For the traveler wishing to escape for a relaxing getaway, Canada’s largest city might appear to be overcrowded. However, Toronto is the perfect place for the foodie, the lover of distinction and class, and the admirer or natural beauty. If you’re planning a trip to Toronto, you don’t want to miss out on the most enjoyable things the city has to offer. Read on for the top five attractions in Toronto:
A market isn’t just about purchasing fresh fruits and vegetables — although that certainly is a reason to pay a visit to one — but rather, it’s about what you see at the market. What you feel, the colors and the sounds that you hear, the air buzzing with the voices of Saturday shoppers, haggling over the cost of a cucumber. Formerly run by Jewish, Russian, and Polish immigrants, Kensington Market has been bustling since the early 1900s. You can buy everything from rye bread to pickled vegetables to used books, and you’re sure to find rare and interesting treasures if you look. A place of true diversity located in West Toronto, Kensington Market shouldn’t be missed.
If the Market Place was a bit chaotic for you (which it probably will be, in the best of ways!), then you’re probably in need of some quiet time away from the city. The Toronto Islands are a perfect refuge from the noise and bustle of downtown Toronto, and they are only a short ferry ride away from the city. Grab a ferry in Queen’s Quay, and make your way to the tranquil collection of islands. Cars aren’t allowed on the islands, so they’re perfect for a quiet stroll or bike ride. Guests love wading in the water and picnicking on the beach.
If you love castles, the Casa Loma is a destination spot that you should check out. While it’s not an actual castle, Sir Henry Pellat designed it in the 1900s with a castle-like facade. The Casa Loma is complete with secret passageways, stables, a massive wine cellar, Spanish tiles, and European marble. The fee to enter is $20 per adult and $11 for kids, but it’s well worth the cost.
If you’re a history buff, you’ll enjoy a visit to Fort York. Established in 1793, Fort York protected the city from the end of the 18th century up through WWII. The most historic site in Toronto, you can tour soldiers’ quarters and admire cannon firings, flag raisings, and military drills. The Fort is open year round.
To refuel yourself after a long day, you should head to the Distillery District for a bite to eat, a drink, or to take in one of the many festivals happening throughout the year. The district is made of cobblestone streets and Victorian homes, both of which provide the perfect backdrop to the cafes, restaurants, shops, art galleries, and brewery. Festivals and art exhibits take place regularly, making the Distillery District the perfect place for an all day trip.
This article was written by Oscar Howard, traveler extraordinaire. If you are considering Toronto for a long term endeavor, he recommends Toronto Suites, furnished luxury apartments.
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