I am somewhat embarrassed to say I had never been to Ontario. Yeesh! Fortunately, this summer we had the pleasure of receiving an invitation to a family member’s wedding in Hamilton. Thrilled to be a part of this couples special day, we booked our flights and planned to spend some extra time in Ontario touring around.
We flew into Toronto a few days early and booked a charming apartment in the Village on Church Street. For those of you unfamiliar, The Village is a vibrant community with so much activity, great restaurants and bars.
One of the first things I love to do when visiting a new city is go for a run. I love to stay active on vacation and it’s honestly the best way to explore your surroundings.
We ended up running just over 10km throughout the streets of Toronto and down to the water. It was beautiful!
Now that we had our bearings, and had gotten a good sweat on for the day (not that we needed it in the 30 degree heat), we headed to Rogers Centre for a Blue Jays game! I’d be lying if I said I really knew the rules, other than three strikes your out, but it was such a blast with an amazing atmosphere. And ohhh yeah…they won!!
The next day as we woke up starving, a friend of ours suggested the Toronto Food Truck Festival at Woodbine Park. We didn’t know what to expect and we were pleasantly surprised. This was the third annual festival and this year over 60 Food Truck Vendors attended from all over Ontario. There was so much to choose but I ended up settling with a delicious mixture of Ahi Tuna & Fresh Shrimp Tacos….yummy!! It was a great turn out with live music and another warm sunny day. Now on to our official Toronto exploration! We didn’t have a lot of time left in the city so chose to rent bikes from the Bike Share Program that Toronto offers.
I must admit, I was a little bit nervous biking in the big city. I grew up on a farm, so my “in-town” biking experiences are limited. Turns out, if you stick to the bike lanes, it’s a breeze.
Toronto Bike Share offers over 2000 bikes at over 200 stations throughout the city. It really is so easy and affordable! You can check out the details here.Next stop on our fancy bikes was Toronto’s historic Distillery District.Not only is this a really cool place to check out today, but it would have been super fab to be checking this area out in the 1800s, as it was the largest whiskey & spirits distillery in the world.The operation eventually shut down in the 1990’s and now has been revamped into a pedestrian only district supporting numerous trendy restaurants, bars and shops. The historic buildings are beautiful brick and the area is dedicated to arts, culture and entertainment.We didn’t have time to take in all the interesting activities here, but did venture into some amazing shops (shocking for me right??) and stopped into Mill Street Micro-Brewery for a quick bevy. It was a great place to chill and watch a couple of innings of the Blue Jays games. We also had the opportunity to pop into a few art galleries and were extremely impressed by the local talent.OK, next stop? Toronto Island! I was thrilled to learn about this gem located just south of downtown Toronto. A quick ferry ride (bikes in tow of course) and we soon learned that this was not ONE island, but a group of islands connected by bridges & pathways.I really wish we had more time to spend here, but we made the most of the few hours we had by covering every inch on our bicycles. There are miles of beautiful beach along Lake Ontario, definitely a great way to escape the city and relax…and, if you are feeling a bit adventurous, you can even sneak over to the “Clothing Optional” Beach!Along with the beautiful beaches, we found an amusement park for the kiddies, a petting zoo, wonderful restaurants and boat tours. We ended our night with a sunset patio dinner overlooking Lake Ontario at The Rectory Cafe before heading back to the city.I knew it was going to be a hot and active day so chose to wear this light stylish ensamble. Cut off jean shorts are 7 For All Mankind, silk camisole is Design Lab from Hudson’s Bay, these Prada sunglasses from Sunglass Hut are my new obsession, and sandals are Steve Madden. Of course, this black leather Derek Alexander backpack I scored at Hudson’s Bay this spring is my new travel go to – so handy!
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