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5 American Cities Canadians Will Want To Visit

As the Canadian dollar seems to be slipping we find ourselves with less and less cheap travel options, but have no fear. If you are looking for travel into the US than here are 5 American cities Canadians will want to visit. Some might not want to venture south of the border because the Canadian dollar is so low, but if you don’t mind that, there is still lots to see.

First off Canada is a beautiful country with so much to see and I have dedicated my personal travels over the next little while to seeing this country. Nonetheless if you do want to go to the States, you will want to see these cities.


1) Los Angeles (Round trip flight from Toronto $435-$700) – La La Land as they call it is a beautiful city with a nice climate and tons to do. You can fly from direct from any major Canadian airport. The one thing I remember about landing at LAX is flying over the bicycle casino because they have the neon lights lit up on the roof and it’s pretty cool. So what will you want to do when in Los Angeles? If and when you travel to L.A. you will want to check out the  Hollywood Sign. The sign is big and bold and you have seen it in many movies, but to see it in real life is supper neat.

Most people will want to rent a car when they arrive to see some things just outside the city limits. Once you are driving a destination in LA you will want to see is the Vasquez Mountains, they filmed StarTrek. So much to do in LA you will also want to check out the Hollywood walk of fame where you can see the stars of all your past and present notible people.

You will also find things to do outside of Hollywood. You will want to go to Venice Beach where they have a great path filled with all type of shops and street performers. You can also check out muscle beach when you are there. That’s a workout area on the walkway. So these are just a few things to do when in L.A..


New York (Round trip flight from Toronto $240-$400 ) – New York City is one of the biggest metropolitan cities in the world and. Has so much to see. You can either fly into Newark, New Jersey, which I did when I visited the city or fly intonnew your altogether. Once in New York you won’t find a shortage of places to visit. Some things you may want to experience may include Madison Square Garden, Broadway, Central Park, Time Square and much much more. I wrote a blog about a weekend I spent there so you can check that out here. Weekend In New York Flying Porter.


Chicago (Round trip flight from Toronto $270-$400) – The Windy City as they call it. The Chicago landscape is just amazing and you will find so much to do. You can walk on the waterfront or take in a number of the large city parks that they have. When in Chicago you can visit the iconic Wrigley Field or any number of sporting attractions in any season. I’m a sports fan so this city is a must and you have lots to do. Depending on what season you are traveling to Chicago you can see the Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs, or if you are a football fan Da Bears. Chicago is a must see destination and if you are short on ideas where to go when there you can check out my recent blog Top 5 Must Do Chicago Attractions.


San Francisco (Round trip flight from Toronto $460-$600 ) – San Francisco and the Bay Area is a beautiful city that everyone will find amazing. If you haven’t been to SanFran as they call it you will want to visit a number of destinations. The iconic Golden Gate Bridge is one of architectural magnificent. Another trip in SanFran, dating myself here, is to check out the street and area where they filmed Full House. That was an iconic 90’s era sitcom that was very funny. Also for history buffs you will want to take the tour of Alkatraz. The Alkatraz Island Jail housed some of Americas worst criminals. No one ever escaped that place!


Detroit (Round trip flight from Toronto $375-$450 ) – Motown has a history almost like no other American city, actually like no other. Motown was home to the lucrative boom of the auto industry and the industrial revolution. You can find so much to do in Detroit and you won’t miss the GM buildings shaped like engine pistons! When in Detroit you will want to take a Red Wings game in at the Joe Louis Arena. Again Detroit is rich with sports history. Whether it’s the Pistons, Tigers or Lions you will find no shortage of sporting events int he city. I always find it ironic that Isaiah Thomas won multiple championships with the Pistons in the 90’s and now they have another start called Isaiah Thomas playing for them.

Canadians enjoy wonderful scenery at home but if we love to travel and don’t mind our neighbours south of the border, we can find some pretty amazing places to go. This little list is just the ice berg and if you are a sports fan like me you can see any number of cities in the States!

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Horseshoe Ski Resort

Horseshoe Valley ski resort is located about 20 minutes north of Barrie, Ontario. We do not live in Barrie though so it was about a 3 hour drive for us. We decided to go to this resort because of the price compared to others such as Blue Mountain in Collingwood.

Skiing in Ontario, Canada is one of the greatest experiences you will have. The snow is plentiful and usually the weather is great. The snow belt which it is often called is located between Toronto, Ontario and Perry Sound, Ontario. The weather in this part is usually snowing and with the mild temperatures and mountainous terrane it makes for perfect ski weather.

 

The resort we stayed at was the Horseshoe Resort and the part of the resort we stayed in was the Slopeside Condos. We rented a 2 bedroom slope side condo for 5 days and it happened to be on the 3rd of 5 floors. The resort is very pet friendly and we brought our big black lab with us for the trip. I would say though that they should have more garbages located on the resort because there is only few places you can throw away your dogs poop.

The condos were very dated to 1990’s or even earlier but while we were there I enquired and they are renovating top to bottom the condos and are selling them at the end of this ski year. I would suspect the price to sky rocket after that. I was surprised about the skiing there though and considering the price of the condos.

While we were there we needed to get some stuff and there is a grocery store and beer/liquor store within a 5 minute drive up the road. So that isn’t to bad. What is on the resort is 2 restaurants and a cafeteria. The restaurants are great and not that pricey considering where you are. I would definitely recommend eating at the Crazy Horse Sports Bar. This place has an abundance of TV’s and has a very good atmosphere. if you like to eat a bit more of a fancy meal than I would recommend the Inn Steakhouse which is good but a little bit more formal.

 

The meals we had were all good and the fact we had our own condo makes these types of get aways even better because its a lot more convenient to wake up in the morning and brew your coffee, get your kid a bowl of cereal and make some bacon and eggs. If thats your thing than condos are the way to go!

Now for what we went for, the skiing and snow tubing! The Snow tubing was excellent and the hill appeared to be very high. The top was a little disorganized and you kinda just pick whatever line you want and hope for the best. to get to the top you take a conveyor belt so thats a bonus as you don’t have to do any walking. While we were there the price was great. The day we went it was $10 unlimited riding but the regular price is $4 a ride. That isn’t to bad because how many times are you really going to go down? Really?

On to the skiing at Horseshoe Resort. This hill is excellent for beginners. I haven’t skied in about 20 years so I didn’t know what to expect at all. When we arrived we ended up renting skis which was extremely costly. My wife and son both took lessons and for the 5 year old it was expensive but definitely worth it. He took group lessons which were pretty much 1 on 1 and they lasted 2 hours, we signed him up 2 days in a row. My wife on the other hand took one 2 hour lesson and learned a lot as well. She had never skied before and it was her first time so it was good for her to get a lesson in.

Now the hill is small but they do have or did have 4 chair lifts operational while we were there. I know when I say small that doesn’t sound like it but and it is bigger than some of the other hills in Ontario but if you have ever been to Mont Tremblant or skiing in British Columbia than you would know what I mean. Nonetheless this hill is perfect for beginners and the kids or bunny hill is amazing for the tykes with lots of room and its own chair lift. So when they try this one and get comfortable it should just be a progression over to the main ones.

Well this was the trip in a nutshell and you can visit my Facebook page, Twitter Account, Instagram or Pinterest to see more incredible journey’s! Follow my blog with Bloglovin

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 Toronto


IMG_4454If you ever wanted to go to Toronto, Ontario there is so much to see. I had just had the pleasure of going to “the big smoke” as they like to call it over the past weekend. So where I’m from Toronto is a 4 hour drive South and on the way there a majority of the road is four lanes and they are working to get the highway completed sometime in my life time. Another option if you do decide to travel to Toronto is to fly and depending on where you are flying from I would definitely look into using Porter Airlines. Porter flies right downtown Toronto to Billy Bishop Airport and you will ample options to get to the heart of downtown for $10 from there.

IMG_4418When in Toronto this weekend we stayed at One King West which is right in the heart of downtown. If you do stay there you are a 10 minute walk north to the Eaton Centre and 5 – 10 minute walk South to the Hockey Hall of Fame. The one thing I personally like about staying at 1 King West is they are all condos, so you get a fridge, stovetop, microwave, dishwasher etc. all in the room.


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So while in Toronto there is so much to do. As mentioned above you can go shopping and see the Hockey Hall of Fame within a stones throw from this hotel. This weekend I went to a Toronto Blue Jays game and it was great. If you do stay at 1 King West you can walk there in a matter of 15-20 minutes or you can take the TTC street car West 5 stops and you will be a 2 minute walk away from the Sky Dome.

IMG_4435This place is just spectacular and our seats were section 113C Row 14 seat 101-103 and it did not disappoint. The one thing I do caution on is when sitting along the first base line when the dome is open during an afternoon game bring sunscreen, a hat and sun glasses because you will get pounded by the heat! So the game was great and the Jays did beat the Baltimore Orioles that day! Edwin Encarnación owned the Orioles on the weekend hammering some good homers.

After the game we went for dinner at the Marche Restaurant which is between 1 King West and the Hockey Hall of Fame. Its awesome and economical, when you go you grab a card and check out all the different foods they have. You decide on what you want and you give the card to the attendant they swipe it and you pay after. To give you an idea we had pizza, mushrooms, fruit, steak, beer, mashed potatoes and some drinks and it was under $80. Thats pretty awesome in downtown Toronto where breakfast can cost you $50. Nonetheless there is so much to do in Toronto that you will see as we move along with the blog all the fun things we do there. This was 1 thing and we were there for a weekend.

Until next time happy travels!

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