Toronto and Niagara Falls

Toronto

Toronto is a huge and diverse city that lies along the shores of Lake Ontario. There is a ton of stuff to do and see here, or you can do what I did and get day drunk with a couple of locals. Sightseeing while drunk is always a good option.

The most famous landmark of the city is the CN Tower. This communications and observation tower stands at 553.33 meters tall and held the record for the tallest tower in the world when it was completed in 1976. Now you can enjoy dinner in the rotating restaurant, prove yourself with the Edge Walk or just head up to enjoy the view.

Toronto, 2013

If you’re feeling cultural then head to the Royal Ontario Museum, the largest in Canada. You could visit Casa Loma, a castle in the middle of the city that houses a museum. There is also the Art Gallery, the Science Center and the Hockey Hall of Fame. If animals are more your thing then the Toronto Zoo is worth a visit, as is the massive Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada.

The alternative is to visit the Distillery District and drink free beer…

Toronto, 2013

Probably my favourite thing about Toronto is Canada’s Wonderland. This huge theme park has some giant coasters and is especially good around Halloween when you can ride the rides in the dark and explore every haunted house while being followed by creeps in fancy dress.

Toronto, 2013

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls is the collective name for three waterfalls that sit on the border between America and Canada. The largest, Horseshoe Falls, sits mostly on the Canadian side of the border. The second largest, American Falls, sits completely on the American side. The lesser known and smallest, Bridal Veil Falls, also sits on the American side.

They have the highest flow rate of any waterfall in North America, with a vertical drop of 50 meters and an average of almost four million cubic feet of water, enough to fill 44 Olympic-sized pools, per minute. Head to the top of the Skylon Tower for a birds eye view and dinner in another rotating restaurant.

Niagara Falls, 2014

If you don’t fancy sticking yourself in a barrel and going over the falls, like Annie Edson Taylor, then hop on board the Maid of the Mist with your camera and your waterproof poncho. These legendary boats have been running for over a hundred years and it’s your best chance at getting close enough to get wet. Tickets only cost $17 and it is definitely worth it.

Niagara Falls, 2014

When you’ve ditched the poncho and bought your souvenirs then head into the city made for tourists. Have lunch at the awesome Rainforest Cafe and spend all your money on cheesy tourist attractions like the Haunted House and the Mirror Maze.

Niagara Falls, 2014

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