Two varying cities with plenty of unique experiences on offer can be combined to create the ideal getaway. There’s so much happening this summer in Ontario; Toronto is the ultimate city destination for family fun and entertainment with friends, whilst Ottawa is an adventurer’s playground.
Here are 5 must-see experiences for both cities you won’t regret including in your trip:
Toronto’s Top 5:
1 CN Tower Edge Walk – The world’s highest hands free walk awaits you at Toronto’s CN Tower. Adventure seekers can walk around the circumference of the roof with nothing but a rope between them and the open air!
2 Ripley’s Aquarium – With more than five million litres of water depicting marine and freshwater habitats from around the world, Ripley’s is home to over sixteen thousand animals, including fan favourites such as sharks, jelly fish, rays and green sea turtles. The Aquarium also features North America’s longest underwater viewing tunnel and over 100 interactive activities for the whole family to enjoy.
3 Canada’s Wonderland - This fun-filled theme park is home to some of the most exhilarating collection of rides and roller coasters in Canada, including Leviathan, Behemoth, and the award-winning Wonder Mountain's Guardian. There is also a 20-acre water park called Splash Works, here there are several new attractions including Typhoon, a thrilling new water slide, and Splash Station, a wet and wild interactive children's play area.
4 Toronto Islands – A day trip from the busy city to one of Toronto’s Islands is ideal for rejuvenating with family as well as friends. Visitors can enjoy a beautiful view of Lake Ontario on one side, and the city skyline on the other. The Islands feature beaches and various attractions including the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse, Franklin Children's Garden, Centreville Amusement Park and Far Enough Farm.
5 Bata Shoe Museum – The Museum is marking its 20th anniversary in 2015 by telling stories of culture, history and people through shoes! This summer, visitors are invited to tell their stories and help create a map of the world that reflects what shoes look like and represent to the cultures, societies and people who wear them.
Ottawa’s Top 5:
1 ByWard Market – In one of Canada's oldest and largest public markets, visitors can leisurely wander through the delightful market filled with museums, cafés, specialty food shops, boutiques, galleries, restaurants and pubs amongst other attractions.
2 Canadian War Museum – This national museum opened ten years ago and showcases Canada’s military past and how it shaped the country. Its outstanding exhibitions explain Canada’s rich military history from the very beginning to the present, featuring the experiences of people on the battlefields and at home.
3 National Gallery of Canada – This gallery is an ideal stop for art enthusiasts and was opened for the sole purpose of giving Canadians a national gallery to call their own. The gallery displays Canadian art including paintings, photographs and sculptures to preserve and teach people about the nation’s heritage. Today, the gallery is home to 36,000 works of art, as well as 125,000 images of contemporary photography. Its structure is made of glass and granite, in which visitors can also find a secluded garden courtyard, a glass-bottomed pool, and a reconstructed 19th-century chapel.
4 White Water Rafting on Ottawa River – Thrill seekers can immerse themselves into the various water adventure tours available in Ottawa, including rafting, kayaking and fishing. There are also several options for adventure out of the water, namely bungee jumping, horseback riding and mountain biking.
5 Ottawa Blues Festival – happening now (8-19 July), music enthusiasts can enjoy the return of one of the best outdoor events in Ottawa. Located downtown Ottawa, the festival features hundreds of performances on 5 stages in its 11-day schedule. The line-up includes artists from Kanye West and Iggy Azalea to Deep Purple.