What makes Toronto special?
Toronto is a multicultural metropolis, boasting 6.4 million residents. You can find everything here, including tons of entertainment, museums, bars, islands, and a waterfront! This dynamic city is always changing, with tons of developments and new restaurants or bars openings weekly.
Toronto is known as a "City of Neighborhoods", due to the unique atmosphere of the different diverse neighbourhoods all coming together like a mosaic, each with their own distinct identities. There are many ethnic districs, such as Chinatown, Little Italy, Little India, Little Portugal, Koreatown, and Greektown. Kensington Market is a multicultural eccentric "hipster" area with unique fusion food and bars. Financial District is home to the tallest buildings in Canada. Entertainment District is full of fun bars, restaurants, and theaters. The Annex is a university-oriented district with nice preserved historic homes. West Queen West is a trendy community with boutique shops (voted 2nd coolest neighborhoods in the world by Vogue). St. Lawrence Market is a pleasant food-oriented historic district with a market (ranked world's best food market by National Geographic). Distillery District is an old historic area with over 40 heritage buildings, and was home to the largest distillery in the world. Harbourfront is an area near Lake Ontario with great biking trails, and hosting festivals and free concerts all summer long, near the iconic CN Tower. The tower was the world's tallest building for over 20 years! Yorkville is a preppy high-end area, full of luxury brands and the ROM. The Beaches has four beaches situated on Lake Ontario. There is something for everybody!
In the summertime, Toronto is a center of music and culture, filled with festivals every week showcasing cultures, food, music, and so much more! We have the largest street festival in North America (Caribana), as well as mega-music festivals such as VELD, Digital Dreams, Boots and Hearts, and WayHome. Check out BlogTO for the most up to date events. We like to think of summer as "Patio Season", as many of the locals love to just hang out with a meal or drink on a nice patio. You can take a swim at Woodbine Beach, hike in Rouge Park, High Park, or along the many Ravines, or take in a beautiful view at Scarborough Bluffs.
During the wintertime, Torontonians love enjoying the outdoors with some skiing at nearby Blue Mountain, or snowshoeing/tobogganing/sledding at one of the many parks. Brace yourself for the weather, as Toronto experience both hot and cold extremes throughout the year. When locals need to get somewhere downtown, they usually escape the cold in the PATH System, which stretches 30KM underground boasting 1,200 shops, making it the largest underground shopping complex in the world!
No matter what time of year you come to Toronto, you will have hundreds of things to do. If you like Museums, we have the ROM (Canada's largest museum), AGO (Art Gallery), BATA Shoe Museum, and the Hockey Hall of Fame. Change it up with a visit to Graffiti Alley, an alleyway decorated with unique graffiti, where it's legal and always changing! If you like shopping, our streets are filled with boutiques and shops, and the Eaton Center mall has 235 shops in the heart of the city.
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Liveley square with New City Hall, Old City Hall, the famous TORONTO sign, and winter skating
Spacious market with 100+ vendors, bakers, butchers and artisans, with produce and antiques on weekends.
National Geographic has ranked Toronto's St. Lawrence Market as the world's best food market!
The Distillery District is a trendy and historic district in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Located east of downtown, it contains numerous cafés, restaurants, and shops housed within heritage buildings of the former Gooderham and Worts Distillery
The Royal Ontario Museum is a museum of art, world culture and natural history in Toronto, Canada. It is one of the largest museums in North America, and the largest in Canada.
The Toronto Islands are a chain of small islands in Lake Ontario, south of the downtown. Great views of the city, and a zoo can be found on the islands.
Public park with an elevated meadow for views of the bluffs & a sandy lower beach with picnic areas.
High Park is an urban park in Toronto with sporting facilities, cultural facilities, educational facilities, gardens, playgrounds and a zoo.
District with Lake Ontario views, concerts and festivals at Harbourfront Center, biking trails, and a ferry to the islands.
Toronto's most unique neighbourhood, Kensington Market retains its charm and wonderful diversity through its eclectic mix of vintage clothing stores, grocers, restaurants and cafes.
Busy commercial intersection with bright lights, a public square, shopping, and a large Mall
All mentioned locations on an easy to navigate map
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Veld Music Festival is a 2 day EDM music festival featuring some of the biggest DJs and Artists in August
North America's largest street festival, showcasing Caribbean/West Indian culture every July/August
Toronto Film Festival is one of the largest and most prestigious film festivals in the world, happening every September
Digital Dreams Music Festival is a two-day electronic music festival held in Toronto every July
North America's largest African music festival occurring every July
Taste of the Danforth is a yearly festival held in Toronto for three days in August
The Boots and Hearts Music Festival is a multi-day country music and camping festival taking place every August
Toronto Jazz Festival is a jazz event in Toronto which takes place for 10 days in late June through early July.