Toronto skyline with CN towerToronto, the vibrant capital city of Ontario province, is Canada's largest city, with a population nearing 5.6 million. Including the greater urban area, the population swells to 6.5 million, making it a bustling metropolis.

Toronto's unique charm lies in its rich multicultural tapestry. The city is a melting pot of cultures, with residents from around the globe living in harmony and contributing to its diverse cultural landscape.

Interesting Facts: Toronto, originally known as York, was the capital of Upper Canada. The city's name was changed to Toronto in 1834, reflecting its indigenous roots.

Toronto Dundas Square - Taste of the middle-eastToronto celebrates its diversity with numerous festivals and events throughout the year. During my visit in August, I experienced the vibrant Caribbean Grand Parade (Caribana) and the Taste of the Middle-East festival. The city's cultural calendar is packed with events reflecting its multicultural spirit. See the full festival calendar here.

Interesting Facts: Toronto consistently ranks as one of the most livable cities globally, thanks to its high quality of life, diverse population, and robust economy.

Toronto is also celebrated for its inclusivity, particularly towards the LGBTQ community. The city's welcoming atmosphere is evident in its numerous LGBTQ-friendly events, venues, and clubs. Toronto Pride, one of the largest pride celebrations globally, has been a vibrant part of the city for over 38 years.

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Getting Around

Toronto Streetcar - from WikipediaToronto's extensive public transit network, operated by the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), makes it easy to navigate the city without a car. The network includes buses, subways, and streetcars, efficiently connecting various city parts.

The UP Express (Union Pearson Express) provides a quick and convenient connection from Toronto Pearson International Airport to Downtown. Explore the various TTC routes here to plan your journey.

Interesting Facts: Toronto's PATH network is a marvel of urban planning. This extensive underground walkway, spanning 17 miles, links over 1200 stores and restaurants, 50 office towers, and numerous transit stations, making it a unique feature of the city.

Toronto yong-dundas square fountain - from WikipediaTaxis and ride-sharing services like Uber are readily available for areas outside the TTC's reach. The downtown area is particularly pedestrian-friendly, allowing visitors to explore major attractions on foot.

During inclement weather, or simply for a unique experience, traverse the city through PATH, an underground network connecting key destinations.

Things to do

Toronto Chinatown - from WikipediaToronto, a city teeming with activities and attractions, caters to a wide range of interests. Whether you're into exploring downtown's rich architectural heritage and museums, reconnecting with nature in parks and along the waterfront, or indulging in a global culinary journey, Toronto has something for everyone.

Interesting Facts: Toronto enjoys an average of 301 sunny days per year, but be prepared for temperature extremes, ranging from as low as -24°F to as high as 105°F.

A short drive away, Niagara Falls offers breathtaking views and thrilling adventures. Discover more about Niagara Falls here.

Downtown Toronto

Toronto city hall - from WikipediaExperience the essence of Toronto by strolling through its downtown area. Here, historic buildings stand alongside modern skyscrapers, and bustling public squares are juxtaposed with tranquil shopping malls. For a change of pace, hop on a bus or streetcar to explore further.

Interesting Facts: Toronto is home to over 1600 parks, covering 13% of the city's land area, offering green spaces amidst the urban landscape.

Explore the city's underground through PATH, a network of tunnels connecting key downtown destinations, especially useful during inclement weather.

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Highlights of Downtown Toronto:

Toronto Yong-Dundas Square at night - from WikipediaYonge-Dundas Square:

Often compared to New York's Times Square, Yonge-Dundas Square is a bustling hub for events and festivals. It's a lively spot for entertainment and socializing, surrounded by massive billboards, pedestrian walkways, theaters, and shopping centers.

Royal Toronto Museum:

Royal Toronto MuseumThe Royal Toronto Museum, a blend of old and new architectural styles, houses a vast collection of global artifacts. The museum's striking modern crystal entrance contrasts with its traditional Neo-Romanesque structure. Don't miss the First Peoples exhibit, showcasing the region's indigenous arts, crafts, and culture.

Toronto Eaton CenterEaton Center:

For a comprehensive shopping experience, visit the Eaton Center, North America's busiest mall. With over 250 shops, a large food court, and numerous dining options, it's a shopper's paradise. The mall is also connected to the PATH system.

St. Lawrence Market:

St. Lawrence Market is a vibrant public market where local vendors offer fresh produce, meats, and cheeses. It's also a great place to grab a snack or drink and immerse yourself in the local food scene.

Kensington International Market:

Toronto Kensington Market - Garden Car - from WikipediaJust west of Chinatown, Kensington Market exemplifies Toronto's multicultural spirit. Wander through its streets to experience a global tapestry of music, food, and history. A food tour is the best way to sample international flavors. Learn more about my food tour experience here.

CN Tower:

Toronto CN Tower from the Waterfront - from WikipediaFor panoramic views of the city, visit the CN Tower's observation deck. Enhance your experience with a meal at the 360 Restaurant, featuring a revolving platform. Advance reservations are recommended for guaranteed access to the observation deck.

The Waterfront:

Explore Toronto's scenic waterfront along Lake Ontario. This 46 km-long stretch offers pedestrian trails, beaches, and a ferry harbor. Enjoy a leisurely walk, relax at a bar or restaurant, or take a ferry to the Toronto Islands for more attractions.

Toronto Islands beach - from WikipediaToronto Islands:

Escape to the Toronto Islands for a variety of activities like biking, canoeing, kayaking, or relaxing on the beach.

The west beach offers a clothing-optional area. The Islands also feature an amusement park for children.

Interesting Facts: The Toronto Islands are the largest urban car-free community in North America and offer a unique, tranquil escape from the city's hustle and bustle.

Outside of Downtown

Toronto High Park - from WikipediaA few steps out of downtown Toronto, you can enjoy some great experiences like parks and mansions.  

High Park:

The largest park in Toronto attracts residents and visitors to escape from the hustle and bustle of a busy city. Along with a beautiful pond, trails, and trees, the park hosts a Zoo and playgrounds. 

Casa Loma:

Toronto Casa Loma Castle - from WikipediaA real castle overlooking Toronto, this home fit for a king was built in 1900 by an ex-soldier and spans 98 rooms with towers and horse stables. 

It took three years to build and cost around 3.5 million dollars. You can spend between 2 hours and a half day roaming the hallways and grand rooms, or you can spend your time in the 5-acre immaculate garden with fountains and sculptures.

Toronto Science Centre - Hydrophone - from WikipediaOntario Science Centre:

For science buffs, a visit to this science museum is a must. With hundreds of interactive exhibits, you are bound to find something interesting and learn something new.

Some of the highlights are piloting a rocket chair, touching a tornado, playing the hydrophone, seeing how you look as you age or gazing at the start in the Planetarium. 

Niagara Falls

Those amazing waterfalls are not in Ontario, but you can visit and enjoy the splendor of nature after a 1.5-hour drive. The 3-waterfalls thunder down into the Niagara Gorge, spilling millions of cubic feet of water (per minute). 

While at the Niagara Parks, you can enjoy many experiences that take you close to the falls. I really enjoyed the Hornblower cruise and the Whitewater walk.

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