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Canada’s largest city, the thrumming multicultural metropolis of Toronto lies heavy on the shores of Lake Ontario. Often compared with New York City due to its intimidating skyline, eclectic neighbourhoods and burgeoning population of 2.5 million, Toronto has long been a tourist destination for Canadians and foreigners alike. It doesn’t matter if you’re backpacking, here with the family or on business, the city’s fantastic cuisine, festivals, boutique shopping and sightseeing attractions speak for themselves. Cool, sleek and fast-paced, one thing is guaranteed – you’ll never find yourself bored in Toronto.
Harbourfront and Corktown — Check out the TN Tower in the Harbourfront district. This is also where you’ll find the ferry to Toronto Island, where you can snap that quintessential shot of the Toronto skyline. Alternatively, amble east to Toronto’s historic Corktown to see the city’s oldest architecture, numerous galleries, the St. Lawrence Market and to quench your thirst in the Distillery District.
Entertainment District — For music, numerous live sport venues and performing arts of all kinds, Toronto’s Entertainment District should be at the top of your to-do list. Every September, Toronto plays host to the Toronto International Film Festival. And where’s the festival’s central hub? You guessed it – the Entertainment District.
Kensington Market — Kensington Market is one of Toronto’s oldest, most diverse and well-known neighbourhoods. Check out unique local graffiti, find all the best organic grocery stores, and cram in more galleries and mini art festivals than the rest of the city put together. It’s a must-see!
Yorkville — Affluent, sophisticated and definitely up market, if you’re feeling flush, don’t miss a trip to Yorkville. Packed with swanky stores and all the high-end brands you could possibly imagine, this stunning neighbourhood is one of the wealthiest in Canada. The Royal Ontario Museum is also close by.
Take a trip up Toronto’s ever-present CN Tower for panoramic views across the city and Lake Ontario. The tower has both an observation deck and a revolving restaurant, so if you’re feeling luxurious, you can enjoy the landscape as you dine. Pressed for time but still want see all the major landmarks up close? Then forget public transport – cram all the city’s major districts and landmarks into a single day with a city bike tour and picnic lunch. Don’t forget your camera though, because there’ll be plenty to see.
Whether you love no-fuss grub or posh cuisine, you’ll find something to whet your appetite in King and Queen West. Discover the best of it all with a brunch food tour through the district’s most delectable cafes, bars, coffee houses and restaurants. Family visitors could also add the LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre to the itinerary, or just enjoy an old school magic show. Whether you’re exploring the city on foot or taking a boat trip on Lake Ontario, Toronto’s many weird and wonderful activities are certain to create memories that will last you a lifetime.
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