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May 19, 2016

Toronto is a city of 3 million and is one of the most diverse and multicultural cities around.  Located on Lake Ontario, Toronto is a fun city to visit.  The city comes to life in the summer months (May-September) with loads of events and festivals going on.  To find out what to do in Toronto, read BlogTO.  You will find top 10 lists, event schedules, things to do and lots more!  But before you start clicking away, read on to see a bit about the city.

 The main street is Yonge Street, which also happens to be the longest street in the world at 1898 km’s.  You won’t have to walk all of it though, the busiest section is on the corner of Dundas and Yonge.  This intersection is a smaller version of Times Square in New York

 

How to get around

The TTC is the public transport system which incorporates Bus, Subway and Street Cars.  For as little as $3.25 you can travel pretty much anywhere.  If you are changing lines or even swapping from Bus to subway, your ticket is still valid.  When you are travelling in the subway, you will be able to find a little red box which prints out a transfer ticket for you.  Print it out before you hop on the subway though as you can’t use the transfer ticket at the station you printed it from.

 

The city is easy to navigate.  A grid system allows easy navigation.  Across Canada, cities have a street which has an East and West and a North and South.

 

To and From the Airport

The cheapest way is to use the TTC.  Follow the signs to the Bus and hop on the 192 Rocket Bus.  It is a 15 minute ride until you will need to swap onto the Subway at Kipling Station.  This is the last stop for the Rocket bus.

 

A taxi will cost you about $40-$50 to downtown Toronto.

 

Where to stay

Being a large city, you will have plenty of options for places to stay.  There are only a few hostels in the downtown region.  I would highly recommend Planet Traveler.

 

 

Hockey Hall of Fame

When you come to Canada, you will be inundated with hockey fever.  The Canadian people love it so much you forget the National sport is La Cross.  Try your hand at being a goalie or shoot some pucks into a net in the interactive zone.  If you prefer stats, there are plenty all throughout the rooms.  And history of the sport can be found from the Toronto Maple Leafs to the Olympics and world rankings.

 

Cost: $18

Opening times: varying, but aim for 10-5pm everyday.

Time: Allow at least an hour.

 

Air Canada Centre

The Air Canada centre is a multi-use venue which is home to the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors and host to music concerts.  For a team which hasn’t won much of anything lately, the Toronto Maple Leafs are still a popular attraction when you visit Toronto.  It is a sporting mad city, but a very lets support our team when they are doing something good.

 

Cost: Maple Leaf tickets start at $60

Opening times: Hockey and Basketball is from October to May

Time: Allow at least an hour.

 

Kensington Markets

Located in the suburb of Kensington, this area has a free and easy lifestyle which makes it an interesting area to explore.  Here you can find cheap fruit and veg, cheap sunglasses, quaint coffee shops and decent bakeries.

 

Cost: Free

Opening times: varying, but aim for 10-5pm everyday. Pedestrian Sundays on the last Sunday of the month

Time: Allow at least an hour.

 

Toronto Islands

A short ferry trip from the ferry terminal and you can escape the sky scrapers for lushes parks, sandy beaches and a small town on the islands off Toronto.   Why not hire a bike and take it on the passenger ferry to explore the island get away.  It’s a great place to see the sun set behind the buildings and gives you another perspective of down town.

 

Cost: $7.25

Opening times: The ferries run between 8am and 11pm during the summer months

Time: Allow at least 2 hours.

 

The Skydome - Rogers Stadium

This is home to much beloved Toronto Blue Jays, Canada’s only team in the Major League Baseball.  In 2015, the Jay’s had an exciting finish to their season, eventually becoming the American League eastern Champs.  The whole city got behind their team to cheer them on.  You too can cheer for the Jays between April and October each year.

 

Cost: from $18

Opening times: Baseball games start at 1.07pm or 7.07pm

Time: 3-4 hours

 

St Lawrence Markets

Taste the pastries, sip the ice wine and let the cheese melt in your mouth.  This is what a St Lawarance Market visit is all about.  The markets are over 3 main buildings, with each building having a distinct theme.  You can even get married in the Great Hall.

 

Cost: Free

Opening times: Farmer's Market: Saturdays from 5am - 3pm

South Market: Tuesday to Thursday - 8am - 6pm, Fridays - 8am - 7pm and Saturdays - 5am - 5 pm

Time: 1 hour

 

Distillery District

As the name suggests, this area was once a distillery.  The area had a makeover and is now home to 70 shops, restaurants, ice creameries and designer boutiques.  Throughout the year they have dozens of events.  The shops are a bit more on the expensive side, but once you taste the food, you will understand why.  A great place to walk around and window shop.

 

Cost: Free

Opening Times: 10am – 12pm

Time: 1 hour

 

CN Tower

To get above it all and see as far as your eyes can see, take the lift up to the observation decks of the CN Tower.  One of the tallest buildings in the world at 552metres, the main observation deck sits at 346 metres.   It is here where you can do the ‘Edgewalk’ and have dinner at a revolving restaurant.   However, this is not the highest point you can reach in the tower.  The skypod is at 447metres and provides a 360 degree view. 

 

Cost: $36 for Observation deck, $12 for skypod.

Opening times: 9am – 10.30pm

Time: Allow at least an hour.

 

Amsterdam Brewhouse, Steamwhistle, Mill St Brewery and Bellwood Brewery.

Canadians are lovers of craft beer and Toronto may be the capital of breweries.  It seems on every corner of Toronto a brewery and micro brewery have been set up.  Maybe it’s all the hipster’s living in Toronto or maybe there is something else they are not telling us.  Either way, you can find your fair share of pale ales, stouts, saison’s and lagers.

 

Scarborough Bluffs and the Beaches

Oh we do like to be beside the seaside.  In this case it’s beside the lake.  A 45 minute journey on the metro and bus you will arrive to Scarborough Bluffs.  This area is a sandy cliff face which has a couple of picnic spots at the top and bottom of the cliffs.  On your way out there, you can also stop at an area known as ‘The Beaches’  Here you will find kilometres of sand, volleyball nets and ice cream vendors.

 

Cost: Free

Opening Times: Daylight hours

Time: 3 hours

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and through this webpage.  Check out the other blog post of Surprising things to do in Toronto.

 

Safe Travels!

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