Vacation Day 1: Niagara to Toronto

We are on our first mini vacation of 2017 to Canada! When we kept telling everyone who asked, that we were taking a vacation to Niagara Falls and Toronto in February, the first thing they asked was WHY?! We both were like WHY NOT?! We live in South Florida and don’t get to see the seasons change or experience cold and snow. So for us, Canada seemed like something different and fun. Plus it didn’t hurt that we got 2 non-stop, round-trip tickets for a grand total of $90! How could we not take the trip? We flew out pretty late on Wednesday and grabbed a hotel just to catch a few hours of sleep. Then we were up early to get our rental car.

We stopped on the US side of Niagara Falls and walked around this morning taking pictures. It was about 19 degrees and we walked for an hour. My legs were pretty frozen when we were done! But the falls are such an amazing site to see. I saw them when I was a child, but I don’t remember a lot from that trip. And it really is true, the US side isn’t as great as the Canadian side! We couldn’t wait to check out “the other side”. Looking across the way, there seemed like so much more to do over there.

From there we made the easy drive to Etobicoke, just 20 minutes outside Toronto. We stopped here to visit a few breweries. First up was Black Oak, then Big Rock and lastly Great Lakes Brewing. The first two beerhad great beers and the staff was so friendly and talked to us forever. Great Lakes didn’t have anything impressive on tap, but we picked up a bottle of their Pumpkin beer to go and it was actually quite amazing when we tried it tonight. This was about the time we coined one of our phrases to sum up Canada “Everything’s only $10 here!” It seemed every time we ordered 2 beers, our total was only $10 CAD, which is only $7.65 USD. That’s so cheap for 2 craft beer pints! In the US it’s $6.50 per pint.

img_9801We then made our way to our AirBnB, which was in the heart of downtown and on the 34th floor with awesome views of the city and the lake. We were within walking distance to Steam Whistle Brewing which only brews one beer but was so packed! They also closed at 6pm which is super early and weird… Then we went on the CN Tower where we had dinner reservations. While it was a bit pricey, img_9778it was totally worth it! The views from that high up are so pretty and the fact that it rotates so you literally get a 360 degree view. And the food was definitely delicious! Beef tartar, mushroom chowder, Atlantic salmon and pork tenderloin were our menu choices. It’s a fixed menu for $65 per person. The price included access to the Look Out and Glass Floor Levels, which are usually $35 per person, so the dinner was actually a great deal.img_9787

From there we went to the Distillery District to check out their winter light show and there were several other breweries we hit up. In one day, we managed to go to 8 breweries! Did I mention I love Canada, ey? This was our go big night and needless to say, we didn’t get much sleep again…

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