Let’s face it. It was more than impossible to travel around the whole country in two days. My trip to Canda consists of Toronto and Niagara Falls. And It was already crazy enough, but totally worth it.
Last stop: Toronto and Niagara Falls
Toronto and Niagara Falls – so Canada – was my last stop of my 17 day travel. I’ve made it from Mackinac Island to New York City, then to Miami and Las Vegas, and went to Mexico to Mazunte and Mexico City. From Mexico City I had a flight to Toronto.
After all the trouble in Mexico and not sleeping more than few hours during those last 30 hours, I don’t remember much of the flight. My phones were almost dead, and I was too, so I have no usual pictures from the airport.
After somehow making my way a few miles by foot to the Toronto Hostel I was barely alive. But I made it. Unfortunately I was way too early for check in. Thankfully employees were very nice, they allowed me to take a shower and stayed in the common room. Where I obviously fell asleep. For hours.
After waking up I could have checked in long time ago. And first thing I did after getting to my room, was fall back asleep. I suppose I needed to rest. So that’s how my sightseeing was shortened from two days to one day. But I still had time.
Sightseeing in Toronto
I had one day to see both Toronto and Niagara Falls. Thankfully Toronto, however beautiful, isn’t the most busy of the cities. The plan was to go around, see what I can and go for the bus, which was scheduled 4pm to Niagara Falls.
It was way easier as I became friends with Moises from my hostel. He was in Toronto for two weeks by this point, so he showed me around. We started with Nathan Philips Square.
Then we moved towards St. Lawerence Market and soon after to Distillery Historic District. On the way we met a friend of Moises, who joined us on our little trip before she headed to the airport.
Somwhere on the way we found a triangle building. Not even one, but two. I don’t know, who cleans the floor and those corners, but I’m glad it’s not me.
Distillery Historic District
Distillery District was the most fun I guess. Of course, I missed a lot of other great things. I didn’t have to go everywhere. It was quite a few streets, full of interesting shops and restaurants. I had delicious carrot cake ice cream there.
It all started with this big heart. Then we passed some interesting sculptures. Big LOVE made from padlocks and flowers and some other things.
Then we found an old truck. And of course we all wanted pictures in it. And we got kicked out of it. On our defense, we did look for a sign saying we can’t do that. There was none. So I have this awesome picture!
Trip to Niagara Falls
The plan was good. I was told that it’s worth to see the Niagara both before and after the sunset. So I bought the ticket for the bus (yes, you have to buy them beforehand as there’s not many ways to get there) and I was supposed to be there before it’s dark and have whole afternoon there.
Guess what? Traffic happened. The three hours trip took us almost five hours. It was already getting dark, before I got to Niagara Falls, not to mention I still needed to take bus to the waterfall.
So when I got there, the sun has already set. And yet the town was still alive. Vibrant, colorful with dazzling lights all around. I made my way to the main point of this trip. Pictures don’t show it, but it was amazing.
The waterfall was… Is enormous. Magnificent and overwhelming. It’s amazing how much water is falling there and making noise. I could listen to it for hours. The magnitude of this place feels almost impossible. And the lights. The lights were changing colors, making the water look blue, green, purple, red… And again, and again.
For it was already late in the evening, all the shops with souvenirs were closed. No ice cream, no food. Nothing. Well, I’m not surprised. So I just stood there, watching the ever-changing lights and listening to the water. And maybe I’d stand there longer, but I wanted to walk around a bit and see what else Niagara Falls has to offer.
And believe me when I tell you, it has more than I have ever imagined. I never realized, because I’ve never checked, but the waterfall is not the only thing there is. I had no idea. I’d need a few days more just in Niagara Falls. Possibly a companion and definitely way, way more money.
Niagara Falls for me is like tiny, Canadian version of Las Vegas. It has everything. Bars? Yea. Restaurants? Of course. Casino? Hell yea. All kinds of attractions? Sure thing! Jurassic park? Why not!
Don’t believe? Here’s a picture of me with the dinos.
But my personal favorite was a small candy shop. But it wasn’t normal candies. Not even the weed candies. It was with bugs and all kinds of werid things and flavors. Or candy placebos for a problem of the size of the child. Parentol!
After that I just needed to take bus, go to the bus station, take my bus back to Toronto and walk a bit to the hostel. Easy? Haha! You know me. Something had to go wrong. Of course it did.
I took the wrong bus. Wrong number. Instead of going straight to bus station, it went all around the Niagara Falls and it’s suburbs, before going back. Eventually it made it there, although I must admit I had just a few minutes before the departure towards Toronto.
However I made it back. Packed my things the next morning and head to the airport with all my belongings. I was going home. After almost four months including 17 days of travel, I was going back to Poland.
Last words about Canada
I liked Toronto. It was different, calmer, but I was glad to finally be back somewhere, where people could speak English. The weather was way warmer than I thought. I was expecting real cold, but I didn’t even need my hoodie. That was a surprise.
And maple syrup. Maple syrup was everywhere. In every normal shop, souvenir shop, everywhere. And not only that. You could fin a lot of things that were made from it or maple syrup flavored. Candies, drinks. Whatever you can think of. And they were all shaped like a maple leafs.