Toronto

Top Things To Do in Toronto

Hey guys! Today I have an exciting first post in a two part series. I’m going to be sharing with you my favourite things to do in my home city; Toronto. Today, on my blog I’ll be sharing fifteen of the top things to do in the 6ix and then I’ll be heading over to Wanderlustyle blog to share fifteen more things to do in this beautiful city! Before we get into the top sights of the city, let’s talk a bit about Toronto.

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Photo courtesy of Sarah McNeil

Being the largest Canadian city  at a population of 2.6 million, and one of the most ethnically diverse places in the world, there really never is a dull moment in Toronto. This city is home to giant skyscrapers and luscious green parks, and musical superstars such as The Weeknd, Drake, and Justin Bieber. Toronto also breeds talented actors like Rachel McAdams, Jim Carey, and Mike Meyers, and elite athletes including PK Subban and Tyler Seguin. Also being home to hundreds of festivals and cultural events, there is something happening pretty much every day of the week in this city!

Toronto FAQ
Being the incredible wild and beautiful city that it is, Toronto receives a lot of media attention, though we locals know to take most of this “gossip” with a grain of salt. Before we get started, I decided to tackle the big controversial questions head on.

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Why do you call it the 6ix?
One of Toronto’s finest, Drake, coined the term “the 6ix” for Toronto’s new nickname, stemming from the city’s 416 area code.

Doesn’t your mayor smoke crack?
No. Well, I mean technically, yes. The previous mayor of Toronto, Rob Ford, was involved in a variety of substance abuse scandals and did eventual admit to smoking crack cocaine in one of his “drunken stupors”.

Why are Toronto Maple Leaf tickets so overpriced when your team sucks?
Yeah, I really can’t answer this one, I’ve been trying to figure it out for the past twenty years.

Now that I’ve got all the burning questions and erased any presumptions you may have had about this city, let’s get into fifteen things you must experience in Toronto!

  1. Caribana
    One of the biggest displays of Toronto’s cultural diversity is the annual Caribana festival held at the end of August. The festival is a celebration of Caribbean culture and traditions which attracts millions of visitors every year. Events occur over the span of two weeks, but the highlight of the festival is the parade that occurs during the final weekend.
  2. Take a stroll through High Park
    High Park is Toronto’s largest public park featuring hiking trails, stunning lakefront views, sports facilities, playgrounds, dog parks, and numerous picnic areas and eateries. Pick a nice day and take a walk through this luscious green space to take a break from the loud city.

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    Photo courtesy of Marlee Konikoff

  3. Eat your way through the CNE
    The Canadian National Exhibition is a three week event that takes place at the Exhibition place in Toronto. It features an outdoor fair with a variety of rides and loud music, indoor competitions such as sand sculpting, shopping from local craftspeople, and most famously; outrageous food. Each year the CNE strives to come up with the most outrageous concoctions for its guests. Last year the stars of the show were deep fried red velvet Oreos and Tim Horton’s Timbit Poutine.
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  4. Cheer on the Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre
    The Toronto Blue Jays, aka the boys of summer, are the only Canadian baseball team in the MLB, making them Canada’s sports team in the summer; regardless of if you’re a baseball fan. The Jay’s had an incredible playoff run last season, making them even more of an exciting team to watch. This is definitely a bucket list item for anyone visiting Toronto

  5. Visit the Royal Ontario Museum
    The ROM is the largest museum in Canada and houses some of the most incredible pieces of work from a variety of disciplines including art, world culture, and natural history.
  6. March in the Pride Parade
    Toronto’s Pride Parade is one of the largest events in the world supporting the LGBT community. 2016 will mark the city’s first ever Pride Month, featuring a month of events, and culminating with the 36th annual Pride Parade on July 3.

  7. Explore Kensington Market
    In one of the city’s oldest and culturally diverse neighborhoods lies a legendary Natural Historic Site of Canada; Kensington Market. The outdoor markets are one of the most photographed spots of the entire city. The market is filled with a variety of food stores and local, environmentally friendly based shops.

  8. Get Cultured in Chinatown, Little Italy, or Little Portugal
    Explore even more of Toronto’s cultural diversity in these ethnically based neighborhoods. Chinatown is by far the largest and most popular, while Little Italy and Little Portugal offer some of the most authentic cultural cuisines and home to the best bars to catch a soccer game in.
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  9. Visit Toronto Island
    Take the short ferry ride out to Toronto Island for a day trip filled with fun at the amusement park, some sunbathing at Hanlan’s Point nude beach, and the most stunning views of the Toronto skyline.
  10. Try some Vegan treats at Apiecalypse
    Venture over to Christie Pitts and treat your taste buds to the most incredible vegan pizza and donuts you could ever dream of!

  11. Capture the view from Polson Pier
    One of the best places to capture the Toronto skyline without going out to the island is on Polson Pier. Polson Pier was formerly known as “The Docks Waterfront Entertainment Complex” and still provides some of the best summer fun in the city from patio drinks to go-karting.

  12. Eat at a Food Truck
    Anywhere you turn in this city there will be a street vendor selling some sort of deliciously greasy grab n go food. Maybe not the healthiest bucket list item, but nonetheless a must try in Toronto!

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    Photo courtesy of Taylor Sider

  13. Check out Graffiti Alley
    Located in the city’s fashion district, Graffiti Alley is about a kilometer worth of stunning graffiti and street art. This iconic backdrop has been the filming grounds for Canadian comedian Rick Mercer’s weekly TV segments, as well as an insta-worthy photo spot for locals and tourists alike.
  14. Take a tour of Steam Whistle Brewery
    Steam Whistle produces a classic premium pilsner, easily distinguished by their green bottles. It’s been voted best beer in Toronto several times over the years. Take the quick tour and you can have your own personal taste test!

  15. Visit St. Lawrence Market
    Imerse yourself in the taste of Toronto in this foodie heaven. St. Lawrence Market is one of the most well-known markets in the world. Today the market has expanded into three halls; one for local produce vendors, on which is home to the traditional Sunday Farmer’s Market, and one which houses retail businesses.

That’s all for the first half of my top things to do in Toronto! Be sure to keep an eye out for the second half of this series over on Wanderlustyle!

 

 

 

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10 Comments

  • Reply Michelle W March 1, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    When I first went to Toronto with my husband we thought it was a bit boring- couldn’t find much to do after a day and a half there. Too bad we didn’t see your post first! 🙂

    • Reply airplanesandavocados@gmail.com March 1, 2016 at 9:46 pm

      Oh no!! You’ll definitely have to come back sometime then! 🙂

  • Reply Melanie Messerli March 2, 2016 at 11:14 am

    I would love to go to Toronto! High Park sounds like a lot of fun! This is definitely going on the bucket list! Thanks for the tips!

  • Reply Michaela March 2, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    Excellent post, I’ve got Canada on my bucket list – want to convince the boy to honeymoon here! Your cities and nature look amazing!

  • Reply Amanda | Chasing My Sunshine March 2, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    How fun!! My post for the Girls vs. Globe link-up is ALSO about Toronto! I had such an incredible time there, but I really think I need to go back. I missed out on a lot of the food experiences. And you can bet I’ll be armed with this post when I return. 🙂

  • Reply Francesca @ twobackpacksoneadv.com March 3, 2016 at 10:54 am

    My husband and I are visiting friends in Mississauga and have scratched a few of these things off of our Toronto Bucket List already. Thanks for the great info and I can’t wait to see and do a few more things before we leave at the end of March. If you’re available, we should try to plan a coffee date or something to chit chat about travels and such! Heading over to Wanderlustyle right now to check out your additional recommendations!!

  • Reply Cassie March 3, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    As a born and raised Torontonian currently living in France, your post made my heart ache a little bit! Toronto is such an incredible city and there are so many things to do. The CNE is definitely my favourite time of the year!

    • Reply airplanesandavocados@gmail.com March 26, 2016 at 11:59 pm

      AWH, I know what you mean, I always miss the city when I’m away (super jealous of you being in France though, wow!!)

  • Reply Essie March 7, 2016 at 11:12 am

    That sign is hilarious, yet there is something profoundly refreshing in a place that embraces its flaws with a shrug. found you from the Girl vs Globe March Link up. 🙂

    Essie @ The Wandering Thistle

    • Reply airplanesandavocados@gmail.com March 26, 2016 at 11:58 pm

      us Torontonians do know how to laugh at ourselves that’s for sure haha, glad you enjoyed! 🙂

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