Welcome to Toronto, welcome to my home! This post will be 100% biased, because I am so happy and grateful to be raised and educated in this wonderful city! Toronto is the largest city in Canada, a sprawling metropolis which is the 4th largest in North America. Toronto is busy, multi-cultural, full of festivals/events, and beautifull!
What to do:
There’s a lot to do in Toronto, and it all depends on what time of the year you visit, since the Summer and Winter are two completely different experiences. The summer is definitely the best time to discover Toronto, when the city springs to life with festivals, and all the patios are opened up. What’s interesting with Toronto is that the city is made up of many small unique neighbourhoods all with their own charm.
West Queen West is the ‘hip’, ‘cool’ and trendy part of the city. Fashion boutiques, local restaurants, and cool little shops can be found all along Queen St. West, which is the best place to shop.
Kensington Market is the other ‘hip’ neighbourhood, filled with eccentric shops and mouthwatering restaurants, many vegan and gluten free. Kensington Market has a ‘hippie’ vibe, known for their love for bikes, green spaces, and blank.
The Financial District is where all the skyscrapers tower over your head, where virtually all the locals are wearing business suits and are busy talking on their phone or responding to emails
The Waterfront, including Harbourfront, Sugar Beach, and The Beaches are all nice places to walk to bike around during the warmer months, with a gorgeous view of Lake Ontario, and some opportunities to swim or play volleyball. Harbour front Centre often has music, food, or culture festivals which are free to attend.
Scarborough Bluffs is a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, with a nice beach and gorgeous views from the top of the bluffs.
Yorkville is the yippie expensive part of the city. This is the 5th avenue-esque shopping such as Louis Vuitton, Prada, Gucci, and many other high-end retailers.
Chinatown, Little India, Koreatown, Little India, Little Portugal, and Greektown, are all ethnic neighbourhoods scattered around the city’s downtown where you can have a taste of some authentic food, or experience the multiculturalism of the diverse city.
What to see in Toronto (in photos):
Nathan Phillips Square, and New City Hall
The ROM (Royal Ontario Museum)
The CN Tower
Yonge Dundas Square
Some of the big festivals include:
Caribana Festival - Largest Street Festival in North America
VELD, Digital Dreams, Bestival, Electric Island,
Taste on Danforth