Wednesday 21 August 2013

Keep It Beautiful

Everyone knows how much I love Canada and for the longest time, I have wanted to showcase Canada on my blog. So, I've decided to ask Canadian bloggers to answer 5 questions about their province.

This week, Alex, from NorthStory is answering questions about Ontario.
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1. Where are you from:
The GTA (Greater Toronto Area) in Ontario. I've moved a lot in my life so I don't have a specific city or town here that I have always called home.

2. Favourite thing about your province:

We have a city in it that's the Center of the Universe. I'm totally kidding. Even though I've lived a huge chunk of my adult life in downtown Toronto, I would never think that was true. The older I get the more I develop an immense love of small towns.

3. What is your region (province and/or city) known for:
The CN Tower is probably the biggest landmark aside from Niagara Falls.

4. Where to:
a) Stay:
Blue Mountain Ski Resort is great winter or summer. I have friends that are die hard fans of camping in Algonquin Park. My parents really love and constantly go back and visit Manitoulin Island and Tobermory. 
b) Eat:
I am the absolute worst person to ask this to because I can't remember the last time we went out for dinner (we have young kids and babysitting is hard to come by). My favourite sushi restaurant was Crispy Roll on Queen Street in Toronto but it has since closed down. 

c) Go/what to do:
After you come visit during TIFF (The Toronto International Film Festival - my husband's Aunt and Uncle are huge fans and fly in from the US just for that each year) and do the whole Toronto tourism thing, get in a car and get out of Toronto. I know I am going to get killed for saying that but there is so much more to Ontario than just going to see the CN Tower and Eaton Centre. Go visit the small towns like Southampton by the shores of Lake Huron for the beautiful sunsets and check out the Southampton Market. Have a Beaver Tail pastry by the Rideau Canal in Ottawa and stroll the Byward market. Can you tell I like markets? One of the most beautiful smaller towns I have been to has been Goderich. Just get in the car, follow a road and drive. Each town has their quirks and small stores that are waiting to be discovered.

5. A "must know" about your province:
Yonge Street is the longest street in the world. Damnit, see I try to get out but I keep coming back to Toronto. Ok at the very least you can be assured that our baseball team (The Toronto Blue Jays) uniform colours will do you justice. 

And it doesn't snow around the GTA as much as it used to despite the myths of all of us living in igloos in Canada overall, but it gets really cold here in the winter. So bring a good parka, boots, mittens and a real toque. One that covers your ears not the ones hipsters use as a fashion accessory. One minute outside in the windchill and you'll be begging for heated glove inserts.

Thanks Alex for taking the time to answer these questions!!

For more information on Ontario, please visit Tourism Ontario.

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