Canada's largest city, is easy to like. An orderly metropolis of 5.7 million,
it's a good place for shopping, dining, kicking back, and exploring attractions such as the CN Tower, Toronto Islands, AGO, and ROM. People here are
friendly, and it's the influence of the city's 200-plus ethnicities that
together make Toronto vibrant. And it all happens in the heart of the city,
which means it's possible to drop in for a few days and "do the town"
without running yourself ragged.
Things to Do
Hop on the
"Red Rocket," one of the city's streetcars, and tour West Queen West's galleries,
restaurants, and boutiques, or take a stroll through the historic Distillery District and then
venture to pretty Sugar Beach for a taste of the East End. Hop on a ferry, and in just minutes,
it takes you to the giant park that is the Toronto Islands, or catch a
thrilling show at the Air Canada Centre. Or you can reach for the sky and ride
to the top of the CN Tower, one of the world's tallest
abundance of parks grace the city's core. The Toronto
Islands, a short
ferry ride across the city's harbor, are car-free and perfect for cycling,
rollerblading, or simply strolling. And the views back to the city are
stunning. Green spaces such as Trinity Bellwoods and Queen's Park are ideal
for picnics and afternoon idylls. On the east end of town, the Beach residential neighborhood, along with Kew
Gardens and the boardwalk, are good for a lazy afternoon lakeside.
Restaurants & Dining
have a hunger for local fare from the surrounding region's agricultural riches
and wines from Niagara's wine country. If you'd like a taste of Toronto
terroir, any number of restaurants, new or established, will satisfy your
appetite. And this celebration of Ontario's bounty equally inspires all
cuisines and cultures, from Canadiana to Italian, Indian to fusion, burgers to
bistros at restaurants such as Woodlot, Canoe, Porchetta & Co, Allen's, TOCA . . . the
list goes on.
Nightlife & Entertainment
Toronto, like most major cities,
brings in big-ticket touring musicals and other blockbuster shows. However, the city's independent
troupes, such as the brilliant Soulpepper, the venerable Canadian Stage, and the Factory
consistently well-received productions. Additionally, the Shaw Festival or Stratford Theatre Festival offer fine
performing arts, plus a pretty road trip.