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10 Activities You Can’t Miss When Visiting Toronto

The more I discover Canada the more it amazes me, what a huge and gorgeous country! My first step-over has been the very popular Toronto! Honestly, despite it’s an enormous city I totally didn’t have this feeling while walking around! Especially compared to London where everything is sooo packed, here, despite the gigantic buildings… I felt like I had space, lots of space! Plus, once you explored it the first time it’s not difficult at all to get oriented, this also thanks to the CN Tower: wherever you can see it you can understand in which direction you’re walking! 🙂

After spending 4 days there I came up with this list that I believe sums up what you can’t definitely miss when you’re here, hopefully, it’s useful for any of you who’s planning to visit Toronto 😉

1 | Fill your camera with amazing graffiti pictures at the Graffiti Alley

The Graffiti Alley is definitely a place you can’t miss! This narrow but quite long street will make you want to shoot many pics of the amazing wall drawings that make this street colourful and fun!

Graffiti Alley!

 

One of the many cool graffiti you can find in this street

2 | Going to China, Portugal, Italy and Korea without needing a passport!

Toronto is very well known for its mix of cultures and nationalities. Indeed, the biggest communities have even given names to neighbours which are so cool to visit since you can definitely breathe a different feeling from the normal Toronto streets! You can have an amazing dinner eating Chinese ravioli in Chinatown, then go for an ice cream in Little Italy, spot cute houses in the little Portugal area or even go to drink something in Korea Town! How cool is this?!

Walking around China Town

3 | Fall in love with the Distillery District

The Distillery District is the perfect place where to enjoy a chilled afternoon or evening. In this neighbourhood, you’ll find many cosy bars and hand-made items shops with unique stuff. Plus, the characteristic brick walls make the whole atmosphere very different from the rest of Toronto’s area so you won’t want to miss it 😉

Walking along the Distillery District street I encounter this lovely writing!!

 

One of the many cosy bars in the Distillery District!

4 | Escape the big-city life seeking refuge in The Annex area

We all know that after a while, the big-city life can be overwhelming, right? Well, there’s actually an area of North Toronto where you won’t have this feeling at all: The Annex. This neighbourhood is full of amazing (super-expensive) houses (actually, villas) and the most famous one is Casa Loma, a Gothic Revival style house (aka a small castle) which is now assigned as a museum and landmark.

Casa Loma castle/muesum in The Annex area

Oh and another good reason to visit this area is the! Indeed, since it’s located a bit higher than the rest of Toronto, you’ll have an amazing view of the city (including the CN Tower, of course 😉 )

5 | Experiencing the thrill of watching a live baseball game

Canada has just one baseball team, the Blue Jays, but they are very very proud and fanatic of it! Because of this, when in Toronto, going to watch a baseball game at the Rogers Centre is a must! In Europe baseball is not really a thing so for me it totally felt like being in a movie, for sure an amazing memory!

Rogers Centre

The team plays 2/3 times per week and tickets prices vary based on the area you want to seat, from very expensive to very affordable ones, so there’s no excuse to miss it! 😉

6| Being stunned by the amazing view from the CN Tower

The CN Tower is definitely a symbol of Toronto so already seeing it from the outside will make you wanna say “wow!”. But going at the top (yeah, it’s kind of expensive though..around 50 dollars – but worth it!!), it’s just stunning! While walking around the streets of Toronto you already realise how massive this city is, but when you’re up there you’ll be really amazed!

The stunning view from the CN Tower

7 | Feeling the real Toronto vibes while walking around downtown Yonge

Yonge Street is one of the most scurry and dynamic districts of the city with loads of shops, restaurants and entertainment. This street is so long that on the way you’ll want to stop so many times!

 

yongestreet

The very popular Yong street

 

8 | Take a very touristic picture at Nathan Philip Square

Nathan Philip Square is where the “Toronto” writing is = where all the people who are visiting Toronto go to take pictures! It’s quite a big square so no worries, you won’t feel packed, especially if you go there around evening hours the people will be less and you’ll be able to take cool pictures! 🙂

You definitely can’t miss taking a picture here 🙂

9 | Enjoy a picnic or just a short rest along the walk of the Toronto Harbour

The day I arrived in Toronto it was so sunny and hot so I decided to buy something for dinner and eat it on one of the benches along the walk of the Toronto Harbour, such a pretty view and the perfect place to be on a spring/summer evening!

Queens Quay Promenade in the evening is so lovely!

10 | Losing track of time while looking at all the goodies in St Lawrence Market

Of course, visiting a market could not miss on my list! St Larence Market, in particular, is full of fresh food and typical Canadian goodies so, as a tourist is interesting visiting it even without having the intention to purchase something! Be prepared though, it’s quite big (3 buildings) so you’ll need a bit of time to look at it with no rush 🙂

The view you have as soon as you enter St. Lawrence Market

 

What about you, have you ever been to Toronto? Would you have anything to add to this list? I’d love to hear from you! 🙂

 

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20 Comments

  • Reply Audrey

    Everytime I go I find new things to do! Last time I fell in love with the Distillery District! I would’ve loved to go to Toronto Island (everyone recommended it) but there was flooding. 🙁 So instead I did a few unusual things, if you’re interested: https://audreywritesabroad.com/2017/06/05/6-weird-things-i-did-in-toronto/
    🙂

    22/06/2017 at 4:00
    • Reply Lisa // Fromdreamtoplan

      Ohh I also couldn’t manage to go to the Toronto Island because of that 🙁 but yeah, Toronto is such a big city that you can’t get bored!! Thanks for the link, I’ll definitely check it out! 🙂

      22/06/2017 at 12:57
  • Reply Jennifer

    I haven’t been since I was a child, but your pictures make me want to go again.

    22/06/2017 at 14:10
  • Reply Angie

    Great write-up on Toronto, Lisa! I need to make my posts more interesting like this. 😉

    22/06/2017 at 23:08
    • Reply Lisa // Fromdreamtoplan

      Thanks Angie! Ohh no your posts are so interesting as well! 🙂

      23/06/2017 at 14:12
      • Reply Angie

        Thanks, Lisa! Looking forward to reading your other posts on your journey here. 🙂

        23/06/2017 at 19:44
  • Reply Julz

    yay! am your 1000th follower 🙂 I’d love to go to Canada – but from our current location it’s a bit far… I told my husband to get a job there!

    23/06/2017 at 6:36
    • Reply Lisa // Fromdreamtoplan

      Omg THANK YOU SO MUCH!! 🙂
      Oh I can understand! Hahah that would be an amazing solution! 🙂

      23/06/2017 at 14:11
  • Reply Serena - Sognando Viaggi

    Wow! Amazing phptps! I’ve never been to Toronto, but it seems really nice and…enormous! 🙂

    23/06/2017 at 12:00
  • Reply Curlygirlabroad

    I’ve been following your canadian adventure on instagram, it seems amazing! Toronto looks like a lovely place. Enjoy the rest of your trip! 🙂

    24/06/2017 at 16:13
  • Reply Cindy

    Great list! St Lawrence Market sounds fantastic. I’d love to visit Toronto!

    26/06/2017 at 22:26
  • Reply Nano @ Travel With Nano B.

    I’ve never been to Toronto, but here so many great things. You post seems to have captured the spirit of the city so well. Bookmarked for future travels 🙂 xx

    27/06/2017 at 2:00
    • Reply Lisa // Fromdreamtoplan

      Yess it’s a city full of things to discover!! Oh I’m glad to hear thins Nano! Thank you very much! 🙂

      27/06/2017 at 4:16
  • Reply Heather

    Love this list! Thanks for sharing. I’ve only been to Quebec City and Montreal and Toronto is definitely on the list.

    01/07/2017 at 13:22
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