Memories of our mini Canadian Road Trip
This was our first trip to Canada, perhaps not the best of timings, as on our arrival we caught the tail end of Hurricane Earl. Oh well, it made visiting the CN Tower on Gary’s Birthday even more interesting.
Gary and I always enjoy reminiscing about our trips, particularly to friends and family, there are always memories that evoke pleasure, laughter or wonderment.
So, we have gathered together our highlights from our 2-week road trip to share them with you, and hopefully, they tempt you into creating your own adventure, and you can share your memories with us.
Flying in from the UK we chose to arrive in Toronto and fly out of Montreal. Not really too far when you look at them on a map, but as a filler between the two, we were also visiting Niagara Falls, Kingston, Ottawa & Québec City.
Niagara Falls – I know this is probably clichéd and it’s obvious why visitors flock here, however; it is a magnificent site.
The incredible cataract that straddles two countries borders of Canada & USA is not to be missed. If you get the chance to stay overnight, make sure you take an evening stroll to catch it lit up.
CN Tower – The views from the observation deck are amazing, although Hurricane Earl was still making the outside walkway a challenge.
While many feet have passed before you, it still takes a leap of faith to walk over the glass panels with the view dropping 356 m (1,168ft) below you.
Historic District of Old Québec – This area of Old Québec is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was inscribed in 1985. It has lovely intriguing lanes and stores which you can’t help venturing into.
Rideau Canal – another of Canada’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites is the Rideau Canal in Ottawa, which was inscribed in 2007. Now only really used by pleasure boats, this is an amazing site in the heart of the country’s capital and a great area to take a stroll along and relax.
Montreal Olympic Park – Just a short hop out of town is the Olympic park, built to host the summer Olympics of 1976.
The park is still home to some of the original venues & others have been converted into recreational centres. Although, shortly after the Olympics had finished an observatory was built which can be accessed by travelling up the 266 metres (873 ft) funicular.
Mill St. Brewery – While we were in Toronto it was Gary’s birthday, so if any further excuse were needed, we stumbled upon Mill Street Brewery. Great food and even better beer.
Tall Ships – On the day we were leaving Montreal to head home to the UK, a Tall Ships event was taking place in the old port. The main attraction being ‘Bounty’ which was commissioned by MGM for the 1962 film ‘Mutiny on the Bounty’.
It was since used for various other films including Pirates of the Caribbean. However; tragically the ship sank off the coast of North Carolina in October 2012 during the storm of Hurricane Sandy.
Lake Ontario boat trip – Our Toronto sightseeing tour included a boat trip, around the islands of Lake Ontario. Never one to turn down the opportunity to jump aboard a boat, we were there.
It was a fun trip and you could get some amazing views across Toronto city, even if the dark clouds were looming.
The Battlefields Park – Taking a poignant relaxing stroll through The Battlefields Park in Québec City was really interesting.
Steeped in history this park is where the Battle of the Plains of Abraham took place, part of the Seven Years’ War & where today a statue to General Wolfe stands as a reminder.
Statutes – While we were strolling around our four chosen cities in Canada, we noticed that there were some amazing statues and sculptures.
Some hidden around corners and other like the Maman spider in Ottawa on full display.
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Perhaps I expected too much – I had heard about The Underground City in Montreal for when the extreme weather heads in, there is interconnecting shopping malls, restaurants, office towers, hotels & metro system.
I thought I was going to be blown away by a state-of-the-art complex; I was left slightly disappointed.
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