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Trip List by italydream

Toronto Weekend Extravaganza!

3 May 2006  Local Expert
3.5 of 5 stars based on 7 votes

A spring weekend experience in Toronto with something for everyone.

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Toronto, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Niagara Falls
  • Category: Wish list
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Active/Outdoors
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Honeymooners
  • Seasons: Spring
  • 1. The Beaches
    The Beaches, Toronto, Ontario

    Why not start the weekend bright and early? Go for a nice relaxing stroll along the Toronto waterfront on the boardwalk. Meet a few locals, and find out just how friendly Torontonians really are! Might be a good place to watch a classic sunrise.

  • 2. Queen Street
    Queen Street, Toronto, Ontario

    Drive along Queen Street towards downtown Toronto. You will find plenty of shops and boutiques selling unique items. It is a bit of Toronto that you will not find in many tourist guides, but the experience can be great! Watch the Red Rocket (the Toronto streetcars, kind of like trams or cable cars) go by, and feel welcomed at stores selling multicultural artifacts and keepsakes. Did I mention Torontonians are friendly?

  • 3. Lunch at Canoe Restaurant
    http://www.oliverbonacini.com

    Want one of the best views of Toronto? I would highly recommend having lunch at Canoe Restaurant. Located on the 54th floor of the TD Tower, you get a magnificient view of the city's landscape, but you also get to see the CN Tower from close proximity. The view is much better than going up to the CN Tower and seeing everything below you. And the food... AMAZING! And lunch menus are definitely cheaper than the dinner menu. So it's worth the trip at lunch time. Try the foie gras! (and the desserts!)

  • 4. Niagara-on-the-Lake
    Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

    One of the best afternoons that you can spend would be to visit the various wineries in the award-winning wine region of Niagara-On-The-Lake. The flowers in spring time are absolutely blooming, and simply walking around wineries (or even renting a bike and riding around the area) would be a great way to spend an afternoon. And, all the wineries are well-stocked with their inventory. And in the spring, you don't have too many summer tourists to compete with, and if you are into wine-tasting, you can definitely take more time to enjoy and savour the experience. But pace yourself! And you definitely have to try the world famous icewines of the Niagara region. One of my favourites is a Cabernet Franc icewine (especially that of Inniskillin). It is sweet, but not too syrupy like some other icewines. Even if you are not a wine drinker, you will enjoy this unique product.

  • 5. Dinner at Peller Estates, Ontario
    http://www.peller.com

    You don't have to be into wines to eat at a restaurant in a winery (but it definitely helps!) One of my favourites in the area is Peller Estates Winery and its restaurant overlooking its vineyards. The patio there is amazing. And if you are willing to splurge a bit, go for the tasting menu. You will find that all the items have a unique Canadian twist, and many items are accentuated by the use of wine products in their preparation. And perhaps you can consider getting the wine pairings to go along with your meal. Remember to make reservations in advance!

  • 6. Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort
    Fallsview Casino Resort, Niagara Falls, Ontario

    How about some glamour? Catch a show, perhaps? The new Niagara Fallsview casino is very much designed like a Las Vegas style casino and hotel. If you want a bit of action, the slots and card tables are always open. And if you are not into gambling, feel free to lounge around the patio with the view of the falls (with lights at night!) or shop in the promenade (it's open late!). One of the best Swarovski crystal stores around, and many boutiques as well. Definitely ask for a room with the view of the falls. It's worth the money.

  • 7. Legends On The Niagara
    Legends On The Niagara, Niagara Falls, Ontario

    Sunday morning golf. What could be better? The Legends has two 18-hole championship courses, and a shorter par 3 course as well. My recommendation would be to tackle the tough but brilliantly designed Battlefield course. It was the site of the LPGA Canadian Open a couple of years ago, and even if you are not a golfer, you can definitely appreciate the facilities and the service. Free driving range is included. And if you don't manage to get a tee-time, try Whirlpool or Thundering Waters (John Daly's signature course).

  • 8. Niagara Freedom Trail
    Niagara Freedom Trail, Niagara Falls, Ontario

    If you are not a golfer, perhaps a hike? The Niagara area has some of the nicest trails anywhere near Toronto. The gorge is simply breathtaking, and in the spring, everything is in full bloom. Take advantage of all the lookout points for rests. You might even want to bring a picnic basket and a blanket! (more wine, anyone?)

  • 9. Dinner at Sushi Kaji
    http://www.sushikaji.com

    After a wonderful weekend, it would only be fitting to have a fine meal to top it all off. I would recommend reserving the seats at the sushi bar at Sushi Kaji (only 8 spots available per seating!) and you can watch a true sushi master at work. Guaranteed freshest sushi and sashimi, with products like toro flown in daily. The menu is an "omakase", meaning that your dining experience is entirely in the chef's hands. He will ensure that everything that you are served is the freshest possible, and that every course is completely unique. It is truly a dining experience to remember, and an amazing way to conclude a wonderful weekend in the Toronto area.