Destination: Toronto, ON
21 million annual visitors. 8,000 restaurants. 200 public art works and historical monuments. 43 kilometers of shoreline. 7 professional sports teams. 4 distinct seasons.
One destination: Toronto.
So pack your waterproof jacket, sensible walking shoes and plenty of layers, and make Toronto your next getaway!
Activities for All
Looking for something to do with the kiddies? The largest indoor aquarium in Canada, Ripley Aquarium, not only features species of the Great Lakes, but also showcases the striking animals of tropical Indo-Pacific regions and cooler open-ocean waters.
Boasting over 16,000 marine animals, Ripley Aquarium is sure to have something intriguing for everyone in the family. What’s more, the aquarium offers an array of promotions,including, but not limited to, a Senior Savings Day, discounted tickets for groups of 10 or more and reduced tickets after 7 p.m. on select nights.
Sports fanatics looking to take a whack at the Canadian sports culture should look no further than the Air Canada Centre, home of the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs. Join the crowd in cheering on the home hockey club.
If you are not a hockey fan, the Air Canada Centre is also home to the NBA’s Toronto Raptors, and hosts a wide variety of events throughout the year.
Is baseball more of your thing? Make a visit to the Rogers Centre, home of the Toronto Blue Jays. Visit on certain days, and take advantage of some of the Blue Jays’ promotional deals, like kids days and fan appreciation days.
So soak in the temperate Toronto evening – or afternoon – while you sit back, snack on peanuts and Cracker Jack, and root, root, root for the home team.
A vivacious and unique neighborhood, Kensington Market finds include everything from new and vintage clothing to hand-made jewelry and home accessories to greeting cards and fresh-cut flowers. This shopping hub also contains various coffee shops, bars and restaurants, just in case you need a pick-me-up after a long day of shopping.
If you are foodie looking for an open-market experience, then St. Lawrence Market is the place for you. Indulge your taste buds as you amble through stalls upon stalls offering sweet jams and jellies, sharp and savory cheeses, prime meats, fresh fruits and veggies, and scrumptious crepes and cinnamon buns.
Take a break from the hectic city scene to take a relaxing stroll along the harbour front. With Lake Ontario’s waters lapping up on the shoreline, the Harbourfront Centre is the “heart of Toronto’s waterfront.”
In addition to being an ideal spot to unwind, Harbourfront Centre offers a wide array of other free cultural activities, including festivals, concerts, movies, dancing and yoga classes. Throw in an abundance of restaurants and bars, and the Harbourfront Centre is sure to have something for everyone in the fam.
If you are looking to expand your knowledge of Toronto’s cultural and historical past even more, take advantage of the many boat and cruise tours that depart from the harbour at various points throughout the day. Take sightseeing to the next level as you cruise along the waterfront, all the while admiring Toronto’s spectacular skyline.
What a Sight to See
Marvel at breathtaking views of Toronto’s modern skyline, the glittering water at the harbour front, and so much more after you ascend almost 450 meters to the highest observation deck of the CN tower.
If you are seeking more of a thrill – and are visiting Toronto between April and November –take a go at the Edgewalk, a hands-free, full-circle walk around the central pod of the tower – 116 stories above the ground. Enjoy the views of Toronto on a whole new level.
Do you have a little daredevil in you, but aren’t quite as much of an adrenaline junkie? Then try your hand – or feet – at the glass floor that holds you 342 meters above the city. You’ll feel like you are walking on air!
The tower also contains several dining locations situated at different points throughout the building and a souvenir market at the base level.
Seeking to soak up some creative vibes? Look no further than Toronto’s Distillery District. An eclectic neighborhood that is said to foster creativity, Toronto’s Distillery District is the result of the restoration project of Gooderham & Worts Distillery.
This pedestrian-only neighborhood highlights a blend of Victorian architecture and 21st century design and is home to some of Canada’s premier galleries, theatres and artists. While it is free to walk around, the district also boasts a wide assortment of dining and shopping options. And while you’re at it, grab a beer at one of the breweries that dot the area.
For those of you who are hoping to brush up on the colorful past of this historic district, the district offers a range of walking tours, Segway tours and even tasting tours.
Be transported from the historic antiquity of the Distillery District to the bustling modern era as you pop on over to Nathan Phillips Square.
A newly revitalized space that includes art exhibitions, a weekly farmer’s market in the summer, dance performances, concerts, a Peace Garden and a reflective pool, you will definitely want to make Nathan Phillips Square a stop on your Toronto getaway.
Check out the reflective pool-turned-ice-skating rink in the wintertime, and if you happen to visit during the holiday season, be sure to check out the 525,000 twinkling lights that animate the square.
With no admission price to enter the square, this space also transforms into a venue for several free special events and festivals throughout the year.
If you are looking to round out your visit by taking the iconic tourist-y photo to show all of your Facebook friends, well then, you are in luck, because Nathan Phillips Square also features the illuminated 3D “Toronto” sign, which is sandwiched between City Hall towers and the reflecting pool, creating endless photo opportunities.
Get Your Grub Here
Hoping for something a bit more casual, with a gorgeous view of the Toronto waterfront to boot? Then the Amsterdam Brewhouse is the place for you.
The menu hosts an array of options, including, but not limited to, fresh salads, mac-n-cheese croquettes, pulled pork sandwiches, wood-oven pizzas, freshly caught oysters, burgers and an array of entrees smoked onsite over the Cherrywood Smoker. Round out your savory meal with one of the bar’s freshly hand-made craft beers.
If you are just craving some good, old-fashioned comfort food, then stop by Uncle Betty’s Diner, a non-chain restaurant that serves up a friendly and warm atmosphere in addition to your home-cooked meal.
The menu boasts affordable all-day breakfast options that include a breakfast burrito, an omelet of the day, a breakfast shake, tasty breakfast sides and more. If you are not in the mood for breakfast, but are still looking for an inexpensive lunch or dinner option, the diner also offers an array of sandwiches and delicious entrees.
Oh, and make sure you save some room for something sweet because the dessert menu includes the diner’s famous donuts, the “homemade chocolate twink’eh” and a wide variety of ice cream flavors from Betty’s Creamery.
Rest Your Head
Located near downtown Toronto, and complete with clean and spacious rooms at an affordable price, it is a wonder why anyone would want to stay anywhere else. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, complimentary continental breakfast, cable TV with HBO, and a 24-hour front desk. Each hotel room boasts all the comforts of home with a mini-fridge, microwave and iron/ironing board.