Weekend (Ultimate) Warriors: Toronto, Canada

Oh my sweet. I sure do love Canada. You know, for a neighboring country to the north, we sure lucked out. They could’ve been jerks. Maybe they would’ve thought maple syrup was dumb; maybe they would’ve specialized primarily in stick figures. I don’t know, I’m spitballing. Luckily, Canadians are incredible.

Megan and I have a rich history with Canada. We honeymooned in Vancouver and White Rock, and we find the memories fond. The vibrant and varying terrain. The food. The traffic ticket mailed to us three weeks later. Well, that wasn’t so great. But that’s another story for another time.

SIDE NOTE: We still don’t know who was driving during the red light ticket. But let’s just say it wasn’t me.

After we moved to Rochester, I looked up a map of the Upstate area and discovered we lived right underneath Toronto, opposite Lake Ontario. Pretty neat. We initially didn’t have time nor the funds to visit. Thankfully, we finally made the time, if only 36 hours.

So, without further adieu, here’s the next edition of Weekend (Ultimate) Warriors: Toronto.

Touronto

Without traffic, Toronto is about 2.5 hours from Rochester. After passing through Niagara Falls, we headed onto a highway called “Queen Elizabeth Way,” which is about as Canadian a highway name as I could’ve hoped for.

While driving on the Queen E, after shutting off our cell phone data, we remembered our Garmin GPS is a hyper-patriotic robot who refuses to work outside the States. Further, we forgot to withdraw cash, and we were also without tourist maps and city books. After I suffered a thirty-second mini-freakout in my head, chest, and elbows, I discovered the predicament quite refreshing! Unlike New York City, Cleveland, Ithaca, and anywhere in Rochester (where we use Yelp and mobile apps to tell us how to breathe), Megan and I had to rely on our flesh-harddrives (our brains) and our good ol’ fashioned sense of direction to get us around town. Thankfully, Toronto is one of the best laid-out metropolitan cities I’ve ever explored.

We took a chance and exited onto King’s St. which lead us right into the heart of the city, what locals call the “Entertainment District.” We found parking, found pizza, and, oddly enough, found the alternative rock group, Imagine Dragons, playing a live set out on the street. It was awesome.

What I loved most about Toronto were the surprises. Besides live music, we stumbled upon street art, Chinatown, unique architecture, amazing food, an animation festival… And that was all in less than two days!

To top it all off, I locked eyes with Jeff Timmons from the 90’s boy band, 98 Degrees. Maybe that’s a low point. Never mind. We also saw some singer named Ariana Grande perform on the street, and people went ape-shit crazy. I guess she’s popular?

Kevin’s Toronto Recommendations from a 36 Hour Visit

1. Pizzaiolo (for Pizza)

2. Hey Lucy (for drinks and dessert)

3. Kensington Market

4. Entertainment District

5. Queens West

6. Canadian Walk of Fame (because duh)

Kevin’s List for Next Time

1. Royal Ontario Museum

2. Canada’s Wonderland Theme Park

3. A whole day of Kensington Market

4. More drinks on King’s Street

5. CN Tower

Toronto Picturetopia

 

Have you been to Toronto? What did I miss?

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2 comments

  1. Hey Kevin, its been a while- glad you had a great time in Toronto, its my favourite city in North America (though its also the only one i’ve been to more than once). Glad you found Chinatown and Kensington Market- you need to go to the ROM and the CN Tower is worth the cost (unless its a really hazy day!).
    Take care, have a good week.

  2. My wife and I attended a Billy Graham Evangelism conference in Toronto years ago, but didn’t see much of the city. It is high on my list of places to visit. Thanks for the virtual tour.

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