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9 Days Road Trip in Ontario


Summer is here, which means beach getaways with family and friends are just around the corner.  I've always loved the water.  It's the biggest playground for everyone to share. Canada has beautiful big bodies of water all over the country.  The most famous and most deserving place to visit is Tobermory.  It is situated on the northern tip of Bruce Peninsula in the province of Ontario, about a 4-hour drive from Toronto, depending on traffic. Let's go!


Here's our Road Trip Itinerary: Road Trip from Toronto-Tobermory-Kitchener-Niagara Falls-St. Catharines-Toronto

August 30: Grocery shopping - Rent a car - Reserve Parking

Bought food trip snacks and drinks, nothing fancy just chips, fruits and water.

Rent a car via Enterprise : 300 cad for a week , additional cost if you want it deliver in the airport.
Pick up:163 Carlingview Dr., Etobicoke, M9W 5E7

Grotto Parking: 12 cad 
Reserve your parking ahead of time online and pay your fees.

Optional: Stop by Turtle sign and take pictures ahahaaa Or just watch out for this sign and laugh your heart out. 

On the way: stop Bay Street Foodland for food and LCBO (closes at 9pm) Free parking around the area after 6pm, 9-6pm 3 cad per hour. 

Aug 31: Arrive & Travel
@ 1:46pm, arrive in Toronto
@ 3:00pm, car to Tobermory
Travel time: 3-4 hrs
@ 6:30pm, Check in Tobermory : Little Cove cabin 
Address: 7111 Hwy 6, Tobermory

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Address: 469 Cyprus Lake Rd Tobermory, ON N0H 2R0

Dine @ Princess Hotel in, Bay Street for Fish and Chips Patio promo. 

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Sept 2: Hike Fanthom Five National Marine Park

Address Visitor Centre: 120 Chi Sin Tib Dek Rd, N0H 2R0
Entrance fee: 5 cad
Canoe program: 10 cad (check availability)

Dine @ Leeside Restaurant, Bay Street

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Sep 3: Kitchener Sunset - Hot air balloon 

Drop by UPI Energy gas station

Tobermory to Kitchen travel time: 3-4 hrs
Unfortunately it got canceled again for the second time due to the weather. We're going to do this in another country then, it wasn't meant to be. 


Check my sidebar or footer for the groupon link to find cheap deals in your country.

Kitchener to St. Catharines Travel time: 2 hrs

Snack @ Pita Pit, my husband's newly discovered favorite wrap store. 

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Sep 4: Niagara on the Lake (NOTL) , St. Catharines & Niagara Falls

Check in Niagara Falls : Ramada Hotel 
7389 Lundy's Lane, Niagara Falls, L2H 2W9 
Got a very good deal at Groupon, hotel comes with vouchers (free chocolate, wine and beer tour).

Chocolate factory tour

Wine Tasting 
Konzelmann Estate Winery , Contact number: 9059352866  ext 30

Strolling Downtown of Niagara on the Lake

St. Catharines
Hike and Swim in Decew Falls

Niagara Falls
Boston pizza and go-kart 
Go cart: 14 cad

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Sep 5: Throwback to Niagara Falls Favorites - Back to Toronto

Taps brewery @ Queen Street
They don't have the 2 cad for 10 chicken wings anymore, promo change to 35 cents  per 10 chicken wings. It's still a good deal, ordered my favorite cajun chicken wings. 

Drop by 5 cad Photobooth in Victoria Avenue. 

@ 3pm, back to Toronto
Niagara Falls to Toronto Travel time: 2 hrs

@ 5pm Check in Toronto :  Super 8
Address: 3280 Kingston Road, Scarborough, M1M 1P8

@ 7pm,  Blue Jays baseball game 
Address: Rogers Centre @ 1 Blue Jays Way

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Sep 6: Chill and Eat in Toronto

Japanese Lunch deal nearby Bathurst Station. There's a lot of Lunch deals around this area, mostly Japanese restaurants has it.

Milk tea in 168 Tea Shop nearby Bathurst Station. My second favorite milk tea shop now aside from Bubbletease close to Dundas Station. 

Next thing we did was my favorite household chore, Laundry ahahaaa.

Lovely dinner with wine at Gourmet Schnitzel House.

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Sep 7: Flight, Toronto

Don't forget to gas up FULL TANK before returning car to enterprise. 
Full tank: 60cad - 70 cad here

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Welcome to Canada! Now what?!

This is going to be my last trip in Canada. I'm going to start a new life adventure with my husband in another country. Canada has been really nice to me. In order to say goodbye in a nice way, we decided to go on a road trip to Tobermory. A close friend of mine along with her boyfriend decided to meet us up there which totally made me much happier. Here's a detailed story of our road trip in Canada.

August 30 
Grocery shopping for food trip: snacks and drinks, chips, hubby's favorite chocolate, fruits and water.  Nothing heavy to digest.

Rented a car via Enterprise: 300 CAD for a week, additional cost if you want it delivered at the airport.
If not nearest pick up: 163 Carlingview Dr., Etobicoke, M9W 5E7

Make sure to book your parking for the Grotto online. No more walk-ins.
Grotto Parking: 12 CAD

Tobermory stops
Optional: Stop by the occasional turtle sign and take pictures, ahahaaa.  Or just watch out for the signs and laugh your heart out. I found it really cute.

On the way: stop by Bay Street for Foodland for any last-minute grocery shopping (closes at 8pm) and LCBO for wine (closes at 9pm). Free parking around the area after 6pm, otherwise it's 3 CAD/hr from 9am-6pm. 

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My husband tailored our travel itinerary with dates, ETA and travel hours - that's my man!

Aug 31: Arrive & Travel
@ 1:46 pm, arrive in Toronto
@ 3:00 pm, car to Tobermory
Travel time: 3-4 hrs (our trip took 4 hrs 30 mins)
@ 6:30 pm, Check in Tobermory: Little Cove Cabin 
Address: 7111 Hwy 6, Tobermory

We got ourselves a chocolate-colored Volkswagen.  Small,compact, fuel-efficient and, most of all, it was sooo cute!  I fell in love with this baby the moment I saw it.  I bet my  husband would have preferred something more sporty and manly.  But this darling wasn't so hard to love; it just melts your heart.  Anyway, moving on to our trip, this is actually my first cabin stay in the woods - same goes with hubby.  Good thing, the washroom was near our place because it's pitch-black walking at night.


Sep 1: Hike and Swim
Explore Tobermory - The Grotto
Address:469 Cyprus Lake Rd
Tobermory, ON N0H 2R0

In the morning we picked up our friends at Tobermory Village about 5 minutes away from our cabin. They have a bigger place there for campers but not a fan anymore after experiencing some issues with management.  Drove to the Grotto for our 5-hour parking and hike.  We were a bit late so we hiked a bit faster than the usual.  We were all fast walkers, so it wasn't a big deal. 



We made a big loop: starting at the off-beaten track from Marr Lake Trail, we passed by Boulder Beach and checked out Overhanging point - don't missed this amazing view!  We then retraced our way back to Boulder beach and off we went to the famous Grotto and Indian Head Cove.


We headed back to the parking lot on a shorter route.  Both Georgian Bay Trail or Horse Lake Trail lead to the parking area.  This is actually not my first time to be in Tobermory, but having new companions meant a different experience.  I loved Tobermory even more the second time around.  The lake and the views are just extraordinary. 

Dine @ Princess Hotel
Fish and Chips Patio promo. 
Jug of beer and 2 lbs chicken wings


Bay Street seemed like the only place to get food in Tobermory, or at least a popular place for tourists. There's a Taco truck named "Tacomory" before reaching Bay Street but too much waiting time.  Fish and chips were everywhere; however, most restaurants were crowded and we were starving.  People usually just pick the closest restaurant they can find and that's it.  We were no exception.  We walked till the end of the street, right after LCBO, and found Princess Hotel.  To our surprise, there were a few seats available and the promo price for the fish and chips was a bit cheaper compared to other restaurants.  Patio feels, less people, good food and great company totally made our night.


Sept 2: Hike
Fanthom Five National Marine Park
Address Visitor Centre: 120 Chi Sin Tib Dek Rd,
N0H 2R0
Entrance fee: 5 CAD
Canoe program: 10 CAD (check availability)

Our first summer hike alone together.  We had been waiting for this hike for so long.  The trail is advanced but a good entry-level for day hikers.  Most of our time was allotted to finding the right trail marks while also admiring the tall trees, the rugged trail, and even all the shades of green and brown.  I'm glad we didn't get lost and made it on time to meet up with my cousin in Bay Street.  We cancelled our canoe activity due to my wrong navigation.  Try to avoid searching up names like "Grotto" or something without a complete address.


Dine @ Leeside Restaurant



Sep 3: Kitchener Sunset - Groupon: Sundance Hot-Air Balloon 

Dropped by UPI Energy gas station along the way to refuel as it was way cheaper in comparison to touristy Tobermory despite being a few hours away.  They have a gasoline boy in this station which is something you don't see in Toronto.

Tobermory to Kitchen travel time: 3-4 hrs
Unfortunately our hot-air balloon got cancelled again for the second time due to weather conditions.  We decided to do this activity in another country as it wasn't meant to be in Canada.

Check my sidebar or footer for the Groupon link to find cheap deals in your country.

Kitchener to St. Catharines Travel time: 2 hrs

Snack @ Pita Pit, my husband's newly discovered favorite wrap store. 

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Sep 4: Niagara on the Lake (NOTL), St. Catharines & Niagara Falls

Check in Niagara Falls: Ramada Hotel 
Address: 7389 Lundy's Lane,
Niagara Falls, L2H 2W9 

Got a very good deal at Groupon, check sidebar or footer for link.  Hotel package came with vouchers (free tours: chocolate, wine and beer tour).



Chocolate Factory
Most of our tours were located in the famous old town of Niagara on the Lake.  We went to fulfill our sweet cravings first at the Chocolate Factory tour.  A short and sweet history about the chocolate process and how the company started.  Chocolate merchandise were way cheaper here if you're planning to buy chocolates for gifts.  Funny thing was our baby Volkswagen is chocolate-painted which totally makes more sense that we're in the right place.


Wine Tasting
Konzelmann Estate Winery 
Contact number: 9059352866  ext 30

My husband and I had our first date at a winery at Niagara on the Lake College Campus.  We bought a winery tour in the school, learned interesting facts about wines and had a wonderful time tasting different kinds of wines.  Reminiscing the not-that-old days in our relationship, we decided to do another wine tour for our Epic Canadian Road Trip experience.  The Konzelmann Estate Winery has been in the business for years; what better way than to spend our wine tour with the best.  However, though we didn't manage to join the roundabout tour, our wine ambassador "Mr. Guz" was delightful to talk with.  He was brief and informative.  We tried 4 kinds of wine: red, white, peach and ice wine. I'm a red wine kind of person while my husband loves the kick he gets from white wine. Neither of us fancied the sweeter-but-less-alcoholic ice wine.  The peach wine was something new for us, so we got ourselves a bottle - happy me!



Downtown Niagara on the Lake
Afterwards, we strolled around Downtown Niagara on the Lake.  A town famous for its small shops, artistic stores and pricy restaurants.  Next destination was to meet up with friends at St. Catharines, a 30-45 minute drive from Niagara Falls.


St. Catharines Family - Hike and Swim in Decew Falls 

A short and slippery hike to Decew Falls.  This is a beautiful waterfall.  The drive and hike was so worth it.  The cool water just freshens you up after a tiring and hot summer day.  I've always wanted to go here when I was a student but I just didn't have the time and the right people to go with.  I guess I was waiting for the right day and the right people to see the waterfall.  There are two ways to get to the waterfall. The longer route means staying on the upper trail whereas the shortcut means taking a rope down along the side of a steep path.  We took the longer route and climbed the rope back up to the parking area.  Be careful of wasps flying around the area; my husband got stung when we made our way up using the rope.  He immediately took Tylenol and an anti-histamine to counter any pain and possible allergic reactions.



Niagara Falls
Boston Pizza and Go-Kart 
Go-kart: 14 CAD
The night was young and so were we.  Our last trip for the day was driving to Niagara Falls.  We had pizza and an awesome go-kart experience.  Afterwards, we strolled around Niagara Falls, had ice cream along Clifton Hill and laughed our last laughs together.

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Sep 5: Throwback to Niagara Falls Favorites

Most of our unforgettable moments were done in Niagara Falls.  My husband wanted to do a throwback and see all the places we went to before we got married.

Taps Brewery @ Queen Street
A year ago my cute hubby asked me out to be his girlfriend right beside this restaurant after we had our meal.  There's a music store just a few steps away, where he borrowed a guitar for a moment.  He then started to play this particular song I mentioned to him and revised some of the words to make it more personal.  I said "I'll think about it" or "give me some time" or something - ahahaa and the rest is history. 

Back in college my friends and I would go to this restaurant every Wednesday to avail the house promotion.  Unfortunately, they don't have the 2 CAD for 10 chicken wings anymore.  The promo change to 35 cents  per chicken. It's still a good deal, so I ordered my favorite Cajun chicken wings.

Dropped by a photo booth in Victoria Avenue for 5 CAD
On our first few dates in Niagara Falls, we went to a photo booth to take funny pictures. To commemorate the past, we did another wacky photo session in the same place.  Afterward, we roamed around a little bit then drove back to Toronto.


@ 3 pm, back to Toronto
Niagara Falls to Toronto Travel time: 2 hrs

@ 5 pm  Check in Toronto: Super 8
Address: 3280 Kingston Road, Scarborough, M1M 1P8

@ 7 pm,  Blue Jays Baseball Game 
Address: Rogers Centre @ 1 Blue Jays Way
Ticket: 10 - 20 CAD
We got to our game on time, a few minutes early which was even better.  This was my first baseball team.  Hubby was patient enough to guide me through the game, even made sure I get all the rules by asking me questions like "what was that?" after one player hit the ball. 



Sep 6: Chill and Eat

For our last day in Toronto, we wanted just to relax and take things easy.
We had a Japanese lunch deal nearby Bathurst Station.  There are a lot of lunch deals around this area; most Japanese restaurants have it posted outside their stores.

Milk tea @ 168 Tea Shop nearby Bathurst Station.  My second favorite milk tea shop aside from Bubbletease close to Dundas Station. 

Next thing we did was my favorite household chore, laundry, ahahaaa.  It's better to go home with clean clothes and simply putting it back in the closet.

Lastly, we had a lovely dinner with wine @ Gourmet Schnitzel House - a small restaurant run by a sweet couple.

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Sep 7: Flight
Don't forget to gas up FULL TANK before returning your car to Enterprise. 
Full tank: 60 - 80 CAD

Another adventure awaits. Have fun and be safe ^__^


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Itinerary Reminders:

1. Flight Details
Make sure to write down your booking reference number, be at the airport two hours before your flight and allocate time for your travel to the airport.

2. Accommodation Details
Write down your hotel/motel/resort/bnb booking number. Contact your place to inform them around when you'll be arriving — it really does help.  Also, ask if your accommodation has any discounted activities.  You'd be surprised!

3a. Transportation
List possible times your bus/train/boat arrives and leaves so you don't miss an activity.  Always give yourself an extra 30-45 minutes in case you get lost, get stuck in traffic, or are looking for parking.  Better early than late.  Of utmost importance: check for the last trip and fares!  So you still have time and money to get back.

3b. Car Rentals
Take note of your pick-up address and time allotted.  Our last car rental told us to bring the car back by a certain time with a certain amount of gas.  Allot money for fuel and parking.

4. Budgeting
Set aside a minimum and maximum spending amount for: meals, transportation, entrance fees, activities, souvenirs and emergencies.  3 meals a day + snacks adds up quickly, so keep track!  As well as tips for restaurants and activities.

5. Activities
Call to confirm your booking(s) a day or so beforehand.  Set alarms and/or calendar reminders for things you plan to do (i.e- bungee-jumping, river-rafting, or even city / food tours).


Do you want more adventure?
If you still have one more day to spare why not go on a Food trip tour in Toronto.

Where am I going next?
My next adventure is to Los Angeles, California and I have here a survival guide on how to go around the city.

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