Toronto

Toronto is the provincial capital of Ontario, located on the northwestern shore of Lake Ontario. With a population of 2.6 million, it is the most populous city in Canada and fourth largest city in North America. Toronto is made up of varied and unique neighborhoods. Many of Toronto’s larger attractions and hotels are located downtown.

The CN Tower is Toronto’s most recognizable and famous landmark. The tower is about 550 meters tall and thereby the third tallest free-standing structure in the world. From the observation deck, visitors enjoy an impressive panoramic view of the city. The Harbourfront, Toronto’s former industrial port, is located close to the CN Tower and offers many walking trails and bicycle lanes. It is also a starting point for several boat tours. Across the Harbourfront you will see the Toronto Islands, a public park popular for summertime daytrips. It is accessible by ferry from the Harbourfront and offers a perfect view of the city skyline.

The Art Gallery of Ontario is located in the northern part of downtown and is home to many famous artworks. It is the largest art gallery in Canada, with a collection of more than 90’000 works of art. The museum building was redesigned in 2008 by the famous architect Frank Gehry. The neighborhood Kensington Market, offering food markets, restaurants and clothing boutiques, as well the North America’s second-largest Chinatown (after New York City) are worth a visit too. Furthermore, I suggest to visit the neighborhoods around St.Lawrence Market (oldtown), Yorkville (exclusive shopping district) and The Annex (residential student quarter).

Toronto has several major league sports teams, such as the Toronto Blue Jays baseball team playing at the Rogers Centre (April – October), as well the Toronto Maple Leafs Ice Hockey team playing at the Air Canada Centre (October-April). Depending what season you visit in, I definitely recommend to attend one of these sports game! Furthers activities I highly recommend are a kayak trip in the inner harbour (rental at Harbourfront Canoe and Kayak Center), as well two interesting guided walking tours: the “Free Graffiti Tour” by Tour Guys which gives you an introduction to Toronto’s graffiti and street art culture, as well the “Architecture Tour” by the Toronto Society of Architects which will introduce you to Toronto’s most iconic architecture.