My husband and I are planning a trip to visit our son who is currently living and working in Toronto, Canada. We would like to stay in Toronto for two weeks in August which will give us plenty of time to catch up with him and also allow us time to see the city has to offer. What do you recommend what we should do while we are there?
Toronto is a city bursting with energy and style. A metropolis showcasing world-class dining, shopping and architecture, I can guarantee you will have a memorable visit catching up with your son and visiting some key sights.
As one of the southernmost cities in Canada, Toronto experiences a milder climate than much of the country and as a major city it remains vibrant all-year-round. Particularly during the month of August, you will thoroughly enjoy the city’s greatest asset, the waterfront, where you can enjoy the glorious sea views, a bustling harbour with street performers while relaxing at one of the busy harbour front cafés.
Toronto is one of the most diverse cities in the world, with a large proportion of its population born outside of Canada, so it should come as no surprise that you can find a Chinatown, Little Italy and various settled communities hailing from Portugal, Poland and Jamaica. Whatever your cosmopolitan palate craves, you won’t have any difficulty finding it in this town. Toronto’s Irish roots are evident all over the city, but perhaps most movingly in Ireland Park where Rowan Gillespie’s sculptures commemorate the arrival of refugees from Ireland’s great famine in the same style as those haunting Custom House Quay in Dublin.
This is a fantastic shopping city and it attracts large numbers of shoppers from all over the country. Holt Renfrew, located in the exclusive shopping district Yorkville, is Toronto’s show-off department store where visiting celebs have their own private shopping suites and it is well worth a look. On the other hand, Toronto Eaton Centre has hundreds of shops where you are more likely to find a bargain.
Shopping bags in tow, why not visit the CN Tower. This is the world’s second highest glass-floor-paneled elevator which will bring you right to the top in less than 60 seconds.
Although a 90-minute drive from Toronto centre, a trip to the Niagara Falls is a must on any visit to the city. To witness 750,000 gallons of water a second slide off a cliff is pretty impressive by any standards. You can experience the falls from the top ‘Table Rock site’ which allows you stand a mere metre away from the edge! For a real thrill, splash out and book a helicopter flights over the falls as it is the most spectacular way to see it.
Once you have enough of the dizzy heights, get back to nature and visit the Toronto Islands for a spot of bird-watching or beach-strolling. Most accessible by foot or by bike, make sure you leave plenty of time to enjoy all the island’s treasures.
Where to stay:
Cambridge Suites Hotel (****)
Prices start from €148 per room per night
Located in downtown Toronto, the Cambridge Suites Hotel is close to the hottest sights including the world-famous CN Tower which is less than one kilometer away. This hotel boasts extra-roomy suites and a restaurant called ‘Resto Portico’ which serves fusion cuisine in a contemporary setting.
Bond Place Hotel (***)
Prices start from €96 per room per night
Also located in the heart of Toronto, this contemporary 285 guestroom hotel is just two blocks from Toronto Eaton Centre and two kilometers from the CN Tower. It is also a stop on the airport express bus route which comes in very handy traveling too and from the airport. The B Espresso Bar in the hotel serves specialty coffee drinks and light food options in a comfortable, casual atmosphere.
Hotel Ocho (****)
Prices start from €157 per room per night
Built in 1902, this historic building was recently restored and transformed into an industrial loft-style hotel, restaurant and lounge. This small, romantic hotel has just 12 guestrooms and regularly hosts live music events.
Radisson Hotel Admiral Toronto-Harbourfront (****)
Prices start from €183 per room per night
As the name suggests, this hotel is located at the harbour front. Dining at the hotel is provided by the Watermark Restaurant, which serves a globally inspired menu with views of Lake Ontario. The seasonal Watermark Pool Patio and Terrace provides beverage service with views of the harbour and CN Tower and similarly guestrooms feature floor –to-ceiling windows so that you can enjoy the views.
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