THEY SAID it was one of the best views I would get of Toronto and as my ferry pulled into the harbour I had to concede my friends were right.
My ferry took me from a fantastic day spent relaxing on the Toronto Islands back to the more hectic pace of city life. The collection of small islands is just a 10-15 minute ferry ride away from Toronto and it is worth getting a good seat for the return journey to take in the approaching city’s dramatic skyline in all its glory.
We are in the Canadian city on a five-day break and are keen to see as much of Toronto as possible without breaking the bank.
A day can be spent at the Toronto Islands for the price of a return ferry ticket. With its beaches, picnic areas and amusement park the islands are popular during the summer months.
You can hire bicycles to get around or stroll along the boardwalk which takes you on a delightful route, winding around the shoreline.
Toronto’s market culture
During our five-day stay I was a frequent visitor to the St Lawrence Market. There are a huge selection of stalls selling everything from fresh fish to bread and cheese and maple syrup and plenty brimming with pastries, bagels, and a huge range of produce and tempting snacks. Breakfast for me was often a quintessentially Canadian peameal bacon sandwich – a bun stuffed with thick slices of pork.
Getting about on foot is a great way to see the city and sample a bit of local life. The distillery district, was once the site of the dilapidated Gooderham and Worts Distillery but has now been transformed into cafes, restaurants, shops, galleries and hosts regular events.
Toronto has plenty of cheap eats with its diners and wide variety of ethic restaurants often offering great value. The city’s Chinatown district offers plenty of shops and restaurants.
Whether you are on a budget or not a visit to Niagara Falls is a must-see for many visitors. It is not hard to see why. The sheer power of the falls crashing down is pure spectacle.
Pulling on a waterproof cape and boarding the Maid of the Mist takes you astonishing close to its beauty and brute force. You will get wet but will find yourself unable to tear your eyes away as you jostle for the best viewing position from your historic boat.