As you have probably seen from the title of this post, today we packed absolutely loads in!
We stayed in Toronto last night, and so, we had to be up and getting on the bus at 5:20 ready to start our 3 hour journey to Thousand Islands.
Fist stop, Thousand islands
At about 8:30 we hopped off the bus and boarded the Thousand island cruise. FYI we paid $27.
I was so glad that I bought my jacket as it was very chilly this morning. The weather resembled that of the UK rather than the humid conditions I was expecting! Apparently Canada tends to be cooler!
The cruise set off at about 9 o’clock. We were given lots of fascinating facts about the islands. I was particularly interested to learn that the 1000 islands is actually estimated to be closer to 1800, I found 1000 hard to get my head around, so this just blew me away!
One of the main attractions on the cruise was the Boldt Castle. Here we were told of the tragic story of the Boldt family. I’ll let you research it yourself if your interested, but basically George Boldt built the enormous Boldt Castle as a gift to his wife, but she sadly died before construction finished.
After just over an hour on the cruise, we hopped back onto the bus.
Next stop, Ottawa
The drive time to Ottawa was about an hour and a half.
Sadly we weren’t given very much time in Ottawa.
Jeremy and I used our time to explore the beautiful parliament buildings which also had the popular Canada sign out front. We then stopped for a quick lunch before having to get back onto the bus.
Final stop, Montreal
The drive to Montreal took about 2 hours.
Our first stop in Montreal was the Olympic stadium. The olympics were held in Montreal in 1976.
Jeremy and I paid $18.50 each to go up to the observation deck. This was awesome! We have done quite a few observation decks on this holiday, but this one was cool because we were taken up in a cable car rather than a lift (elevator).
The views from up here were amazing! We could see the entire Olympic Park and more!
After a quick stop in the gift shop we headed back down in the cable car to explore the park from the ground. We probably walked around for about 40 minutes, going into the various buildings. My favourite was the pool as we were able to watch people diving.
After the Olympic park, we headed further into the centre of Montreal.
It was about 6pm at this point so dinner was on our minds.
We searched for restaurants nearby and Keg Steakhouse came up! It was highly rated on Google reviews so we went for it!
I had the best steak ever!! It was totally cooked to perfection. I definitely recommend that you check it out.
Jeremy and I joked before we went in that “you know it’s a posh place when they give you free bread” and sure enough they gave us freshly baked bread while we waited for our food!
I ordered the 8oz sirloin steak with a side of ‘twice cooked potatoes’. I had no idea what this was, but I wanted something different. Turns out this is a potato skin stuffed with the inners of the potato that was been mixed with sour cream, bacon and chives. It was delicious!
Our mains cost $26 each which works out as £16.25. Although after tax and tips we paid about $70 in total. A fair price for fantastic food!
We had some free time left to explore the city so we walked through some of the old streets where there was an abundance of places to eat, drink and be merry.
The main attraction that we wanted to see was the Notre-Dame Basilica. We walked for about 5 minutes to get there. It was incredible. Architecture like that never fails to blow me away. I can’t even begin to imagine how they constructed such a masterpiece all those years ago, without all the modern equipment we have today!
We then took an extended walk back to the bus which gave us a final chance to take in more of the cities beauty!
Montreal was probably my favourite stop of the day. Definitely check it out if you are coming to Canada!
I write to you now from the bus. We are heading back to the hotel which is half way between Montreal and Quebec as Quebec is our first stop tomorrow!
I hope you enjoyed hearing what I got up to in these famous Canadian cities.
Stay tuned tomorrow as I am going to Quebec and Boston!
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