My husband recently retired and we want to celebrate with a trip to somewhere interesting and exciting. We are considering going to Toronto as I have a brother who has been living there for over ten years. We would love to visit him and also discover all that Toronto has to offer. What are the best things to do and see during our stay?
Toronto is a really diverse and exciting city. It is the perfect holiday spot for anyone looking for adventure and it will be fantastic to explore the city your brother calls home.
This large city is easy to get around thanks to its excellent tram service, buses and taxis. Since it was first incorporated as a city in 1834, Toronto has grown rapidly and has gone from a population of 30,000 to over 6 million people in the greater Toronto Area. This huge rise in population is largely because of the mass immigration the city has attracted, making Toronto is now one of the world’s most diverse cities, offering tourists a fantastic, multicultural experience.
Not only is Toronto host to a large population of friendly faces, it also holds some of the most visited attractions in North America. Its most famous landmark is the Canadian National (CN) Tower, the second-tallest free-standing structure in the world, attracting more than two million international visitors annually. Tours of the building transport guests 1,122 feet into the air where you can enjoy stunning, if not a little scary, views of the city through a glass-bottomed floor. Afterwards, relax in the entertainment centre or enjoy dinner in the 360-degree rotating restaurant.
The Toronto Islands are another beautiful part of the city. Accessible by ferry, the islands include a public park and a children’s amusement park. Bicycles, quadricycles and canoes can be rented on the islands, or why not take a walk on the picturesque beaches or through the forests?
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 slide off a cliff every second is pretty impressive by any standards. You can experience the falls from the top ‘Table Rock site’ which allows you to stand a mere metre away from the edge! For a real thrill, splash out and book a helicopter flight over the falls as it is the most spectacular way to see it.
Toronto comes alive when night falls and its night markets offer a fantastic way to spend an evening. Kensington Market is home to independent shops, famous for the vast variety of international foods for sale in the streets and storefronts. Indulge in some of Toronto’s other fantastic night hot spots like Little Italy, Greektown and Little India where you will be treated to a range of authentic dishes from all over the globe.
With its countless theatres, restaurants, parks, and museums there is never a dull moment in this exciting and friendly city.
Where to Stay
Courtyard by Marriott Downtown (****)
Prices start from €103 per room per night on Hotels.com
Located in central Toronto just two kilometres walk from some of its greatest attractions, such as The Roger’s Centre, The CN Tower, and The Art Gallery of Ontario. Each room includes cable/satellite televisions and complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access. It also has two restaurants, a swimming pool and a 24-hour gym.
Eaton Chelsea (****)
Prices start from €115 per room per night on Hotels.com
Located in the heart of Toronto City Centre, The Eaton Chelsea hotel is located just a few blocks from The Eaton Centre, The Elgin Theatre, The University of Toronto, and Pearson International Airport. The hotel is split between two 27-storey towers which hold 1,590 rooms. Each room has free wifi, a safe, tea and coffee making facilities and air conditioning.
Town Inn Suites Toronto (****)
Prices start from €104 per room per night on Hotels.com
Town Inn Suites is located in a family-friendly area, near many city attractions, including the Toronto Public Library, Gardiner Museum, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto Eaton Centre and Chinatown Centre. The hotel has 200 rooms, each equipped with free air conditioning, TVs, safes and coffee and tea makers. Guests can also access wifi, game consoles, and pay for movies.
SoHo Metropolitan Hotel and Residences (****)
Prices start from €183 per room per night on Hotels.com
Situated in the heart of the city, the Soho Metropolitan hotel is located near Rogers Center, the Toronto Stock Exchange, and the Art Gallery of Ontario. The hotel has 15 stories high with 92 large guestrooms. Each room provides plasma televisions and DVD players, as well as WiFi and wired high-speed Internet access.
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