Things to do in Toronto
Toronto is saturated with diversity and there's no better place to show this off than at the St Lawrence Market (voted one of the world's best) and the more bohemian Kensington Market. The city is also home to not one but three Chinatown areas as well as a Little Italy and Little India, all located in the downtown district. These areas are a great place to get a glimpse into the real day-to-day world of Toronto and gain an appreciation of the city's diversity, cultures and people. Not to mention the food!
Toronto also has a penchant for sky-scraping restaurants such as Canoe Restaurant, located on 54th floor of the TD Bank Tower along Wellington Street. The service is pricey, but the views are priceless. If your budget doesn't stretch to sky-high dining, there's always the CN Tower in downtown Toronto with a transparent floor on the Glass Floor Level to look over the city - if you dare!
During winter, instead of braving the elements you can actually wander underground without ever having to surface! PATH is downtown Toronto's underground walkway and links 30 kilometres of shopping, services and entertainment as well as public transport. It's recognised as the largest underground shopping complex in the world and its 1,200-odd stores have a yearly underground sidewalk sale - also the world's largest. Not to be outdone, Toronto's Yonge Street is the longest street in the world at 1,896 metres, and runs through most of the city centre.
In the summertime, you can see this dynamic city from the outside and take an Inner Harbour sightseeing cruise coupled with informative commentary on Toronto's past and present. With the option to hop off the cruise and spend some time on Centre Island, you'll find there are many activities available. If weather permits, there are bike rental stations along with a petting zoo and restaurants. At your leisure, re-join the tour and ride back to the mainland. There's such variety on offer in Toronto, but here's our pick of the city's best indoor and outdoor attractions.
You can access this world-famous site from the US side, but Canada is said to have one of the best views of Niagara Falls. Almost 90 percent of the water plummets down Horseshoe Falls, which lies on the Canadian side. Millions of visitors travel from Toronto to see this wonder of the world.
When in Toronto, adrenalin junkies should take the chance to shoot to the top of the iconic CN Tower. The second-tallest freestanding structure in North America at 553 metres high, the tower gives more than impressive views on a clear summer's day.
With 13 Stanley Cups under their belt, Toronto Maple Leafs ice hockey team is the talk of the town. As part of the National Hockey League, every home game is a guaranteed sellout, and for good reason - the entertainment value of watching an ice hockey game is unrivalled.
Canada's largest zoo, Toronto Zoo, stretches across 287 hectares and is home to 5,000 animals and over 450 species that live in themed areas dedicated to Africa, Australasia and Eurasia.
As Toronto's top tourist destination, the Toronto Eaton Centre shopping mall sells itself. The renovated complex boasts 330 stores and restaurants so it's easy to spend both a lot of time and money in this famous mall.