It has been a few years since I last visited the city of Toronto, ON, but my experiences there were so memorable. My trip began in America, where I crossed the border near Buffalo, NY. From there, it was a short drive to Burlington. It was there where I dropped my car off at a free parking lot and took a train to downtown Toronto. The view entering the city was breathtaking. I was confident my current trip to one of Canada’s most historic places would be a trip for the ages.
After I checked into my hotel in prime location, just off Younge St, I headed towards the water. I was ready to relax after a couple hours of traveling and walking around the city. I decided to hop on a boat tour of the Lake Ontario. It was a really cheap ride and it was a gorgeous day outside, so I was extremely satisfied with my decision that afternoon. The tour was great and the guide provided excellent tidbits about the history of the Lake and the city that sits on its shore. We also got an up-close view of the Toronto Islands, a small chain of islands that offer a beautiful view of the city’s skyline. While on the tour, I grabbed a local Steam Whistle beer at the first-floor bar. The beer was so good, I chose to check out the Steam brewery next.
Steam Whistle Brewing
Once again, to my surprise, the tour of the brewery was so cheap, I could not resist. The factory came complete with a roaring whistle that went off periodically. Our tour guide was dressed up in green and spoke with a thick Irish accent – the perfect touch for this brewery. The tour lasted only about a half hour, but I definitely got my money’s worth with the multiple beer tastings.
Hockey Hall Of Fame
When most people think Canada, they think hockey. And a lot equate Toronto with the NHL’s Maple Leafs. The exhibit officially opened its doors in 1961 and now appeases thousands of hockey fans every day. It did take a decent amount of times to get into the exhibit as the line was pretty long. Once I got in though, the experience was worth it. I got to see all of the players inducted throughout the years all throughout the complex. There were many interactive hockey games to partake in as well. The last part of the experience was the best – I was able to touch and take a picture with Lord Stanley’s Cup!