Toronto Family Trip

Hi hi hi! Back to work tomorrow for me. I’ve had the last 7 days off of work but I’ve been out of the office for 11 days as I worked remotely last Monday and Tuesday. It has been a whirlwind, busy, fun time away. I already recapped the three days I spent in Kamloops, where I fit in a ton of visits with friends despite also working for two of the three days. Then, last Wednesday June 1 my dad, brother, Eric and I jumped on a plane and flew off to Ontario for five days!


We landed in Toronto the afternoon of June 1 and had just enough time to go to our Air BnB (an awesome little penthouse condo just 2km from downtown Toronto) and freshen up before heading downtown for the Toronto Blue Jays game! Before the game we went for some beers and appetizers at the Amsterdam Brewhouse which was a cool place with a really fun atmosphere.


After some beer and appies we met my best friend Michele, her boyfriend Paul and her dad at the ball game and had an absolute blast hanging out with them!

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The CN tower was right behind us – kind of cool!



When at a baseball game, right? 🙂


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I’m sure many of my readers have been to lots and lots of live baseball games but since the Blue Jays are the only Canadian team in MLB this was our first time ever going to a live game!! It was a really cool experience and especially fun to go as a big group. We ate peanuts, hot dogs, popcorn and drank lots of beer! We also all bought overpriced Blue Jays hats 🙂 So I’d say we got the full experience in!

The next morning we all slept in until 9:30am! Which was so nice. We were making ourselves feel better by reminding ourselves it was only 6:30am PST 🙂 After getting up and ready to go for the day we walked a few blocks for brunch at Frankie’s Diner. It was pretty good!


Next was the Hockey Hall of Fame!

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The boys enjoyed it and we all took a selfie with the Stanley Cup. I thought it was interesting but even though I played hockey for many years I’m not quite as interested in all the trivia as some people. It was still cool though. Also it was my Dad’s birthday on June 2 and he got the Senior’s discount at the Hockey Hall of Fame even though he’s still 7 years away from being an ‘official’ senior 😉

Our next stop was Steam Whistle Brewing. I am usually not a Pilsner fan but man, Steam Whistle does make a really good beer! We did the full tour and it was really cool. Eric and I always try to hit up breweries in our travels and Eric now has six growlers from the different breweries we’ve visited over the years – one all the way from Maui!

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After the brewery tour we went up the CN Tower. I have been to Toronto before but never did any of the fun touristy stuff we did on this trip, including going up the CN Tower. Since it was my dad’s birthday we splurged and had dinner at the revolving restaurant at the top of the tower. Our amazing seafood feast was definitely a very unforgettable meal.



Holy seafood!


The view was incredible!

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Checking out the glass floor in the tower. Kind of freaky!

After we were done up the tower my Dad took a cab back to our Air BnB and Eric, Logan and I headed to King Street to walk around and have a few more drinks.

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It turned into quite the evening 🙂 I will spare you photos from later on in the night though… That second photo is of the boys doing tequila shots so I’m sure you can imagine how it went from there!


How cool is this little bar we went to?? It had these built in bookshelves full of books in the same room as the pool table. They also had live music and $5 beers on special! We hung out there for several hours before stumbling heading home! It was a really really fun night even if it meant some of us (ahem Logan) didn’t feel too great the next day.

The next morning Logan, Eric and I rented bikes and biked to Kensington Market for brunch. We had a very short window of time as we had to be out of our Air BnB by 11am but it was still a great morning. I love the bike share program in big cities like Toronto!

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Kensington Market is such a cool little area of Toronto! I wish we had had more time there.


After those quick 2 nights and 2 days in Toronto we headed out of the city to Mt. Forest, Ontario to spend the next three days with family.

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The Ontario countryside was also very beautiful and it was wonderful to meet so many family members from my Dad’s side of the family and see where my Dad’s biological dad grew up.

On Sunday we were going to go to Niagara Falls but it was raining, so we checked into our hotel by the airport and went to the movie instead! We saw Me Before You, both my Dad and I loved the book and thought they did a great job of the movie!

And that was our trip to Toronto, it was a really wonderful little getaway and I’m especially grateful for the time spent with my family, especially since we said ‘see you later’ to my brother at the airport as he left for Germany for a year. Make sure you follow his blog to keep up with his adventures. Then on Monday we flew back across the country, landed in Kamloops and Eric and I immediately jumped in the car and drove 10.5 hours home to Fort St. John. We got back at 2am on Tuesday morning. So glad I took yesterday off work!

Have you ever been to Toronto? What was your favourite thing you did there? 

12 Responses

  1. NZ Muse says:

    Honestly? All you can eat sushi! What a novelty.

    I adore Toronto. I felt really at home there.

  2. Jill says:

    Aww, you’re making me miss home!! Love Toronto and hope to return there one day, although SoCal has a pretty strong hold on me for the time being! Glad you had a great time.

  3. I am glad that you had such a great family getaway. I love that you went with the total experience at the Blue Jays game by eating hotdogs and other treats and buying caps! And that seafood tower looks amazing! I bet it’s been a long time since you got to celebrate your dad’s birthday with him!

    I have never been to Toronto and don’t know that I will ever get there but it sounds like a cool city!

  4. Nora says:

    What a great trip! love all of the pictures and the recap 🙂

    I have been to Toronto. I was in 8th grade and at the time my dad worked for a Canadian-based company; we went to a Blue Jays game, explored the city and fell in love with Tim Horton’s since at the time we didn’t have them in the US; we do now, thankfully and one in STL! I don’t remember what else we did since it was so long ago.

    After all that traveling I’m sure you are exhausted. Glad you took yesterday off for yourself, too!

  5. Leigh says:

    You had a whirl wind trip! Sounds like you guys had lots of fun though 🙂 I grew up an hour and half outside of Toronto but haven’t spent much time there (so much traffic!)

  6. Kelly says:

    Ha, I never even thought of the fact that your own MLB team is in Toronto. Glad you made it to a game! I’ve never been to Toronto, but based on your pictures I want to go! Eric has been ironically to go to Red Sox games ha ha.

    Glad you had so much fun on your trip! I’m definitely going to go follow your brother’s blog! I love to live vicariously through other people traveling!

  7. Your trip to Toronto looks like it was a lot of fun!! I love Kensington Market too – so cool. The seafood feast you guys had looks incredible!

    We’ve only been to one major league baseball game, and it was a Jays game too (against Yankees in NY).

    I’ve only been to Toronto the one time, and the best part was definitely the food at DaiLo.

  8. San says:

    What a fun trip with family and baseball and sightseeing and good food 🙂

    I haven’t been to Toronto, but would love to visit sometime.

  9. Stephany says:

    That sounds like a really fun family trip! I’ve never been to Toronto and not sure I’ll ever visit, but who knows what the future holds!

  10. What a fun trip! I love going to baseball games. The last time I went was to see the Twins play in Minnesota with Lisa. It is so much fun.

  11. Great recap and you’ve totally made me want to go to Toronto now. So glad you had this time with your family and it sounds like it was memorable. Loved following your adventures on IG too. I also need to look up your past trips because I’m going to Ireland on my way back from the work trip this summer 🙂

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