Apr 02

9 Reasons to Love Toronto

by in canada

You’ve imported the maple syrup, binge-watched every season of Degrassi, and copped the latest album by Toronto-born Drake. It doesn’t take a T-Dot native to think up reasons to love Toronto.


But what’s an intrepid traveler to do when it’s time to take the passion one step further? What are the coolest things to do in Toronto?

Consummate your love for Canada’s largest city with this list of nine lesser-known Toronto attractions:

1. The Toronto Island Ferry

A postcard might be good enough for some travelers, but why settle for a picture when the real thing is close at hand? Gaze upon Toronto’s majestic skyline from the Toronto Island Ferry, a public ferry service connecting Toronto proper with the Toronto Islands by way of Lake Ontario.

2. St. Lawrence Market

In the hustle and bustle of Canada’s largest metropolis it’s easy to forget that, just outside the city limits, Ontario province is home to a thriving local farm scene. Connect with your food at St. Lawrence Market, a massive indoor food mecca selling local meats, cheeses, veggies, and prepared foods. Purity_Ring_-_NXNE_2012

3. North by Northeast festival

A northern counterpart to Austin, Texas’s South by Southwest, North by Northeast (NXNE) combines music, film, technology, comedy, and art in one raging ten-day celebration. This year’s festival, which runs June 13th – 22nd, features comedian Marc Maron, rappers Danny Brown and Juicy J, and premiers from up-and-coming indie filmmakers.

4. Chinatown

Other cities’ ethnic enclaves pale in comparison to the sprawling city-within-a-city that is Toronto’s Chinatown. Enjoy cheap eats, unique architecture, and a lively streetscape in one of North America’s largest Chinese neighbourhoods.

5. The Distillery District

Once home to the world’s largest whiskey producer, Toronto’s Distillery District is now a thriving destination for shopping, dining, and entertainment. First redeveloped in the late ‘90s, this pedestrian-friendly neighborhood combines the charm of North America’s largest collection of preserved Victorian-era buildings with the excitement of the most cutting-edge contemporary arts and culture.

6. Nuit BlancheNuit_blanche_toronto_city_hall_2009

It only lasts twelve hours, but it’s worth planning your trip around Toronto’s Nuit Blanche, an all-night celebration of contemporary art. Pack a thermos of coffee and stay up until sunrise as your explore thought-provoking installations in some of Toronto’s lesser-known public and private spaces. This year’s Nuit Blanche goes down October 4th.

7. Junction Flea

This is not your neighbor’s yard sale. Every second Sunday of the month, from May to October, the Junction Flea unleashes a barrage of sublimely-curated vintage clothing, food trucks, handmade crafts, records, and more outside Toronto’s restored Evergreen Brick Works. This year’s season begins May 18th.

8. Doors Open Toronto

Every city has its secret spaces—its ghost stories, its urban legends, its mysteries behind the door. Uncover Toronto’s secret histories with Open Door Toronto, a city-wide open house for architecturally, culturally, and socially significant spaces. This year’s event runs May 24th and 25th800px-Casa_Loma

9. Casa Loma

Casa Loma, or “Canada’s Castle,” gives new meaning to the word opulent. Energy tycoon Sir Henry Mill Pellatte spared no expense on this Gothic Revival style mansion. Lace up your walking shoes and enjoy a lengthy self-guided tour of its ornate five-acre grounds.

To make the most of your trip to Toronto, check out CityPASS!

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One Response to “9 Reasons to Love Toronto”

  1. From Gurpreet:

    Thanks beautiful toranto I want to go there on work permit

    Posted on April 5, 2014 at 6:50 pm #

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