Toronto January 2018 A very upscale mall that connects the Air Canada Centre, Hockey Hall of Fame, and hundreds of stores across many floors. The first place I went after I got off the plane was the hockey Hall of Fame. The replica Stanley Cup housed at the hall of fame. A massive light-up reindeer within the mall. Nathan Phillips Square had a large ice-rink featuring the arches and the iconic “Toronto” sign, City Hall is in the background. A better glimpse of City Hall and the frigid ice rink, the wind chill has in the negatives by this point. The very friendly Samoyed named Lily at the house I stayed at. The first time that I ever went ice skating outdoors was at this rink underneath an overpass, it happened to be the opening day for the rink, but it wasn’t too crowded because the temperature was just a couple degrees. I couldn’t feel my toes because of the cold, but it was still a blast skating outdoors. Walking from the ice rink we had a very clear view of the CN Tower. Nathan Phillips Square during the day. The same ice rink as the sun was setting with “Old City Hall” in the background. Throughout the city there was piles of snow, considering that I hadn’t seen snow in six years until I was in NYC the week before, it was an odd sight for me. The CN Tower is seen here from the campus of University of Toronto. The train that would take me downtown from the suburbs. It was running a bit late, so I caught the train to Niagara Falls, Ontario by a matter of seconds. Once I got to the train station I didn’t really have any plans so I walked a couple miles towards the falls. The falls seen from the Ferris wheel. You can also see the tower that I later went inside as well. The town of Niagara Falls from the Ferris wheel. The town is very commercialized, but that’s part of the fun. I was very lucky to go up on such a clear day. A photo taken of the partially frozen falls from the Skylon Tower, which looks very similar to the CN Tower in Toronto. I slipped a few times on the ice but this is the very natural pathway from the Skylon Tower to the falls. I think that it had actually been closed that day. A panoramic view of Niagara Falls, directly across is the United States. With the sun setting, it wasn’t a very vibrant scene, but totally worth making the trip for. I had never seen chunks of ice flowing down any body of water before. On the left is Billy Bishop airport and the frozen water seperating it from downtown. Just below is the Rogers Centre, where the Blue Jays play. You can also see the train tracks that I took to go to Niagara Falls. The CN Tower also features a clear observation deck, showing the snow covering everything below. Lily couldn’t have enough of the snow, having a blast each time she was given the chance to run around the yard. The CN Tower was lit up as usual as I made my way to the Maple Leafs game. Although this wasn’t my ticketed seat, I found this empty seat in the lower bowl. Unfortunately for the home crowd, the Maple Leafs blew a 2-0 lead with 4 minutes left in the third period to the Columbus Blue Jackets and lost in overtime. There’s a good chance that this is one of the most expensive seats at a sport event that I’ve ever sat in. My layover got switched from Detroit to Buffalo, but I made it home safely after a long day taking a bus to the subway station in Toronto, then taking a bus to Buffalo, where my first flight of the day departed from.