Back in April, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to tackle one of Toronto’s main tourist attractions: the terrifying Edgewalk on the CN Tour. In case you don’t know, this involves strapping yourselves into a pretty heavy duty harness system (each one could support the weight of an elephant) and then venturing out high above the glass floor and the 360 Restaurant onto the famous “Ring” of the tower. What does this look like, you might ask? Well, basically, it’s a mesh metal flooring about the width of a Toronto Sidewalk. And it is very, very high up – 116 floors high-up. Continue reading Living on the Edge
The sound of the crashing waves fills up my ears. It’s all I can hear as the wind blows my hair back and the sun beams down on me, warming my skin from the cool autumn chill in the air.
I open my eyes and take in the enormity of the lake surrounding me.
It’s Canada’s Birthday today and boy is it a big one – 150 years since the confederation that gave birth to my beautiful home. Obviously, the land itself and our first nations people have been here for a lot longer (thousands of years longer) and not everyone is choosing to celebrate today, which I can completely understand. Canada is not a perfect place. There is a lot we need to improve upon and a great deal more restitution owed.
Despite this, I am still proud to be Canadian and I love my country and I am excited to celebrate its milestone! Continue reading Canada 150
This weekend I got to play the tourist in my own country. Dave’s parents came over from England for a visit so we took them out to Niagara Falls for a day of world famous sightseeing.
The weather was perfectly gorgeous and clear with the sun shining down illuminating all the summer colours of the area.
As always, the Canadian side didn’t let us down. Continue reading Canada Vs. America
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!
Over the last several years I’ve had two very strong, mutually exclusive desires:
The ever present and often overwhelming urge to rent a storage locker, pack my Toronto life into it and set out across the globe without a care in the world…
The simultaneous desire to move out of my houseshare and rent myself a beautiful one bedroom “grown up” apartment which I can fill with nice furniture that I don’t’ have to put together myself, with beautifully decorated walls and a dining table I could throw dinner parties on… Continue reading Wanderlust Vs Adulting
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!