Some relatives from Massachusetts visited us in Toronto this weekend, and we spent some time showing them around our city. First we went up the CN Tower…

The Rogers Centre (formerly known as Skydome sits near the base of the CN tower.

The Rogers Centre (formerly known as Skydome sits near the base of the CN tower.

The views from the top were absolutely stunning on this mostly clear day.


Billy Bishop (Toronto Island) Airport.

Billy Bishop (Toronto Island) Airport.


Looking west towards Etobicoke. Humber Bay Shores is near the top of the photo.

Looking west towards Etobicoke. Humber Bay Shores is near the top of the photo.


Looking northwest through downtown.

Looking northwest through downtown.


The outdoor observation deck.

The outdoor observation deck.


Looking through the CN Tower's glass floor.

Looking through the CN Tower’s glass floor.


From the ground: Some brave people on the Edgewalk.

From the ground: Some brave people on the Edgewalk. Perhaps we’ll do this some day.

After our visit to the CN Tower, we bought tickets for the hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus tour and learned a lot about Toronto that we never knew before.

Finally doing this in our own city! #Toronto

A photo posted by Aaron (@aaronadel) on

One of the more interesting facts about St. Lawrence Market, was that it used to be used as a jail, and has a very dark, and somewhat haunting past. Some say that the market is still haunted to this day, by prisoners who died there. One thing I’ll have to go back and check; the vendor booths on the lower level of the market were actually former jail cells.

We stopped in the Distillery District for lunch at El Catrin, which serves incredible Mexican food, followed by coffee and dessert at Balzac’s.

Lunch stop.

A photo posted by Aaron (@aaronadel) on

Coffee in a skull?

A photo posted by Aaron (@aaronadel) on

Then we rode the bus to Yonge-Dundas Square and walked throughout downtown stopping by the various landmarks along the way, including the now-famous Toronto sign in place at Nathan Phillips Square for the duration of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.

150814-tourists-01

Our sightseeing ticket also included a 45-minute boat tour of the Toronto Islands.

150814-tourists-02

It’s easy to forget that the Toronto Islands are there as an easy way to escape the high pace of the city. It’s another place I really should be spending more time, especially in the summer.

Our guests had a great time, and being a tourist in Toronto and making new discoveries is something I’d love to continue to do more often.