Post # 1
Dear Fiance and I are considering going to Canada for our late September honeymoon. We will be going to the falls for a few days but would like to spend a couple of days in Toronto. Anyone local or have traveled there who can suggest good lodgeing and places to visit. Thanks in advance!
Post # 2
Not from the area, but have a very good friend who lives there that I’ve visited multiple times. I went up last September and she took me to the Niagara On The Lake wineries. If you like wine I would definitely suggest it. It was beautiful, and so many delcious wines! Also, even though I’m not usually a touristy person, the CN tower was pretty cool. We went up at night and ate at the restaurant. Pricey, but I thought it was worth it.
Post # 3
- Wedding: April 2016 - Manhattan, NY
I live in NY right on the other side of the border from Ontario. The Canadians have the best view of the Falls! If you want to see them up close, then you can do the Maid of the Mist, Cave of the Winds, or a helicopter tour over the Falls. There’s also zip lining if you’re into that kind of thing. If you like casinos, the Fallsview is huge and has lots of restaurants to choose from. I’d also recommend the Skylon Tower’s revolving dining room for dinner. You get an amazing view of the Falls over dinner. We went for Valentine’s Day this year before a Boyz II Men concert and our dinner was lovely. The only hotel I’ve stayed at there is the Embassy Suites and it was nice. It was a girl’s night for my sister’s birthday but we ended up in a room with a jacuzzi tub, so that could be romantic.
I don’t remember which specific hotels I’ve stayed at in Toronto, it’s been a while. I’ve only ever been for the Caribana Festival which happens late July/early August. Aside from partaking in that, my family would go to Centre Island for the beach and theme park (more of a family destination).
Post # 4
We did this exact honeymoon! Though we added New York also!
Toronto is amazing, so big, clean, bright, we went september also and we hit when it was 30’c heatwave every day! CN Tower is cool, we went up during the day, we didn’t have a full meal up there just a dessert. St Lawrence market is cool to wander around too, locals shop there. Get the ferry over to the island, we hired bikes, it was great to cycle round, all roads and there were no cars! We also went to see baseball – you can see straight into the arena from the top of the CN tower when the roof is open, though we left halfway through but loved to go see the Toronto Maple Leafs ice hokey games! We walked around everywhere and did like 10 miles a day. Also wandering down Queen Street for shopping was great – I reccomened Burgers Priest and Rec Room for food (Rec Room for games too!)
Niagara we didn’t like so much. The Skylon tower to us felt like a cheap immitation of the CN Tower, the town was basically the Skegness (in UK it’s a seaside resort known for the cheap and tacky lights and amusements and small fair ground people go for cheap days out) of Canada (we were in the Canadian side). Didn’t like it at all haha we were there for 3 nights I think, we’d rather have gone for one night, seen the falls during day and night – which were awesome by the way – but the rest of it fell short for us. But we don’t do casinos etc.
Post # 6
- Wedding: May 2017 - Canvas Event Space
I tried to edit this and I think I accidentally deleted so sorry for the double-post/notification if I did.
Ooh! I’m from Toronto and suddenly blanking on anything cool here but everyone above has pretty much nailed it.
Especially about Niagara Falls. I was actually just there for my anniversary. I think you really only need a day (afternoon) and a night there unless you really like casinos. The falls themselves are awesome! If you like steak, I recommend having dinner at The Keg in the Embassy Suites and ask them for a table with a good view of the falls. Also, if you don’t end up going there for dinner in Niagara, definitely go to the Keg Mansion when you’re in Toronto! Or do both! Worth it!
A couple years ago, we also did a bike tour of wineries in Niagara On The Lake. We stayed in Niagara Falls and they picked us up to take us there and then took us back to our hotel at the end of the day.
Here in the city, definitely check out the CN Tower. I haven’t been since I was a kid, but it’s pretty cool. Even just at the bottom. We also have the aquarium next door which is fun. If you go, I recommend going at night after 9pm (maybe 10pm?) because tickets are discounted and it’s practically empty! It’s way better!
It should still be nice in September so go have a picnic in Trinity Bellwoods. Watch the dogs in the bowl! If it’s between Thursday and Sunday you should have brunch at Lisa Marie’s on your way. Get the pad thai fries! Omgggg!
Try searching a group called “Bunz Helping Zone” on FB. You’ll get so many good recommendations there.
Post # 6
- Wedding: October 2020 - New York, New York
I love Toronto! I’ve been there multiple times, so I can give you some ideas for things to do. We toured the steam whistle brewing co. They’re known for making one pilsner, so not a lot of variety, but the tour is fun and they sell amazing soft pretzels. It’s also really close to the big tourist attractions (Ripley’s aquarium, the CN tower, Roger’s Centre) so it’s easy to combine with other activities in the area. If you like museums, I highly recommend the Royal Ontario Museum. The Art Gallery of Ontario is also nice, and it’s within walking distance of Chinatown, so you can grab some chinese food and a bunch of places offer really inexpensive reflexology (like a foot massage). The AGO is also within walking distance of the Kensington Market, which is a funky neighborhood with shopping and restaurants (we went to a place called Jumbo Empanadas, which was great, but make sure you bring money because it’s cash only!). I second what the Bee above said about the St. Lawrence marketplace; I went there with Joe to get lunch (Buster’s Sea Cove) and it was delicious! If you have a sweet tooth, the vendors there sell so many amazing desserts. A company offers free tours (make sure to tip the tour guide though) through the St. Lawrence marketplace, and they offer tours through different parts of the city. You can check out their website here: http://www.tourguys.ca/free-toronto-tours . We also wanted to visit Toronto Island, but unfortunately it was flooded for months and visitors weren’t allowed to go when we were there. You can see great skyline views from the island.
I’m assuming you’re driving since you’re coming in from Niagara Falls, so you should think about how you’re going to get around. A lot of parking in Toronto is something like $5 per 15 minutes with a price cap, so if you’re parked for several hours, you’re basically paying a “flat rate” that runs from $10-$30 depending on which garage/parking lot you’re in. When we visited, we parked the car in the morning, went to do all of our activities (we planned them so they were all within walking distance), and didn’t move the car until we left the city in the evening. You could also leave your car a little outside of the city and take the subway in, because the subway is really easy to use. If you’re doing that, you might consider staying at a hotel near a subway line.
Enjoy your honeymoon, and make sure to get some Tim’s!
Post # 7
I live in Toronto feel free to message me for anything and specifics!!!
Also i got married in Niagara on the Lake so can suggest there too
Toronto is the best so much to do and the nicest people in the world
Post # 8
I live nearby. I would maybe take in a show or hockey game while you are in Toronto. I would also visit a winery in Niagara! I would also skip the skylon tower – overpriced in my opinion. There’s nice hotels there with views of the falls. Many have spas so you can get pampered if you like that kind of thing 🙂
Post # 9
If you and your fiance like hiking, I suggest the Niagara Glen Nature Reserve. There are two different short hikes – I suggest going off the main trail and walking along the river.
Niagara-on-the-Lake is stunning. I highly encourage you and your fiance to explore a variety of wineries while visiting there! Also, if you want a romantic (but also expensive) meal after enjoying a couple wine tours, I suggest going to the Prince of Wales Hotel restaurant in the fine dining room (not outside).
Post # 10
Niagara on the Lake is AMAZING. The wineries are great and the scenery is gorgeous.
My last trip to Toronto, I stayed at the InterContinental and it was in a great location. I love street art so Graffiti Alley was a super cool place to check out.
Enjoy your honeymoon. Niagara Falls is one of my favorite places to visit!
Post # 11
Definitely visit Niagara on the lake and wineries. I would probably just visit the falls but not stay there. Kinda tacky and crowded. Niagara on the lake area is much more romantic. 🙂
Post # 12
Toronto bee here! Suppose that’s obvious. I’d recommend Le Germain or the Drake for boutique-honeymoon trips. More expensive than a big chain of course but nice for a special occasion. Lots of good restaurants here. Feel free to msg me for specific recommendations! Xo
Post # 13
I’m from Niagara Falls, NY. The American side has some fantastic things as well as the Falls themselves. Also depending on the time of the year, both sides have laser lights that are amazing on Friday nights and holidays. There’s a schedule online for the government website. A tiny place on the American side near goat Island deserves a night for any honeymooner and they have packages for their rooms that are ultra romantic. They are called Red Coach Inn and a beautiful vintage hotel with a unique restaurant and suites just made for romance. You can also get a horse and buggy ride with roses through a Lewiston company that I believe is contracted through the hotel as well.
Toronto has Medeival times if you like something like this and of course, The old Minolta (I believe it’s The tower over the falls now) and skylon are really must see restaurants for anyone still. The Canadian side has always been much more in pretty much everything and I’m actually devastated for how my home town near the border has really gone down. Even Winter Gardens is no longer there however, please don’t skip out on just one day to see the American side as well. It still is very beautiful and a place not to be missed if you are there. Three Sisters used to be a favorite of mine growing up and it was the same beautiful, romantic nook I took my husband to and brought the kids to walk around. There’s so much to do between the two, you’d really have to limit it.
Clifton Hill is a cheesy and large part of the border on the Canadian side but also can give you one heck of a lot of fun honestly. There are the old wax museums mixed with very large bars and stores but it really has a lot of life for the area. I believe Skylon is located in the clifton hill area so you can park up near Victoria and walk through Clifton to get there. One thing I really love about this is we can bring our little dogs with us as well so most places are pet friendly. You didn’t say anything but it’s a side note. Minolta tower has new rooms and places they marry couples as well right over the falls with all glass windows. They are reasonable and gorgeous. You can feel to be in the falls themselves.
There’s so much honestly, I could give you things to do from all the areas filled with the same beauty. Niagara on the lake, as mentioned, is absolutely gorgeous and if you are there in the fall, there are no words to describe. Just so romantic and beautiful. Either way, no matter where you go, you will leave with a love of the area and a plan to return on an anniversary.
Post # 14
thank you so much! we do like casions but after all the feedback both agreed we wnated to spend some time in niagara by the lake for a day and then a day in niagara followed by 4 days in toranto.
Post # 15
thank you so much! before this thread all i had to go on was touristy suggestions and marketing.