A trip to Toronto would be incomplete without a side excursion to Niagara. Niagara is about a two hour drive from the city, but the scenery is gorgeous and well worth the drive. We stopped for lunch and a little window shopping at the beautiful town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. The flowers never cease to amaze me--our climate is way too hot in Dallas to have such lovely blooms, and this was definitely one of the highlights of the trip for me.
Scott, Trish, Dad, Katie, Kim, Grandpa, Beth: Niagara-on-the-Lake
Canadian Niagara Falls
We didn't spend a whole lot of time at the falls--it was hotter than hades and we were tired from the shopping. So Grandpa watched the car and we ran out to take our pictures and ran back to the car. Once you've seen the falls, there really isn't much else to experience. But if you haven't gone--definitely go!!
Our next excursion was, of course, downtown Toronto. We parked just outside of the city so that we could take the subway in. If you can believe it, it was Scott's first subway trip! Once we got to the city, we headed down to the harbor for a cruise around the islands and a little pizza lunch (wish I could remember the name of the cafe--it has really nice outdoor dining and delicious food--we ate there last time we went as well).
CN Tower / Trish and Scott: Harbourfront Centre
Katie, Kim, Trish, Scott, Dad in front of Lake Ontario
Left: Dad, Katie, Kim, Beth on Island Cruise Right: Scott on Subway
Trish, Kim, Katie, Scott, Dad: Island Cruise
After the cruise and lunch, we walked around the city and headed toward St. Lawrence Market (below right) where an outdoor festival was going on. We also stopped in by the Hockey Hall of Fame (no we didn't go in, but we did take enough time for a great picture! Click on the picture to enlarge--Scott, Trish, Kim, and Katie from L-R). Our final retreat was to the Eaton Centre, a ginormous mall with 10 million shops. I headed straight for the bookstore (shocker!), while the rest shopped. It was a great day in the city, but I think everyone was worn out by the end of the day!
Since Katie was leaving us early for school, we front-loaded the vacation. On our third day, we drove out to Markham, the town where we lived and saw the houses, the school, and of course the field where I had to walk uphill both ways in the snow to school every day. Picture A Christmas Story with the little kid who can't put his arms down when wearing his snow suit. :)
After driving around Markham, we headed out to Main Street Unionville where there is a cute little downtown with shops and restaurants. Again, the flowers are so gorgeous!! We did a little shopping and then ate some fish and chips (again, can't find the name of the restaurant).
Trish, Scott, Dad, Kim, Beth, Katie
Main Street Unionville
GRANDMA AND GRANDPA'S!!!
We always have such a blast at Grandma's and Grandpa's. They live on a secluded farm in New Market, about 30 miles from downtown Toronto. Grandpa used to be a landscaper (my uncles have since taken over the business--Walter's Landscaping--head over to the website to see a really cute picture of my Grandpa when he was younger), but the grounds are still so beautiful with Grandpa's perennials. In addition to the beautiful setting, Grandma always cooks the best meals--usually fresh from their garden. We were able to spend a lot of time with Grandma and Grandpa this trip, and we had fun playing cards and sharing so many stories.
Scott on paddle boat going around in circles / Trish and Scott in the Gator
Kim on big girl bike / Trish on little girl bike
(Our cousins brought over some of their bikes for us to ride around the property. Kim was much braver than I was--I got on the little bike and didn't know how to stop it! Finally I ran it into the side of the house--very scary!!)
Scott on little boy bike (same one Trish is on above)
Trish and Scott
Kim, Trish, Scott, Beth, Grandma, Grandpa, Dad