Toronto

Wow. What a trip Toronto was. I was fortunate enough to bag myself the 5 day trip to Toronto, Canada. I did originally bid for Toronto back in May for June’s roster, unaware that there were two different trip lengths & I drew the best straw and got the longer one. When I say the trip was 5 days, it doesn’t mean I was out in Toronto doing nothing for 5 days.. this is how the trip works:

Day One – Fly to Toronto late afternoon & through the night. Arrive early morning for UK time, -5hrs for Toronto time.

Day 2 & 3: Days off of duty in Toronto

Day 4: Fly to the UK late afternoon & through the night.

Day 5: Arrive in the UK early morning.

So what seems like a 5 day trip, in reality is only 2-3 days.

I have always wanted to visit Canada, specifically Vancouver or Toronto as they are the two largest cities.. & I definitely was not disappointed.

I was unfortunate enough to not be able to go home with the same crew I flew out with due to them flying back to the UK on a plane I’m not licensed to fly with, so most of my time in Toronto was free time to myself, but I actually don’t mind that so much. When I go to a new city I love to explore. I walked 5 mins from the hotel to the main social/shopping square named Yonge-Dundas Square and I immediately saw what I was hoping for – The City Sightseeing Bus Tour. If you’ve never done one of these before, I highly recommend it! It’s a red London bus that takes you on a specific route lasting approx. 2 hours and you are driven to/through all the main attractions/landmarks of the city you’re in. It’s a hop-on-hop-off bus tour & your ticket is valid for 48hrs so you can get off & on as much as you like if you see something you like & want to explore further. I’ve done these bus tours in Copenhagen, New York, Spain, France & Italy to name a few and never been disappointed. The ticket was CAD$44.00 which worked out to be approx. £25.00 which I didn’t think was too bad considering it lasted for 48 hrs, so naturally I used it the next day to explore further :).

Toronto is such a historical city, I was actually unaware. The sightseeing tour guide, Paolo, was so informative & knowledgable about the city that I really did learn a lot about it. I’m not always so fond of history etc but he was very engaging so it actually made me listen & learn. Toronto is also a very pretty city. Despite being full of sky scrapers (there’s a reason it’s nicknamed Mini New York), it full of trees & other quaint, older buildings that completely off-set the steel, glass & chrome of the modern office blocks.

If you’re planning to go to Toronto, I advise you to either save up beforehand or just make sure you have more than enough money. Being a city, things are a little over-priced, & things you may want to do will cost more than you expect. I didn’t get to go up the CN Tower to the 360 degree viewing platform of the city or take the tour to Niagra Falls & experience that because I just simply couldn’t afford it. It’s a shame because they’re two things I really wanted to do. I only got paid my basic wage last month as I’m still brand new to the company & our flying time money gets paid a month in lieu, so I’m being careful with my money until I’m next paid again. Hopefully I’ll get to go back to Toronto to do those things.. they’ll always be there, it’s just a case of when 🙂 I have 3 good friend who live in Canada but due to time restraints, it just physically didn’t work out to be able to see them which was such a bummer, but hopefully I’ll get to see them soon!

I would definitely recommend going to Toronto. There’s so much to see & do there. It’s called Mini New York for a reason because there are lots of similarities which I quite like considering New York is one of my favourite cities in the world. If you’re thinking of visiting and have any questions, drop them in the comments below & I will answer as soon as I can.

I’ve got a busy week coming up – a Eurotour straight into a 3 day Dubai trip. I’m not going to lie, I cannot wait to get some sunshine in Dubai & hopefully sit by the pool & do nothing 🙂

Until next time..

Things I recommend to do:

  • Niagara Falls Tour
  • CN Tower
  • City Sightseeing Bus Tour
  • Visit Yonge-Dundas Square
  • Walk around & soak in the sights
  • Eat ‘Poutine’ (A Canadian dish)

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