We’re going to Toronto, Ontario next week! I have never been to Canada and I am so very excited for this trip. It seems like it has been such a long time in the making that it’s almost hard to believe that we are finally going. A couple of years ago, Mike and I were supposed to be heading there in the Spring, but life happened and we weren’t able to make it work. Now, I can confidently say that this trip is happening! (I hope I’m not jinxing myself!) This will actually be our first trip out of the country together, which we just recently realized when we both realized we need to renew our passports.
We booked this trip back in August and have been planning bits and pieces ever since. Our plan is to spend two nights in Toronto and one night at Niagara Falls, another first for me! I am actively trying not to do too much research, because I think we are both in need of a slower-paced vacation. I am using my first vacation days earned at my new job (that I started in February) and let me tell you, I need them! Not because I dislike my job, but because we have been so dang busy!
With that in mind, here’s our little (to me anyways, as you know I do like to over-plan) Toronto, Ontario to-do list:
- The Royal Ontario Museum
- Casa Loma
- Massey Hall
- The Hockey Hall of Fame
- CN Tower
- St. Lawrence Market
- Toronto Island
- The Monkey’s Paw Bookstore
- & These Neighborhoods: Leslieville, Kensington Market, and The Distillery District
As far as packing goes, I will be sticking to my typical travel capsule wardrobe, plus some warmer items as it is supposed to be a little on the chilly side while we’re there. I’ll be bringing sweaters and scarves and my warmer jacket to accommodate the temperature.
We will be staying right downtown in a beautiful Airbnb, which I saved a bit of money on by purchasing a Airbnb gift card through Raise. I know I’ve mentioned them in previous posts, but I have been using this online marketplace quite frequently to save money on larger purchases (like vacations… or new clothes). If you’re interested in trying it out, use my promo code WANDER20 to receive $20 off a purchase of $40 or more. The Airbnb we’re staying at is pretty central to everything we want to see, so I’m excited to be able to walk most places.
After spending a few days exploring Toronto, we’re renting a car and driving down to Niagara Falls to stay the night. We are planning on doing ALL of the touristy things (boat tour, hike behind the falls…). I can’t wait!! From there, we’ll drive the rental car back to Toronto Airport and head home, hopefully refreshed and happy.
Have you ever been to Toronto, Ontario?? Feel free to suggest your favorite spots and recommendations in the comments!