I got to experience Toronto with kids (okay, KID, since I only took the one) this month.
I learned a lot.
11 Things You May or May Not Know About Toronto, International Travel, Canadians, and My 5 Year Old
1. Toronto is like barely even in Canada. It’s super close to the US border. Quebec and Montreal, the only other Canadian cities, aside from Vancouver, you’ve probably ever heard of, aren’t. So, you can’t say, hey while I’m in Toronto this weekend, I think I’ll drive over to Quebec for dinner. Because you won’t. Unless you are also the kind of person who would say drive from LA to SF for the evening. Or from like, DC to South Carolina. Or, um, clear across Texas. Unlikely.
2. If you want to travel out of the United States solo with your kid, you need a notarized letter stating that you’re not a kidnapper. Or, you need to talk to the charming customs dude who really just wants to know more about blogging.
3. The “Yeah” at the end of their sentences is rhetorical. Apparently it’s weird if you keep responding yeah back to them.
4. They have $2 coins in Canada. Don’t give them to the cab guy thinking they are quarters because he might not tell you that you’re wrong.
5. Stay away from the monks. Or the people pretending to be monks. They rob you by making you feel bad for the starving children. And the little bracelet they give you probably won’t keep you safe for eternity.
6. The TV options for the 5 and under crowd are different. And, according to my 5 year old, dumber.
7. Don’t get poutine from Pizza Pizza. That’s a tip straight from the Canadians.
8. Toronto actually has tons of fun stuff for little people to do. Baseball, a world class zoo, a really cool train park, the CN Tower are all really great ideas. And, if you like to go clubbing but can’t because you have your 5 year old with you, stay at the Hilton Garden Inn on Peter St. It’s surrounded by nightclubs so you can order a bottle of wine to your room and then listen to the bass while you fall asleep with your kid donkey kicking you in your sternum all night. It’ll be just like you’re there.
9. Toronto is really diverse. I actually loved that about the city.
10. Small planes are scary. They are even scarier when the flight attendant tells the 400lb passenger that he has to move to another seat or we will all die due to weight and balance issues (his words were, “We can’t get this plane off the ground if you don’t move, sir. The plane will crash. It’s a weight and balance thing.”). Are we sure that’s actually going to fix it? Is this an exact science? Because I don’t want to chance it.
11. I am actually a boss at building Legos. My 5 year old always trash talks me when we play at home. In your face #3. IN. YOUR. FACE.
The one thing we didn’t get to see while in Toronto was Niagra Falls. I hated that I didn’t have time to do that and plan to make it back there one of these days with all of the Dudes.
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