19 Aug Guide to the 6: Toronto
“Toronto contains multitudes: rivers of asphalt underneath a rapidly expanding skyline, old neighborhoods increasingly run over by latte peddlers and yoga studios, an immense shoreline studded with beaches and bluffs, leafy avenues and massive suburban manors—all lit by a harmonious orange sodium glow. These are all views from the 6—a reference to two of the city’s area codes, 416 and 647—and scenes from a place that’s shaped the music and lyrics of Drake ever since he started rapping.” – Pitchfork
Toronto is the most multiculturally diverse city in the planet. As a visitor to Toronto, you’re likely to feel accepted here: It’s estimated that over half of Toronto’s residents were born outside of Canada. Come with patience, an open mind and during the delightfully temperate and colorful spring or fall, and you’re bound to have a great time.
There are 2 airports in Toronto: Toronto Pearson International Airport and Billy Bishop Airport. Toronto Pearson International Airport is where most visitors arrive. From Toronto Pearson Airport, you can take the public transport, rent a car, or hire a taxi to downtown Toronto.
It’s only $3 to take the Toronto’s public transit system, the TTC, from this suburban airport. The 192 Airport Rocket bus to Kipling station is the best bet for getting to the subway which connects you to downtown Toronto/
The fare for hiring a taxi from the airport to downtown Toronto costs CAD $20.
Car rentals are also available. For a day, the rent of a car costs approximately CAD $100.
How to get around
The TTC is Toronto’s public transport system. For every trip you take it costs CAD $3. It does not matter if you are riding the bus, the subway, or both. You can take the TTC to anywhere around the city. It is a great way to get around without spending so much money.
Taxi fares are metered and non-negotiable. There are also relatively more expensive. Try using car-riding apps like Uber to save cost.
Where To Go:
CN Tower is Canada’s most celebrated architectural triumph and is a must-see attraction and dining destination. Elevators whisk visitors to one of two observation levels in mere 58 seconds. The EdgeWalk is a must to do for thrill seeking tourists. It lets the brave traverse a five-foot wide exterior ledge 1168 feet above the ground. The nearest subway station to the CN Tower is Union Station.
Canada’s Wonderland is an amusement park for the ultimate thrill seeker. Canada’s Wonderland is the home to the most exhilarating collection of rides and roller coasters in North America. It boasts one of the world’s tallest and fastest rollercoasters – Leviathan. Each ticket is priced at CAD $62. If you buy a ticket online at least 3 days in advance, your ticket is priced at CAD $42
The Niagara falls is the collective name for 3 waterfalls between Canada and USA. These falls are both loud and magnificent. Embrace this wonder and appreciate the constant formations of rainbows.
The Niagara falls is a 90 minute drive from Toronto. The fastest way to get there without any hassle is to board a Greyhound bus. You may book your tickets with Greyhound here: https://www.greyhound.com
Prices of the tickets may vary, an estimate would be about CAD $20 per trip per person.
A thrilling way to experience Niagara Falls is to take the Hornblower Niagara Cruises. It is an intimate tour that gets you as close as possible to the breathtaking flow of water. You will journey through the American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and into the heart of Horseshoe Falls.
Adult Ticket: $54.95
Child (6-12 yo): $36.95
Kensington Market is the most vibrant and diverse neighborhood in Toronto with many shops selling quirky foods and fashion items. The area in which Kensington Market covers is adorned with graffiti, which will leave you with plentiful photographic options.
Explore the vintage clothing stores along Kensington Avenue, the quirky and independent shops on Augusta and various food options throughout. You can find classic leather jackets or flashy rock t-shirts at Exile. For ladies, there are also wide varieties of jewelries and accessories at Courage My Love.
Have a try with their beer as night falls. Cold Tea is a funky, buzzy spot to grab a beer or cocktail. Kensington Market can be reached via subway at Spadina Station
Canadian National Exhibition (Carnival)
Address: 210 Princes’ Blvd, Toronto, ON M6K 3C3, Canada
A popular end-of-summer ritual, the Canadian National Exhibition offers a wide variety of colourful interactive experiences.
Indulge in classic fair foods and kooky culinary concoctions. Flip inside out and upside down on a kaleidoscope of midway rides. Try your luck at vintage CNE games and the casino, then shop ’til you drop as you scoop up bargains galore.
Catch a game with the Toronto Blue Jays
Address: 1 Blue Jays Way, Toronto, ON M5V 1J1, Canada
In baseball, the Blue Jays team makes Toronto their home. The Blue Jays are the pride and Joy of Toronto – crowds head down to the Rogers Center to catch them in action and offer their never ending support.
Nathan Philips Square
Address: Nathan Philips Square
This captivating setting is enjoyed all year long by people of all ages but in the winter months, the reflecting pool becomes a skating rink. Glide along the ice under the lights at downtown Toronto’s famous outdoor rink.
Christmas Calvacade of Lights
Address: Nathan Philip’s Square
Calvacade of Lights is an annual event highlighting the lighting of the official City of Toronto Christmas Tree. The 47th-year-old Toronto tradition, the Cavalcade of Lights is a beautiful event marking the start of the holiday season. Live musical performances and fantastic firework displays ensure everyone is entertained, while the opening of the Square’s winter ice rink adds the finishing touch to this popular family event.
Where to Eat
St. Lawrence Market
92-95 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E 1C3, Canada
Largest indoor market in the city. Main activity is centered in the South Market with 2 floors of vegetable and fruit markets, butchers, cheese stores, fish stores and other grocers, restaurants and cafes.
Must try food:
- Urbain Bagel (soft, chewy and warm, slathered with garlic herb or cheese)
- Buster’s Sea Cove (Bestseller is the Boston Blue Fish & Chips plate, decorated with curly fries and homemade coleslaw)
- Churrasco of St. Clair (Portuguese Tarts, silky yellow custard served in a flakey crust; hot juicy Portuguese Chicken Rolls)
Sicilian Sidewalk café
712 College St. W Toronto, On M6G 1C3
Authentic Italian gelato with over 50 years of history. Sicilian Sidewalk Café: waffles and ice cream
Located in every mall in toronto and subway stations in downtown
Great for tea break as their all time favourite menu is their coffee and donuts.
Poutini’s House of Poutine
Address: 1112 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1H9, Canada
The gravy-and-cheese-laden fries at this tiny take-out spot drew crowds from the get-go. Fries are hand-cut daily and twice-fried before being topped with rich house-made gravy and curds brought in fresh from Maple Dale Farms.
Address: 1 Richmond St W, Toronto, ON M5H 3W4, Canada
Modern British inspired café serving all-day breakfast, pasta, mains, coffee, tea and pastries. Start your day right with their recommended Crab Benedict!
Where To Stay
The Fairmont Royal York (4 stars)
100 Front Street W, Downtown Toronto, Toronto (ON), Canada M5J1E3
Hotel Victoria (3 stars)
56 Yonge Street, Downtown Toronto, Toronto (ON), Canada ON M5E 1G5
Sandman Signature Toronto Airport Hotel (4 stars)
55 Reading Court, Etobicoke, Toronto (ON), Canada