Places You Must Explore in Toronto
In southeastern Canada, located in the province of Ontario, Toronto holds the supreme nickname of “Queen City." However, the critics towards her have not always been princely: some find her sad, grayish, and think that she is only a pale copy of these lively American metropolises. For the past ten years, Toronto has been successfully trying to restore its image and is determined to make people talk about it… for good! Here are some places you must explore when go on toronto tours with your friends or family.
Discovery of downtown Toronto
Soak up the unique atmosphere of Toronto as you stroll downtown, downtown. From one minute to the next, you find yourself in China, Italy, or even Korea. Everyone proudly wears the banner of their country of origin. Still, everyone seems ready to sew a pretty maple leaf in the corner because, after all, Canada is also their country.
For a real glimpse of the international dimension of Toronto, head to Kensington Market, still downtown. Surrounded by Spadina Avenue and College Street, this colorful neighborhood is reputed to be the most cosmopolitan city. Here, the graffiti is street art. The area first welcomed Irish and Scottish people who fled their country and, little by little, Jews, Italians, Asians, and Africans settled there and tried to make it their new home. Formerly considered a weak and at-risk corner, it is today a multicolored and famous district prized by tourists. There are also several pretty cool bars and restaurants there. For example, these kinds of places, with Chinatown, brighten up the heart of Toronto, which sometimes lacks charm. It is true.
Nathan Phillips Square
A symbol of the city's economic power, Nathan Phillips Square, is a real crossroads where thousands of employees pass by every day. It houses the town hall or "city hall" and a few buildings filled with offices. The old city hall is also located on the square. The contrast between the two allows us to admire the evolution of the city: from an old and picturesque building, a little architectural gem, we pass two flashy skyscrapers! Beyond that, the place is beautiful and pleasant to walk. It includes a garden, the Peace Garden, which was designed in memory of the victims of Hiroshima, and a large pool that becomes an ice rink in winter, of course! The latter is generally open between mid-November and mid-March.
One of Toronto's most popular attractions is the CN Tower. At 533 meters high, it was the tallest tower in the world until the Burj Khalifa building in Dubai overtook it in 2009. From there, you will have a bird's eye view of the city center and the more remote neighborhoods and, of course, on the Ontario River. It is from the skypod, the rounded part rises to 480 meters, that the view is most impressive thanks to the bay window, which serves as the floor!
From the top of the CN Tower, you could see a few small green islands that dot the course of the Ontario Rivers. If you have a little free time in your busy tourist planning, don't miss out! They are accessible by ferry (or, for the more adventurous, by canoe) and constitute a small haven of peace two paddles from the city. In summer, you can picnic, cycle, swim, or even sunbathe. In short, you will think you are on vacation. The largest island is Center Island, but it tends to get very (too) crowded as soon as the sun comes out.