Sitting on one of the window sills in my apartment, I survey my surroundings. Black reusable shopping bags filled with food, books, and other household items are strewn around the floor in the kitchen and living area; two black and country style kitchen chairs waiting to be placed, a white laundry basket filled with cozy blankets; two large cardboard boxes from IKEA are ripped open on the ground. I have spent the last two and a half hours building a kitchen island/table and it is still not completed. I’m tired, and sore, and wishing their was an IKEA fairy who could make all my furniture-building wishes come true.
Toronto in one of my favourite cities in Canada. It has culture, arts, funky neighbourhoods, cool architecture, food trucks, and an interesting history – – which ultimately led to the creation of When Pigs Fry, a pork themed food tour by Urban Adventures.
Guest Post by Candice Walsh.
Candice Walsh, of Free Candie, is a technical writer for a deep sea technology company and an associate editor at Matador Network. When she isn’t writing about sonar equipment, she’s shooting whisky and hitting on men, or eating nachos and dreaming about travel. She’s currently stationed in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
The more I travel, the more I realize Newfoundland is a whole different world sometimes. Even while I’m here in Nova Scotia, just an hour’s flight away, I’m constantly reminded of how different my island is. Some things I’m not so crazy about (i.e. the isolation), but others make me realize how blessed I am to live in such a unique place.
Voted as one of the 52 places to go in 2016 by the New York Times, Toronto is reclaiming it’s place as one of the best cities in Canada — it’s also one of the most multicultural. A trip to Toronto, no matter the length, has endless possibilities; it’s a foodie haven, overflowing with an eclectic mix of vintage and high-end boutiques — and everything in between.
It’s not every day that one has the opportunity to visit Québec’s Hôtel de Glace (Ice Hotel), but when travelling in Québec City between the beginning of January and the end of March, venturing out to Hôtel de Glace is a must.
Oddly enough it took me three winters to finally make time to visit the ice hotel.
It takes fifty people about six weeks to take 500 tons of ice and 30,000 tons of snow and turn it into Hôtel de Glace — the only hotel in North America that is made entirely of snow and ice!
My time in Vancouver is short, one full day to be exact, so instead of running around the city like a chicken with its head cut off, I decided to spend my day in one neighbourhood, Chinatown. An interesting choice, right? I mean, how could I, or anyone else for that matter, spend an entire day in Chinatown. Well, I’ll tell you how!
I can feel the train speeding up as I lay in the lower berth in my cabin, after midnight there is not as much traffic on the railway, and our train doesn’t need to stop as much to give freight trains room to pass. Sleep comes slowly as I get use to the movements of the train, and in the morning it takes me a few minutes to get my train legs, as I nearly topple over while getting dressed. I love travelling across Canada by train.
Vancouver is one of my favourite cities in Canada, which is one of the reasons why I plan to relocate there when I return to Canada, after gallivanting around Asia like a boss. But this post is not about how to relocate to Vancouver, it’s about what to do an see when visiting one of Canada’s best cities.