Weekend Getaway in Toronto

The best thing about my current contract in Muskoka, Ontario is how close it is to my hometown! Sure, it’s a fourteen hour drive away but it’s only a two hour drive + a two hour flight which is totally doable. Canada is so huge so that honestly seems like nothing when you consider travel contract locations. I’m so excited to share with you a few details of the weekend me and my boyfriend Andrew had in Toronto recently! He flew there to meet me and I drove the two hours the night before and checked into our beautiful Airbnb. He had been working out of town before I even left for this contract, so it was so good to see him and spent some quality time together.

I had a minor mishap checking into the Airbnb due to being given the wrong code and also getting lost in the parkade LOL. Minus those two things, the rest of the weekend was absolutely perfect. The VIEW from our window was the best part. I can’t get enough of it. I’ve even had some people message me on Instagram and ask for the link to this AirBnb due to the insane view. If you’ve never used Airbnb before, use this link to get $45 CAD off your first stay!

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Andrew landed around 8:30 am Friday morning and arrived via Uber at our place. We both didn’t have much sleep the night before so we napped and caught up on all the snuggles we missed out on the past few weeks. We decided to explore some areas of Toronto that we hadn’t seen before. There is SO much to do in this city, it’s quite overwhelming. We went to Kensington Market which is basically an area of the city catering to hippy hipster vibes. We had Mexican food for lunch and walked around a bit. We ended up in Chinatown and went for delicious dumplings. We then headed back to our place and chilled a bit more before we headed out for the night.

Hard to see but from the street you can watch them make the fresh dumplings through the window!

Panfried delicious dumplings

Steamed…We likes the fried ones better because of texture

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Our first stop was Nathan Phillips Square. This is an awesome winter activity in Toronto because you can skate right in front of the huge TORONTO sign! We didn’t skate but we loved watching the little zamboni clean the ice while we were there.

Next we walked to Yonge-Dundas Square, a smaller version of Times Square in NYC. We went to a restaurant with a window seat over looking the square and had a drink and appetizer. We actually met someone else from Thunder Bay while we were there!

We headed to the Distillery District where there was a Light Festival all set up for a few more days. This was my favourite part of the weekend. I love breweries and trying different craft beers and flights. This district is full of little bars, pubs and breweries. We had such a fun time hopping around and we ended the night with this delicious fondue and oysters at a really cute restaurant.

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The next morning we went for breakfast at a really nice spot (Le Petit Dejeuner) then walked around St. Lawrence Market.

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I loved the market. If I lived in Toronto, I would come here every week for all of my fresh seafood, meat, bread and produce. It was fun walking around the two story building and seeing all of the people browsing the stalls. We headed back to the condo and spent the afternoon snoozing and watching a movie. Andrew had decided that he wanted to go to the Toronto Maple Leafs game tonight so we were watching the sites and waiting for the right time to grab some cheap tickets. Talk about last minute! He had a number in mind and an hour before the game he got what he wanted so off we went to the arena. He stopped and bought a jersey first and we had such a fun time at the hockey game. I love hockey and even though it wasn’t my team playing, it was still exciting and Toronto ended up winning which was a plus. Andrew was SO happy so it was totally worth it.

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The next day we spent some time watching the gorgeous view from the condo then we drove to Niagara Falls for the afternoon! We had to check out of the Airbnb by 11 anyway and Andrew’s flight home didn’t leave until 6. We walked by the falls and up Clifton Hill. It was soooo quiet in Niagara, of course it is off season. It was a nice change from when I stopped there in the summer and you could barely walk through all the tourists.

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Horseshoe Falls on the American side

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Niagara Falls

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View from the Sky Wheel

We drove back to Toronto and had a sad goodbye at the airport. I ended up going home two weeks after this for a weekend so it wasn’t that hard of a goodbye this time! We had such a wonderful time together and made great memories which is so important to us.

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Ugh I just love him

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Thanks for reading!

Xoxo

Hales

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