Due to our tight schedule we only had one full day to see Toronto so we made a plan to walk from West to East while discovering all of the cool pockets in the city. We wish we had seen even more but here are a few places we really enjoyed.
West Queen West
Toronto is a cool city and this neighborhood is super hip! This art and design mecca is chock-full of galleries, vintage shops, nifty bars and eclectic eateries. We were lucky to find some arepas at Arepa Café, a Venezuelan eatery nearby. To walk off our meal we then headed over to the lovely Trinity Bellwoods Park near our Airbnb.
We were heading towards the shoreline of Lake Ontario when we stopped by this lovely architectural gem for pictures.
The walk along the shoreline of Lake Ontario is a beautiful one with many scenic parks along the way. Relax at Coronation park by taking in the sights of the resident ducks and boats passing by.
Toronto Music Garden
This intricate garden designed in collaboration with cellist Yo Yo Ma was inspired by Bach’s music and is gorgeous! We spent a couple of hours winding up and down the garden among the enchanting flowers. It truly is a special place.
This chill urban beach in the middle of the city is complete with real sand, lounge chairs and huge yellow umbrellas.
Harbour Park Centre
Enjoy beautiful views of the marina at this cultural center offering performances in theater, dance, music and more. Pet lovers- be sure to visit Purina PawsWay nearby offering exhibits on responsible pet care, notable heroic animals, agility courses for pets, and even a memorial section for those pets who have passed.
Our next stop, the site of the Toronto Railway Museum and the Steam Whistle Brewery. At the brewery you could take a tour ($10.00) and also sample their beer for free. We thought the tour was a bit pricey so we skipped it but we did partake in the free sample which was perfect for a hot day.
When in Rome… we had to visit the CN tower before leaving Toronto. Once we arrived I was a bit disappointed with the steep price ($35.00 pp) and how packed the place was. It was all very touristy (which was expected) and the views behind a steel cage were not that great (not expected). We had visited a similar viewpoint in Chile before where the views were behind glass and at least in this case you could take good pictures. They did have a cool glass floor that was a bit thrilling… that is if you could get to it while stepping over 50 people. It’s definitely more of a one time experience. I’ll say that the view of the tower was better from a distance, especially since it was beautifully lit up for pride (month in Toronto!)
Old Town Toronto
Here you’ll find the St. Lawrence Market– founded in the 1800’s this market is one of the largest in the world and named one of the best in the world by National Geographic.
St. James Park and Cathedral– This lovely church from the 19th Century surrounded by lush gardens is a great place to rest after a long walk across the city. We even enjoyed some live Jazz while we were visiting.
Distillery Historic District
Probably one of the coolest places to see restored buildings in the city! Repurposed into boutique shops, cafes, restaurants, a microbrewery (and more) this distillery from the 1800’s has been designated a National Historic Site. The area is very well designed and a great place to shoot some good pictures.
Thanks for a great time Toronto! We’ll be back!
Where we’re headed next:
- Niagara Falls