I would want to share my experience travelling to Toronto and Montreal. We are supposed to visit Montreal too but due to the typhoon that hit Ottawa, we had to cancelled our trip at the very last minute. Too bad!
Let's sit back, relax and keep reading!
We fly on Thursday from Edmonton using Flair Airlines. This is one of the cheapest airlines that I can find. Bear in mind, that you need to pay an extra $ if you need to add your check-in luggage or cabin luggage. The airlines give free cabin luggage allowance for your bag that can fit the underneath of the passenger seat. Make sure to check-in online and print your boarding pass at home! It can save you some time and money too (they charge you too if you check-in at the counter!). I would say the cost of domestic flight in Canada is much more expensive to compare if you want to fly to United States from Canada. I will share the total cost of this trip at the end of this entry, inshaAllah.
Our first destination is Toronto so we fly from Edmonton International Airport to Hamilton International Airport. Our flight is early morning at 6.55AM so we arrived in Hamilton at 12.40PM (4 hours total flight duration, pheww). Hey, remember that there is time difference between Edmonton and Hamilton so that's why it looks like 6 hours flight ;)
|Arrived at the airport, yeah :D|
Once we arrived, we went straight to the rental car counter. I have pre-booked our rental car with National Rental Car like few weeks before so that I can know the price and compare between the rental car company. Cause this trip include more than 4 persons (we went together with one of the Malaysian family in Edmonton) so we need bigger car. So that's more of a reason why we need to pre-book the rental car. I would recommend for you to book it earlier because you never know, there might be chances all the rental car are not available on the date you arrived, so you can avoid the mess of not having any car to rent which can definitely affect your trip and your mood of the trip too.
Our first destination is Ripley's Aquarium of Canada and CN Tower. We drove like 1 hour away from the airport to the Toronto city centre. As both attractions are beside each other, we parked our car somewhere near and walk there. Please make sure that you didn't come during the day of Toronto Blue Jays game at Rogers Centre cause the parking price would be much much more expensive. We forget to check that and we pay like 30C$ for the parking only. Lesson learnt!
Across the road from the Ripley's Aquarium of Canada, there is Roundhouse Park. It is like a mini railway museum which there are several chu-chu trains. You can bring your kids here too, it is a free entrance park. And you can take picture of CN Tower from here too!
Before this trip, I try to survey best way to visit Toronto and I come across this Toronto CityPASS. If you planned to visit these attractions, you better get the pass. You can save 36% on admission fees and skipped the ticketing lines! (Do i sound like the ambassador of Toronto CityPASS? Hahaha)
CityPASS Admission includes:
- CN Tower
- Ripley's Aquarium of Canada
- Casa LOma
- Royal Ontario Museum
- Toronto Zoo OR Ontario Science Centre
For more details, you can visit here.
At Ripley's Aquarium of Canada, you can experience Canada's largest indoor aquarium with 16,000 aquatic animals, 100+ interactive displays, nine galleries and three touch exhibits featuring sharks, rays and horseshoe crabs.
|One of my fav|
Next is CN Tower!
|View from the tower, so pretty!|
|You can see an airplane depart too!|
After CN Tower, we went for our dinner at KK Sushi Japanese Restaurant. It is halal all-you-can-eat sushi restaurant. They also have option of non-sushi menu so it is worth a try. Sorry cause I don't picture of the food cause I'm too busy eating ^__^ but seriously you should try it out! Definitely worth the money for sushi lovers like me :D
|Menu from the website|
End of Day 1. I promised to share the total cost but not now, will share the link of the entry soon okay :)
I would continue to write soon!