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One Week, Three Accessible Attractions: Toronto, Canada
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One Week, Three Accessible Attractions: Toronto, Canada

Out of all the places to travel in the world, my top pick has always been Canada. Unfortunately, I have yet to go there, but if I were to pack up and leave today, these are three places I would visit:

1.) Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

Like many young adults my age, I grew up watching Ripley's Believe It or Not. So, to find out there is an aquarium in Canada makes me want to go even more! Since 1997, Ripley's Aquariums have attracted and trilled millions of visitors in North America. There are three total aquariums, the other two residing in Gatlinburg, TN and Myrtle Beach, SC. The aquarium in Toronto is 135,000 sq feet and contains more than 1.5 million gallons of water inhabited by marine and freshwater life. The biggest tank in the aquarium is the Dangerous Lagoon that has a moving sidewalk and is even wheelchair accessible if you're wheelchair isn’t overly wide. Ticket prices can be found at the aquarium's website.

2.) Hockey Hall of Fame

The Hockey Hall of Fame is located downtown. It has exhibits about players, teams, NHL records, memorabilia, and trophies. Visitors get to play Shoot Out or Shut Out and a one-on-one game against life-sized computer versions of goalies and shooters. The Hall also offers a TSN/RDS Broadcast Zone that allows visitors to experience being a sports anchor with a teleprompter. To plan your visit, ticket prices and hours you can visit the Hall of Fame's website

3.) Digital Dreams Music Festival

The Digital Dreams Music Festival is a two-day electronic music festival. The festival began in 2012 and is located at Ontario Place. The festival is VERY wheelchair accessible and is held outside. It is high energy fun that usually runs from 3 pm to 11 pm. The festival includes three main stages and costs roughly $170 on a two-day general admission pass. 

Bonus attraction:

Another attraction I would recommend that is at the top of my list is located on the other side of Canada. The Butchart Gardens is a gorgeous lump of land with an interesting, and slightly funny, story to tell. The garden is located in Brentwood Bay, BC, Canada near Victoria on Vancouver Island and receives over a million visitors yearly. I actually read about this garden in a bible study I did last year by Lysa TerKeurst.

A sum-up of the story goes as follows: Mr. Robert Butchart owned a cement manufacturing company near his birthplace of Owen Sound, Ontario. In 1904, he and his wife Jennie established a home near the quarry but being near the quarry meant having it as a backyard. Unsatisfying, I know.

Soon the limestone quarry had become exhausted and Jennie, oh so tired of looking at it, began the journey of turning it into the Sunken Garden and it was completed 12 years later. Sometime after, the Butcharts replaced their tennis courts with an Italian garden and it has been growing ever since. The garden is 55 acres, contains 900 bedding plant varieties, 26 greenhouses, and 50 full-time gardeners. The garden is open from June 15th to September 30th. Adult tickets cost just over $33 but they do have a 12-month pass and group discounts.

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