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Tips for Visiting Ripley's Aquarium

Tips for Visiting Ripley's Aquarium


This past Canada Day long weekend, my foodie partner-in-crime and I ventured to the big city of Toronto for a night to explore the sights and its many festivities. As we are both kids at heart, Ripley's Aquarium next to our hotel was at the top of the list. We wanted to be as strategic as possible for our visit and to be honest, avoid tourists and groups of children - so as always I did some research for the following tips for the best underwater experience.

So if you're like me and get quite anxious around large crowds, the following tips are for you when visiting one of Toronto’s hottest tourist attractions:

Skip The Line

Buy your tickets online ahead of time. Trust me on this one - you'll thank me later because who seriously likes to wait in line. At Ripley's, you have the option of picking you date and entry time, so it is quite flexible and allows for a smooth entrance without dealing with the stress of busy periods.

Tips for Visiting Ripley's Aquarium - Toronto

Take An Evening Tour

Seriously - this is probably the best tip you'll get. An evening tour at Ripley's = no wait, no children (for the most part) and almost no crowds (unless a holiday). During our visit, the aquarium closed at 11pm but with a last admissions around 9pm. This is the perfect chance to enjoy the sights of the different species in an almost serene ambiance. Take your time and enjoy the tranquil surroundings of sharks, jelly fish, sting rays and special hidden gems.

Bring A Camera

This is a no brainer. Though remember that the aquarium tends to be a tad dark and flash photography is not permitted, so test shots are key. This is your chance to get creative and play with different angles, lighting and silhouettes! The options are endless and come with a fully charged camera and lots of space on a memory card.

Tips for Visiting Ripley's Aquarium - Toronto

Take Your Time

I would recommend at least 2 ½ hours to fully explore Ripley's. Don't be shy - let your inner childhood shine through. This is youe opportunity to interact with displays and snap photos every few seconds but also anxiously wait for your favourite sea creature to swim by.

Tips for Visiting Ripley's Aquarium - Toronto

For more information, visit ww.ripleyaquariums.com/canada/
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Cheers to Summer Drink Days

Cheers to Summer Drink Days


Bring on the bathing suits, ice cream cones and tan lines - your favourite season is here! With summer coming into full swing, we’re all scrambling to stay cool while exploring. The Canada Day long weekend is fast approaching and it's the perfect time to celebrate with a drink in hand.

My drink of choice: McCafé Premium Roast Iced Coffee

With the daily grind of work and play, iced coffee certainly keeps me going all day with a refreshing boost of energy and at $1 a pop - you see why I am treating myself.

Cheers to Summer Drink Days

There are plenty of things to smile about this summer. Whether you are soaking up the sun at an outdoor music festival, enjoying warm summer nights watching movies under the stars or perhaps working into the night - grab your summer drink of choice from a real fruit smoothie to iced frapp├ęs and take a moment to unwind and celebrate the highlight of your day thanks to a McCafé drink.

This summer I'll be on a mission to discover new gems in my adoptive hometown of Kingston, Ontario. From unique alleyways to picturesque trails, I'll be sporting my new accessory - a McCafé iced coffee! You never know what you'll stumble upon like this street art tucked away behind a building.

Cheers to Summer Drink Days

Cheers to McDonalds Canada for sponsoring this post!
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Let's Get Cheesy: Edition 2017

Let's Get Cheesy: Edition 2017


Camera ✔️ Foodie partner-in-crime ✔️ Road trip ✔️

The annual Great Canadian Cheese Festival returned to the Crystal Palace for two days of cheesy goodness on June 3rd and 4th. Passionate cheesemakers and artisans alike gathered upon Prince Edward County where Canada's best featured more than 150 cheeses from across the nation - melted fondue, cheese wheels, gooey curds and water buffalo cheese, there was plenty of cheesy delights on offer.

Guests also enjoyed their sweet and savoury items with a variety of beverages, including wine, craft beer as well as cider, and even a Canadian favourite - Caesars. Talking about all things Canadian, chef Jamie Kennedy served up fries and braised-beef poutine. On a sweet note, desserts such as chocolates and coffee were also available to end off the event.

Regardless of your cheese preference there was no shortage of food to satisfy the huge crowds that funnelled through all weekend long. The cheese festival drew thousands of visitors, both locally and from major hot spots such as Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal!

As one of the largest artisan cheese shows in North America, the Great Canadian Cheese Festival has certainly earned its title. As a regular attendee, it was been quite amazing to see the growth of this event over the past seven years since its conception in 2011.


Local Favourites

MacKinnon Brothers Brewing Company, Three Dog Winery, Kingston Olive Oil Company, Seed to Sausage, Nick Allison Charcuterie Boards and lastly Wilton Cheese Factory.

Unique Additions

Deep friend cheese curds by Burger Revoltuion, cheesecake in a jar by The Cheesecakery Bakery and delicious local artisan cheese fondues by 1001 Fondues.

Ontario Water Buffalo Company

Sneak peek at my cheese haul:


Award Wining Canadian Cheeses

Cows Creamery of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island was the reigning champion this weekend. In 2006, the company branched out and began producing cheese. Cow’s cheesemaker, Armand Bernard, has proven the cheese factory is no side business – his Extra Old Cheddar and Avonlea Clothbound Cheddar have won rave reviews and awards from the Canadian Cheese Grand Prix and the American Cheese Society, with Avonlea taking the Cheese Of The Year Award in 2016 at the Canadian Cheese Awards.


Highlight of the Day

Deep friend cheese curds by Belleville's favourite joint - Burger Revolution!


What tickles my fancy about cheese?

The texture, smell and colour!


See you next year cheeseheads in Picton from June 2rd-3rd, 2018!
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Bringing Kingston Together For Victoria Park

Bringing Kingston Together For Victoria Park


As one of Canada’s most iconic and oldest cities, Kingston is proud to have such a vibrant population that is filled with history. It is home to creative minds, young professionals and families who relish in charming local gems and neighbourhood hang-out spots. From Instagram worthy coffee shops to our stunning waterfront, parks also play a vital component in bringing people together.

Community Love for Victoria Park

As summer approaches, things are changing - for the better and to spread community love! In recognition of Canada's 150th, the city of Kingston has taken part in the TD Common Ground Project flagship project of revitalizing Victoria Park, to help bring the community together.

Bringing Community Together For Revitalization of Victoria Park

Centrally located in proximity of our downtown core, Victoria Park holds a dear spot for many Kingstonians including myself. In the summer months, leagues are seen playing ball, students slacklining, evening barbecues, kids splashing around and students enjoying the sunshine. In the winter months, get your skates on as a community rink is installed and residents can be seen playing a good old game of hockey.

Residents are fortunate to have access to green space within Kingston, which sometimes is a rarity in other cities. As my adoptive hometown and a graduate of Queen's University, the ever so popular Victoria Park was my getaway for four years and still remains as I reside in a nearby neighbourhood.

The Revitalization

With a new season coming upon us, mother nature welcomes us with bright blue skies and Victoria Park will soon be reawakened from a slumber with this wonderful TD Common Ground Project to help foster a better and improved community space. Kington thrives on creativity and the enhancement of Victoria Park will be greatly noticed especially with its vision for upgrades.

The City of Kingston stated that the planned upgrades thanks to TD's contribution will create a modern yet more inviting space but also preserve the historic character of the well-loved park. 

Get ready for summer fun as new additions will include replacement of active recreational courts, urban water features with renewal process, designated picnic/bbq zones and my overall favourite - new trees will be planted to help with the beautification of the park and support the diversification of the existing mature tree canopy. More greenery all around!

Bringing Community Together For Revitalization of Victoria Park

Are you excited? I am looking forward to seeing this project come together, and how the community will embrace the revitalized space.

To learn more about the Victoria Park project, be sure to visit: TD Common Ground Project

Twitter: @TD_Canada 
Instagram: TD_Canada

#TDCommonGround

Thanks to TD and the TD Common Ground Project for sponsoring this post.
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