In the morning we had a nice breakfast at a lovely 39 Garden Street in Guelph and continued towards Niagara Falls, which were about one and a half hours away by car. We really needed to be careful as not to take the wrong turn and end up in the US. 😀 I didn’t have a valid ESTA anymore, so that would’ve caused us a long interrogation at the border. Seeing all the “Last turn in Canada” signs was making me pretty nervous. 😀
Luckily we ended up in Niagara-on-the-Lake and took the first parking lot we could find. That ended up costing us 20 CAD, but at least it was quite close to the waterfalls. We didn’t get to explore Niagara-on-the-Lake much, but what we saw was very fake Las Vegas style town, which was designed to be an amusement hub for tourists. Really not my cup of tea.
We walked a short distance to Niagara Falls and after taking a couple of pictures, decided to take a boat ride. As probably did also everyone else there. 🙂
The tickets cost approx. 26 CAD per person and the line was luckily moving pretty fast. We were given plastic ponchos, which were quite useful, but what a waste of plastic every day!
We did get pretty close to the falls. I took pictures with my phone, so I was trying to hold on to it as it was wet and slippery and still managed to take some pictures. The light mist and then big drops felt heavenly in such a hot weather!
After the boat cruise we took a walk to see the other waterfall closer. It is absolutely worth doing as you can see how the water flows tranquilly and then falls roaring.
We spent maybe a couple of hours looking at Niagara Falls. Niagara-on-the-Lake did not tempt us and to be honest, it was such a hot day that we just wanted to get out of there. The views are nice, but there is absolutely no shade anywhere, so car’s air conditioning felt wonderful.
We did stop at Dillon’s Distillery. We have seen Dillon’s bottles around bars in Canada and it was on our way to Toronto, so we decided to stop by. It was a super cute place and we ended up buying a few bottles of different gins and a bottle of limoncello. There is only so much hard liquor you’re allowed to import into EU from Canada, so unfortunately we needed to stick with small bottles and low quantities.
We drove to Toronto, which was our final destination in Canada and checked into an Airbnb apartment. Apartment was very new and nice, but again quite small with no place for suitcases. Also the shower’s water pressure was dismal and it took forever every time for me to wash the shampoo out of my hair. But the location was super close to the Kensington Market, which was very convenient. Plenty of really nice food places just around the corner.
Hotels in Toronto were crazy expensive. I’m not sure if that’s because they generally are or because it was July, so peak tourist season, I assume. Anyway, we were not ready to pay over 300 CAD per night in Toronto, so we chose Airbnb instead. This was also over 100 CAD per day, but compared to the hotel prices, this was a steal.
This evening we decided to go for ramen at Ramen Isshin. The ramen was quite good and the place was very popular. I would like to try ramen in Japan as I keep having very high expectations and am always a bit disappointed in ramen dishes.