In fairness, I grew up in a town just half an hour north of Toronto so I have been lucky enough to be able to visit this city as much as I want. Also, my boyfriend and I are moving in downtown in a few months so I will be able to add a lot more to this for you!
Toronto is honestly such an underrated city and I have never understood why! The city is alive all the time and has so much to offer you!
First thing you have got to see (and will see) while in Toronto is the CN Tower! I have actually never been to the top, but you can take the elevator up and there’s actually a nice restaurant to enjoy once up there! You might recognize it from Drake’s Views Album 😉
I am a huge fan of museums so if you’re anything like me you will love the Royal Ontario Museum (The ROM) It offers really fascinating exhibits like a dinosaur and precious gemstones exhibit. Also a really fun thing the ROM offers during the summer time is Friday Night Live! They offer food and drinks and you get to walk around some exhibits (some are closed due to the food and alcohol) and there is even a DJ and a dance floor! It’s really fun! The CN Tower also offers the Edge Walk now, which is where you actually get to walk around the top, where Drake was sitting on his album aha.
Next, is somewhere you will probably never find me at… Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada! I have had friends and family both tell me how amazing it is, but as you can see from the picture below there is a shark. Meaning no Shannon! But, if you’re interested in this I would recommend it!
If you’re interested in Art Gallery’s, we’ve got one! The Art Gallery of Canada is also an option during your stay in Toronto!
Casa Loma is a unique place to visit, it’s an 18th-century castle that is open to see! There is also an escape room in the castle now I believe!
If you’re a sports fan like me there is always Rogers Centre, where you can find Canada’s beloved Toronto Blue Jays during the summertime, you can get cheap tickets, $20, to go catch a game! They are a lot of fun and a huge hit during the season! It is located right beside the CN Tower and Ripley’s Aquarium! There is also The Air Canada Centre (The ACC) where you can find the Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Raptors during the winter season! Tickets are expensive for the Leafs though so be prepared to drop a pretty penny! Toronto FC (soccer) is another sport to watch while in the city, their games are a lot of fun and just last season they won the MLS Cup!
As I’ve stated in other blog posts, Canada’s Wonderland is just north of Toronto in Vaughn if you’re in the mood for an amazing amusement park.
NOW, for some insider knowledge of Toronto!
Shopping: There is a HUGE mall directly downtown, The Eaton Centre, which is filled with amazing stores. There is also St. Lawrence Market which I would recommend stopping at!
Food: Toronto is known for its diversity, which is absolutely incredible! Because of this there are several different sections in the city to check out for some great food and a unique experience! There’s Chinatown, Little Italy, Little Portugal (a personal favourite), Little India, etc! There is also a Greek festival every summer, Taste of the Danforth!
Experience: If you have time stop at Kensington Market! It’s my favourite neighbourhood in the city as it’s got this bohemian feel towards it. You’ll find book stores, record stores, vintage shops, and cafes!
Graffiti Alley, located in the Fashion District
Hike through the Bluffs, it’s right along Lake Ontario so you’re guaranteed some beautiful views
Budweiser Stage, an outdoor concert venue!
Skating at Nathan Phillips Square, only available during the winter months for obvious reasons
Cherry Blossom at High Park, a century-old Japanese tradition! Be prepared for a crowd as this is a huge event!
photo credit (Scarborough Bluffs)