I have been very fortunate to have traveled to numerous countries and cities over the years, yet I somehow have not fully explored my own city.
I have lived in Toronto for 12 years yet people are shocked to hear that I have never visited some of this city’s landmarks such as:
- Centre Island
- Toronto Zoo
- Ontario Science Centre
- Royal Ontario Museum
- Casa Loma
Why is it we take time to explore other cities but not our own? Is it because its very easy to procrastinate in our own city? “This weekend I will do spring cleaning, maybe next weekend I will explore” or “Looks like its going to rain.. let’s skip it and watch movies at home instead”.
Well, no more! The time is now people! I have decided that this summer and fall I will be scheduling days to explore this city and sticking to it.
First up: Centre Island.
The husband, Baby J and I didn’t have defined plans for Father’s Day, so about three weeks prior I put it in our calendar and decided we would go.
The morning of Father’s Day, I checked the forecast for the day and saw that it was going to storm around 3PM. My husband and I both looked at each other, wondering if we should cancel our plans, but I decided “No! We are going! A little rain never hurt anyone”.
We left home by 10:45 got downtown, parked the car, took the ferry and were on the island by 11:30. I was shocked, most of the island is a giant park, with a small amusement park for kids, a beach, splash pad, play structure, and numerous areas to have a picnic.
We started the day at Centreville (amusement park) which has free admission though you do pay for rides. Baby J loved the Antique carousel, the train ride and was brave enough to go on a few rides by herself! She was also fascinated by the numerous ducks and geese wandering about.
For lunch, we decided to put out our blanket and have a picnic by the water’s edge. I was very glad to have packed a lunch as food was quite expensive ($7 for a slice of pizza and some milk). Afterwards as Baby J drank her milk, I lay on the blanket staring at the clouds. It was a true “stop and smell the roses” type of moment where I was able to fully appreciate being in nature, without the distractions of phones, iPad’s etc.
At the end of the day, I felt completely recharged, similar to how I feel when I go to the cottage for a weekend. Yet, instead of driving for hours to the cottage, it was a quick half hour ride to the island!
In the end, I am so, so glad that I toured a little piece of my city, and can’t wait to explore what more it has to offer.
P.S. We were at Centre Island for 6 hours and it only rained 4 drops 🙂