One thing’s for sure: Niagara Falls hasn’t stopped flowing due to the U.S. Government shutdown; and Niagara Falls State Park is open for visitors who want to get away from all the nonstop dribble of dreary news and revel in the stunning autumn scenery. And lucky for Toronto CityPASS holders, it's a quick 80-mile/128-kilometer drive, making it an easy side trip for a day or even a weekend.
A visit to a major city often inspires wonder at the sight of the impressive skyline and the buildings it comprises. Two of the most beautiful cities in North America, New York and Toronto, boast amazing attractions that allow visitors to see each city from above the clouds: the Empire State Building and the CN Tower. Here is a look at how two of the world’s most amazing structures will grant you a view from the top of two distinctly different, albeit equally beautiful, urban settings on the North American continent.
The travel industry has come a long way in just a few short years. A little over a decade ago, travel meant hopping in the family car with a glove compartment full of maps or boarding a plane for several hours, touching down at a destination with loved ones far from home, phones, and television. The question of “Does our hotel have Wi-Fi?” likely never passed a traveler’s lips -- mostly because Wi-Fi didn’t even exist. read more »
It’s not everyday that you can spot a giant panda at the Toronto Zoo. In fact it’s been 28 years since the last time giant pandas were seen at the largest zoo in Canada—and at that time it was just for a short three-month stay. So you can just imagine the thrill when the Toronto Zoo found it would be the home away home for “Er Shun” and “Da Mao.” This pair of perky pandas arrived in Toronto from China earlier this spring as part of the official Giant Panda Cooperation Agreement, an agreement between China and Canada that will have them splitting the next decade between Toronto and Calgary. read more »
When I was a child, swimming pools and water fountains were distinct, separate entities. For immersion, you had to find a pool. Whether it was private or public, there were changing rooms and lifeguards and rules. (Unfortunately, the ocean wasn’t an everyday option where I grew up.) Fountains were fun to watch – the water shot all over the place, and sometimes, you could stand in the mist blown your way by a helpful breeze. If you were really lucky – or your accompanying adult looked the other way – you might dip a toe in. read more »
Have you ever visited a big city and wondered what it would be like to live there? Being a tourist is a blast, and sure, hotels can be nice, but they do lack some of the comforts of a home – your own gourmet kitchen, private patios, board games and books, toys for the kids, and unique neighborhoods, to name a few. On your next trip, whether it's a weekend getaway or an extended vacation, consider getting a real feel for your destination by staying in a vacation rental. read more »
When the weather outside is frightful, it’s delightful to find a way to get out of the house without spending much time out of doors. Enclosed shopping malls are one option, but can be limiting. Luckily, residents of — and visitors to — Toronto have a BIG additional option: Toronto PATH. Covering 17 miles (28 km), the PATH is a network of pedestrian tunnels beneath the office towers of Downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. According to Guinness World Records, PATH is the largest underground shopping complex in the world with 371,600 m² (4 million sq. ft.) of retail space. read more »
Holiday travel brings friends and family together to revel in the comfort of familiar surroundings. But it also provides an unmatched opportunity to explore traditions beyond your own family or hometown celebrations. If a CityPASS tour takes you on the road this Christmas season, look for your destination city’s signature holiday happenings and join the festivities. You just might turn some vacation memories into traditions of your own back home. read more »
For the next two weeks I am on a Toronto Staycation. I decided earlier this year that I was going to scale back and do some off the beaten track walking tours, discovering of new neighbourhoods in my hometown, and most of all, visit Toronto’s finest museums, galleries and attractions at cheap and cheerful pricing. read more »
When Michael Welch of Toronto saw photos of his daughter doing the CN Tower’s “EdgeWalk,” he knew it was something he had to try. So Welch’s family decided a group of them would do the walk with him on Monday, to celebrate his upcoming 91st birthday. read more »