Happy 150th, Canada!
Over a month ago, Hans and I went to New York for vacation. And since we were already in the East Coast of the mainland US, we planned to make a quick visit to Toronto, Canada. Might as well, right?
Anyways, we were there for three days, and in these three days, although very SHORT, I got a glimpse of what Canada has to offer – Toronto in particular.
Here are the 5 things that I liked about Toronto:
1.) Niagara Falls
The Falls is incredible and absolutely breath-taking! I can still remember like it was yesterday. It was so misty in the area that we had to buy our own ponchos to not get wet. Another food for thought: Niagara Falls is actually on the border of US and Canada. We went to the Canadian side overlooking the US side. It was beautiful!
2.) The Conversion Rate
Lucky for American tourists like me, the Canadian dollar is weak compare to the USD. The conversion rate was 1 CAD to .75 USD when we went. We were getting 25% off everything!
3.) Casa Loma
Toronto trip wouldn’t be complete without going to this majestic castle. It was built in the early 1900s by Sir Pellatt. My two favorite parts of the castle are: the Library, which reminded me of Beauty and the Beast, and the conservatory. We also went on the top of the tower where we had to walk on spiral staircases. You could hear the wind howling up top.
I never knew it until one of my old friends, who I met up with in Toronto, pointed out that Yorkville is actually where celebrities hang out or live! I was like, we are in the right place!!!
Hans and I have two free hotel nights with Hyatt every year, so we booked Park Hyatt Toronto in Yorkville which, by the way, is the total bomb. Yorkville in itself is a chic district in Toronto. It has many high end shops and restaurants. We really enjoyed eating and just walking around Yorkville.
5.) The Positive Vibe
Maybe it’s just me, but I liked the positive aura that I felt in Toronto. It felt like it is a safe place to live in. Some years ago, I have read from a survey that Canada is actually one of the friendliest tourist destinations in the world. It is true. Aside from this, Canada is also LGBT-friendly. Big check for Canada!
So, there you go. There’s my list. If you plan on going to Canada, YOU.SHOULD.GO. Check it out. My only regret on this trip was not eating authentic Canadian food (and I had my list of food before going there!) . It was just we didn’t have the time to roam around. With this said, I don’t know when, but I plan to return to Canada in the future.
I’ve attached some pictures from the trip. Enjoy!