As Canada’s largest city and the capital of Ontario, Toronto is chock-full of things to do with its ever-evolving urban enclaves, diverse foodie scene, designer havens, and nearby natural wonders. Once known as “Hogtown” due to the pork processing plant located right along the waterfront of Lake Ontario, today Toronto is a dynamic metropolitan city with towering skyscrapers. Grab an eco-friendly car to explore the city’s hotspots and do not miss the 90-minute drive to Niagara Falls, a powerful natural wonder where over 3,160 tons of water per second thunder down over expansive cliffs.
There are a lot of must-see spots to tick off in T-Dot, which Toronto is often playfully referred to, but why not start with a visit to the CN Tower? At 1,815 feet tall, admire the city views from one of the three observation levels. Next up, experience the city’s diverse array of food and take your taste buds on a trip around the world in Chinatown, Little India, Little Italy, or Greektown.
If you are looking for one of the best street markets in North America, drive over to Kensington Market, a vibrant and eclectic neighborhood with narrow streets and alleyways lined with colorful Victorian houses. Visitors will find a treasure trove of multi-cultural restaurants, vintage clothing shops, and funky cafes here. Another favorite area for foodies is the historic St. Lawrence Market with over 120 specialty food stalls and vendors, a farmer’s market, and antique dealers on Sundays.
Since Toronto is a major fashion destination, shop to your heart’s content at Eaton Centre, a bustling attraction with a soaring glass ceiling and over 250 stores. For upscale shops and boutiques including Prada, Hermes, Gucci, and Holt Renfrew, make room in your car and head over to Yorkville and Bloor Avenue. In case you are looking for trendy or retro shops, venture over to Queen Street West, which also boasts some of the city’s best clubs and boho-chic cafes. Many visitors also flock to Vaughn Mills, one of the largest malls in Canada located right next to Canada’s Wonderland, which is Toronto’s fun-filled amusement park located on the outskirts of the city. It is easily accessible by car.
For a glimpse of Toronto’s arts and culture, spend some time exploring the city’s museums and galleries. The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art or the Royal Ontario Museum are highly recommended. Another quirky place to check out is the Bata Shoe Museum with over 10,000 shoes on display, ranging from ancient Egyptian sandals and Napoleon’s socks, to footwear worn by famous icons like Elton John, Marilyn Monroe, Terry Fox, or Justin Bieber.
Lastly, catch a show and experience Toronto’s impressive music, theater, and nightlife scene. Broadway shows can be seen at the popular Elgin & Winter Garden Theater or the Young Center for the Performing Arts in the Distillery District. For music events, live shows are staged everywhere around the city, including at the popular Glenn Gould Studio, which is home to classical, jazz, and world music concerts. Are you up for a good laugh? Toronto’s Second City is the place for improv and sketch comedy and was the old stomping ground for famous comedians like Mike Myers and Colin Mochrie.
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