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Marilyn, Sara and I all went to school together, and after we graduated we scattered to different places for different jobs. Marilyn and I kept meaning to visit Sara in Toronto, but it’s hard to plan a trip when life is busy and you only have a few months in the year when Toronto isn’t freezing!

We finally made it happen last weekend, and Marilyn and I headed off to Toronto… by taking the elevator.

Toronto Canada - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Ok, no, not really. We flew into Toronto’s Billy Bishop Airport, which is one of the coolest airports I’ve been to. It’s located on a small island right outside the city, so upon landing you’re given an amazing first impression of Toronto outside the plane’s windows.

Toronto Canada - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Then you get off the plane, walk through a short tunnel under the water (here’s where the elevators to Toronto came in!) and you emerge right in the heart of the city. It’s so easy!

Toronto Canada - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

I think big cities at night are so beautiful, and Toronto is no exception.

Toronto Canada - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

The next day, we wandered around the Distillery District, a historic area with unique restaurants and cute cafes.

Toronto Canada - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Toronto Canada - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Toronto Canada - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

What did I love most about the Distillery District?

Toronto Canada - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

This love lock art installation of course!

This work of art is covered with hundreds of locks decorated by lovers, with the key thrown away to symbolize lasting love. Apparently the Toronto authorities were repeatedly snipping off love locks all over the city (why do you hate love, Toronto?!). Because love will always prevail, this new installation gave lovers a permanent space for the ritual.

Toronto Canada - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

It was just missing one thing…

Toronto Canada - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Me!

Toronto Canada - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

And Sara and Marilyn too, I suppose…

Toronto Canada - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

In fact, hearts are all over the Distillery District. Maybe Toronto doesn’t hate love after all!

Toronto Canada - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Because the weather was awful that weekend, we decided to spend the afternoon indoors… and very, very high up.

Toronto Canada - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

We bought our tickets, got in line, hung out with a moose, and headed up to the top of Toronto’s famous CN Tower.

Toronto Canada - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

You can’t get better views of the city.

Toronto Canada - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Toronto Canada - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Toronto Canada - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Toronto Canada - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Toronto Canada - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

See that island on the left? That’s the airport where we landed!

Toronto Canada - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

The CN Tower has an area where you can stand on glass and look down below you. Even though you know it’s safe, it’s still so creepy!

Toronto Canada - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

I think sitting on the glass is probably one of the scariest things that I’ve done!

Toronto Canada - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

That night, we headed to Nathan Phillips Square to see the Toronto sign.

Toronto Canada - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Toronto Canada - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

The square itself is beautiful too. Make sure you go at night, when it’s at its best.

Toronto Canada - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Toronto Canada - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

The next day, it was time to travel back to New York City. So we headed back to the island airport and off into the sunset.

Toronto Canada - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Toronto Canada - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Toronto Canada - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Goodbye Toronto!

Toronto Canada - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Stay tuned for my next post on the best places to eat in the city.

Thanks for hosting us Sara!

~A

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