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We loved our stop in Toronto, a city that has seen hurried growth in recent years to become a truly world class city and top tourist destination. For those who are planning, or thinking of planning, a trip to visit the beautiful city of Toronto this year, we are narrowing down all your options into a few of the best things to see, do, taste and try this summer.
How to get to Toronto
Our trip to Toronto started off with a massive bang when we found an amazing deals flights from London to Toronto on on Air Transat for just over $300 per person. This was a huge relief in our budget and gave us a good cushion of extra cash for everything there is to do in the city.
Toronto’s main attractions
Toronto has a few main attractions that are definitely checking out. Toronto’s stunning skyline can be enjoyed from a few lofty locations. The CN Tower offers the tallest spot to view the city, but you can also try the Roof Lounge at the Park Hyatt or the Panorama Restaurant and Lounge for impressive vistas. The Toronto Islands are fantastic walking and cycling territory, with views of the city’s skyline from beach or the boardwalk.
For many travelers, Toronto is the jumping off point for a trip to Niagara Falls. Rent a car and head out on the 90-minute drive, which ends quite literally on a side street in Niagara where you can watch 750,000 gallons of water per second slide of a cliff right in front of you. Don’t try to skimp and save by not taking a boat excursion while you are there. Jump on the Maid of the Mist boat for a thirty-minute ride that brings you up close right into the spray of the enormous waterfall.
While we spent just over a day at the Falls, we could have easily spent a week at the vineyards in and around Niagara-on-the-Lake. Just a 15 minute drive from one of the world’s most famous tourist attractions, southern Ontario’s beautiful vineyard region is as sleepy as it is sophisticated and an entirely different experience altogether.
What to eat in Toronto
Toronto boasts a remarkably multi-cultural population. Due to the large variety of cultures, it is home to a vast array of different restaurants and culinary styles. The restaurant scene appears to be constantly expanding, with new hot spots sprouting up every week. Some must tries would be Gusto 101 for Italian, Boehmer for local and seasonal fare, Grand Electric or La Carnita for modern Mexican with a fun atmosphere, Hiro Sushi for Japanese, or John & Sons for great all around sea food. Toronto has also sprouted a slew of microbreweries for those that are into the craft beer seen. Mill St. Brewery is located in the historic Distillery District, a great area for roaming galleries, boutiques and bars. Also, you have Bellwood’s Brewery, located on Ossington Street between Dundas and Queen; a strip packed with great eateries and watering holes. For some great resources to check the restaurant pulse before or during your trip, check Time Out or Toronto Life. Also – check out the lineup of festivals happening in the city this summer.
Be a sport, ey?
When it comes to sports, you can find it all in Toronto – boasting 4 local big league sports teams. With soccer, baseball, basketball and ice hockey to choose from, watching the Maple Leafs hockey team play at the Air Canada Center is definitely the hottest ticket in town, and would be a great activity for anyone who wants to see Canadians in their true element!
Architecture not to miss in Toronto
Right through to the architecture, museums and historic sites, there are a few must sees. Celebrity architects have been busy in Toronto. First Daniel Libeskind designs the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal for the Royal Ontario Museum, incorporating a stunning Stair of Wonders, with its cabinet of curiosities, linking the historic wings. Then Frank Gehry gets cracking with the Art Gallery of Ontario, where his dramatically curving sculptural staircase that rises through a glass ceiling from the second to fifth floors. Keep an eye out for some of the amazing street art throughout the city, too!