The Ontario, Canada Travel Guide

by Travelbag on 08 February 2017, 10:02AM

Describing Ontario sounds a little bit like a dating profile… it is beautiful, charming, full of life, bilingual, and loves kids… the list can go on. 

Toronto

No visit to Toronto would be complete without a visit to the CN Tower. The gargantuan needle in the centre of Toronto, is often pictured piercing the clouds over the city. Towering at 533 meters, it held the title of the world’s tallest free-standing structure for 37 years, until the completion of the Burj Khalifa in 2010, The CN Tower looks as impressive by night as it does by day with a free light show every hour lasting 8 minutes.

Adrenaline junky? Head up the CN Tower and take an “Edge Walk” if you’re brave enough. If you’re not that brave, but would still like to admire the view from the top, why don’t you reverse a table in the rotating restaurant or head to the observation pod to see the sights?

 Toronto is a multicultural city, a melting pot for cultural culinary influences that have formed a foodie heaven.  The food revolution in Toronto is evolving, with amazing new tastes and dining experiences to try and enjoy.  Rasta pasta anyone?

 To see the cool, ‘hipster’ side to the city, visit the Historic Distillery District; a living TV set centred around the British Empires massive Gooderham and Worts distillery. The 13-acre plot is home to 40 striking, red-bricked heritage buildings lining 10 quaint, cobbled streets. Explore a world of art shops, popular with the rich and famous and take a walk around in the summer months to enjoy live jazz music.

 

Ottawa

Canada’s capital city, Ottawa is a buzzing hub, home to celebrations all year round including Canada Day and Winterlude. On top of this, the city is home to a plethora of museums.

Winterlude is a unique winter festival featuring many snow and ice activities and competitions, which help transform Ottawa into a winter wonderland. Running since the winter of 1979, the festival centres around the frozen Rideau Canal creating the world’s largest ice rink.

Ottawa has to be the best place to see Canada day and 2017 celebrates the country’s 150th birthday, giving cause for exceptional celebrations. The core of the city will be closed, becoming a grand stage for the celebrations. Then, come 10.00 pm, expect a massive firework celebration on Parliament Hill.

It may sound obvious but Parliament Hill is home to the country’s houses of parliament. The Gothic revival buildings lie on the south banks of the Ottawa River, creating a picture perfect scene.

In May, Ontario is host to its annual tulip festival which has run for the past 64 years to celebrate the legacy of the tulip - Ottawa’s flower, which symbolises the strong bonds of friendship between Canada and the Netherlands. Over 1million tulips bloom during this festival in a mesmerising 50 varieties, ranking it as the world’s largest tulip festival. Of course, the flowers aren’t the only thing to see and do during the festival, there’s an array of live music, workshops, and a captivating firework display.

 

Niagara Falls

Shhh! We’ll let you in on a secret… Niagara Falls is actually made up of three individual falls – Horseshoe Falls, American Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls. The combination of all three forms the highest flow rate of any waterfall in the world. While none of the falls are especially tall, they are exceptionally wide. Did you know that only the Horseshoe Falls is in Canada? Even though they travel to the USA, it’s well known that the best views of all three of the falls are actually better seen from the Canada side. A prime viewing spot is the Queen Victoria Park; it offers pristine manicured gardens and awesome viewing platforms and through the summer months, it is home to regular fireworks displays.

At either side of the falls are the twinned towns of ‘Niagara Falls’, the Canadian Niagara Falls town is the self-proclaimed "honeymoon capital of the world". This name came about after the daughter of the third U.S. Vice-President spent her honeymoon there. Other famous couples to follow in their steps are Jerome Bonaparte (brother of Napoleon) and his wife, Elizabeth Patterson.

There are a whole host of activities to enjoy while visiting the world famous falls, the best known being the Hornblower Niagara Cruises which take you on a tour of all three falls, getting you within spraying distance. Or there’s observing the Niagara Whirlpool from an antique cable car. The cable car was designed in 1916 by Spanish engineer Leonardo Torres Quevedo as a way to watch the anticlockwise spinning whirlpool.

Find out more about the incredible Ontario area of Canada and have a look at our latest Canada offers here. Alternatively, you can talk it through with an expert and have it perfectly tailor made to your tastes.


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