I am an International student from India that left my home and family, hungry for experiences that would help me learn, grow and push boundaries. Being the baby of the family (the youngest of three girls), I was both excited and terrified to embrace the biggest change in my life. What made all the difference was having the support of an extended family. Not just in my aunt and cousins, but academically in Sheridan College and professionally in Halo PR and Coco and Cowe. The last 10 months wouldn’t have been the same without the influence of this great big family I am now a part of. I feel incredibly blessed to have experienced what I have so far and to share what I am looking forward to this summer.
Niagara Falls is just so breathtaking that you can (if you’re a marshmallow like me) be very easily moved to tears taking it all in. There are more than enough ways to experience it with ‘Hornblower’ and ‘Maiden of the Mist’ rides being very popular, but I highly recommend the ‘Zip line to the Falls’.
Niagara Falls, photo source – WikiCommons
For someone who’s never been on a roller-coaster ride until Canada’s Wonderland the rush of every single ride from ‘Ghoster-coaster’ to ‘Behemoth’ had my heart racing and adrenaline pumping. It truly is wonderland and I can’t wait to go back and pluck up the courage to get on Leviathan. If you aren’t a fan of the rides – you can always hang out at the water park and then treat yourself to funnel cake!
City attractions – R.O.M., Casa Loma, Ripley’s Aquarium, CN Tower – Edge Walk
I’ve never understood why people shy away from ‘tourist attractions’ because in my opinion that’s exactly what they are – attractive and fun. I’ve done all of the above, but hopefully I’ll get a chance to do the Edge Walk at CN tower this summer.
Casa Loma, photo source – WikiCommons
If I wasn’t already convinced about how beautiful Canada is, walking through High Park made up my mind. I have no shame in admitting that I took over 300 pictures at least. Whether you walk, hike, read a book or all of the above, it’s the best spot in Toronto to do it.
Canadians have the most wonderful sense of national pride I’ve witnessed. They not only celebrate their history and cultural diversity that is so part of their fabric but also their land and parks. To celebrate 150 years all entry into National Parks is free and I hope to explore as much of them as I can.
Making my way through Kensington Market and exploring little treasures in street shops transported me to somewhere surprisingly similar to the bustling street of Colaba in Mumbai city. The charm of the Distillery District is just as alluring with the cobblestone pedestrian streets.
Distillery District, photo source – WikiCommons
The best pick-me-up to my initial whirlwind of emotions was relishing a delicious packed lunch from St. Lawrence Market at the waterfront near Sugar Beach while gazing out across the Lake. The sheer size of Lake Ontario, the view of the island and the planes taking off and landing at Billy Bishop airport still has me starry-eyed.
Toronto Waterfront, photo by – Tara Anderson
If you are lucky then your summer in Canada is synonymous with a trip to cottage country. In some special spots (like Grand Bend) you get the best of both surrounded by the woods and the beach.
I’m a sunshine child always hungry for the complete Canadian experience and cannot wait to knock off everything on my bucket list of forgotten summer clichés. What’s on your bucket list this summer?