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Visit Canada’s National Tower and experience breathtaking views of the city. An engineering spectacle to behold and an iconic landmark, the CN Tower is the tallest free standing structure in the Western Hemisphere. It is also an internationally renowned entertainment and dining attraction that’s visited by more than 1.5 million people annually.
A highly popular attraction at the tower is EdgeWalk (open from April – November), where you can walk on the roof of the tower’s restaurant 351 metres above ground! You’ll get an exclusive video, pictures, and a certificate of achievement at the end of your thrilling experience.
Besides walking on the wild side, you can enjoy spectacular views from the other three observation areas located in the tower, which include an outdoor SkyTerrace where you can relax and feel the wind; the LookOut, which has a glass floor so you can see through all the way down to the ground; and the SkyPod that’s at the very top and has the highest vantage point.
For food, there are three restaurants in the tower to serve you delectable meals. Head to 360 The Restaurant for an award-winning fine dining experience. Enjoy a revolving view of Toronto while you wine and dine on fresh Canadian produce. A bistro called Horizons is located on the LookOut level and also serves great food with impeccable views, making it great for special occasions. The third restaurant is Le Café which offers tasty casual meals plus a variety of freshly baked goods. It is located at the base of the tower and is easily accessible.
The St Lawrence Market has been operating since 1803 and is one of the best places to visit while in Toronto. With more than 120 merchants, artisans, and vendors, the market is a wonderful place to sample and purchase fresh produce, delicacies, art, antiques, and beautiful blooms. The vendors come from various backgrounds, so you’ll never run out of options while traversing the market for special delights. The South Market is where all your foodie dreams are at.
In addition to all the yummy food and things to buy, the St Lawrence Market also hosts a number of events throughout the year, such as the Strawberry Social Festival, Buskerfest, and Woofstock, a massive outdoor festival for dogs. On top of that, there are also indoor events such as cooking and baking classes to participate in.
The St Lawrence Market prides itself in offering an authentic Canadian experience to all who visit no matter how new or regular you are. The North (Farmer's) Market opens every Saturday 5am through to 3pm; South Market runs Tuesday to Thursday 8am - 6pm, Fridays 8am - 7pm and Saturday 5am 5pm; Antiques Market Sundays dawn to 5pm.on Fridays.
Known as the honeymoon capital of the world, Niagara Falls is not to be missed. It’s a 90 minute drive from town in your Toronto car hire, and is a lively city on the south eastern side of Ontario, Canada. Niagara is a joint name shared by three waterfalls as well as the city in which they are located in. There are many activities you can do while you’re here, including sailing to the edge of the Falls, flying over them in a helicopter, and walking behind them to get a closer experience. You also might want to consider taking a tour that encompasses a variety of fun activities to give you the best value when you’re visiting.
The Horseshoe Falls are located on the Canadian side of the territory and carry nine times more water than the falls in the United States. A famous boat tour is the Hornblower Niagara Cruises that takes you up close and in front of the Falls. The closest Canadian highways to reach Hornblower Niagara Cruises are the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) and the 420. A few car parking areas are available nearby, so feel free to take advantage of your car rental in Toronto for this activity. One more fun fact: Niagara Falls generates hydroelectric power for the province of Ontario.
With tons of food options and about half of the city’s population born outside of Canada, it’s totally possible to eat your way around the world in Toronto. Here are some awesome must eat spots to tantalise your taste buds.
Head to Chinatown in Downtown Toronto and stuff your face with some Chinese food! This area is always buzzing with activity, fruit and veggie stalls, Chinese herbal medicine shops, homewares, and tons of delicious food of course! There are many eateries to choose from which specialise in authentic Chinese food. Not only that, there are different styles of Chinese cuisine, too. From Hong Kong style dim sum to Fu Kin style dishes originating from the province of the same name in China.
Ah poutine, a heavenly marriage of hot chips, cheese curds, and brown gravy. What more could you ask for? Smoke’s Poutinerie can be found in various locations in Toronto and is one of the finest producers of this delicious dish. This popular spot has taken poutine to the next level by adding various toppings such as chili cheese bacon, pulled pork, mushrooms, butter chicken, and slices of steak. If you’re not already drooling on your device, we don’t know what to tell you! Besides the meaty choices, there are also veggie options to choose from.
Located in a luxury high rise building at 1 Benvenuto Place, Scaramouche is regarded as one of the top restaurants in Toronto. It has a long established history serving great French food made with top quality ingredients and skilfully crafted by their talented chefs. It has been hailed as the most cutting-edge kitchen in the city with mouth-watering dishes that are plated to perfection. Besides the main restaurant, The Pasta Bar & Grill, located right next door, is a casual spot where you can relax and enjoy the friendly neighbourhood atmosphere while eating and drinking. Both restaurants have extensive wine lists for you to choose from. Reservations are a must, so book early to make sure you have a table.
With so much to do and see, you’ll need to rest your head from all the activities. There are a large number of hotels and bed & breakfasts in various areas in Toronto for you to do just that. Here are three good areas and some hotels we recommend.
Undeniably the most convenient location in which to stay, downtown Toronto is easy to get around on foot and public transport. There is tons of accommodation in the area, from luxurious hotels to comfy budget options. If you’re looking for something luxurious, The Ritz Carlton Toronto is a good choice. If you’re looking for a budget one, Super 8 in Chinatown is quite a popular one. There is plenty to do in and around the area with restaurants, shopping, and attractions to keep you entertained. It can get very busy during the summer months, so you should book early if you’re planning to stay in Toronto.
Another favoured area is West Queen West. It’s filled with hotels, bars, restaurants, and shops for you to explore. Some popular hotels include The Gladstone Hotel and The Drake Hotel. The Gladstone is a nice boutique hotel located at the centre of the lively artsy neighbourhood. Each room is uniquely decorated by local designers. It’s a quirky hotel for travellers who like living on a busy street. The Drake is also a boutique hotel that has been renovated and refurbished. Just like The Gladstone, it has its quirks—this place is definitely not for bringing your grandparents or little ones!
A swanky neighbourhood that’s right next to downtown, Yorkville has many high-end luxury hotels and dining selections. The Hazelton Hotel is one of the most sought-after hotels and has hosted celebrities and dignitaries. Top-class service and luxury everything runs in the blood of these hotels, so every visitor is sure to have a pampered and fanciful time during their stay. What’s convenient is that the Royal Ontario Museum and the iconic Bata Shoe Museum are close by. While on the way to the museum, you’ll pass by a long stretch of shops to entertain the shopaholic in you.