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DESTINATION TORONTO

Written By:
Syra Salam

A city with breathtaking beauty, diversity and experiencing all the four rich seasons, Toronto is no wonder a hot tourist attraction in North America. Known for the famous CN Tower, a short distance from the enchanting Niagara falls, Destination Toronto has a lot more to offer. 

Toronto cityscape

Must-Visit sites of Toronto

Most of the top-notch places can be explored within walking distance. However, a ferry ride is required to reach the fascinating Toronto Islands. We have shortlisted the best spots that you can visit during your stay in Toronto.

CN Tower

This world-famous 553 metres towering landmark can be spotted from other cities adjoining Toronto. CN Tower has an observation area and restaurants. The bird’s eye view of Toronto can be enjoyed from the top. The most exciting part is the “Edge Walk.” With a safety harness attached, one can experience a hand-free walk. They are not recommended for faint-hearted, though. 
With revolving 360 Restaurant, one can enjoy an array of delectable with a mesmerizing view all year round. 

Ripley’s Aquarium 

While visiting CN Tower, don’t forget to visit the exhilarating Ripley’s Aquarium. It’s also a great choice when you are looking for indoor entertainment on a snow day or any inclement weather day. It’s a treat for all age groups, whether you are a marine lover or not. The underwater tunnel, jellyfish display, and a wide variety of marine life from Shark to a sneak peek of aquatic life are amongst the many attractions. Ticket prices usually range from $43 adults to $12.50 per child. 

Toronto Islands

An island that has surprises in store for each member of the family. From the beach to Centreville amusement park and scenic view, Toronto Islands has more to offer.  Just a 10-minute ride on a ferry from downtown Toronto, the island has bikes for rent. As well, you can enjoy the Toronto skyline on the route to the island. The Island beaches include Centre Island, Gibraltar Point Beach, Hanlan’s Point Beach and Ward’s Island Beach.

Distillery District

The Distillery District reflects 19th-century ambiance with timber, planks, bricks and stone exterior and building structure. However, it’s a blend of a new era too with modern brands in the village. Each year in winter, it offers a magical Christmas shopping experience. The vendors sell handicrafts and trendy products. Just make sure to keep yourself warm as it’s outdoor. With coffee shops, bakeries and restaurants, the outing becomes more welcoming.



Nathan Philips Square

The much famous TORONTO sign at the front of City Hall makes the best photo memories for the tourist. Nathan Philips Square becomes more special during the winters with a skating rink and Christmas decorations during the night. 



CF Toronto Eaton Center

Go for an exciting shopping spree at the Eaton Centre with an intricate ceiling interior. Name any brand, and you will find it. The food court brings diverse flavours of East and West, Eaton Center. However, due to covid, Proof of vaccination is required to access the seating areas of the food court. You might find luck with attractive deals if you are visiting around Black Friday. 



Yonge Dundas Square

Toronto has its own version of Times Square New York.  Yonge Dundas Square is the happening place in town all year round. Concerts, festivals, dancing fountains, seating areas, and flashing billboards add life to Downtown Toronto. The food stalls and a diverse crowd add to the flavour, and one can never be bored.

People Gathered in Front of Toronto Freestanding Signage

Other Places to make your Destination Toronto Trip memorable

Depending on how much time you have for your trip, we have made a list of other places that, if possible, you should try to squeeze in your schedule.

  • Kensington Market
  • The Aga Khan Museum
  • Come close to nature at the High Park. If you are visiting in Spring, make sure to watch cherry blossoms in full bloom.
  • Don’t miss out on the family attraction at the Ontario Science Center
  • Hockey hall of fame
  • Tour Casa Loma to get you acquainted with the medieval era amongst high rise buildings and hustle-bustle of  city life
  • Toronto Zoo

So what’s the ideal time of the year to visit Destination Toronto?

The peak season to visit Toronto is indeed in summers, especially if one wants to enjoy outdoor sidewalks, beaches and patio restaurants thoroughly. Nevertheless, fall and winters are a treat to visit too. The contrasting fall colours of rust, green and yellow will make you fall in love with the Toronto landscape. The winters might be bitter if you have not packed your right winter gear. Spring is ideal for those seeking lower hotel prices and temperatures above zero. Make sure to have a backup plan for rainy days too. As discussed above, CN Tower, Ripley’s Aquarium and CF Eaton Centre are ideal places to resort on such cold and wet days. 

People Walking Near Train

Conclusion

We hope this guide for the largest city in Canada will come in handy when planning your itinerary. Destination Toronto can be navigated any time of the year, as it has to offer both indoor and exciting outdoor adventures. What more? You can plan your trip to Toronto when visiting the US, as it’s an 8-hour smooth drive from New York. Due to changing covid travel advisories, visit the official website to find out more information. 

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