It’s March 8th and spring still isn’t here (rude). Although this isn’t a-typical Toronto weather, I still blame Wiarton Willie, the local groundhog, for cursing us with six more weeks of winter. After walking through a hailstorm, rainstorm and snowstorm in a span of an hour, I decided it’s time to kick those winter blues and plan some fun (cheap) spring trips.
Surprisingly enough, Hamilton can both be described as “the armpit of Ontario” and the “waterfall capital of the world.” So by taking a #HamOnt day trip you’re bound to get a wide variety of experiences. If you’re wanting to chase some waterfalls (just to spite TLC), head to the Devil’s Punch Bowl; a 35 metre ribbon waterfall in the Stoney Creek community of Hamilton. If this doesn’t do it for you, there’s always a factory you can stand in front of?
This weather and semester has me considering driving two hours just to walk over a long bridge. Ranney Gorge Suspension Bridge is reopening this spring and it has views that will help get you over (or temporarily forget) that exam PTSD. As you wonder across the 300-foot-long suspension bridge you can brag about getting away from the big city AND get those 10,000 steps in. With Trip Advisor reviews stating, “pretty cool and very safe,” you’d be a fool to turn this adventure down.
Heart Island, Alexandria Bay
This one is pushing it, but how desperate are you to get tf out of this city? Heart Island is over three hours away, in Donald Trump territory (yuck) and a car won’t get you all the way there. 20 minutes east of Kingston, Bolt Castle is located on Heart Island in the Thousand Island region. As you tour through the elegant architecture and wonder the enchanting grounds, it will serve as a great reminder that you can’t even get a text back, but a man out there was willing to build A CASTLE for his wife… as a gift. I once had to e-transfer a guy I was seeing $2.75. Settle for more, ladies.
I get it, you’re a millennial and don’t have a car (or license?) so it’s a bit rude of me to suggest places so far away. Luckily, the Toronto Islands have it all; an amusement park, goats and a nude beach. For just $7.71 ($5.05 for students), have that Titanic moment of your dreams while you soar across Lake Ontario on a 13 minute ferry ride. Make sure you get a candid Toronto skyline photo or its not worth it… just turn the boat around – Jack’s dead anyways (spoiler).