After spending a year living in Toronto, Nicholas Kennedy provides some great tips on some of the experiences this incredible city has to offer.
Living in the heart of Toronto gave me every chance to experience the vibrant atmosphere that this city delivers. This place has so much to offer that I would highly recommend visiting for at least 3-5 days to be able to experience all the gems this place provides.
Some of my personal highlights were the multiple road trips to the breathtaking Niagara Falls, just an hour down the road (if you book far enough in advance on Megabus, you can get fares as low as $1 each way from Toronto – pretty awesome!).
Another amazing experience was a journey to the top of the CN Tower. Upon reaching the top, I was met with the most amazing views of Toronto city and Lake Ontario. In winter, it is even more amazing as the landscapes are covered with snow.
A short boat trip out to the Toronto Islands is also a must, as it provides spectacular views of the city and is filled with walking tracks, barbecues and plenty of activities for both young and old to enjoy. The Maid of the Mist boat ride in the falls is one of life’s great experiences and a must do for all.
If you love your beer, which I very well do, the Steamwhistle Brewery Tours are a must-do. This tour includes a beer connoisseur, a 1 hour tour around the Brewery and taste testing.
If you’re a history bluff; take a tour to Casa Loma Castle, an old gothic styled castle; this unique castle is easily accessible from downtown Toronto. Dundas Square (corner of Yonge and Dundas) has the feel of a mini Times Square in New York City; very vibrant, lots going on 24/7 and has the Eaton Centre just across the road – truly a shopper’s paradise.
There is plenty on offer for sports lovers too; Air Canada Centre hosts the Toronto Maple Leafs in the NHL and Toronto Raptors in NBA over winter, whilst the impressive Rogers Centre plays host to the Toronto Blue Jays MLB Baseball over summer.
For the theme park lovers, head to Canada’s Wonderland, a 40 minute bus ride from downtown and enjoy some of the most amazing rollercoaster’s you’ll ever experience. It is easy to spend an entire day here, as there are rides that cater for all ages.
Toronto Zoo is also another great place to visit, and there is good chance you’ll get see the iconic Polar Bears. Summer in Toronto is patio season, where the streets come to life with patio beer gardens. There are plenty of restaurants and cafes for all the food lovers out there.
A Little Bit about Quebec
I really enjoyed wandering the streets and absorbing in the great vibe of Quebec. Heavily influenced by the locals, there are a lot of historical attractions and monuments to admire and it is especially suited for those who are after a bit more of a cultural experience.
Spend a day roaming through the old city area, filled with historical buildings, cobbled streets and plenty of great cafes to dine in. The very impressive Notre Dame Basilica is definitely worth a walk through – pay attention to the detail of the design. The Botanical Gardens cover 75 hectares of land and are very eye-catching.
Quebec is located approximately 5 hours and 30 minutes by bus/car or a 1 hour and 10 minute flight and is really worth visiting.