Are you ready for part 2 of my Canadian Adventure?
So we’re into our third day in Canada and we’ve already done the CN Tower, Ripley’s Aquarium and Casa Loma – 3 of Toronto’s main attractions. We decided to explore some areas and attractions of Toronto that weren’t initially on our radar. The City Sightseeing Bus ticket that we had purchased the day before is valid for 48 hours so we decided to use it to get to attractions in our City Pass book.
First up was the Royal Ontario Museum. Firstly, it’s huge. We were in there for hours and just when we thought we were done, we’d find another room full of interesting artefacts. My husband is a huge fan of dinosaurs so obviously he loved the huge dinosaur and jurassic section that they had. It was full of fossils of some of the most famous species of dinosaur and some that I’d never even heard of. I enjoyed the Egyptian and Japanese sections best, I’ve always been fascinated by these cultures.
There was a rather interesting moment at one point during our visit. There was a small school group in the museum being taught and the teacher was struggling to teach due to a group of noisy tourists. The teacher approached the tourists to ask them to be quiet and she ended up shouting at the woman’s children! Girl, that ain’t cool. If someone spoke to me or my nephews/nieces like that, I would have gone bananas. It was really not cool. Aside from that little drama, the Royal Ontario Museum was a nice visit. There’s tons to see and plenty of variety to cater to everyone. I actually felt there was too much as I was really tired by the end of it!
Dinosaurs the ROM
Our next stop of the day was to visit Chinatown which we decided to walk to. Bad idea. We misread the map and thought we were nearby but we were in fact miles away! Needless to say, we ended up lost and retreated back to ‘Pizza Pizza’ before jumping back on the bus. Instead, we decided to check out the Hockey Hall of Fame which was actually kind of disappointing. I like hockey as a sport but I know nothing about the teams or the players so I didn’t really get find much of it particularly interesting. Seeing all the different strips for the teams and learning about the history of the sport was cool but all the boards of the winning teams etc was just meh. Obviously, it’s great if you’re a hockey fan and I totally will be when I emigrate to Canada. I did buy myself a Toronto Maple Leafs cap in the shop to protect my head from the sun. The downside of being bald – sunburn. The upside? Cool hats!
One of the things I really wanted to do while in Canada was to take my husband to see a film in 4D. Just along from our hotel is a Cineplex Cinema so we decided to head along and see Guardians of the Galaxy 2 in 4DX. I’ve done 4DX before so I knew what to expect but my husband hasn’t and I think he enjoyed it. He has a good poker face. The film itself was alright but the popcorn was a big letdown. What is the obsession with salty popcorn? Sweet popcorn is where it’s at!
And then there was Tuesday. The big day – my wonderful husbands 30th birthday! We decided to save our trip to Niagra Falls for his birthday and I am so glad we did. It was the perfect day. The weather was absolutely gorgeous. The Niagra trip we booked had multiple stops to it. The first stop was at a vineyard on our way to the falls. We were given 3 different types of wine to try and we got to look at the stunning scenery. It was just beautiful green countryside everywhere you looked with deer running around in the fields. I love the Ice Wine so we brought a few bottles of that back. Before we knew it, we were back on the bus and on our way to Niagra Falls.
The Niagra Vineyard
I’ve travelled all over the world – Mexico, France, Florida, Japan and I’ve seen some stunning natural beauty but nothing comes close to Niagra Falls. I was completely blown away by the sheer beauty of this place. I may have audibly gasped when I caught my first glimpse. We got off the bus and headed straight down to take the boat tour. As we are heading along, I see the signs saying that you will get wet and then they give you a poncho. I didn’t really understand why. You don’t go under the waterfall surely? Oh honey, you really do get wet without even getting close! It was really seeing my husband and I getting soaking wet and trying to stop the wind from blowing our ponchos up in the air! It was great though and if you ever go to Niagra Falls then you NEED to do it!
The stunning Niagra Falls
Getting ready for our boat ride on the lake
Us during the boat ride – we’re a bit wet”
We had absolutely no idea that there was so much to do at Niagra. There are tons of fairground rides – like Blackpool but better. My husband loves horror things so I reluctantly agreed to do a horror house dubbed ‘the scariest ride in Niagra’ and believe me, it wasn’t kidding. As soon as you go in, it’s completely pitch black and with things jumping out at you, it is terrifying. There was one moment when we were walking through a corridor and I turned round to only find a man with a mask and an axe slowly following us. I screamed at the top of my lungs and just ran! I grabbed my husband and just legged it as fast as I could in the opposite direction. Other stuff is jumping out and dropping from the ceiling but I didn’t care, I just wanted out of that bloody ride! My nerves were completely shot when we got out. We didn’t have time for anymore rides which I was kind of glad about incase they were also as equally terrifying. I don’t think my pants would have survived!
Hoping I don’t get eaten
Our final stop before heading back to Toronto was in this small country town. It was so pretty and picturesque. I really enjoyed just having a little stroll around the Main Street and got some delicious Maple Nut ice cream. It was the perfect day for my husbands 30th birthday and I hope he enjoyed it as much as I did.
And that concludes part 2 of My Canadian Adventure. Stay tuned for the third and final part of this Canadian trilogy where we head to Canada’s Wonderland and enjoy some Beavers Tail!