On the 12th of May I set off with my parents on our 9 day Canadian Adventure, 5 of these days were spent in the awesome City of Toronto. We met some really lovely people, enjoyed some lovely weather, spectacular views and did some things I never thought I would. Toronto stole a piece of my heart with its warmth and vibrancy and I would go back in a heartbeat.
As well as being able to tell you a little about my trip I thought I would clue you in on my favourite places – obviously this isn’t an exhaustive list of all the awesome things to do in the City but it’s a great place to start.
CN Tower – Step outside and look up just about anywhere in Toronto and the CN Tower will be the first thing you see. At 553.3 m-high and with access to views from 346m – this is well worth a visit. The views are incredible and you can see such a vast amount of Toronto from up here. It is also the perfect place to take a photo of the City you have been exploring from the ground. The staff are super knowledgeable and more than happy to tell you a bit about their city.
Ripley’s Aquarium – I haven’t been to an Aquarium in years, but it was such a great morning. It didn’t take ages, we were there for about 2 hours total but they have some incredible fish here. The underwater viewing tunnel is amazing and is North America’s longest. This is a great place to take children, but as three adults we really enjoyed this.
Casa Loma – This is little farther out of the City than the rest of the items on the list but definitely worth a visit. Casa Loma is a Gothic Revival House which has often been used as the backdrop to many Film and TV shows. I particularly enjoyed seeing the gardens which were absolutely stunning!
Eaton Centre – This is any beauty/fashion blogger’s dream. The main shopping centre in Toronto located in Dundas Square. With over 250 shops including everyone’s favourite’s Sephora, Kiehl’s, Forever21, Bath and Body works to name but a few. If you are feeling peckish, the whole downstairs is a food-court with so much choice from Subway/McDonald’s to Jimmy The Greek, Pizza, Chinese, Thai etc. You could easily spend hours here, and we did!
Nathan Phillips Square – Whether you visit it during the day or during the night, Nathan Phillips Square is a great visit for the Toronto sign alone! If you don’t get a photo in front of it, have you even been to Toronto! You can also get a great view of City Hall from here which is such a lovely building.
The Keg – This was by far our favourite food place in Toronto. It has such a great atmosphere, the staff are super friendly and accommodating. If you are a fan of steak you will love the Keg, (I myself am not) but there were plenty of fish options for me to choose from including a really lovely salmon dish!
The Village – found on the intersection of Church and Wellesley, The Village is the heart of Toronto’s LGBTQ+ Community and offers the connectedness of a small town, in the heart of the City. I paid The Village a visit to look specifically at their Church Street Mural project – one of the largest LGBTQ+ public art exhibits in the world. There are about 11 pieces of street art throughout The Village which capture the people, moments and history of this community.
Graffiti Alley – Anyone interested in street art should pay Graffiti Alley a visit, found in the fashion district it runs from Spading Avenue to Portland Street.
Baseball Game – This isn’t something we managed to do but is something I would definitely do on a return visit. Torontonians live and breathe baseball and when a Blue Jay’s game is on the whole City is abuzz with people in their hats, shirts etc. We did however wander around near the stadium on game day and the atmosphere is incredible! Friendly and lively perfect for all the family.
Take a visit to Niagara – Now whilst this isn’t in Toronto it is the most popular day trip out of the City that runs daily. There are plenty of coach tours to choose from but we used Grayline who picked us up and dropped us off right outside our hotel. Our tour started off in a vineyard sampling ice wine, then onto Niagara on the Lake which is a cute 19th century village not far from Niagara Falls which was our next stop! We had lunch at the Sheraton Hotel which gave us stunning views of both the American and Canadian Falls, then we went on the Hornblower Boat Cruise out to the Falls! Following this we went on a Helicopter ride over the Falls which was such an incredible experience, such incredible views!
MY TWO TOP TIPS:
- The Trams and Subways are so cheap compared to travel in the UK – utilise them wherever you can.
- Get the Toronto City Pass – it allows you to get into about 5 different tourist spots for the price of about 2/3.
Have any of you guys been to Toronto? Let me know your favourite places to visit in the comments below.
Until next time
Love, Laugh and Shop