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Toronto named one of the world’s best destinations

posted February 15, 2016


Downtown Toronto

In its review of the world’s best tourist destinations, the New York Times recently named Toronto as one of the best choices in travel.

In the esteemed news organisation’s 52 Places to Go in 2016, the Canadian city was highlighted in the Top 10 globally. Toronto comes in at destination number seven on the New York Times list. It landed between the exotic locations of Mozambique and Abu Dhabi.

The report highlights The Junction, a reclaimed industrial area in the city that has been transformed into “Toronto’s most stylish neighbourhood for its bars, live music and coffee shops.” It also mentions perks such as the revitalised Queens Quay, Toronto International Film Festival and the Union Pearson Express which shuttles you swiftly between Downtown and the airport. Not to be forgotten is the city’s public transportation system, TTC, which includes the subway, buses and streetcars.

Toronto was not the only Canadian destination selected. For those looking for amazing holidays in Canada, the Southern Gulf Islands in British Columbia were also highlighted by the New York Times. Connected by ferries, the area on the Pacific coast is dotted with quaint seaside villages and communities.

Why Toronto is one of the best in the world

Best known for its culture and its cosmopolitan feel, Toronto is Canada’s biggest city. Despite its size, it has kept a relaxed, fun feel. It is chock-full of great sights, but is also Canada’s artistic heart. The city is the centre of arts and media in Canada and boasts a number of galleries and festivals, alongside a growing reputation as a spot for foodies. The popular Yorkville neighbourhood is known for its idyllic tree-lined streets and window-shopping. Two years ago, fashion magazine Vogue named Toronto’s trendy West Queen West as one of the hippest neighbourhoods in the world.

“Toronto is remaking itself as Canada’s premier city, quietly slipping out of the shadow of Montreal and Vancouver,” writes David Shaftel from the New York Times. “Toronto has long been known for its cultural diversity and continues to draw major artistic and sporting events”.

Image Credit: Benson Kua (flickr.com)

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