We just got back from our very first trip to Canada and it was fantastic! So this year we’re celebrating Canada Day along with the 4th of July! Here’s a little glimpse of the awesome stuff we saw in Ontario:

We were both so impressed by the beautiful art everywhere. We took a stroll through the Royal Botanical Gardens, which had an incredible exhibit of Lego sculptures (like this monarch butterfly- YEAH THAT’S LEGOS!) , as well as gardens planted by local children, a garden of medicinal plants, and a gorgeous rock garden.

 

 

We paid a visit to Jen Blackwood at Golden Axe Tattoo in London, Ontario and got some of her beautiful art prints. Local art is always our favorite souvenir, and Jen was so kind! It was definitely one of our favorite memories from the trip. 

 

 

 

I really liked this art piece in Prince Albert’s Diner in London.

 

 

 

We also caught a bit of the Sound of Music Festival in Burlington. The Burlington waterfront is so beautiful and downtown Burlington was a lot of fun too. If you find yourself there, head to Kelly’s Bake Shoppe! It’s a dreamland of gluten-free/dairy-free/egg-free/peanut-free/vegan confections- their treats are delicious and if you have any of those dietary restrictions, it’s overwhelming in the best way!

Of course we took a trip into Toronto and checked out Graffiti Alley there, a free space for expression through street art. 

 

 

And Toronto’s Music Garden, which included this spot called the “Gigue”. This description is quoted from the placard there (and I don’t think I could describe it better): “Giant grass steps that offer views onto the Harbour. The steps form a curved amphitheater that focus on a stone stage set under a weeping willow tree; a place for informal performances.” I thought it also offered a nice view of the CN tower- just look at this cool juxtaposition of cityscape and nature!

Of course, I took far too many photos and have far too many stories for one post, but I will be posting them to Instagram here and there, so make sure you’re following along!

Happy Canada Day/4th of July Weekend!