Canada’s most populous urban centre, Toronto is a unique, multicultural city of neighbourhoods. Thanks to Drake, the city is experiencing a renaissance of increased tourism. Here are some of our favourite things to do in Toronto.
High Park, Toronto
In the west end sits High Park, Toronto’s largest public park featuring many hiking trails, diverse vegetation, a beautiful lakefront, convenient parking, easy public transit access, a zoo, a couple of cafes, greenhouses, picnic areas, and events throughout the year. Come here during the short-lived cherry blossom season for the perfect Instagram.
Toronto Island, Toronto
The Toronto Islands – locals call it “the Island” – is located on Lake Ontario and is quick 13-minute ferry ride from downtown Toronto. The Island is actually 15 small islands inter-connected by pathways and bridges. Check out Hanlan’s Point and Centre Island in the summer, you’ll feel miles away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Just make sure to catch the last ferry back to the mainland.
Crothers Woods Trail, Toronto
With around 10km of natural trails, Crothers Woods is home to a diverse bird population and viewpoints offering impressive views of the Toronto skyline. Its proximity to downtown Crothers Woods is a popular weekend hike, offering an escape into nature within Toronto.
The Beaches Boardwalk
The east end of Toronto is home to a neighbourhood called The Beaches. A long boardwalk covers the sandy beach lining the stunning Lake Ontario waterfront, making it a destination for anyone visiting the city. The views and relaxed small-town vibe of The Beaches will make stresses of the city fade far away.
No trip to Toronto would be complete without a trek to Casa Loma. The Gothic Revival style mansion and garden, which is now a historic house museum and landmark, was constructed from 1911 to 1914 as a residence for Sir Henry Pellatt, a Canadian financier and soldier. What was once a tourist attraction has become a place locals hit up for nights out and an imaginative escape room.
Situated in Toronto’s Chinatown is the Art Gallery of Ontario. With a collection of more than 90,000 works, the AGO is among the most distinguished art museums in North America. Taking in a special exhibit or the gallery’s permanent collection is a wonderful way to spend a few hours in Toronto. Enjoy getting lost in the dynamic space and go for dim sum afterwards.
Assembly Chef’s Hall
Assembly Chef’s Hall is a relatively new venture and concept for Toronto. The sprawling venue features a diverse range of food choices in a stall-come-market setup. Seventeen of Toronto’s premier chefs have booths, making it a perfect place to sample the variety of cuisine TO has to offer.
Sam James Coffee Bar
A hip Toronto staple, Sam James Coffee Bar has some of the best coffee in Toronto. With locations across the city, it’s hard to miss the coffee shops minimal black-and-white branding along with the incredible smell of baked goods and fresh espresso. The shop across from Trinity Bellwood’s Park is our favourite to check out and people watch.
This quaint restaurant is a French-style diner offering comfort food classics like roast chicken sandwiches and cakey onion rings along with an impressive wine and cocktail list. A chic and dimly lit bistro, Le Swan is the perfect place to start off an evening out in the Six.
- If it’s cold or windy in Toronto, hop into the free botanical oasis that is Allan Garden. This humid and floral paradise will give you life.
- Trinity Bellwood’s Park on a sunny day in Toronto is the place to lounge with friends. Enjoy snacks and discreet libations al fresco. Linger until the sun sets.
- Wander in Kensington Market. This walkable bohemian neighbourhood with patios, shops, and vintage boutiques and is bliss on sunny weekends.
This list is just the start, we hope you explore all Toronto has to offer and discover more. At COVE™ our goal is to Make Each Experience a Discovery™.