Toronto Travel And Tourism

Thinking about traveling to Toronto? I was born in Toronto and have lived here for most of my life so I’d like to tell you a bit about my city and why you should visit.

Toronto is the fifth largest metropolitan city in North America and we have the third largest theatre centre in the English speaking world.

With a population of around 2.5 million – over 4.6 million when you add in the surrounding regions – Toronto is a world-class city by any definition.

In my opinion here are the top 10 tourist attractions in Toronto that you need to check out when you’re here:

  1. CN Tower
  2. Ontario Science Centre
  3. Toronto Zoo
  4. African Lion Safari
  5. Royal Ontario Museum
  6. Art Gallery of Ontario
  7. Harbourfront Centre
  8. Casa Loma
  9. Ontario Place
  10. Toronto Theatre

That’s just a short list too. There are plenty of world class restaurants, sporting events and cultural events that are also part of any visit to Toronto that you’ll need to check out as well.

Getting to Toronto is easy as it’s a city easily accessible by air and if you live near the US – Canadian border in Michigan or New York state, driving might be an option for you as well.

Toronto Travel like a Local The Untourist Guide to the Big City

Toronto, like many international business centers, offers a huge selection of hotels. Most are large, comfortable, and utterly devoid of charm. Enjoy a more authentic experience by staying at a small and stylish boutique hotel. The SoHo Metropolitan is well regarded as Toronto’s finest boutique hotel. Indulgent yet subdued, the SoHo Met is a vibrant scene unto itself and a luxury experience not to be missed. The Gladstone is a historic 100-year old hotel in the lively heart of the Toronto arts scene, and offers a choice of 37 Toronto artist-designed guest rooms. Sleek, trendy, funky, and modern – these suites will be as memorable as your daily sightseeing.

Toronto is a steaming, thriving metropolis, but in this chaotic concrete jungle remain a few places where one can sit back, put their feet up, and relax. The Distillery District is a historic part of Toronto, around since 1832, but since its restoration in 2003 it has become an integral part of Toronto’s jazz scene. Grab a seat, order a beer, and listen to some jazz in the sun. The St. Lawrence Market, while not screaming relaxation, is a fun and friendly way to spend a Saturday morning surrounded by fresh produce, great eats, and entertaining buskers. Make a picnic and bring it to the 400 acres of urban green space at Hyde Park for a relaxing afternoon.

When making the all-important dining choice in Toronto, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by options. Casual trendsters looking for a bite should consider Peter Pan, an eatery on trendy Queen Street that features a menu with staying power, having recently celebrated its 31st year. The Swan appeals to lovers of kitsch, offering a 50’s diner décor with a thankfully updated menu. Toronto’s Little Italy has the highest concentration of Italians outside Italy, so you know where to go for a spaghetti or gelato.

Culture-hounds looking for something different can consider a visit to Toronto’s off-beat shrine to shoes, the Bata Shoe Museum, while a visit to the CN Tower never disappoints, but to truly appreciate Toronto one just has to wander its streets, poking into boutiques, sampling a particularly tasty shwarma, catching a show, and stopping for a sunset drink.

Top Toronto Travel Destinations

A trip to Toronto offers visitors a cultural and diverse experience. Here are some destinations and attractions to include in your itinerary:

· St. Lawrence Market: Voted one of best 25 places to eat by Food and Wine magazine, this market offers over 50 food vendors and a dozen lunch counters. A unique dining experience, with many cultural choices.

· CN Tower: This is Toronto’s premier landmark and has defined the city for many years. Although not the tallest standing structure anymore, it is still considered one of the modern wonders of the world. The observation deck will give you amazing views of the city; check out the glass floor, or dine in the exclusive revolving restaurant.

· Casa Loma: The history buff will enjoy the tour of this castle once owned by a prominent Toronto resident. Spend some quiet time in the amazingly tended gardens outside as you roam the grounds.

· Chinatown: One of North America’s largest; you will find a huge selection of traditional cuisine, art, souvenirs and more. This is definitely a stop you will want to make on your trip.

· Eaton Centre: Although the actual “Eatons” store no longer exists, the Eaton’s Centre is still one of Toronto’s top attractions, with over one million visitors per week. It was modelled after a galleria in Milan, Italy and was one of the first major shopping establishments constructed in North America.

· Toronto Zoo: If you love to walk, spend a day at the Toronto Zoo, where you can see over 5000 animals, and over 500 species. You can even adopt an animal of your own, to help support the zoo in its superior care of the animals.

· Ontario Science Centre: There is always something to do, build and experiment with at this Science Centre. A great time for parents and kids alike.

· Royal Ontario Museum: This is one of the top 10 museums in the world, and one of North America’s largest.

Toronto will amaze you with its diversity and culture. You will never be bored in this city that takes pride in its attractions as well as its exciting nightlife. Take in a baseball or hockey game to get a sense of how serious they are about sports (especially hockey, since it is the country’s national sport.) Dine at one of the many restaurants downtown to tantalize your taste buds. Toronto will be a trip that you won’t soon forget.

Toronto Travel Guide Must See Destinations

Toronto is the most visited tourist city in Canada and it’s due to the large amount of diversification in the city which allows anyone to find something they would like to do. If you’re going to be in Toronto sometime soon then you will want to make sure you check out some of the attractions below. I have lived in Toronto for many years and these attractions below are definitely the top must see destinations for first time visitors to the city.

* The CN Tower is one of the largest structures in the world and you will be able to take an elevator up to the top of the tower. The cost of this attraction is really inexpensive so it’s great for families traveling on a budget. You will be able to see the entire city plus some of the surrounding areas from the top of the CN Tower. You can also eat in the restaurant which is located near the top of the tower and it rotates around the tower so you can view all angles of the city while having a meal.

* If you’re feeling a little extreme then you will definitely want to make a stop at Wonderland which is one of the biggest amusement parks in the country. Wonderland has a lot of monster roller coasters for the daring individual, but there is also a children’s area and Waterpark area loaded with awesome rides. The cost of admission has been going down every year lately and it’s definitely a great way to spend a full day of your vacation in Toronto.

* There is plenty of shopping that you can do in the downtown area of Toronto and you will also be able to have your pick at hundreds of great restaurants. There are plenty of trendy clothing shops, museums and even the Hockey Hall of Fame in the downtown core of Toronto. You can easily spend an entire day in this area shopping and enjoying the busy atmosphere.

* If you enjoy watching sports then depending on the season you will be able to watch one of Toronto’s professional sporting teams. Toronto has a professional baseball team, hockey team, basketball team, soccer team and a CFL team. Tickets can be rather expensive to watch a Toronto sporting event though, so you need to decide how important it is for you on your trip.

* The Kensington Market is a great place to visit as well when in Toronto as it’s completely free to visit. It’s a street market where you will be able to find everything from bootleg DVD’s to imported food from overseas. The market is always thriving and open everyday as many people earn their income from running stores on the side of the street.

Toronto is a very culturally diverse city and you will be able to find a lot of different types of things to do in the city. You will never be able to get bored in the city of Toronto and if you never want to sleep on your vacation you don’t need too. There is always something to do in Toronto no matter what time it is and that’s just one of many reasons why Toronto is the most popular tourist destination in Canada.