Top five must-sees in Toronto
Top five must-sees in Toronto
Canada’s biggest city -- is a bit scary to some with lots of traffic and people in a hurry, but it is actually a fantastic city to visit with a gazillion things to do. Find a few favourites in the gallery above.
ETHNIC DELIGHTS: They say Toronto is the most diverse city on the planet, with more languages spoken in the city's schools than New York City. Whatever the numbers, the fact is the city is a fantastic polyglot of languages, culture and food. There’s Little Italy, sure, but also Little India, three or four Chinatowns and areas with wide numbers of immigrants from Vietnam, Argentina and other areas. Kensington Market, on the edge of downtown, still shows a nice cultural cross-section. Better yet, head out to St. Clair Avenue West, Eglinton Avenue West or Lawrence Avenue East for everything from Jamaican jerk chicken to Persian-style rugs and Korean beef dishes. (PHOTO COURTESY TOURISM TORONTO)
FOOD AND SHOPPING: The St. Lawrence Market has long been a signature of the city, with fresh produce and every cut of meat and pork and chicken under the sun. You will also find Montreal-style bagels, Italian veal sandwiches oozing with tomato sauce and cheese and some of Canada’s best back bacon on a bun. A few blocks away is the Distillery District, former home to the Gooderham and Worts Distillery, now home to fantastic restaurants, beer spots, trendy clothing shops, galleries and Balzac’s, easily the city’s most beautiful coffee spot. There is always the Eaton Centre, too. (PHOTO COURTESY TOURISM TORONTO)
SPORTS AND CULTURE: The Rogers Centre is not what it used to be in terms of a draw, but the Blue Jays are coming off their first taste of post-season play in a couple decades and it is also the team’s 40th anniversary. The World Cup of Hockey is being played in the Big Smoke in the fall, with teams from Canada, the U.S., Sweden, Russia and more slated to come. On top of that, the Grey Cup is being played outdoors (as Lord Grey intended) at BMO Field, home of the Toronto FC soccer club. If you are more of a cultural junkie, find everything from the Toronto International Film Festival to the Royal Ontario Museum to Ripley’s Aquarium Canada to the Art Gallery of Ontario in the city. (PHOTO COURTESY TOURISM TORONTO)
ISLANDS AND VALLEYS: You can’t truly understand Toronto until you have spent a summer’s day in one of the city's river valleys or on the Toronto Islands. Families arrive early to get a good barbecue spot and the air is thick with the smell of roasted meat. Soccer balls and baseballs and water balloons sail through the air and children dash to and fro as parents and grandparents soak up the scene. You can find train rides and and other things to entertain kids at Centre Island on the Toronto Islands, as well as great biking trails, fine beaches and colourful homes. (JIM BYERS/Special to Postmedia Network)