"One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things." -Henry Miller

Facts about Canada

Sovereign: Queen Elizabeth II

Prime Minister: Stephen Harper

Capital: Ottawa, Ontario

Population: 33,399,600

Total Land Area: 3,511,003 sq mi

Currency: Canadian Dollars, aka loonies

Official Languages: English and French

Motto: "A Mari Usque Ad Mare" - From Sea to Sea

Anthem: "O Canada"

National Holiday: Canada Day, July 1

National Animal: Beaver

National Sport: Hockey

Emblem: Maple Leaf

03 Your Travels

Welcome to America's Hat

Visiting our neighbors to the north? Well there are a few things you'll definitely want to catch while you're in the Niagara Falls/Toronto area. Toronto is about an hour north of the falls, so it's a good day trip if you're staying in one of the hotels at Niagara. The city of Toronto has plenty to keep a tourist happy for several days so it's definitely worth it to grab a hotel room in Toronto and stay a while too.

The best of Niagara Falls

The two things that you must do while you're in Niagara falls are the Maid of the Mist boat ride and the Cave of the Winds. These were the most memorable things I did the whole time I was in Canada. An adult ticket for the Maid of the Mist is $14.50 and a child's ticket is $8.90. Admission into the Cave of the Winds is $10 for adults and $7 for kids. The Cave of the Winds even provides awesome souvenir sandals so that your shoes don't get wet, which is pretty awesome.

The Hurricane Deck! Maid of the Mist

The left photo is me on the Hurricane Deck at the Cave of the Winds. The boardwalk allows people to go right underneath the smallest waterfall at Niagara. The right is me on board the Maid of the Mist in front of the Canadian Falls.

The green city of Toronto

Toronto is a great city. The cultural diversity alone is astonishing and make it a place worth visiting. Be sure to check out Chinatown, Greek town, little Italy, and the Indian Bazaar. Queens Quay is also a must see. However, the absolute coolest thing in Toronto is the CN Tower. The tower had the world's tallest observation deck and offers a fantastic view of the city. The best part of the CN Tower is its glass floor observation deck. Visitors can literally look straight down and even stand on the glass floor, though I must say that it's an unnerving experience. The picture below is my brother and I at the uppermost part of the CN Tower. It's 147 storeys up. Yikes. My brother and me at the top of CN Tower.