Toronto is one of the best cities in the world to explore. It is a place that seems to show me something new and different every single time I head there. It has become quite a special place to me, and I wanted to write a little more about it and exploring. I hope you enjoy reading this post, and I hope you visit Toronto someday soon.
Visit the Toronto Islands
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If you are looking for a quieter option in Toronto, then the Toronto Islands are sure to satisfy you. These islands offer an escape from the city life with lush greenery and a number of relaxing activities to take advantage of. You can rent bikes or boats, hang at the beach, or simply have a picnic and enjoy the nature. Centre Island has the Centreville Theme Park too, which has a number of rides and a petting zoo. So the islands are very family-friendly. One of my favorite features of the islands is that there are very few cars, so walking and cycling are the main modes of transportation here. The islands are also very close to the centre of the city, so don’t be afraid that visiting will be too far away from your hotel in downtown Toronto.
Head to Niagara Falls
Although it isn’t technically Toronto, Niagara Falls is a mere 90 minutes away and makes for an incredible day trip. The falls are world famous for their extremely high flow rate and spectacular scenery. It is incredible to imagine that around 750,000 gallons of water are making their way to the bottom of the falls every second! The best place to view the action is from the top at Table Rock or right at the bottom of the falls in a boat. However, you decide to view the falls, don’t forget a raincoat because the air is incredibly damp.
St. Lawrence Market
This market calls the Old Town home and dates back to the 17th century. Interestingly, the market was once the city hall of Toronto, but today sells all kinds of tasty food, handcrafted items, and much more. There are three halls and over 100 vendors, so there is always something new to see and buy. I would highly recommend going to the farmers market in the North Market (the name of one of the halls) on a Saturday. This has been the tradition since the early 19th century and continues to this very day! On Sundays, the market becomes a flea market, with many antiques and secondhand goods sold. St. Lawrence is a must-visit in Toronto.
Enjoy the History of Toronto
Toronto is a great place to visit museums, and there certainly isn’t a shortage of these. My favourite has to be the Royal Ontario Museum, which is the largest natural history and world culture museum in all of Canada. I really like the historical aspect, which covers a huge range of topics, like the history of humans in Canada, dinosaurs, and even ancient Egypt. The museum really has a comprehensive collection that you absolutely must see. Aside from the Royal Ontario, I also enjoy the Bata Shoe Museum and the Art Gallery of Ontario.