Planning a Quintessential Toronto Weekend
Wondering what to do in Toronto? Canada’s most populous city has something in store for everyone. Before you pack up and head north, check out this list of classic Toronto attractions:
Get sky high at the CN Tower
The largest freestanding structure in the Western Hemisphere, the CN Tower is the immediately-recognizable icon of the Toronto skyline.
Looking up from the bottom is of course free, but if you’ve got some cash to burn, why not ride the elevator to the top and take advantage of all that this 1815.4 foot high entertainment center has to offer?
Take in the views from the LookOut deck, defy death with an outdoor EdgeWalk around the tower ledge, or dine in style at 360, the CN Tower’s sky-high revolving restaurant.
Test out your slap shot at the Hockey Hall of Fame
Situated inside the breathtaking former Bank of Montreal building, the Hockey Hall of Fame is much more than just game-winning pucks and autographed jerseys. Enter the museum’s cavernous 57,000 square foot interior and you will find everything from immaculately preserved retro jerseys to the first ever Stanley Cup ring.
Walk through a life-sized replica of the Montreal Canadiens’ dressing room, or test your slap shot at the free interactive Pro Hockey Life Shootout virtual game.
And of course, no visit to the Hall of Fame is complete without seeing the Stanley Cup—the centerpiece of the museum’s Great Hall—on display alongside other famous memorabilia inside a converted bank vault.
Satisfy your sweet tooth at one of Ontario’s beautiful maple syrup farms
After a few days immersed in Toronto’s urban hustle and bustle, you may find yourself yearning for quieter pastures. Lace up your sneakers and head outside the city limits for some maple sugaring at one of Ontario’s scenic maple syrup farm.
Learn to choose a ripe tree, tap the trunk, and boil the sap down into delicious maple syrup. Check online for seasonal information and events—some farms even host costumed reenactments.
Check out the latest in urban redevelopment
Of all the newer things to do in Toronto, the waterfront is a work-in-progress worth visiting. Since 1972, the city has been working to convert miles of waterfront industry into people-friendly recreational space.
Promenade along one of the newly completed lakeside WaveDecks, enjoy the sculpture gardens at Sherbourne Common, or join in a game of pickup soccer at the Cherry Beach Sports Fields. Toronto’s Waterfront is a wonderful place to spend a relaxing vacation afternoon.
Get down with the cool kids at Kensington Market
Known for its vividly coloured Victorians and free-spirited vibe, Kensington Market is Toronto’s most diverse and vibrant neighbourhood. Stroll the streets by day, stopping to comb through the Market’s racks of vintage clothing or pyramids of delicious fresh fruit.
By night, make sure to check out one of the city’s notable public arts events (check events calendar online at Kensington-Market.ca before you go). In Kensington Market, the people are as much a part of the sightseeing as the sights themselves.
For the best people watching, take a load off in Bellevue Square Park, a hub for hippies and hipsters alike.
This post was written by Dan Patterson, Director of Internet Marketing for CityPASS.