A trip of a lifetime to a North American wonderland!
My trip to Canada last year was the most exhilarating period of my life. Travelling with my family, we flew from Manchester Airport and after a slightly tedious 9 hour flight, we landed in Toronto, the biggest city in Canada. I was awe-struck. Coming from a village background, I was instantly in love with the towering skyscrapers, the hustle and bustle of the streets; even the dazzling sun reflecting of the colossal structures of countless office buildings mystified me! Once we had taken our bags back to my great Auntie's house in St. Catherine's, Ontario (where we were staying for the next three weeks) we didn't stop and decided to head straight for, at the time, the highest free-standing building in the world. The CN Tower!
Slowly rising above everything in sight, my nerves clawed at my stomach! At the top, we could see far into the horizon, and also directly below us since the floor was clear glass! At first, I was very edgy and was terrified of the children that were carelessly jumping up and down on the see-through standing area, but once I was re-assured by the fact that the glass could take the weight of 8 elephants, I was a lot more comfortable! We stayed for an hour, absorbing the absolutely amazing views of the city, and then travelled back to the ground. It was simply wonderful and an experience that I will not forget.
The next day, we decided to go to one of the wonders of the world: Niagara Falls. Its horse-shoe shaped falls have mesmerised many over hundreds of years, and when we arrived it was not short of heaving. There were tourists everywhere! However it did not ruin the celestial halo of its mist as it risen into the sky, with the light glistening off its glistening waters. The visit hadn't even begun; we were about to board the Maid of the Mist, a boat that takes people right up to the forefront of the falls. As we got closer and closer to the foot of Niagara Falls, I could feel the slight splash of water hitting my face; it was simply amazing. From the bottom, the falls looked stunning and the roaring sound of water and the crashing of it hitting the surface at the bottom was insanely loud! When we arrived back on land, I felt a sense of accomplishment as it had been one of my dreams to be able to get so close to the Niagara Falls.
After a few days rest at my Aunt's house, relaxing in the pool and watching Hummingbirds feed from the nectar of the flowers in the garden, the highlight of the trip was about to come. We were going to visit some native Canadians, known there as Aboriginal people! One of the largest settlements wasn't far from where we were staying, in Northwestern Ontario. It was the Kashechewan community. They were fantastic people, who had been through some rough times lately: They had been evacuated three times in just a year because of poor water quality, housing and repetitive flooding. Although, their spirits certainly hadn't been dampened by their unfortunate circumstances! We talked to the leaders of the group, and interacted with some of the children in the group. Since my great aunt was friends with one of the women, we were able to get a real insight into what their lives were like. It was one of the greatest experiences of my life, and was a brilliant way to end my North American journey!
In conclusion, my trip to Canada was the best of my life...so far! I would highly recommend anyone going to Ontario, but make sure to organise and plan your trip well before arriving to assure that you get the most out of it!