Every year, Toronto gets bigger and more and more attractions take root to entertain the billowing population. Some have been solidly standing for years, like the ubiquitous CN Tower or the culture-soaked Art Gallery of Ontario. Other additions include Ripley's Aquarium, which brings shark encounters to an unlikely location. Toronto is a city, but you could also consider it a playground for kids of all ages (including kids at heart!).
If you want to bike around Toronto, please note that Toronto is not very bicycle-friendly. Plan your route carefully and exercise caution when you are on the city streets.
Whatever time of year you're visiting Toronto, you can be sure there's a festival that seems tailor-made for you.
When you have ample exploring to do in a city like Toronto, it's all about location, location, location. From low budget to luxury, Toronto is swarming with competitive hotels looking to help you rest your head at night. Booking downtown is well worth it if you want to be within walking distance of museums, sports venues (like the Roger's Centre) and Toronto’s subway system.
"Off the beaten track" hotels might seem like the easiest way to save money, but check with a local about the neighborhood if you can. Toronto's transit system is not always reliable, and if you are on the outskirts of the city, you will get frustrated.
Book downtown hotels early since these are popular choices for conventions and tourists alike.
Ask any Torontonian what their favorite restaurant is, and they'll be sure to have an emphatic opinion. Toronto is a city filled with foodies who Instagram their delight over all they order, from food truck doughnuts to everything-but-the-kitchen-sink burgers. Toronto's best restaurants are somehow able to stand out in the sea of competition by giving people flavors that could make the chattiest person silently appreciative.
If you go to the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) and get tempted by deep fried everything, look up the Cronut incident of 2013. We're just sayin'.
Take It or Leave It:
The restaurants that are attached to the tourist locations may be convenient, but in most cases, you can do better.
If the restaurant is getting a lot of press, book your reservation at the same time as your hotel. If your desired restaurant won't take reservations, go in their early hours to secure a table.
Be Sure to Sample:
Toronto's food trucks. With lots of red tape, food trucks are finding a way to make it work with social media. Tracking one down is a worthy (albeit quirky) excursion.
Even if the last time you were a night owl was when grunge was trendy, you might want to make an exception when you visit a dynamic city like Toronto. You can stay out past your bedtime with nightlife ranging from live bands and comedy acts to world-class theatre or people watching. In many areas of the city, people watching does certainly count as entertainment.
Clubs in Toronto can be fun and frenetic, but they can also be youthfully oriented. If you are over 30, do your research to make sure you don't end up in a place where you feel like an unpaid babysitter.
Live music in Toronto is eclectic and fantastic. Put your feet up and let someone strum for your audial pleasure.
If you used to have that magnet that claimed "Veni, Vidi, Visa" (I Came, I Saw, I Shopped) then Toronto is a city that will speak to your heart. From sprawling malls to one-of-a-kind boutique shops, you are hard-pressed to find an area of Toronto without a charming shop around the corner. Shopping in Toronto could put some serious mileage on your Visa, with everything for the tech-lover to the bookworm (and everyone in between).
Bloor-Yorkville and Queen West are hot areas of Toronto if you want to make shopping into a sport.