During Christmas break, I usually prefer going back home for the holidays and spending time with my family. However, this year I was fortunate enough to travel to Toronto and spend a few days with my aunt and her extended relatives. At first, I was quite unsure if I wanted to actually go to Toronto because I’ve been so used to just being a homebody all of Christmas vacation. But since my mom already bought the tickets for my brother and I, there was really no point of wasting them. Spoiler, I had an amazing time.
This was my very first time in Toronto; therefore, it was a must to see some of the famous landmarks and experience the bustle of this city in the span of 5 days.
After a decent amount of shopping during Boxing Day morning, we headed to see Niagara Falls later that night. On our way there, I was worried the falls wouldn’t be visible anymore because it was already dark by the time we arrived. But to my surprise, Niagara Falls at night was as breathtaking as it probably would be in daylight. The falls radiated different hues as spectators gather to witness this landmark, despite of freezing weather. Many took turns to take pictures of one another, while other simply took matters into their own hands and just took a selfie with the falls. In addition, a few feet away stands the Skylon Tower at night. Trees in front of the Skylon were decorated with lights, as if mimicking a Christmas wonderland.
The very next day, it was off to the well-known CN Tower we go. I’ve been to a few monumental towers growing up because of travelling yearly as a kid. But as expected, this experience was distinct and worth it. As we made our way through standard security precautions, we head to the top of the tower and the 360 degrees restaurant. We enter a glass elevator, that served as a sneak peek of what we would later on experience. Once we reached the restaurant, we were then kindly escorted to our table. The entire restaurant was incredible, from the revolving panoramic view to the delicious food. The view of downtown Toronto was just stunning. In fact, I was so in awe that I spent 20 minutes just staring at the view. In terms of the food, I had the Atlantic Salmon Filet and it was delicious. After our meal, we made our way to the lookout area and glass floor part of the tower.
If you don’t have a fear of heights or if you do and want to conquer this fear, stand on the glass flooring of the CN Tower. Not only does it make it seem like you’re literally falling, but posing in pictures can definitely become quite interesting. But if you choose to go on the lookout area instead, I know it’s very tempting to spend your whole time taking pictures (I’m very guilty of this). However, I highly recommend to take in the view naturally, simply look at the view and live in the very moment of that experience.
Our last day in Toronto, I had the opportunity to witness the energy of downtown Toronto at night. Earlier that evening, we attended a Toronto Raptors game. Downtown Toronto was busy and alive, fans were lined up at the Air Canada Centre ready to cheer on their home team. Some are crossing the street to hit up the bars, while others are lined up in front of a hot dog cart antsy to get some food. Toronto is surely something else.
Overall, my first time in Toronto was incredible. I truly did enjoy seeing a different part of Canada. If you are fond of travelling to big cities, do visit Toronto because you will not be disappointed. Will definitely come back.