Here’s our Toronto Top 5:
- CN Tower Tour – this is an 1815 ft-high concrete communications and observation tower in downtown Toronto. It opened in 1976, and until 2007 was the tallest freestanding structure in the world. The tower was built so members of the Canadian National Railway could observe the entire switching yard. Now it is open to tourists who can take elevators up for spectacular view of the city. They have 3 different levels to go to – LookOut Level (1136 ft), EdgeWalk viewing (where you are literally tethered to the outside edge of the main pod at 1168 ft!), and then the SkyPod which is the highest tourist point at 1465 ft. Todd and I went up to the SkyPod (this requires a separate ticket). We went at night and it was pretty thrilling! And windy! But the views were awesome.
- Dundas Square – this is Canada’s Times Square…lots of lighted billboards, and great shopping all around it. There is an amazing 3-story H & M, and Nordstrom opened just after our visit. The square itself is fun and is great place to start a Trolley Tour or play in the spray fountains (like a splash pad) that are in the middle of the square.
- Original Double Decker Bus Tour – see what I mean about Toronto having a bit of England here? These buses are super fun! Todd and I had a blast riding up top. The tour guides are pretty entertaining, and it is a hop-on, hop-off system that lets you get off to see all the different parts of Toronto in one day. I also loved being able to see all the street cars that run throughout the city. We started our trip with one of these tours on the first day, and it was an awesome way to get the lay of the land!
- Harbour Tour – this was a really fun and laid-back tour we did that departs from the harbour in Toronto. It takes you out to see the city skyline and then over to the 14 little islands. There are some pretty lagoons and canals along the way, and with the warm summer breeze and tranquil setting, I’m embarrassed to admit I fell asleep for a few minutes on this tour! It was SO relaxing! Totally recommend it if you want a little down-time, or even if you don’t! I really loved the view of Toronto from the water.
- Niagara Falls – this was a Side Trip that I am so glad we did! I had been to the American side of the Falls a few years back, but had always heard that the Canadian side was pretty amazing. I couldn’t wait to see it! Todd and I decided to rent a car and make the 1 hour 20 minute drive to Niagara Falls in Canada. We stayed at the Marriott Hotel Niagara Falls Fallview, with a room that had a view of the Falls. Totally worth it! It was so cool to see the Falls at night – they have lights on the Falls that change colors and just make it a unique experience. We did the Maid of the Mist Tour, along with the Journey Behind the Falls (which you can only do from the Canadian side), where you get to go down into caves and be underneath the Falls! Pretty spectacular!