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Visiting Toronto & Niagara Falls

By Hollysbeautybox @hollysbeautybox
I've been to Toronto with my family three times, and this is my fouth. You'd think I'd be bored of seeing the same place so many times, but it's just one of those cities I cannot get enough of.
Visiting Toronto & Niagara Falls 
I traveled with my family (myself, three sisters, mum, dad and 81 year old Nana who had never been before).  Nana is one of those elderly people who can't walk and talk at the same time but manages to have people on the airplane doing Thai Chi with her to loosen their legs throughout the flight. We all call her Yoda. She's small and deadly haha! #ILoveHer
We traveled from Glasgow to Toronto and then had a driver called Amin from firstchoiceairporttaxi.com take us to Niagara Falls.  I must say we have never experienced a more welcoming taxi driver and journey. Amin greeted us with a smile, told us about himself, the journey and offered us complimentary snacks which included water, soda, crisps (chips) and chewing gum. My mother sneezed during the journey and Amin instantly passed her a tissue. He was promptly on time and gave us information about Toronto and Niagara. We literally could not have asked for a kinder driver.
Visiting Toronto & Niagara Falls We went to the Oakes Hotel which was perfectly located and was lovely, not necessarily the luxury we expected considering the cost (no bar or restaurant, we had to go next door for breakfast which was descriibed as a 'full american breakfast of your choice' - it was a set breakfast and considering 5 of us are pescetarians, it meant we had eggs on toast every day which was disappointing.  I'm not too sure how vegans would have managed.)
negativity aside, Niagara Falls is one of the 7 wonders of the world and it was an unforgettable experience. We all went on the Maid Of The Mist tour which is basically a boat which takes you close to the falls then journeys back.  It all felt surreal. I've been to the falls three times but you genuinely never can take it all in. It's truly breathtaking.
Visiting Toronto & Niagara Falls
My wee Nana had the time of her life of the maid of the mist. We all got soaked and laughed wayyyy too much over the fact that we were all wet, but it was an amazing experience. We then walked a short distance where we found a group of outdoor bars with live music and it was just incredible. We had a few glasses of wine and enjoyed the afternoon before headi!ng to clifton hill (Kelsey's is where it's at!!) where we listened to more live music and drank cocktails. We ended the day by watching fireworks over the falls. It was literally the perfect day.
Visiting Toronto & Niagara Falls
The next day, we were driven back to Toronto by Amin where we stayed at the stunning Sheraton hotel.  We stayed there for a further 5 days where we went shopping in the Eaton Center, visited dundas square, had a few too many cocktails at the Hard Rock cafe and ate copious amounta of food. 
Visiting Toronto & Niagara Falls
We also took a boat tour to central island where we walked between the islands. We went to one of the beaches and I held onto my Nana while she dipped her feet in lake ontario. She kept bending down to chase the green seaweed moss stuff away because in Nana land, that is possible. Haha!  I'd definitely recommend visiting center island if you get the chance.  The boat cost less than $5 and it was such a beautiful place to go.
Visiting Toronto & Niagara Falls Toronto is such a laid back city full of multi cultural activities that cater to everyone. We were so lucky that the weather was so nice (it reachded 41 degrees one day!) and we just had an amazing time.
Thanks for having us Toronto, we had a blast!
H x

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