If there is a city where we really felt at home, that was Toronto. This incredible city is one of the cleanest, safest, most peaceful and most cosmopolitan cities in the world. One can listen to more than 180 languages in one day while wandering around Toronto. It truly is a melting pot, always ready to welcome visitors with open arms. Studies say that it is the 4th most livable city in the world. Toronto is as well a major hub for creative industries which employ hundreds of thousands of people from a broad range of product-producing and service-providing industries such as performing arts, fashion and design, film, TV, internet and music production, broadcasting, publishing and more.
Tourists have an endless list of options when it comes to hotels, restaurants, museums, galleries, events, parks along with outdoors full-day activities. Toronto has more than 1,600 public parks and 600 km (373 miles) of trails which are visited by locals and visitors alike throughout the Spring and Summer months. Traveling between tourist attractions is really easy, Toronto has North America’s third-largest public transit system after New York City and Mexico City, it is clean and efficient.
Toronto’s unmatched diversity is incomparable, it is without a doubt Canada’s cultural heartland. Not Calgary, not Winnipeg, but Toronto. Do not wait till next year, visit Toronto this summer and enjoy everything it has to offer. WOW Travel shares with you The Top 7 Things To Do In Toronto.
CN Tower offers panoramic views of Toronto’s cityscape. In a mere 58 seconds, elevators whisk visitors to one of two observation levels. EdgeWalk, a new feature for thrill-seeking travelers, lets the brave traverse a 1.5 meter-wide (5 ft) exterior ledge 356 meters (1,168 feet) above the ground. You can even see the Niagara Falls on a clear day from there.
Toronto Zoo is a lovely home for over 5000 creatures and known for its interactive education and conservation activities. It is located on the outskirts of the city in the Greater Toronto Area and is open all year long. With a refurbished and expanded polar bear habitat, a new endangered African penguin exhibit and more than 10 km (6 miles) of walking trails it will offer you a unique wildlife experience.
The former home of Canadian financier Sir Henry Pellatt, Casa Loma is Canada’s majestic castle. Discover secret passages, a 244-meter tunnel, decorated suites, towers, and gorgeous estate gardens that spread out over five acres. Self-guided multimedia tours are available in a wide range of languages.
Distillery Historic District
“Home to many of Toronto’s hottest designer boutiques, unique cafes, artisan shops, breathtaking art galleries, performance venues and award-winning restaurants, The Distillery District is the place to see and be seen. An internationally acclaimed pedestrian-only village, The Distillery features more than 70 ground-floor cultural and retail establishments in the restored red brick, Victorian-era buildings of the renowned Gooderham & Worts whiskey distillery.” Source: TheDistilleryDistrict‘
St. Lawrence Market
St. Lawrence Market is a Toronto landmark and is the largest indoor market in the city. Located at the corner of Front and Jarvis St., the main activity is centered in the South Market with two floors of vegetable and fruit markets, butchers, cheese stores, fish stores and other grocers, restaurants and cafes. Across the street on Front, the North Market is bustling on Saturday mornings during the summer months when local farmers bring their wares into the city.
Toronto’s answer to New York’s Broadway. The main center of activity in the Entertainment District is along King Street. The Toronto Entertainment District is home to many of the nation’s most important and recognizable cultural landmarks including the CN Tower, Rogers Center, Air Canada Center, Bell Media, Metro Toronto Convention Center, Roy Thomson Hall, Princess of Wales Theater, Royal Alexandra Theater, the Four Seasons Center for the Performing Arts, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, Toronto Railway Museum and more. It is where four major-league sports teams play in their home venue, throughout the year. It is an area with layers of history and experience. In addition to being a center for nightlife, dining, live entertainment, comedy, film and professional sports the Entertainment District is a workplace and a desirable neighborhood.
With more than 2 million visitors each year the Toronto Islands are one of the city’s top attractions. Especially on a nice summer day it’s a perfect place to relax and enjoy the weather. Ferries depart from the city ferry docks at the foot of Bay Street, and the three island destinations are just a 10-minute boat ride away. Don’t forget to visit the famous maze and get lost or visit the Artscape Gibraltar Point.
Just So You Know…
- Toronto is the most multicultural city in the world. There are 100 + languages and dialects spoken throughout the city.
- Toronto’s Pride Week is one of the largest organized LGBT festivals in the world.
- The city’s crime rate is at a steady decline since 1972.
- Toronto public transit is easy, quick, and convenient. It is called the TTC and there are over 50 subway stations and plenty of bus routes. You can also find access to the GO bus and trains which travel outside of the city boundaries.
- Go shopping and get lost at The Eaton Centre, a bright and airy shopping mall in the heart of Toronto.
- Visit during Taste of the Danforth, a street festival in the heart of Toronto’s Greektown. From mouth-watering Greek cuisines like souvlaki and spanakopita (spinach pie) to Thai, Indian and Cuban fare.
- The Stop’s Night Market is a teeming feast for the eyes, belly, and heart. This annual fundraising event is a captivating mash-up of the best of Toronto’s street food, art, music, and offers Torontonians a unique chance to experience an iconic space as they’ve never seen it before.
- Dog lovers should go to Woofstock, the largest outdoor festival for dogs in all of North America.
- Visit the cool neighborhood Little Portugal, a dynamic urban business district in Toronto’s downtown West End, spreading along Dundas Street West from Shaw Street to Rusholme Road. Here Old World traditions meet 21st-century styles: you’ll find charming European bakeries, sophisticated art galleries, colorful boutiques, and exciting restaurants and nightspots.
- Feel in India at Gerrard India Bazaar, North America’s largest South Asian ethnic market.
- Get inspired by Toronto’s street art at Graffiti Alley, also known as Rush Lane or Rick Mercer’s Alley, runs west from Spadina Ave. to Portland St. The back alley entrance can be found between Queen St. and Richmond St.
- Visiting on a transit? We recommend staying at one of the 11 Best Hotels Near Toronto Airport.
Get Some Culture:
- Royal Ontario Museum – A museum of art, world culture and natural history in Toronto.
- Art Gallery of Ontario – With more than 5,000 works in 110 galleries.
- Hockey Hall of Fame – Dedicated to the history of ice hockey, it is both a museum and a hall of fame.
- Ontario Science Centre – Features over 500 exhibits, live demonstrations, Toronto’s only public planetarium and IMAX® films in the dome theater.
Grab A Bite:
- Aunties & Uncles – Expect to wait in line at this perennially popular brunch spot tucked off of College Street, where the food is awesome.
- School – One of the best brunch spots in Toronto.
- Skin + Bones – Wine pours paired with seasonal dishes & a clever Sunday ploughman’s brunch in an industrial space.
- District Oven – Upscale Middle Eastern–Mediterranean cuisine & infused cocktails served in a sleek, sexy space.