My visit to Toronto in October of 2012. After months of conversation with my cousin, I purchased a Megabus ticket from NYC to Toronto for a four-day trip. The ride was about 8-12 hrs and we made two rest stops in upstate NY, Buffalo Airport, Buffalo bus station and US/Canadian Customs and Border Protection. I took the last bus out of NYC so I arrived in the late morning/early afternoon. The only disappointment was not getting my passport stamped when entering Canada.
Day 1 – Birthday Celebration in the City
I rested most of my first day, but the Saturday night, my cousins and I went to C Club Karaoke and Lounge for a birthday gathering. I didn’t really enjoy myself because it was a college bar. Most of the night was spent avoiding 19 and 20-year-old because they didn’t know how to control their liquor or hormones. I sure missed the US’ 21+ drinking age limit.
Day 2 – Exploring Toronto City Center
Sunday after taking the Go Train from Rouge Hill to Union Station, my cousin and I took a walk around the city center to visit the CN Tower. The CN Tower is formally the tallest Tower in the World and now the Tallest Free Standing Structure in the Western Hemisphere. We rode to the top via the glass-windowed elevator. I’ve been in the Empire State Building twice, but the height of the CN tower was pretty intimidating for me. The site at the top of the CN tower shows breathtaking views of Lake Ontario and even as far as Niagara on a clear day.
On our way to Eaton Centre, we passed by the Steam Whistle Brewery. The brewery tour ended for the day so we took pictures on and around the trains in the area. Before going back home, we went to Chinatown for souvenirs and other items needed for my first Canadian Thanksgiving Dinner. That evening we attended a beach fete set inside an indoor beach volleyball court.
Day 3 – Food, Family, and Football
On Monday Columbus/Thanksgiving Day, I attended a peewee football game for the Scarborough Thunder at Birchmount Stadium. While it was just a kids game, I was excited because my cousins won. (Go Thunder!) After the game, we had dinner at my aunt’s house and I was able to meet other family members that migrated to Canada from Trinidad. We ended the night eating homemade ice cream and playing board games and dominos.
Day 4 – Day Trip to Niagara Falls
For my last day, my cousins and I took a day trip to Niagara Falls. Since it was a weekday so there was little to no traffic on the road. The road trip was spontaneous, so we didn’t plan on taking the Hornblower or Maid of the Mist tours. I definitely plan on visiting Niagara Falls again to walk over the bridge and take the tour. Much like the Atlantic City Boardwalk; a lot of casinos, hotels, some shopping, food, mini golf, and bowling are in the area. We spent most of the afternoon walking around the gardens and taking photos in the area.
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Toronto has been one of my favorite cities in North America. I’ve since visited during the summer for Caribana and can’t wait to visit Toronto more in the coming years.
What are your favorite things to do in Toronto?