A Tale of Two Cities


Many Canadian tourists make the trek to Orlando to visit Disney world, but there are two other towns well worth the visit, and are anything but amusement areas. The first city I would recommend for a day trip is Mount Dora, located about an hour north of Orlando.

With a population of 13,000, this small, picturesque village has several streets lined with unique clothing boutiques, art shops and restaurants. Nestled on Lake Dora, it is a fantastic escape from the hassle and bustle of Mickey Mouse Land and other Florida attractions.

The drive from Orlando to Mount Dora is pleasant. Winding roads lined with trees take you on a leisurely trek, passing horse farms and century homes. For those in a rush, there is a new highway, but beware of the five dollar toll charge. With modern GPS technology, bypassing the toll road is quite easy.