Simply put, Toronto is a fantastic city. It’s perfect as a starting point for adventures further afield in Ontario, or you could easily stay a week here and only scratch the surface. We’d recommend spending at least 48 hours in Toronto to really get a feel for it.
First stop: the CN Tower!
Waking up in the super-comfy beds of the Sheraton Centre is a real treat. Look out over Nathan Philips Square and the brightly illuminated city and feel instantly welcomed while you get ready for the day ahead.
Needing no introduction, the CN Tower stands tall above the city and offers some of the best views around. Our tip is to get there first thing – it means no queues! Ride the glass lifts to the top and enjoy the views from 342m above the city and over the waterfront. For the uber-brave, the EdgeWalk harnesses you to the outside of the tower for a walk around the precipice.
Transport with a twist
If your quivering legs need a rest, the Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus is the perfect way to get to grips with your new city while learning some history and stories along the way!
When you reach stop number 19, it’s time to hop off. It’s lunchtime and St Lawrence Market is calling!
“You have to have lunch at St Lawrence Market, the fresh pasta is amazing! For a famous Toronto food, try the peameal bacon on a bun – it’s delicious!”
– Georgi, Sales team Glasgow
After lunch, enjoy a leisurely wander around the Distillery District just next door. There are some great boutiques and artisan shops here.
“An absolute MUST is the Distillery Historic District!!! You can walk round yourself to experience the atmosphere and see Mill Street Brewery, or there is a Segway tour you can do which gives you the history of the district. I’d definitely recommend it!”
– Stacey, Marketing team
After a wander, hop back on the bus to continue the tour of the city. Ride to stop 17 then hop off for a leisurely boat cruise around the harbour and the islands. This is where you can get that great photo of Toronto skyline from the water!
In the evening…
Back on dry land it’s off to the Amsterdam Brewhouse on the harbourfront to relax. When the Canadian Affair team were asked for their tips for drinks and dinner, this place popped up many a time! All the beers are brewed in house and it has amazing views of the waterfront.
“The Amsterdam along the harbour is a great bar. They have a range of flavoured beers, cocktails and a great food menu including fresh oysters.”
– Gemma, Operations Team
It’s a place where you can relax, people-watch and soak up the atmosphere of the city.
Shopping & Dining
After another hearty breakfast to set you up for the day, it’s time to hit the shops. Toronto is amazing for shopping, with some lovely boutique-style areas and also the massive Eaton Centre shopping mall for all the big Canadian brands.
One of our favourite areas, Queen Street West is right next to the Sheraton Centre. It’s a gorgeous, quirky street full of local Canada brands and boutiques. You can spend a really fun day between hanging out in coffee shops and visiting the stores!
After a busy morning of shopping, somewhere we love to stop for lunch is the Momofuku Noodle Bar.
“I’ve been to Momofuku in New York and it was incredible, so I knew I had to make a visit to their new international location once I was in Toronto. The noodle bar also has the award-winning Milk Bar Bakery upstairs, so after an amazing bowl of ramen, I went and got myself their famous birthday cake truffles and compost cookies!”
– Maz, Ticketing Dept.
Toronto is made up of an exciting variety of ethnicities which are represented in the food. You could spend a whole 48 hours just eating around the city and its neighbourhoods, and you would never get bored! John Quilter, YouTube’s Food Busker, spent 48 hours in Toronto in the summer of 2016 and fell in love with the food scene. Check his video out here…
Take me out to the ball game…
One of the best ways to spend a sunny afternoon is to head to a Baseball game for a ‘nooner.’ Half the fun of a baseball game is everything else that is going on – and of course, the ballpark food! Between bites of hot dog and sips of beer, you’ll be on your feet cheering on dancing groundsmen and singing your heart out to ‘♫ take me out to the ball game ♫’. With sun and friends and food, it’s a thoroughly relaxing afternoon cheering on the Blue Jays. There are evening games too, so check the schedule when you’re in town.
“We loved watching the Blue Jays Baseball even though we didn’t know the rules – the atmosphere was amazing and a great way to interact with the locals who soon caught us up to speed!”
– Kelly, Team Leader
Sports + Toronto = Epic team Spirit
Sports play a big part in Toronto life and the city is home to five professional teams:
• Toronto Blue Jays (Baseball)
• Toronto Maple Leafs (Ice Hockey)
• Toronto Raptors (Basketball)
• Toronto FC (Major League Soccer)
• Toronto Argonauts (Canadian Football League)
When there’s a game on, watching it in person or at a bar is a fantastic experience. For Canadians, their real sporting love is hockey. It’s often said that most Canadians can skate before they walk… so it’s no surprise that there’s a fascinating Hockey Hall of Fame Museum which is worth a visit.
Notes from Niagara
You can’t come all this way and not experience the astounding sight and sound of Niagara Falls! As soon as you catch sight of the famous falls, it’s really easy to see what the fuss is about. Every minute more than 6 million cubic feet falls the 57 metres into the Lower Niagara River. The noise as the water crashes down is incredible!
Our MD Kathryn visited in October ’16, shortly after completing the Toronto Marathon:
“We set off to Niagara Falls and to the Niagara Cruises Hornblower cruise. We were covered in our lovely red ponchos to fend off the spray from the falls… little did we realise that you’d need a full Gortex suit! What an amazing way to start the day! This 20-minute cruise takes you up close to the American Victoria Falls as well as into the Horseshoe Canadian falls. The name Niagara Falls translates in First Nation as “Thundering water” and it’s quite apt. The noise if something you have to experience. Truly unbelievable!”
– Kathryn, Canadian Affair MD
Read all about her marathon experience here.
So, if 48 hours are all you have, there are plenty of ways to really get to grips with the fun-loving city of Toronto. If you have longer, even better. Toronto is the city that doesn’t stop giving, and we can’t get enough.
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