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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.

The Toronto Skyline

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?

Toronto CN Tower

The CN Tower

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.

Toronto Hockey Hall of Fame

The Hockey Hall of Fame

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.

Toronto Maple Syrup

Mmmmmmmmm, Maple Syrup

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.

Sherbourne_Common_July_2012

Sherbourne Common

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.

Kensington Market in Toronto

Welcome to Kensington Market

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.

Toronto Kensington Market

Kensington Market is a great place to people watch

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.

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  1. Lucia April 1, 2014 Reply

    Toronto is such a cool City. I Love Toronto!!! everyone must visit
    Toronto at least once in their lives….LOL Go Leafs Go!! lucia

  2. Elena April 2, 2014 Reply

    Kensington. A must.

  3. Lauren April 4, 2014 Reply

    Ah – our city! We live just outside Toronto and work in Toronto. Kensington is definitely a must…I would also suggest some museums for history/art buffs – the ROM and the AGO. I’d also suggest getting out of the city if possible to so many of the wonderful hiking trails outside of the city along the Bruce Trail, if that’s an option! Toronto also has wonderful patios, pubs, and great nightlife. High Park is a wonderful place to visit, especially in the Spring during cherry blossom season!

    • Giselle and Cody April 8, 2014 Reply

      Lauren, Toronto is by far one of our fave cities in the world.
      We live in Mississauga but in the summer time we are always in Toronto.
      So many great little areas with so much delicious food. So many great festivals at the harbour front. We love the Vegfest and Hot & Spicy food fest. It’s also a perfect place if you want to escape as well. Not to far of a drive to head up north and do some camping or head south and hit Niagara region.

  4. Chad Metz April 7, 2014 Reply

    I agree that Kensington area is a must do as well also I would suggest Toronto Island. I have only been to Toronto a few times but it is such a great city to exlore.

    • Giselle and Cody April 8, 2014 Reply

      Chad, it is a great place to explore. So many great areas to choose from.
      Toronto Island is another great area as well 🙂

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