toronto day trip

Winter Holidays in Toronto Canada

The second half of our time with family was at my parents house just outside of Toronto. Nate & I usually try to squeeze in a day downtown & this time around we got the snowiest day ever. It was so beautiful! We had lunch with a friend & walked around to some of our favorurite spots. 
First stop was Quantam Coffee before we headed over to WeWork to get some work done!

Just some photos around the city, things that make me happy, things I love about Toronto.

I always love the city at night. The lights & the way the wet ground looks after the snow. Nate & I both get really inspired by the dark/light that happens at nighttime.
We brought our skates to skate at Nathan Phillip Square, but we parked so far away that we didn't want to go back to get them. Bittersweet because I've always wanted to skate there, but!! it was sooo packed that I didn't really want to be on there anyways!

Last but not least, we did New Years with my parents & their friends [which we sort of love ha!] & it was so chill. I also made the yummiest cheese & charcuterie board & we ate so much, but it was 10/10. Also just some photos of Nate & I in the front yard in the snow. bc falling snow is #perfect

When I visit my family in Southern Ontario in the Summer pt. II

If you missed part I. you can find it >>> HERE
Okay! We arrived in Tobermory with a plan & an RV. Non-negotiables were as follows [in no particular order]. 
Fish & Chips.
Flowerpot Island.
Grotto.
Family Time & Birthday Celebrations.
& we freaking DID THEM ALL. which is a miracle of God. 

We stayed at a Campground which will remain nameless because it was absolutely bizarre & run by weird people who do weird things. But it was really foggy & pretty one morning when we left, so I'll post two photos of it & that's it all you get.  

We took Bruce Anchor Cruises over to Flowerpot Island, with a detour to see a bunch of shipwrecks, which initially I was like 'sure it will be cool', but when we went over them I was losing my mind. So insane. I couldn't believe how close to the surface they seemed & we were RIGHT over top of them!!

Once we got to Flowerpot Island [see above image for rock formation that looks like a flowerpot] we hiked the trails & it was extremely enjoyable. We got to the other end of the island & had a lunch break [accompanied by actual demon squirrels who potentially wanted to eat US for lunch] & then we had two options. 1- Hike back the way we came or 2- take the 'scenic route' back. The lady said the scenic route was for 'intermediate hikers' & was 'stunning' & would take us '45-60 minutes'. Well it turns out it was for rock climbers who wanted to scale walls & go down 50+ steps into a valley of rocks, but guess what. it took us 32 minutes. #professionals SO if you're two middle aged, moderately-active humans, along with two late 20s fairly-active people... you can do it too!! Also it was my moms last day as a 56 year old & she had just had a chemo treatment two days prior. She's a boss. #mombrag
Below are 10000 photos of the crystal clear blue water. I wanted to get in so badly, but it definitely was not warm enough!

Next up, that SAME evening, was the Grotto. & the main reason we chose to travel up to Tobermory. Just type Grotto into google images [or conveniently click here] & you'll see why. Also take note that during 'peak season' you have to go at the butt crack of dawn to get a parking ticket & have to choose a 4 hour increment in which you'll be going. We chose the evening group. It was beautiful, but absolutely not warm enough to get in. #tragedy. Also take note that it takes about 45 actual real minutes to walk out to the water from the parking lot. The end.  Enjoy one zillion more photos of crystal clear water.

The rest of the trip was a bit more relaxing. We did have both ice cream & fish & chips [not together ha!] BUT! We had our Fish & Chips at Shipwreck Lee's & it was another strange but very enjoyable experience.
We also celebrated my mom's bday & Reva & Josh joined us! We had angel food cake & strawberries [all time fave] & my mom fake blew-out her non-existent candles. She's my fave. <3 First up - we floated around in a tiny pond on that giant swan paddle boat. 

#feels I love my parents soooo much.

LASTLY!!! We went out that night to catch the sunset, which we missed. BUT! We did walk down a long path & across a random tent pitched by the water, to see the very end of the sun. We also picked wildflowers for my mumma & honestly.. they were pretty beautiful. 
In the end, it was a great few days. I've never camped or RV'd with my family before, so it was fun to do that!