Toronto and Niagara Falls

Posted on Aug 2, 2013


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My sis, her best friend, and I went to Toronto in June to visit my cousin and his husband. We had one week to explore this amazing city. We packed each day very full and walked a ton. Here are a few of the trip highlights. On the first leg of the trip, we took a small prop plane to Vancouver. I love the optical illusion of the bent propeller with Mt. Rainier in the background.

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My cousin’s house is close to Queen West. I love walking down Graffiti Alley. It seems to go on forever and the art is amazing.

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We took a boat out to Toronto Island (which is actually many different islands). The views were spectacular. We walked to the other side and saw  the endlessness of Lake Ontario.

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I can’t believe I got to see baby swans. Swans are rare in Portland and I don’t think I’ve ever seen any babies before. They definitely aren’t ugly.

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Zodiac statutes with the old city hall behind them. We stumbled across a Music Flash Mob that only played for about 30 seconds before getting caught in a flash rainstorm. We, also, walked along the boardwalk and saw very tall wooden ships. It seemed like something cool was happening around every corner.

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Going to the Distillery district has become a tradition. As is getting coffee at Balzac’s. Half of the fun of shopping and eating in this historical district is getting to see the pristine distillery buildings from the 1830′s. We happened upon the Jazz festival and sat outside to enjoy the music.

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We also visited many different neighborhoods including Greek Town, Little Italy, Little Korea, and Little India. It was great to see so many different cultures in one city.

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Relaxing and catching up was also a highlight. We spent most evenings sitting outside of my cousin’s house drinking and talking. They were perfect hosts, as always.

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I visited Niagara Falls in the winter a few years ago. I’m so glad I got the chance to see it in the summer. The Maid in the Mist tour is one of the coolest things I’ve ever done. It’s humbling to be so small next to such power. It was exhilarating.

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This was really a wonderful trip. We had so much fun and got to see so much. I can’t wait to visit again. Although, I think I prefer visiting in winter. The heat and the humidity were intense. I do much better in the cold and snow.

1 Comment

  1. I can’t believe I didn’t comment on this! Great write-up! I’m so glad you got to come visit us and I’m glad we were able to host all of you. It’s ironic but the best part of your visit wasn’t doing things but just hanging out together. You’ve done winter (twice), and summer now! In the future I’d like to take you to see the cherry blossoms in High Park (spring) and the fall leaves up in Algonquin Park. AND we need to come to Portland and see YOU!

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