Two Days in Toronto!

Our first few days as Canadian Permanent Residents were spent in the lovely city of Toronto. We decided to take this short detour before heading off to PEI so that we could do a bit of sightseeing as well as meet up with friends that we haven’t seen in so long.

We stayed at the Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott Toronto Airport. It was around three minutes away from the airport and they also had a free shuttle to and from the airport so it was perfect for us and our four pieces of luggage. Plus, the hotel had strong, free wifi and a complete buffet breakfast was also included. Definitely very good value for money.

Day 1 

Of course, the first order of business for sightseeing in Toronto was to go to the famous Niagara Falls. We decided to join a bus tour for the convenience of it, plus the other additional stops the tour made vs. just driving to Niagara only and back. After much research, we booked with Airlink Tours  for their 9-hour Niagara Falls day tour for the following reasons:

  • They pick you up and drop you off at your hotel (yes, even from an airport hotel)
  • The Hornblower Cruise is included in the price
  • No credit card payment is required at the time of booking. You can choose to pay by cash or card on the day of the tour.

We booked this tour online when we were still back in Manila and got a confirmation right away. We were told that our pick-up time on the day of the tour would be between 9:15-9:30 in the morning. Fast foward to June 18th, the bus arrived at exactly 9:30 am. We were the last ones to be picked up since the airport is between downtown Toronto and Niagara Falls, but were pleasantly surprised to see that the tour bus wasn’t full when we got on.

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Our Landing Experience (Part II)

After weeks of tearful despedidas and goodbyes, we were off to our greatest adventure both as individuals and as a married couple.

On the 17th of June 2017, we flew from Manila to Toronto via Philippine Airlines. It was an 11 hour flight to Vancouver, with a two hour layover there before the final four hour leg to Toronto. It was really a pleasant experience despite travelling for a total of 17 hours. The only complaint we had was not being allowed to leave the plane during the layover in Vancouver. I would’ve preferred to be in the airport to walk around and maybe grab a bite to eat, but it was interesting to see how the ground crew serviced the plane in between flights.

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