Toronto Travel guide

Are you thinking of visiting Toronto, Canada’s economic powerhouse? Visiting the Bright and energetic cosmopolitan city is like enjoying the trip of dozens of nation’s altogether. Wondering the best time to visit? To enjoy this walkable city, its diversity, and history, the best time to visit is early summer, late spring, and fall. However, if you want to explore it at its best, the ideal time to visit is in September.

You get a chance to enjoy the Toronto International Film Festival and other weekend festivals during this time.

The city also lets you experience the art, food, nightlife, and beaches of the great city. This travel guide will take you through the best places to stay and explore in Toronto. Find out the other top things that you should not miss during your visit to the largest city in Canada.             

Toronto Tours

During your visit to Toronto, you have numerous exciting events and attraction spots to enjoy. From vibrant entertainment to fine dining and unique shopping, the city offers everything to all of its visitors.

Toronto Skyline – CN Tower

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Do you want to see the city from the top? Yes! Visit the CN Tower and enjoy the panoramic views of Toronto. Either appreciate the tallest building from the ground or take a trip in the glass-floored elevator to experience the outstanding view of Toronto. The choice is yours, but you should not miss one of the tallest free-standing towers.

During clear weather, the highest viewing area from Sky Pod gives you an extended view of Niagara Falls and even the New York State. To reach this spot you need to take two elevators. Below is the LookOut Level with a glass floor that allows you a bird’s eye view of this beautiful city.

For adrenaline seekers, there is an Edge Walk. Visitors get a chance to do hands-free walk on the top of the main pod. If you find accommodation near the CN tower, it will give you better options to explore the city.

Renowned Museums and Art Gallery

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If you want to learn about the culture of this city, the well-known museums in Toronto will give you a chance to know more about its diverse culture. You can visit the Royal Ontario Museum, Bata Shoe Museum, Aga Khan Museum, and Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO).

Royal Ontario Museum

This museum houses an extensive collection and galleries of the site which has above six million items. It includes specimens of more than 20 exhibits, thousands of artifacts, dinosaurs stuff, art, culture, natural history, etc.

Listed as the best museum in the city, it is famous for displaying exhibitions from all over the world. Your visit to Toronto is not complete if a stop is not planned at the Royal Ontario Museum.

Bata Shoe Museum

Do you love shoes? You can visit the Bata Shoe Museum that focuses on footwear history. Housed in more than five floors, it has an extensive collection of above 13000 pieces that comprise shoes and its related artifacts. Apart from watching the footwear evolution, you will also learn the footwear’s role in society from years.

Aga Khan Museum

It displays a collection of above 1000 objects that focuses on Islamic world culture and art of Muslim civilizations. Along with the permanent collection, the museum also holds rotating exhibitions, live art performances, and workshops.

Art Gallery of Ontario

This largest art museum has a collection of approximately 95,000 works. These include contemporary art, photography, and also the art of indigenous people of Canada.

You can also visit the Design Exchange, the Textile Museum of Canada, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Casa Loma, and the Ontario Science Centre.

Hockey Hall of Fame

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The place is not only for die-hard fans of hockey. Whether you like hockey or not, you will love your visit to the place. The Hockey Hall of Fame has the biggest collection in the world for hockey memorabilia and also the Stanley Cup. You will enjoy the interactive venue where you will see the life-size animated versions of greatest hockey goalies and shooters.

A Day at the Beach

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The best place to spend the day in a relaxing manner is near the Lake Ontario beaches. During summers, get ready with the best sunglasses to stroll along the beach.

You can also opt for a ferry trip to Toronto Islands from Queen's Quay Terminal to enjoy the outing. Experience the lovely island walks and get an opportunity to swim, go for rowing, sailing and various other activities.

You can even head to the Centre Island that has a series of small islands. Also knows as Toronto Island, it offers you recreation areas, amusement park, beaches to relax, yacht club and even the best restaurants to dine. It is only a 10-minute ferry ride from downtown Toronto.

To let you enjoy the most, Toronto’s Island Ferry service gives you a comfortable ride from Queen's Quay to Toronto’s main islands.  

Live Theaters

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Toronto also offers you the best live historic and modern theaters, where you can visit to see the live shows. You can make your way to Toronto Centre for the Arts, St Lawrence Centre for the Arts, Sony Centre, and many others. Enjoy the musical, dramatic, opera and dance performances, studio theatre, etc. at these places.  

Where to stay in Toronto

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During your visit to Toronto, there are many best places to have a comfortable stay over there. Here are the best hotels and neighborhoods to stay during your vacation.

Best Hotels

Planet Traveler, located in Chinatown, is the best hotel that is at the walking distance from Yonge/Dundas Square and Kensington Market. The heritage building features secure dorms, free breakfast, and foam mattresses.

Another best hotel is Radisson Admiral Toronto Harbourfront. This waterfront hotel gives you the best time during your stay. It is situated at the walking distance from CN Tower and the Air Canada Centre.

Best Neighborhoods to Stay

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Toronto, the capital and largest city, has a robust transit network that takes you from Midtown to Downtown and also to its in-between places. Whether you want to view the top sights or enjoy the best treats Toronto offers you all.

Downtown Toronto, Chinatown, Midtown, West Queen West, and Downtown West are the neighborhoods where you can plan your stay.

Downtown Toronto

It is the heart and soul of the city. If you accommodate here, you can enjoy outdoor attractions and various unique landmarks that are only minutes away from the doorstep. Shop at CF Toronto Eaton Centre- the largest shopping mall, wander through the St. Lawrence Market and historic Distillery District. You can also visit Nathan Philips Square that hosts ice skating rink during winters.

Some of The Best hotels at the place are HI Toronto, Pantages Hotel Toronto Centre, and Ramada Plaza Toronto.

Chinatown

The bustling neighborhood offers you beautiful restaurants, cafes, shops, and bars. You will also find that the top destination for foodies is the best on budget. Without any higher price tag, the place lets you enjoy the city.

You will get the best shops, restaurants, and bars here. The famous Art Gallery of Ontario is also in this place. Try the delicious flavors at Mother’s Dumplings, Thai-style ice cream rolls, instagrammable coffee of Light Cafe, and even the best Asian food at Banh Mi Boys.

Plant Traveler, Super 8 Downtown Toronto, and The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar are listed among the best hotels of the Chinatown.

Midtown

Located at the north of the city center, the place is a Toronto nightlife district where you can find the best shopping, art galleries, museums, and innovative cuisine. It is also the home to Toronto’s liveliest clubs and hottest bars.

Bedford Academy, Bata Shoe Museum, and the famous Royal Ontario Museum are also in this area. Enjoy the nightlife at Dance Cave that offers you the best drinks and music.

All Days Hostel, Hotel 89 Yorkville, Madison Manor Boutique Hotel provides you the best accommodation here. Stay at Midtown if you want to experience the legendary nightlife of Toronto.

West Queen West

It is the coolest place to stay during your visit to Toronto. From hipster bars to world-class galleries, the place has something for all. Enjoy drinks, relaxing sunny afternoons, and delicious food. Also, go through the Graffiti Alley to view the splendid colorful art of the talented local street artists.

The Parkdale Hostellerie, Drake Hotel Toronto, and Elite Suites – Modern Loft can offer you a luxurious stay here.

Downtown West  

Home to the famous and top tourist attractions is an ideal place for families who plan the Toronto trip with their children. It includes CN Tower, Inner Harbour, Hockey Hall of Fame, and is also the right place for persons who love to explore nature and experience outdoor adventures.

During your stay, you can visit Toronto Islands on a ferry ride, and can even go to Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada to view hundreds of sea creatures. You can also enjoy delicious meals at Ricarda’s, a family-friendly restaurant.

The best hotels over here are The Clarence Park, Radisson Admiral Toronto Harbourfront and Sun Suites – Lakeview Suites

While planning your trip, keep these famous places at the top of your bucket list of visiting sites. Plan it in the best season, book the best accommodation, and get the most out of the best city during your visit.

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