If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you may have seen that I gifted myself a trip out to Toronto and Detroit for my birthday this year. Perhaps a little known fact about me is that I am an avid hockey fan, specifically the Detroit Red Wings. I lived in Detroit for a while (more on that on the Detroit post!) and became a huge, borderline obsessive fan.
While I lived in Detroit, I had never taken the time to travel up to Toronto (no clue why) and since the Red Wings were playing in Toronto and then back home on the same weekend, I decided that was the perfect birthday plan.
All West-Coasters probably can sympathize with me when I complain about how early I had to leave Los Angeles in order to get to the east coast without wasting an entire day. Just to get to Detroit by 6:00PM, I had to leave on a 6:00AM flight (left the house at 4:30AM!) and let me tell you I am not a morning person!
I landed first in Detroit and drove out to Toronto which is just under a 4 hour drive. I’ve never done the drive before so I was a bit nervous but it was a piece of cake aside from the exhaustion of the days travel up to that point. We got to our hotel, the InterContinental Toronto Centre in downtown Toronto around 9PM. Our room got upgraded to the river-view room and the CN Tower was literally right outside the window!
Fort York: I wish I could say I’m a historian but I’m not, although I’ve become a lot more curious about it being a little older. I always make it a point to visit somewhere truly historical when I’m in a new place and Fort York was it for Toronto. Again, I’m no historian but in a nutshell, Fort York is a former military base that was run by the British and Canadians to protect the area from the invasion and attack by the United States. I was lucky enough to be there for a special exhibit on the Magna Carta, a charter agreed originally by King John regarding the rights of his people. Very interesting! I highly recommend a visit. My favorite picture from Fort York is below; it’s astonishing to see the juxtaposition of the then and now of Toronto.
If you’re into hockey, make sure the Maple Leafs are playing at home!