After taking in the sights and sounds (and tastes) of New York City, our family hopped on a plane for the second half of our family vacation. It might surprise some of you to learn that, aside from connecting through Pearson International Airport, I had never actually visited Toronto before. So, of course we had to do some of the touristy things, right?

Up until not that long ago, I had only been to two Canadian provinces: British Columbia (obviously) and Alberta. That changed with our trip to Montreal a couple years ago and my whirlwind tour of Newfoundland just last month. Having knocked Ontario off the list, my provincial visit passport (so to speak) now shows five stamps. Just five more provinces and three territories to go!

For our time in Toronto, I was particularly impressed by Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada. Even though Addie was a little disappointed by the lack of “marine mammals” at the facility, we had a great time at the aquarium. The giant octopus was especially inquisitive and playful, and those giant tanks of fish are remarkable. The IKEA-style forced path was a blessing and a curse, as it made it hard to revisit exhibits. The moving walkway through the shark tunnel was neat through.

One thing I will say is Toronto needs to simplify its public transit system. Between the tokens and cash payments and Presto cards and day/week passes and paper transfers, they need to heed the advice of Kylo Ren and let the past die. And what’s with the general lack of stroller friendliness? Or are we just spoiled in Vancouver for accessibility?

Have you been to Toronto? What’s your favorite part?

Toronto at night

Toronto Islands fountain

Toronto skyline

Man in the mirror at Casa Loma

Niagara Falls Skywheel