• Marti Deyo

2 Days in Toronto, Canada

Our 5 week adventure through 8 states began with 3 full days in Oahu and 7 days on the Big Island of Hawaii. Flying home with miles, I quickly discovered that I could either fly straight to Seattle, Washington or to Toronto, Canada for the same amount of points. What better opportunity to take that train trip across the United States that I have been yearning to do? Besides, I am just job searching and that can be done from anywhere. So off my significant other and I went. Read on to learn more about our daily activities during our 2 days in Toronto, Canada as well as tips we learned along the way.

Day #1: After checking out various sites for free things to do in Toronto, we took an Uber to our first stop of the day - Riverdale Farm. With more than seven acres of green space in downtown Toronto we gazed at the cows, horses, sheep, goats, pigs, chickens, and other farm animals. We then made our way downtown to Chinatown and Kensington Market for cheap food, street art, and window browsing. Fortunate that today was Wednesday, we finished our evening off at the Art Gallery of Ontario, which is free from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Day #2: Today was a beautiful day for a Harbourfront stroll. We started off at Union Station before making our way towards the CN Tower and the train museum (with attached arcade game area). Fancy some ice skating? We decided to pass and instead walked past the snow covered beaches to the Distillery District. After taking in the wonderful wafts of chocolate from the chocolate factory, we bee-lined our way to the St. Lawrence Market for some lunch. Food & Wine magazine has called St. Lawrence Market one of the world's top 25 markets and we found ourselves swayed by samples and smells from many of the stalls. We finally settled on some incredibly delicious handmade pasta. To work off a few of those calories (and see what the hype was about), we window shopped at Yorkville, which includes high-end retailers such as Burberry, Prada, Gucci, and Holt Renfrew.  Next stop on our self-guided walking tour was Yonge-Dundas Square, a public space in downtown Toronto—much akin to Times Square in New York City with its flashing lights and street performers. Warming our feet a bit we opted to spend a few hours inside the warm halls of the Hockey Hall of Fame, trying our hand at being a goalie and admiring the Stanley Cup. Before the sun went down, we took selfies with the Toronto sign at Nathan Phillips Square. Thankful we were in town on a Thursday, we then ventured to the Bata Shoe Museum for "pay-what-you-wish" admission, which is held every Thursday evening between 5 to 8 p.m.

Tips:

  • Research free activities and events, then googlemap the attractions, and organize a tour plan. The less backtracking the better; your feet will thank you at the end of the day.

  • Wear layers! Bring long johns and under armour shirts to keep you warm when the wind picks up in the winter. It is easier to take off a layer than to be freezing and have nothing else to put on.

  • Ubers are a quick and easy way to get around the city. If you are doing Uber pool though, know that other riders may be joining you on the journey. This can double or triple the time of your overall trip. Also know that with Uber pool you may not be allowed to bring a lot of luggage. But if it works out and you do have some extra time, uber pools can be an inexpensive means of transport around the city.

Two days came and went too quickly during my third trip to Toronto. But the train is waiting... next stop: Niagara Falls, Ontario

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