Sunday, October 28, 2012

Oh Canada, Part Two!

I'm back, as promised, to finish posting about my Canada trip!  We discovered that Toronto was only about an hour and forty-five minutes away from Niagara Falls, so we decided to drive there and see it.  I was super excited because I love waterfalls!  It was raining all morning, but by the time we got to the falls it had just stopped and the sun came out.  That meant there was a rainbow over the falls!  It kind of faded in and out as the clouds moved over the sun, but it was so pretty.

These were by far the biggest falls I've ever seen.  Not the tallest, but definitely the widest!  There were actually two separate waterfalls - this is Horseshoe Falls, which is the big, main part of the falls:

Me in front of Horseshoe Falls!  When the wind was blowing, you could feel mist on your face from all the water.

There was a smaller set of falls to the left called the American Falls.  They were pretty because of all the rocks they had at the bottom for the water to crash over.  That's New York in the background!

Me by the American Falls!

 When we finished eating dinner it was getting dark out, and they turned spotlights on the falls as we were walking back to the car.  It was so, so beautiful!  I couldn't try to take any pictures because it started to pour rain, so I will just have to remember how pretty it was.

On our last day in Canada, we went to Casa Loma in Toronto.  It was built by a very rich businessman in 1911, because he had always wanted to live in a medieval-style castle.  I was terribly excited as I walked down the steps from the parking area to get my first glimpse of it!

Then I saw it through the trees, and it looked just like a real ancient castle!  There was a fountain out front, and I almost got wet trying to take my picture with it because it was so windy out, and the gusts were blowing the dripping water straight to the side!

The inside of the castle was beautiful...I wish I lived there!!  Here is the lady of the manor's sitting room where she entertained her friends, and the greenhouse:


The terrace outside was full of plants and flowers even though it was October.  I climbed up into a little gazebo to look at everything.

Can you see me on the bench inside?

Everything was so pretty to look at.

Here I am back inside, in the library.  I like this picture because of the light shining in on my head!  I think it makes me look very ghostly.

After we finished looking around Casa Loma, we had to leave and make the long drive back home to Michigan. :(  I loved Canada!  I want to go back again someday.  Here is one last picture from my trip - it's me looking out the top window at Casa Loma.  I was pretending I was a princess locked in the tower room, trying to come up with a plan to escape.


  1. Looks like you had tons of fun on your trip Canada, we loved Victoria when we were there. Thanks for sharing the photo's, Hugs, Taryn

  2. The falls looked so beautiful! I hope I get to see a real waterfall someday.

  3. Hi Anna Lee,

    I bet you wanted to stay longer, huh? I wouldn't have wanted to leave! Casa Loma looks gorgeous; I wonder if any movies have been filmed there (well, it IS in Toronto!)? It's too bad that you didn't think to bring a princess-like gown to dress up in. Can you imagine hosting a princess-themed birthday party there?!

    Your photos are so beautiful! Thank you for sharing them with us. :)


  4. Sophie, thank you for reminding me - I completely forgot to mention that yes, lots of movies have been filmed at Casa Loma! They had posters in the basement of all the movies that have filmed scenes there. They were even preparing to film something in the tunnel that led from the castle basement out to the horse stables - there were crew members putting branches and leaves and things over the tunnel walls and ceiling! I wanted to ask what movie they were making but I was too shy. :(

  5. Great~~

    That had to be one fantastic trip. Thank you for sharing. I would love to visit Canada some time. This gave me an idea of 2 places I want to see.