Saving Money in Toronto

When it comes to Canadian cities, Toronto is certainly the most famous. As Canada’s most populated metropolitan area, Toronto is home to soaring skyscrapers, the iconic CN Tower, and many famous sports teams including the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Toronto Raptors, and the Toronto Blue Jays. It’s also the most multicultural city on Earth and one of the safest in North America. As you can imagine, there’s plenty of things to do in Toronto for tourists wishing to experience Canada’s biggest city and plenty of ways to save money as well, such as using CityPASS, which I’ll talk about below.

Best things to do in Toronto

There are so many things to do in Toronto that one blog article is simply not enough to talk about them all. However, there are a couple of attractions you shouldn’t miss.

The CN Tower

Known as one of the wonders of the modern world, the CN Tower is a thrill for everyone. Whether you want to see the expansive city views at day or night, there’s no better place than the CN Tower. With an observation deck located 1, 136 meters above the city, you’ll truly get a bird’s eye view. You can also experience a glass floor, a panoramic restaurant, or the incredible SkyWalk attraction for those looking for a thrill.

Royal Ontario Museum

It’s not easy to earn the “royal status” but the Royal Ontario Museum is one of a kind. Explore art, world culture, natural history, and more as you traverse the exquisite galleries at this world-famous museum. The Royal Ontario Museum is the largest museum in Canada and one of the largest in North America. With over six million items spread out over 40 galleries, you’ll definitely need a full day to learn about dinosaurs, minerals, meteorites, African art, European history, Canadian history, and more!

Casa Loma

Experience the Edwardian era at Casa Loma, a gothic revival style house that just so happens to be the only landmark castle in North America. You’ll find secret passages and tunnels and can see vintage cars from the 1900’s. You’ll also find gorgeous views from the castle’s unique towers. In fact, you can even rent the castle in the afternoons when the museum has been closed to the public.

As you can see, this is barely the tip of the iceberg when it comes to things to do and see in Toronto and we’ll be exploring much more as we road trip across Canada for 150-days in 2017.

How to save money on these attractions in Toronto

Whether you’re coming from overseas to Toronto or from Canada to Toronto, CityPASS has you covered. If you’re looking to explore the Royal Ontario Museum, the CN Tower, Casa Loma, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, the  Toronto Zoo, or the Ontario Science Centre, the CityPASS will save you 44%!

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Tres Días en el Parque Nacional de Jasper

Driving the Icefields Parkway 

Conduciendo la Autopista de los Campos de Hielo

Nuestro viaje comenzó bajo una sábana de nubes, pero no pasó mucho tiempo para que el cielo se despejará y revelará las grandes cimas que hacen de la Autopista de los Campos de Hielo (Icefields Parkway) un lugar tan famoso, conocido como uno de los viajes en auto más escénicos en el mundo. Esto lo percatamos rápidamente después de solo ver algunas de sus atracciones, que hicieron de este viaje algo espectacular con sus montañas copadas de nieve, valles profundos llenos de pinos, glaciares brillantes y lagos color turquesa. [Read more…]

Becker’s Chalets | Best Places to Stay in Jasper, Alberta

Beckers Chalets Jasper

View from backers chalets jasper

Situated right next to the Athabasca River, just 10-minutes outside the town of Jasper lies Becker’s Chalets. These chalets are nestled in rocky mountain paradise. Not only does the river flow by but there’s also a massive park complete with a kids playground. Our chalet actually opened out onto the park and every morning we’d see Canadian geese munching on the grass. On one morning, we even saw a herd of Elk munching on the grass. Maybe we should have tried it? Must have been a great breakfast. [Read more…]

Dinner at Evil Dave’s Grill in Jasper, Alberta

After another day exploring gorgeous Jasper National Park, including a walk on the Columbia Icefield Glacier and Skywalk, it was time for another gourmet meal. After looking at the best restaurants in Jasper via TripAdvisor, we decided to make reservations at Evil Dave’s Grill.

Evil Dave’s is a locally owned family restaurant serving up a globally inspired menu of “wicked food” with fresh ingredients and creative flare. In all honesty, as soon as I saw appetizers like Crazy Calamari and Lollipop Shrimp, I was sold. [Read more…]

Breakfast and Dinner at Syrahs of Jasper

Syrah's of Jasper

After a beautiful day exploring the scenery of Jasper National Park, including a Jasper Skytram ride and a drive on the Icefields Parkway, it was time for a delicious meal. Since we’re not in Jasper often, my wife and I decided to eat somewhere fancy. After some research, we ended up at Syrahs of Jasper. Ranked very high on TripAdvisor, Syrahs of Jasper provides an intimate, warm-hued atmosphere with gourmet regional Canadian cuisine such as elk and salmon. [Read more…]

Glacier Mountaineer Lodge at Kicking Horse Resort

If you’re looking for a SUPER convenient place to stay at Kicking Horse Resort, look no further than the Glacier Mountaineer Lodge. Why stay in Golden when you can stay right at the mountain? Not only can you just park your car and forget about it the whole time you’re in vacation but you can literally step outside the lodge and jump right on the chair lift. Spend all your time on the mountain!

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The Glacier Mountaineer Lodge

Glacier Mountaineer Lodge Kicking Horse
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Best Western Plus Downtown Calgary

Situated in the heart of downtown Calgary, the Best Western Plus is a great budget-friendly option for people wanting to explore Alberta’s most vibrant city. My wife and I just spent two nights here while we experienced the Calgary Folk Festival and it was a great place to stay.

One of the things I love about the Best Western is that you can really find one anywhere. I’ve been to over 200 cities in the last five years and the Best Western pops up more than any other. In fact, even on a road trip when we’re in the “middle of nowhere”, we’ll find a Best Western. It’s a brand you can trust and as usual, this one didn’t disappoint.

Top Reasons to Stay at the Best Western Plus in downtown Calgary:

  • Great location
  • Complimentary hot buffet breakfast
  • Complimentary parking (including heated underground)
  • Fitness centre and sauna
  • All rooms include either a kitchenette or a full kitchen
  • High Definition TV channels

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