Canada: Freedom and Pleasure

Living in Vancouver for more than a year, I hardly have spare time to schedule a trip to central and eastern proviences until I finished my first draft of college admission essay and the SAT in the summer.

Although it’s virtually impossible to cover Canada in a week, I planned an itinerary to experience the best of what the Great White North has to offer me.


Day 1Vancouver, TorontoUniversity of British Columbia
Day 2Niagara Falls Niagara Falls
Day 3Kingston, OttawaParliament Hill, Canadian Museum of History
Day 4Montreal, Quebec CitySaint Joseph’s Oratory
Day 5Quebec CityQuebec City
Day 6TorontoCN Tower, Casa Loma, Ripley’s Aquarium, Thousand Islands
Day 7VancouverGolden Ears
Day 1Toronto Marriott Markham
Day 2Airbnb
Day 3Hilton Garden Inn Montreal Centre-Ville
Day 4Fairmont Le Château Frontenac
Day 5Toronto Marriott Markham
Day 6Home
Day 7Home

Day 1

Collecting my baggage, I took SkyTrain to start a campus tour at the University of British Columbia, a huge campus with interesting architecture including the city’s tallest all-wood highrise. As a reputed college, I was attracted by her tranquil yet dynamic environment, as well as cultural classics and modern fashions.

University of British Columbia

Standing alone between Brock Hall and the Nest, The Goddess of Democracy is a symbol for student activism at UBC. For Vancouver’s Chinese Canadian, it memorizes their revolutions for expanded democratic rights and spreads sentiments of liberalism and political awareness to the community which has long been ignored by politicans.

University of British Columbia

After boarding on the plane owned by Air Canada from Vancouver to Toronto, my adventure began with 4-hour flight. Arrived at 6 pm, airport trasfer service I rented previously sent me to Toronto Marriott Markham, a 4-star hotel located in a city particularly consists of Chinese Canadian.

Toronto Pearson International Airport

Day 2

Niagara Falls is a group of three waterfalls at a city near Toronto, linked with the U.S. by the Rainbow Bridge. The Skylon Tower has the best view of these waterfalls and you can decide how you want to take advantage of being 775 feet up in the air: I could saw Buffalo across clouds on that observation tower.

Niagara Falls (Skylon Tower scenic view)

Decided to experience a natural wonder of the world intimately, I scheduled a boat tour to immerse myself into the anthem voice that went up amid the rainbow and the mist.

Niagara (Boat tour)

Nonetheless, pictures can’t capture the beauty and magnificence of this wonder. You will have to see it up close and personal to really appreciate this God made work of nature.

Since I only brought my permenant resident card, I couldn’t cross the U.S. border; however, if you have a valid U.S. visa or could enter the U.S. without it, I strongly recommend you to drive across the Rainbow Bridge to enjoy a different view of Niagara Falls.

Day 3

Took a bus from Toronto to Ottawa, I explored the new homes of the Senate and House of Commons. Its Gothic revival suite of buildings and architectural elements of national symbolic importance intrigued me and inspired me to enjoy fireworks of Canada Day at this reputed place in the future.

Parliament Hill
Ottawa view

Day 4

Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal is Canada’s largest church and claims to have one of the largest domes in the world. It’s a massive but beautiful place to visit: The carillon plays every hour, and the original room of Brother André is intact and full of wonder.

Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal

Taking the car from Montreal to Quebec City, I choosed the reputed Fairmont Le Château Frontenac hotel which fully live up to its five star rating. The hotel is situated in Old Quebec, within the historic district’s Upper Town. While the lobby is busy, the front desk is organized an efficient and staffs are pleasant. My luxurious room located in the tower with views of the city and the river, which exceeds all my expectations. I would highly recommend it to you and encourage you to stay there at least once. If you do, you will want to go back.

Day 5

Next morning, I woke up early and went to nearest Starbucks to have my breakfast. Although French is Quebec’s official language, most staffs I met were bilingual and quite friendly. After enjoying the sunlight, I immersed myself into delightful historic landmarks in the Old Quebec.

Day 6

Standing among Toronto’s impressive skyline, CN tower provides enviable vistas of the city below. Elevator bring me to the top in less than a minute, and I could enjoy the city from four different observation areas.

Toronto (CN Tower view)
Toronto Skyline

Located in the heart of downtown Toronto at the base of the CN Tower, the aquarium is Toronto’s must-see attraction for tourists. The glass viewing tube is the longest that I’ve seen with abundant species of marine life exhibits, and amazing preservation efforts.

Ripley’s Aquarium

The Thousand Islands are a group of more than 1,800 islands in the St. Lawrence River, straddling the border of the U.S. and Canada. I took a boat tour and had a watch of these indistinct islands and unique buildings.

Thousand Islands

Drove to the airport, checked my baggage, and printed the boarding pass, my journey to eastern Canada ended at that night. After 4-hour flight on WestJet’s plane, I arrived at Vancouver Internation Airport at mid night.

Day 7

On the last day of my vacation, I went to Golden Eears Provincial Park, a park with lots of recreation area, beach and the possibility of swimming. It has reat picnic spots and boats for visitors to rent, which is a great place to relax in a tranquil and beautiful environment.

Maple Ridge
Maple Ridge
Golden Ears

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Siujoeng Lau

Liberty will never perish.

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