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Top Central and Eastern Canada Cities to Visit


Have you ever wondered what is there to do in Central and Eastern Canada? Well here are the top cities to visit in Central and Eastern Canada. Personally I have visited all of these cities and this is like a combination of a wish list to do again and a things I’ve done list. I will also just put them in random order because I can’t rank them for ya!

Toronto, Ontario:

I recently visited Toronto and completely enjoy going. Seriously, you could visit Toronto like any other major Metropolitan city in North America and spend a number of days there doing a lot and not really do anything at all. Some of the good things to do all depend on what your cup of tea is. Are you a sports fan (hockey)? Hockey Hall of Fame is a good thing to see. The Leafs are sure to improve in the coming years so that may be something you want to see. Beware of the Leafs though, the tickets are expensive.


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If you are a sports person you have every major sport to chose from. You can watch the Argo’s, The Toronto FC, The Blue Jays, The Leafs and the Raptors. All major sports area represented in Toronto so it is a good city to visit if you are a sports fan.

Say you aren’t a sports fan then you still have tons to do. Toronto has a number of things to do for families and the arts community. Some things to do in Toronto may include:

Caribana – Music Festival

Casa Loma – Museum

Canada’s Wonderland – Theme Park

Medieval Times – Family Dinner Theatre

Ontario Science Centre – Family Attraction

Centre Island – Family Attraction

Like I said at the beginning, Toronto, Ontario is huge with lots to do. I do think you will enjoy the items listed above. As for other things to do their are lots!

Sudbury, Ontario:

I couldn’t write a blog about where to go in Canada without giving my home town a great big shout out on this one. Sudbury, Ontario is the Nickel Capital of the world. The city is known for mining but has so much more to offer than just that. Sudbury has hundreds of lakes and also the largest lake within a city (Ramsey Lake).


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In Sudbury we have a very vibrant night life and tourist industry. The city is smaller so you can do a ton of stuff without having to spend a fortune and eternity on transportation! Sudbury has a ton of things to offer and for a city of approx 160,000 it has a lot of attractions for you to check out.

Science North – Family Attractions

Dynamic Earth (Big Nickel) – Family Attraction

Imax Theatre – Family Attraction

Ramsey Lake – Beach Attraction

Sudbury Kartways – Go Karts

Northern Ontario Railroad Museum – Museum

Sudbury has a lot to offer and if you come in the winter you can go skating at Queens Athletic Field or even on the Ramsey Lake skating path. Great entertainment. Sudbury also has a ton of great locally owned restaurants. Its a pleasure to visit the Capital City of Northern Ontario.

Ottawa, Ontario:

The capital city of Canada is always nice to visit. When in the nations capital it is a must do to visit the parliament buildings. These are huge and centrally located so you will not miss it.

Bier Market – Adult Fun

Rideau Canal – Family Fun

Parliament Hill – Family Fun

National Gallery of Canada – Museum

Calypso Park – Water Park

Canadian War Museum – Museum

There is so much to do in Ottawa you want a few days to see it all. The examples above are just a few things you will want to do. Ottawa is a great family destination and can be a real treat in all seasons.

Quebec City, Quebec:

When traveling to Quebec city you will notice the culture. Quebec City is one of the most European like cities outside of Europe. This city is located on the St.Lawrence River and has a ton of culture! One of the best things we did there was we took a dinner cruse on the river and it was absolutely fantastic and affordable. You will want to brush up on your French when visiting but the folks are accommodating if you don’t understand the language.

Old Quebec – Family Fun

Montmorency Falls – Family Fun

Aquarium Du Quebec – Family Fun

Chateau Frontenac – Hotel

Quebec has old European culture and is a treat to visit. You can spend some time there and fall in love. It is the best French experience you will have outside of France. The Canadian currency makes it affordable instead of travelling to Europe.

Montreal, Quebec:

Montreal, Quebec is the home of the iconic Montreal Canadians. The most storied hockey team in the NHL. If you are visiting Quebec City you would be doing an injustice not to go to Montreal atlas for a day.


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While in Montreal there is so much to do and like Quebec City is filled with culture and friendly people. The Just For Laughs Comedy festival is in Montreal and should you like good beer and evening entertainment this city rocks!

Just For Laughs – Comedy Festival

Bell Centre – Montreal Canadians

Old Montreal – Walking

Montreal Casino – Adult Entertainment

Schwartz’s Deli – Food

One of the best things I did in Montreal was grabbing a Schwartz’s Montreal Smoked Meat Sandwich. This place was awesome and had a line up! Could you imagine going to get a sandwich at a place with a lineup? So many famous people have visited this place its unbelievable. The story has it that Frank Sinatra would have his sandwich flown in privately right from this deli! Best smoked meat anywhere guaranteed!

Halifax, Nova Scotia:

If you are a Lobster lover than where else should you go but Halifax. Halifax is Lobster city in my opinion. You can’t beat the lobster that you get here. I was wondering through the Halifax airport and also noticed you can get fresh lobster there and have it wrapped and delivered with your flight for you to your destination. Where else can you get that? Awesome.

Halifax Harbour – Family Fun

Alexander Keith’s Brewery – Adult Fun

Maritime Museum of the Atlantic – Family Fun

Casino Nova Scotia – Adult Fun

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia – Museum

Halifax Public Gardens – Family Fun

Obviously there is much more to do in Halifax than just eat lobster. Halifax is the home of one of the largest harbour’s in North America and is on the Atlantic Ocean. Lots of history in Halifax so go and see the wonderful city and you will not be disapointed!

St.John’s, Newfoundland:

I recently wrote a travel blog about this destination and you can click here to read that. I will ultimately say this is an awesome place to go with tons of things to do. This city has a lot to offer and just a quick recap of the things to do if there.

Quidi Vidi Brewery – Adult Fun

Cape Spear – Family Fun

Signal Hill – Family Fun

Ice Berg Viewing – Family Fun

George Street – Adult Fun

If you want authentic St.John’s by getting Screeched in then head to George Street at night. This destination is very entertaining and a pleasure to visit. You will love your time in St. John’s Newfoundland.

This is just a short list of some of the great cities in Central and Eastern Canada. You can do so much when visiting Central and Eastern Canada and have so many options on where to go. I have noticed that with a low Canadian Dollar travelling in Canada is one of the best opportunities anyone in the world can have. Our country is safe, strong and unique to anywhere in the world.

I will definitely be posting more about Canadian travels in the future but this is a very good start if you are looking to venture to Central and Eastern Canada. Remember to Like and Share this blog to all!

 

 

 

 

Weekend in New York flying Porter

12105811_10153657821705797_3894906078008117685_nPorter AirlinesDuring the fall of 2016 myself and a friend flew Porter Airlines from Sudbury to New York for the weekend. When travelling to New York from Sudbury it will probably be cheaper if you fly Porter Airlines. In Sudbury you can hop on a Porter Flight and with one connection in Toronto you can either go directly to New York or do like we did, fly into Newark, New Jersey.

NewarkWhen we landed in New Jersey and went through customs you could see the sky line of New York City. It was breathtaking, and a real nice thing to see. So since we were just going for a few days and its two dudes we only had a carry-on which was nice because we didn’t have to wait for our luggage to come through. Now when we arrived there we had a few options to get us into the city. We could take the bus, train or taxi. We decided on taking the bus and for the time of day it was we made it downtown New York from the Newark Airport in under an hour.

Subway in New YorkWhen you get to New York you are going to want to examine the subway system. For me this was the second time I had used the subway in my adult life, the first was Montreal and you can’t really compare the two cities. Now we were downtown New York and had to get to Long Island, New York and the hands down best way to do that is by subway. The subway system in New York was so much easier than I had anticipated. You just buy a metro pass and you have access to the subway with no problems, you just swipe and go.

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Now that we were checked into the hotel we were off to start our weekend in the big apple. What we had decided to do was check out the Mets game against the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs were in town for game 1 of the National League Championship Series. We got our tickets the night before on Stub Hub and it wasn’t that expensive either. I think $200 a ticket and compared to what the Jays tickets were going for it was a bargain.

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For us to go to the game at Citi Field we took the subway which was about a 20 minute subway ride. When taking the subway to Citi Field you are dropped off virtually at the front door. The public transportation in New York, in my opinion, was awesome.

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The Mets game was unbelievable and the stadium is world class. I would definitely recommend checking out a baseball game if you are in the area. When we went to the game the stadium was packed but the fans where awesome and considering I wore a Toronto Blue Jays Jersey made for all the fun. When we were there the food was great to and the prices weren’t that expensive, at least compared to Canada. After the game which the Mets won! woo hoo we hoped back on the subway and got back to our hotel with no problems at all.

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The next day we woke up early to hit the New York Rangers afternoon game. The Saturday afternoon game was interesting because I would have thought a Saturday game would be at night but it was all good. We showed up extremely early just because I guess but it wasn’t a problem and we were able to get down to ice level for the pre game warm ups. Being in Madison Square Garden (MSG) was awesome if you are a sports fan. Madison Square Garden was packed and the lineups at the concessions where very short and the price of beer was reasonable as well. Remember when I say reasonable I am comparing the pricing to the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

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The game was against the New Jersey Devils so the crowd was definitely pumped up. During the game we sat beside some Americans who had there kid at the game and they were very friendly. We chatted about the difference in hockey development between the U.S. and Canada and all was good. During the game I just happened to look over and what did we see? A Fight! HAHA Very funny. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing actually. A fight in the stands at a Rangers game? Awesome!

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The game ended up going into overtime so they were down to 3 on 3. During OT one of the Rangers players hit the crossbar and the sound it made was pretty cool, you could hear it throughout the arena, awesome. Now the game ended with the Devils scoring in OT but it was awesome to watch a hockey game in Madison Square Garden.

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After the game we headed out to see Time Square and do some shopping in that area. When we were down in Time Square we shopped at Grand Slam New York which is an awesome gift shop that had amazing deals on stuff. After this we ate at a pizza place called Patzeria Perfection Pizza Pasta and Grill. This pizza place is located on West 46th Street and doesn’t have a website but the place was phenomenal and I recommend it hands down.

After spending some time in that area we headed back to the hotel for a couple drinks and didn’t really do much after that. I will be back to New York to visit more of the sites but this was really just a sporting weekend where we got to see the Mets and Rangers play.

For our way back on the Sunday we totally figured out the easiest way. To get back to the Newark Airport we took the Subway to Grand Central Station and once we were there we hopped on the Amtrak to Newark and then the monorail straight to the terminal where Porter has its lounge. In the Newark airport Porter Airlines has there own lounge which is awesome so we went there and flew back to Canada which was super easy. If you are near Toronto or live in a city that Porter flies to Toronto from I would say this is probably one of the fastest, cheapest ways to get to New York and you won’t be disappointed!

 

Until next time thanks for reading and check out my Facebook Page for more upcoming trips!

Top Locally Owned Restaurants in Sudbury, Ontario


This is a list of my top 5 Favourite locally developed Restaurants in Sudbury, Ontario. These are not restaurant chains but local talent in Sudbury.

  1. Alexandria’s – Alexandria’s is a Mediterranean Fine Dining establishment. Located at 211 Shaughnessy Street in the Downtown of Sudbury you will enjoy a fine selection of authentic food and amazing atmosphere.
  2. Bella Vita Cucina – Bella Vita Cucina located in the area of Sudbury known as the Donovan (493 Kathleen Street). You will find a true diamond in the rough in this establishment. This Italian Cusine restaurant is perfect for small groups, but as a traveller you will enjoy authentic Italian cuisine for an affordable price.
  3. Verdiccio Ristorante – This is an upscale Italian Restaurant in Sudbury. If you are in Sudbury and don’t mind spending a little more money for great modern Italian Cuisine than this will be the place for you. Verdiccio Ristorante is located at 1351-D Kelly Lake Road in the city’s South End and will not disappoint. You may want to call ahead to ensure you won’t need reservations.
  4. Pat and Mario’s – Another Italian Restaurant is located just steps away from the New Sudbury Shopping Centre and is truly a remarkable, long established eatery in Greater Sudbury. Located at 1463 Lasalle Blvd. You will have no trouble visiting this place by taking all forms of transportation. The restaurant has an amazing patio for summer evenings and is a great place to bring the family if you are looking for affordable great food while in Greater Sudbury.
  5. The Dog House – This is the Cadillac of all wing joints in the area. It is on the list because we need to mix things up a little and if you are looking for a beer to go with wings while watching a hockey game this is definitely the place to go! The Dog House is located at 212 Romanet Lane and is open 7 days a week. If you are in Sudbury for a sports event then you will definitely appreciate the wings. A couple years ago we ran in to Ron MacLean from Hockey Night in Canada here so if he knows his wings like he knows his hockey than you will make out just fine!

This is just a very small list of locally owned and operated eateries in Greater Sudbury and there are plenty more awesome ones. If you choose one of these though at the end of the day you won’t go wrong. Like and share this list and comment in the section below if you tried one of these establishments or if you like another one feel free to leave a comment on which one in the section below!

 

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