Fun Times In Toronto: Things to See And Do During A Staycation

While I was in Toronto this summer, I had a grand plan to explore Western Canada using ViaRail’s Great Western Way train route. The route starts in Toronto and ends in Vancouver, and takes about 4 days to complete if you’re not spending nights at any of the stops. Amazing views of the Rockies, scenic landscapes and a chance to see more of Canada? I couldn’t wait!

Alas, by the time I decided on dates and started looking at ticket and hotel prices, the trip was coming up to about $CAD3000. *Side eye @ travel costs in Canada*

You know your girl wasn’t about to spend that much on a trip that isn’t her honeymoon, so I opted for a staycation instead. My friend and I booked ourselves in a nice hotel downtown Toronto for the weekend, and indulged in lots of eating, drinking and even some sight seeing!

I’ve put together a list of what I did, where I wined/dined and what I thought of it all. If you’re planning a trip to Toronto, this is a good starting point for an itinerary, and if you live in Toronto hopefully it reminds you of how amazing your city is and maybe even encourages you to get out and do some exploring!

Alright, let’s get to it.

Sightseeing

I decided to get a Toronto City Pass, which offers admission to five of Toronto's major sights. Said sights and their admission prices* listed below: 

  1. The CN Tower: $38

  2. Ripley's Aquarium: $30 - $35 depending on time you choose to visit

  3. Casaloma: $26.55

  4. Royal Ontario Museum: $20

  5. The Toronto Zoo ($20.35)  or Ontario Science Centre ($22)

The City Pass costs $88, and so is worth getting if you're visiting the CN Tower, Ripley's Aquarium and another of the sights. Even more worthwhile if you visit all five!

*HST of 13% extra on all the prices quoted. Gotta love Canada!

  Views from the CN Tower.

Views from the CN Tower.

  Look at that sunset!

Look at that sunset!

  Forgot how to pose after waiting so long for my turn at the sign.  Toronto, Canada | Summer 2018

Forgot how to pose after waiting so long for my turn at the sign.
Toronto, Canada | Summer 2018

  Not sure why but this fountain thing made me happy. I think it was the colours.

Not sure why but this fountain thing made me happy. I think it was the colours.

  The entrance to Casa Loma looks like something out of a story book!

The entrance to Casa Loma looks like something out of a story book!

  Subsection of Lady Pellatt’s Room.

Subsection of Lady Pellatt’s Room.

Wining and Dining

  Was it really a night out if there are no bathroom selfies to prove it?  Toronto | Aug 2018

Was it really a night out if there are no bathroom selfies to prove it?
Toronto | Aug 2018

  How good food makes me feel on the inside.  Kravingz, Mississauga| Summer 2018

How good food makes me feel on the inside.
Kravingz, Mississauga| Summer 2018

I ended the staycation thinking it was something I definitely needed to do more often. What are your thoughts on staycations?

Fun and Sun,

Femi

Femi LuwaComment