Destination Idea: Toronto – with video

by GO GlobeHopper

Toronto is Canada’s largest and most recognizable city. The CN Tower, the Rogers Centre, and the numerous buildings that make up the skyline make it identifiable to travelers around the world — 13.6 million tourists annually to be exact.

Due to Toronto’s multiculturalism, there are culinary experiences, hotels, and attractions to suit almost everyone. It is a city that can be visited as a vacation destination or as a weekend getaway. So, for your traveling wants and needs, we have compiled a list of the city’s must-sees, and have linked many of them to our reviews so that you can further research and make plans.

⦿ To watch our highlights tour of Toronto, visit our YouTube video HERE and be sure you are using the highest quality playback settings. Or, keep reading for more information and photos.

File:Toronto - ON - Skyline10.jpgWe recommend starting your weekend with a thrill at Toronto’s most identifiable landmark — The CN Tower.  This is where tourists can get a birds-eye view of the city and thrill-seekers can participate in the Edgewalk and hang off the edge of an observation platform. For a tamer experience, guests can access the SkyPod level to look through the glass floor or dine at 360 Restaurant. Afterward, visit Ripley’s Aquarium at the base of the tower, or hop next door to the Rogers Centre to take in a concert or a baseball game featuring the Toronto Blue Jays. In the evening, consider the Distillery District for a unique dining experience and live entertainment.

Get up early and take a brisk morning walk or run through High Park which contains many hiking trails, a beautiful lakefront, greenhouses, and picnic areas. For more living beauty, check out Toronto’s Botanical Gardens. Then, shop ’til you drop on Queen Street West near Kensington Market, on Queen Street East in the Beaches District, or at the Toronto Eaton Centre.  For an upscale shopping experience, head to Yorkville which is chock full of designer boutiques. By evening, kick back and relax on the waterfront.  Just find your way to Queen’s Quay and the Harbourfront to catch a sunset dinner cruise around the Toronto Islands. End the evening with a quick jaunt over to Nathan Phillips Square and snap a selfie with the infamous Toronto sign, which will be lit in colored lights.

File:Casa Loma, Toronto (6264979572).jpgIf museums are your thing, you’re in luck as Toronto has several. Our favorites include the Art Gallery of Ontario, The Aga Khan Museum, and The Royal Ontario Museum. There’s also the Bata Shoe Museum which displays shoes from different cultures and different periods in history. Check out a sports-based museum in the form of the Hockey Hall of Fame. Or visit Casa Loma to tour the interior or stroll the gorgeous gardens. The iconic Toronto castle has been overlooking the city since 1914 and most of the original furniture is still inside. Self-guided tours are available at the castle, plus it hosts several events and live music. The castle’s beauty is beyond words and is a must-see.

If amusement parks tickle your fancy, consider a short jaunt north of Toronto to spend the day at Canada’s Wonderland.  Or, take the ferry across to Toronto Island and spend some time at Centreville, with a selection of rides and attractions and 14 food outlets.

Toronto has no shortage of live entertainment with first-class theatres at the Princess of Wales Theatre, Ed Mirvish Theatre, the Royal Alexander Theatre, and plenty of live music can be found at various nightclubs and concert halls.

File:SugarBeach2.jpgToronto has it all, even beaches, including Sugar Beach, Cherry Beach, Woodbine Beach, and others. There’s also the Boardwalk which runs along a stretch of beach and parkland, as well as a canoe club, and a shuffleboard facility. The boardwalk ends at the beautiful Ashbridges Bay Yacht Club. The area is great for strolling, jogging, bike rides, sunbathing, BBQs & picnics, boating, paddle boarding, and volleyball tournaments.

Still feeling sporty and looking for more action, try Woodbine Racetrack for horse racing, or the Ballroom– an upbeat sports bar that specializes in rock n’ roll, tasty bar & grill menu items, and bowling. Yes, bowling and it’s a lot of fun. As a matter of fact, this particular establishment has been known to attract celebs who want to hit the lanes.

With all of this and more, it’s easy to see why Toronto is an excellent vacation destination.

 

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