by Compgeek on 18/09/10 at 10:46 am
Are you looking to visit Toronto Canada? I am American, but lived there for three years as my wife is Canadian. But even before I moved there she introduced me to many of the places I am going to tell you about and that I enjoyed while we lived there.
One myth about Toronto is that you will need to speak and or know some French in Toronto, but that is not true, though French is a 2nd primary language, most speak English in Ontario.
Depending on how you get there will determine more of where you start. If you fly in to Toronto International Airport, you most likely want to start in the city of Toronto itself I will go into detail about Toronto further down. I will start off at Niagara Falls, just north of Buffalo NY, a definite must, as it is only about 2 hours from Toronto. I highly suggest at least 2 days and 2 nights, there are many activities on both the American side, and the Canadian side, the best water fall views are certainly from the Canadian side where you get the best view of the Horseshoe Falls, which is the better of the 2 falls. You can visit this site for all kinds of tourist attractions, hotels etc. http://www.niagarafallstourism.com/.
If you like wine then you certainly want to take a day and visit some of the wineries just as you cross over into Canada there are many great wineries. If you have never had Ice Wine and like desert wines, this is a must to try! These wines are not cheap, but are so well worth it. Basically they let the grapes freeze and only pick them after a few days, they then press the juice out, which is called “First Press” and will have a higher premium price. The next press is called “Second Press” and will have a lower price. Sometimes you can get a great 2nd press Ice Wine for a great price. Here is a great link for more information about Niagara on the Lake wineries. http://winesofontario.org/region_niag.php
Next stop is Toronto, just head on up the Queensway freeway, once you get to Toronto there are a few places that you have to stop at. The first is the CN Tower one of the world’s tallest freestanding buildings; it was the tallest until 2007 when it was surpassed by the Burj Khalifa building (formerly known as Burj Dubai). It stands right next to the Sky Dome where the Toronto Blue Jays play, so if you go at the right time you could also hop over and watch a baseball game. Now I want to mention that just across the block is one of my favorite restaurants in Toronto, Wayne Gretzky’s, great food, great atmosphere and great prices, a little of something for everyone, owned by the great one himself of course, and he has been known to stop in, though he does not technically live in Canada. Here is a link for the CN Tower, and Wayne Gretzky’s restaurant. http://www.cntower.ca/, http://www.gretzky.com/restaurant/