This city is your city – where everyone is welcome, and everyone is celebrated and appreciated. Here are the top things to do in Toronto next time you stop by.
Iconic and industrious. Beloved and brash. Welcome to the 6ix, the northern city that never sleeps, thanks to the can’t-stop-won’t-stop atmosphere of the entertainment district and the all-day-all-night festivals of Pride, the Caribbean Carnival and the Toronto Independent Film Festival. Multicultural and modern. Welcoming and warm. Toronto truly has it all.
With so much to choose from, visitors will have to prioritize their days; CN Tower or Ripley’s Aquarium? Canada’s Wonderland or the Toronto Zoo? The Royal Ontario Museum or High Park? After a day of exploring, cool your hot heels at the Toronto Islands, watching the picture-perfect skyline melt into Lake Ontario. When the snow flies, pile on the mittens and toques; it’s time to head outside. Impromptu toboggan runs materialize at Riverdale Park and ice appears at Nathan Phillips Square’s outdoor rink, as the windows fill with Christmas displays and twinkling lights pop up in the trees. Toronto’s best moments are the quietest moments; a smile with your top-up of coffee at brunch, the hushed breath of 50,000 Blue Jays fans before a pitch, and the half-second between the last note of a world-class musical production and the roar of a standing ovation.
Toronto has a countless number of vibrant and exciting neighbourhoods to explore during your visit. If your heart is driven by food, be sure to check out one of many multicultural neighbourhoods to taste some of the most authentic cuisines you’ll find in all of North America. Some of the must-see enclaves are Chinatown, Greektown, Little Italy, Portugal Village and Koreatown. If you want to shop around for unique trinkets and vintage finds while trying some of the best food in the city, head over to Kensington Market. This quirky neighbourhood has very distinct and iconic charms you’ll have to see in person. If you’re in the mood for a classy and trendy outing, take your pick from Yorkville or King West. The latter happens to be nestled by the entertainment district where you can find some of the top attractions and must-do’s in the city. And of course, you can’t forget to see Old Toronto and drop by the historic St. Lawrence Market.
Eats n’ Drinks
Try something new; endless options are around every pristine corner. Slurp ramen, stockpile kimchi, load up on bannock, chow on lumpia. Every cuisine of the world competes for your attention, and the best are evidenced by the line-ups spilling onto the sidewalks. Toronto being one of the most multicultural cities in North America guarantees you’ll have tons of authentic food options you won’t find in many other places. And of course, you have to try some Canadian classics such as poutine and maple flavoured treats. St. Lawrence Market is also home to the must-try staple known as peameal bacon. For the ones looking for the perfect Instagram photo, Toronto has countless fun themed cafes, restaurants and bars. Toronto also has an amazing craft beer scene; take your pick from one of the dozens of craft brewery tours. No matter the type of cuisine, be it casual or fine dining, you’ll find it in Toronto.
You’ll never run out of things to do in the city, but if you do want a quick change of scenery, you’re in luck. The natural wonder that is Niagara Falls is only about an hour away from Toronto. You can spend the day gazing at the falls, maybe hit up some casinos, do a wine tour or two and even see some fireworks. Feel like hopping over to the US for a quick bite or some shopping? All you need to do is drive over the Rainbow Bridge across the falls. During summer there are also a number of beaches that are varying distances away from Toronto based on how far you’re willing to travel. And of course, in the winter, you have your pick from whichever nearby slopes you want to try out. If you’re willing to drive about three hours, you can even do a day trip to the infamous Blue Mountain Ski Resort.