WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN TORONTO
Bordered by Queen Street, Spadina Avenue and King Street, and stretching down to the Harbourfront, Toronto’s Entertainment District comes exactly as told to people. There’s fun to be had for the whole family throughout the day – here you can catch the Blue Jays at the Rogers Center or visit Ripley’s Fish tank of Canada. You’ll also find Canada’s Walk of Fame and the CN Tower. Then, come night time, the fun continues with a more clearly adult spin, as the area’s wide organized row of night clubs come to life.
St. Lawrence Market
Are you a food-lover who likes to fit in as many tasty bites of food into your trip in as little time as possible? Then this is the place for you! Back in 2012, National Geographic dubbed this large and historic public space the single best food market in the whole world. Though the worldwide food-related scene means that it has some serious competition these days, St. Lawrence Market remains a must-visit. It has changed locations over the years, but this market has been around in one form or another dating all the way back to 1803. Bagels, seafood, peameal bacon, and all manner of international dishes can be found here – and that’s without talking about/saying the fresh produce, specialty products (that are bought and sold), meats and cheeses available at the different stands.
Liquor-making business District
This historic (walking person/related to people on foot)-only area of town is the perfect place to go walk off some of that food you no doubt (did way too much of something) in while visiting the market. A peaceful place for a walk, morning, noon or night, the Liquor-making business District is showed/described first (and most importantly) by the beautiful Victorian (related to the beautiful design and construction of buildings, etc.), which helped earn the neighborhood its status as a National Historic Site of Canada in 1988. True to its name, it was once home to the Gooderham and Worts Liquor-making business. Now/recently, the beautiful buildings are full of shops, galleries, small restaurants and restaurants. It hosts a market on Sundays, and the city’s much-celebrated Christmas market.
This huge green space occupies a whopping 400 (areas of land about 200 feet X 220 feet) of Toronto real estate on the western side of the city’s waterfront. One full third of it remains undeveloped and left in a natural state – making High Park true (an area of water in a desert/a nice place surrounded by bad things) of calm within the city where people can go to get away from it all. On the more developed side, you’ll find many playgrounds, walking paths, sculptures, and gardens, as well as Grenadier Pond, a nature center, the High Park Zoo, and the historic Colborne Lodge. If you can, be sure to visit in springtime when the Japanese cherry trees are blossoming.
When you’ve got limited time in the city, leaving the “mainland” can sometimes seem like a bit of a hassle. But if you’ve got an extra morning or afternoon to spare, you really should make the trip to the Toronto Islands. It’s only a short 13-minute ferry ride, and when you arrive you’ll immediately understand the appeal. Total (of everything or everyone) referred to as Island Park, or simply the Island, this grouping of 15 islands is connected via bridges and paths, making it a cyclist and nature-lover’s paradise; you can easily walk from one end to the other, stopping at the beaches and picnic spots along the way. You can even rent kayaks! One of the nicest things about Toronto Island? It offers an amazing view of the city skyline.
(without any concern about/having nothing to do with) your (way of standing/way of thinking) on graffiti, you can’t help but appreciate the talent on display in this city. One of the best places to see a (place to display things to people) of local artwork is Toronto’s well named Graffiti Alley. Located in the Fashion District, at the first look this unusual attraction looks like any other small street – dumpsters, recycling bins, and the service doors to different businesses. But take a walk down this alleyway between Spadina and Portland Street, and you’ll be blown away. Of course, this is just your starting point – you should be looking for impressive large wall paintings and street art all across the city.
A destination that needs/demands little introduction, this neighborhood in downtown Toronto is among the city’s most popular with visitors and locals alike. (including people of different backgrounds) and a full of life hub, there’s something for everyone here. It’s not a market in the usual sense, but rather an assorted mixed group of business, shops, restaurants, bars and small restaurants owned by people who love what they do, and do it their own way. No matter how many times you visit, you’ll always find something new, from the perfect (sweet, dough-based dessert food) shop to a charming little old/original store. Kensington Market, in the eyes of many, is the cultural heart of Toronto.
Queen Street West
Among the most famous streets in the whole city, this a shopper’s delight. Here you will find many of the world’s best and most popular major stores, at pretty much all price points. Of course, you don’t get to be one of the city’s most popular streets by being a one-trick pony. As you walk its length, Queen Street West slowly but surely delivers on all fronts: bars, restaurants, (sweet, dough-based dessert food) shops, live-music locations/stadiums, home decor, specialty and old-style (and popular) clothing stores… day or night, if you want it, chances are that Queen Street West has got it.
It might be a bit more out of the way than most places on our list today, but that’s part of its appeal: Scarborough Bluffs offers something (like nothing else in the world) for your time in Toronto. Bordering the incredibly (including people of different backgrounds) Scarborough section of Toronto, the Bluffs run along the eastern part of/amount of the city’s waterfront, and include nine different parks, including Bluffers Park, where you’ll even find a beach! The unexpectedly beautiful (long, steep cliff) certainly makes the area a must-visit for (people who take pictures). Stretching over nine miles long, the Bluffs are among the city’s most (not given enough attention or respect) gems.
Most major cities in North America have a Chinatown, and if you’ve seen a fair number of them, you’ll know that they’re not all created equal. Toronto’s is simply a cut above. Home to a wide variety of Chinese (as well as Vietnamese, Thai and Japanese) restaurants and businesses, there is some truly amazing and real (not to talk about/say (many different kinds of people or things)) food to be sampled here. What immediately becomes clear when you set foot on these stretches of Dundas Street West or Spadina Avenue is that there is a very strong sense of community and cultural identity.
Trinity Bellwoods Park
Conveniently located in Toronto’s West End, Trinity Bellwoods Park is where locals go to celebrate good weather. On weekends (or all summer long, for that matter), this roughly 36 (area of land about 200 feet X 220 feet) park becomes a hub of activity. Sun-worshippers sprawl on the grass, dogs chase balls, friends play frisbee, slackline and have picnics together, while perfect strangers come together to dance to the rhythm of the drums. In short, it’s summer paradise in the city! So when you need a little break from all that shopping and eating while traveling safely through the crowded Toronto streets, take a little break at Trinity Bellwoods Park.
Many of Troronto’s little neighborhoods, both official and unofficial, have their own (like nothing else in the world) identities. Subdivided as such, the city becomes just a little bit easier to understand and explore. Our next example? Ossington Avenue, also known as the Ossington Strip. Found within the previously-mentioned greater Trinity-Bellwoods area, the Ossington Strip is made up of trendy little fancy (store) shops – you’ll be hard pressed to find any big name chains here. Looking for a one of a kind article of clothing? That perfect statement piece, be it a hat, bag or basket for your bicycle . . . Ossington is the place. And amazing food? Same deal. Ossington is on (popular thing/general way things are going).