islands, we walked around the park area, looking for something to do, until settling on a kayaking/canoeing adventure.
We rented a canoe, and one tandem and one solo kayaks, which cost roughly 20 dollars each per hour. I thought it was well worth the price.
It was a great time, kayaking around the lake and bumping into basically every boat we passed. Tandem kayaks are hard to maneuver! But it was a nice way to spend an afternoon in my opinion.
After finishing up with our kayaking adventure, we decided to head home, but not before stopping by a liquor store and buying every single type of whack-ass Canadian chips that we can’t get in the U.S. This includes Ketchup, Poutine, All-Dressed, and Dill-Pickle flavored chips.
I wasn’t sure whether to be disgusted or amazed. I think I felt a little bit of both.
After spending 60 dollars on chips, we hopped in the van and begun the four hour drive home.
I have to say, the Canadian farmlands make for a nice view during a long drive. I gazed out the window of our minivan, listening to Led Zeppelin’s Physical Graffiti, reminiscing on all the other roadtrips I’ve taken, as Physical Graffiti tends to have that effect on me.
Overall, it was a nice day trip, and while Toronto may not be my favorite city in the world, I’d be down to go back sometime and spend a couple of days wandering around its harbor, its marketplaces, and its store-lined streets.
To see more pictures from my day in Toronto, check out the gallery below!