Toronto Like A Tourist Part 2

I’m so glad we got the fuck out of that Hilton hotel, the new hotel we moved into was like what the fuck were we thinking? Why didn’t we stay here in the first place? But I realized it’s because it was booked up fully on one day during our travels and I couldn’t book it for the entire week. Anyways, it’s getting colder than shit out here, we now off to Aurora Winter Festival after we left the Zoo.

Got this photo coming back from the Zoo, the light coming through was pretty epic.
We didn’t know what to expect, however it looked cool as fuck!

Aurora Winter Festival, Toronto, Canada

It’s being described as : Toronto’s Ontario Place, East Island will be transformed into a captivating winter wonderland full of Mystical Worlds, magical characters, exciting attractions, holiday markets, and of course, the man of the hour himself, Santa Claus. I’ll review it as we go on, I would totally recommend it for families, teens, adults and everyone in between. They do serve alcohol and have a small amount of “market” style booths. Not like Quebec’s though.

We came early and on like a Tuesday so wasn’t that crowded. This was the outside.

I forgot to take some photos of the booths and where you walk in mainly because it was so friggen cold, like I’m a polar bear and all but this was like -20 wind chill with the wind blowing. I could barely take my hands out of my pocket’s that were wearing mittens!

However they had a few vintage style market booths and then the food court was comprised of food trucks, halal, potato tornadoes, bbq, poutine, etc. Also had a tent set up with heaters so you can eat. Then we realized oh you have to go on a “journey”.

Let’s go! It’s better to go after dark so you don’t see all the “extras”.
They had a skating ring and some epic views.
Beautiful light creatures and flowers! Just wish there was 6″ snow on the ground during this.
Flowers above, I slowly realized this was a “Instagram” type festival I think.
Look at that fine fucking model on his lit up bench, damn.
In russia, cold drives youuuuuu.

Be sure to go check it out when you can, it’s totally rad and fun. I got a bunch of videos too that I’ll have to edit and update this with. It was a fun experience and the super frigid air makes it even better.

Views from outside Ontario Place

Toronto Market Place

Now this is another Christmas market that’s in Toronto, a total of 3! It’s in the main square of downtown where everybody hangs out and skates. Also had a few flea market type booths, after checking it out we then hit up the mall which is massive. Plus our first visit to a Hudson Bay Company which is now my preferred choice of department stores, it’s like Willy Wonka Land.

Totally rad.
We can only wish one day they have gluten free Beaver Tails.
Totally rad Lego fireplace!
4 Floors!

St. Lawrence Market

The St. Lawrence Market South building is a major public market building in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.The current building was opened in 1902, incorporating the 1845 Toronto City Hall building into the structure. It has a multitude of market booths, restaurants, shops, and eclectic mix of other purveyors. It’s pretty legit but not as “historic” feeling as other markets, however all the foreign shops like a polish one was awesome! This is a place you must check out.

Parking behind the market! Historic buildings.

The Gooderham Building, also known as the Flatiron Building, is an historic office building at 49 Wellington Street East in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is located on the eastern edge of the city’s Financial District (east of Yonge Street) in the St. Lawrence neighbourhood, wedged between Front Street and Wellington Street in Downtown Toronto, where they join up to form a triangular intersection. Completed in 1892, the red-brick edifice was an early example of a prominent flatiron building.

Getting closer!
My organic gluten free crepe was pretty good. Lacked a bit of flavor but legit snack.
Did you have your Balzac’s today? A lot of people need Balzacs right when they wake up.
Business front’s like this are a thing of the past in modern cities, this is what is LEGIT.

Back to Christmas Market, then our Hotel

This is starting the end of our trip, we headed back to the Christmas market during a slower period and realized eh, to much touristy stuff! We decided to hit up Hudson & Bay Company, a cool shopping market, and then head back to our hotel for the flight the next day.

Got a few of these Russian trees from the Market.
You will pose in front of the tree! *creeper shot*
Thought this legit was a tire shop. Ended up being a cool store like Target!
Then had pizza at this top rated spot.
Gluten free! Wasn’t bad but could have been better. 6.4 everybody knows the rules.
Ended up at Loblaws grocery store, this is like a Whole Food’s on steroids. RAD.

The Anndore House Hotel, Toronto

If your coming to Toronto, this is the place to stay. I think we paid under $200/night which is SUPER cheap for a place like this. Quick taxi to downtown and your good to go. Be sure to stay here if you want a great experience, this is a modern hip joint with a great restaurant and even cooler unique rooms, check the photos out. The service, rooms, and overall hotel is a 5 star in my book.

The outside, was a tad bit of construction, however NO NOISE.
Awesome bathrooms.
Little bit of a mess!
The House restaurant “Constantine” totally rad layout/design.

The End of Toronto 2018

So we finally ended our wonderful week in Toronto, it was a blast and I had a great time. So damn cold but wouldn’t change anything except to add some snow to the mix! Check out remaining photos below!

Headed towards the airport witnessing everybody in their Canada Goose jackets.
Caught a shot of what looks like Air Canada Rouge 737?
Eh, our gate is all the way on the othe rside of rental return, gah!
Beautiful 777 ready for taxi.
United fucking sucks. This was the “gluten free” meal.

As usual as I specified gluten-free meal in first class they delivered me a cookie (gluten), wheat noodles, sesame dressing with (wheat) in it. I mean they could have killed me literally. United by far is the worst carrier to fly if you have food allergies, do not expect them to accommodate anybody with an allergy. Your only option is to ask for a “select snack box” which has some gluten free snacks.

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