Goodbye Vancouver - Hello Toronto & Niagara Falls

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September 29th 2009
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View from Island of CN TowerView from Island of CN TowerView from Island of CN Tower

Great views of the city skyline
After our year in Vancouver the time has come for us to move on - you know a still stone gathers moss or however that goes!!! So we flew out of Vancouver on the 26th September after a night of drinks with Al and Deb (needless to say a little hungover) and into Toronto and made our way to our hostel, The Clarence Castle ( ) which was rated the best hostel in Toronto, lucky for us it wasn't too expensive! First impressions were not the best, it didn't help that it was wet and grey and we were tired, so decided to have an early night and get a good start on the next day.

We got up early and headed straight down to the waterfront - crazy looking out and knowing it's a massive lake and not the ocean, as it looks tidal! Made our way over on the ferry to the Island which was lovely - awesome little islands and inlets with lovely native bush and some great views of the CN Tower, regardless of the grey day!

We spent the afternoon making our way around the various areas, Little Italy, Chinatown and the Kensington
One of the many beaches along the LakeOne of the many beaches along the LakeOne of the many beaches along the Lake

There is also a nudey beach
Markets, which must say this was the highlight - heaps of people with their stalls out and entertainers on the street - very similar to the markets in London - great fun!!

But not as fun as us strangely finding ourselves at Hooters with a Pitcher, ha surprised I think not!! At least we know where to go tomorrow night for "all you can eat" chicken wings (the man's heaven me thinks!)
Had a lovely quiet night in and an early bedtime as had to get up and ready for our day excursion to Niagara which included a stop at the little town of Niagara-on-the-Lakes and stop off at Dan Akroyd's winery for a quick wine tasting.
Niagara Falls was amazing - so much better than we had both expected. We went on the "maid of the mist" and got up close and personal to the two sections of the falls - the American Falls on the American side and the Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side - the americans must hate it knowing the canadian falls are so much better hee hee. It's pretty crazy on the amount of water coming over - at any given time it is around 4 million cubic feet, NUTS!! The town of Niagara is not what we expected, it was similar to walking down the Vegas strip with loads of neon lights and noises.

After spending a few hours taking in all the Falls had to offer we took a drive along the gorge, stopped off at the world's largest whirlpool (created by a sharp bend in the river) and then on to the little town of Niagara-on-the-Lake which is so so so beautiful!! They have tried to keep it very colonial and do not allow any of the big US chain brands ie Starbucks, MacDonalds.

Had a quick stop at the Winery and got to try the traditional canadian ice wine - both white and red which was pretty cool. It is pretty expensive as they only get 1 drop out of each frozen grape!!
And finally we made it to Hooters for "all you can eat" chicken wings for $11.99 - we shall leave it at a couple of pitchers, 3 plates each and no desire to eat chicken wings again (well at least for the next few weeks)
As Regan said, Chicken wings $30, beer $60, tip
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Kensington Markets
$20 and Caz getting told off for taking photo's of the girl's - PRICELESS

Adios Canada, Hola Chile
Toronto to Santiago Chile - 10 hours

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