At Niagara Falls; my sister, nephew and daughter
My plans to spend a month in Canada with family changed the minute my husband received a re-assignment detail to their Washington office. My brother's wife and I had planned to tour Toronto and other parts of Canada during the summer because I will not visit Canada in the winter. She arrived in Canada only six months ago and knows little about the country she now calls home. I have been on the East coast for seven weeks and counting, when I got a last minute airfare deal from Washington to Toronto, I could not pass it over even though it was for only 5 days. I jumped at the opportunity of seeing Josephine, Arnold and Emmanuel for five days. The plan then changed from seeing about 20 attractions on our to-do list to maybe five.
It was one of the few afternoons when we had not driven to downtown Washington to tour an attraction, I called Arnold and Josephine to talk about our planned summer visit and advise that I, was still looking for a good airfare deal.
Suddenly my husband announces that Air Canada has a deal for $190 to Toronto out of Reagan National Airport, I immediately tell them I will call back and get online to see if we can book a 1 week trip at the going price. The dilemma was trying to get the two weeks advance purchase time to get the $190, this meant traveling at the end of the month, which would then leave me with just a day before our return trip back to Arizona. I played around with the dates until I came to July 30. It was a little after midnight on July 17 when I bought tickets for me and the children. Mark could not make it because he could not take time off. The ticket was through a new online travel seller known as Vayama.com; they came up after I searched Kayak.com for comparison rates. I will write an independent review on Vayama, be on the lookout.
With my brother, sister, nephew and son in Missisauga
Once our tickets were confirmed by Vayama, I called my family back having e-mailed them copies of our travel details.
My sister whom I had not seen in 12 years happened to be having a two week vacation time just about the same time we would be traveling, so she offered to pick us up from Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (check out my review on Pearson also). Since we would only have five days, we divided the days as follows: Monday and Tuesday, we would be with Molly who also offered to drive us to Niagara Falls. From Tuesday evening to Friday noon when we leave, we would be with Arnold, his wife and son. This plan worked like clockwork and we managed to cram in as much sightseeing and family time as we could. The weather co-operated with us, giving us as much humidity free days as possible, the first day was really hot though.
Toronto outside the Eaton Center
So in summary, we arrived on Monday, got picked up by Molly who took us straight to her beautiful home in Kitchener.
After resting a while, taking tea and feeding little Isaac (my sister’s son) we headed out to see a little of Kitchener before driving to St. Jacobs. Tuesday we headed early to Niagara Falls where we spent most of the day returning in the evening. At 6:30 same day, my sister dropped us off in Mississauga where my brother picked us up to take us to his home in Etobicoke. Wednesday we did a tour of downtown Toronto on one of the Toronto Open top bus tours returning home late evening. Thursday we returned for another tour of Toronto using the same tickets we purchased the day before. Friday, we left Toronto for Washington, DC. That concluded out high and high travel to Toronto this summer.
At the harbor with view of CN Tower
PS: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do.
My son, daughter and nephew in Etobicoke
So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain
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