Date: Aug 2005
We started this holiday in Toronto. We were booked in to the Hilton for four nights and used this as our base for visiting the sights. The first place we visited was the CN Tower, the tallest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere at 1815 feet (553 meters). It offers amazing views of the city and the surrounding area and apparently on a clear day, you can see the mist of the Niagara Falls. Assuming that you are not scared of heights, we would definitely recommend a visit to the tower and a walk across the glass floor if you can face it.
Another place that we visited was Casa Loma, a Gothic Revival style house which is now a museum and landmark a short subway ride from downtown. It was quite interesting and a good way to spend a few hours.
We also spent an afternoon on the Toronto Islands. The islands are situated just a short ferry ride from Toronto in the western part of Lake Ontario. They are very popular with the locals for day trips. On the afternoon that we visited, the ferry was full of local people with little hand-trailers full of seats, tables, barbeques and coolers of food and drink. There are great beaches and lots of things to see and do, including boating and cycling. There is even an amusement park.
Other places we visited were the City Hall and the Harbourfront and we also spent a lot of time walking the many miles of underground walkway below Toronto.
After our time in Toronto, we were transferred by shuttle to Niagara Falls where we spent a further two nights staying at the Sheraton on the Falls. We spent quite a bit of time at the Falls themselves, doing the Journey Behind The Falls tour, taking the Maid Of The Mist boat ride and generally just enjoying the magnificence of the falls. The boat ride in particular was excellent but both of these things are not to be missed. While we were at Niagara we also visited other attractions, the Skylon Tower for example.
We have to admit to finding the area around the falls a little commercialised and built up and not at all what we expected. We were very glad that we had booked a day tour which took us along the edge of the Niagara River first in one direction as far as Kings Bridge Park and then in the other direction as far as Niagara-on-the-Lake with several picturesque stops along the way.
After our two nights in Niagara Falls, we were transferred by shuttle to the airport for our return flight to the UK.
- CN Tower
- Niagara Falls
- Niagara On The Lake