For my 30th birthday I was eager to spend the day doing an epic day hike. If I were in Thunder Bay I know exactly where I would have gone. But I’m not and when it comes to the GTA and the great outdoors I’m a little lost so I turned to the facehive of the tinterwebs and got a whole lot of suggestions within an instant.
In December Dave headed out west to fulfill his travel aspiration of spending the ski season in Lake Louise. I supported him (even though it meant 3.5 months apart) because keeping someone close to you involves supporting their dreams, even if that means loving them from a distance for a while.
Luckily, Lake Louise is one of the most beautiful places in Canada so it wasn’t very difficult to convince me to come out for a visit (despite my preference for sunshine and bikinis over snowpants and wind chill). I spent the 1st week of February there and every moment was breathtaking.
Dave and I don’t mess around when we holiday. Banff National Park boasts pretty much every winter activity out there and we wanted to try them all!
A bit of paddling, a bit of portaging and a bottle of Ardbeg
I recently spent 4 spectacular days in Algonquin Provincial Park (about 4 hours north of Toronto).
It was somehow my first venture into the park in all the years I’ve lived in Toronto and it was well overdue! The park is beyond amazing and the lakes we chose were perfect, still and felt like they belonged to us!
One of the best things about Toronto is its green spaces. For a large, sprawling urban metropolis, Canada’s largest city is fortunate enough to be filled to the brim with gorgeous parks that provides the nature lover city dwellers like me an easy escape from the concrete jungle where we can get off the pavement and surround ourselves in nature.
My #1 place to escape is The Toronto Islands. You can read my post about the islands here. But when I have a little less time I always adore a stroll through the High Park Trails, where you can immerse yourself in the sounds of the chickadees and hum of the cicadas almost instantly after alighting from the subway.
The Toronto Islands are hands down my absolute favourite place in the City. It’s a little piece of paradise just outside the downtown core. It’s my happy place.
I love living in Toronto – I think it’s an amazing place to live – but as a small town, northern Ontario girl I do sometimes go a bit stir crazy with city life and need to escape it all. Toronto Island is the perfect solution and you can get there with the good o’ TTC (Toronto Transit) and the Toronto Ferry.