Disclaimer: Toronto is no New York. I think everyone can accept that. Whilst often the two are often compared this post isn’t going to attempt to do so.
I also thought about adding in places to eat and bars, but decided against it. Every city has these features.. they don’t all have the CN Tower etc….
Here’s how to spend three nights in Toronto (and the general area)…..
Even if you have no interest in sport, or even if you like sport and find yourself pulling out your hair with boredom at slow moving games, I would STILL recommend checking out a Blue Jays game. Primarily because the atmosphere is amazing and you can sit there with a drink. Does anyone really pay that much attention anyway? (probably offending hard core baseball fans here….) Needless to say it’s a good evening out where you can experience good Canadian cheer.
Just across the way, and if you are in search of another beer you will find the Steam Whistle Brewery, brewing pilsner since 1998. 21 years later it is one of Canada’s most loved independent breweries. Tours cost from around £6.50pp and added extras such as bottles and cans are available.
If you’re desperate to remain no more than 100m from the two attractions above, then a visit to the CN tower is a must. No its no top of the Rock or Empire state but the view over Toronto is lovely. Tickets are around £21 and include 2 floors. Other options are available such as the sky edge walk.
The distillery district or old Toronto is found east of the CN Tower. Gentrified around 20 years ago from abandoned factories the district today is home to a plethora of boutique shops, restaurants, bars and different art works. ( Fairly comparable with the NY’s meatpacking district …. sorry, this is my only comparison)
If none of the bars above, take your fancy then a visit to St Lawrence market is a must. A food hall offering a number of different treats, sweet and savoury. The Peameal bacon sandwich is a Toronto favourite, in so much so there’s several blogs online which debate which is the best one. Only having had one myself I can only recommend the Carousel Bakery .
Close to St Lawrence market you will find Berzcy Park, home to a relatively new fountain. I’ll add in a photo.. pictures speak louder than words.NIAGARA FALLS
No first trip to Toronto should fail to include Niagara Falls – set of three waterfalls Horseshoe, bridal Veil and American visited by 30 million each year. At its tallest a height of 51 metres straddling both Canada and the US, it hasn’t got anything on Victoria or Angel but is a marvel worth seeing. My personal experience was a bit of a disappointment. My heli was cancelled due to bad weather and overall commercialism of the Canadian side has gone a step too far. ( little more like Jersey Shore than Yosemite). However the Hornblower ( Canadian Maid of the Mist ) is an excellent experience if you don’t mind getting blasted with the full force of the waterfall. ( maybe better on a hot day ). Fun fact, and not one to try yourself: in 1921 Annie Edison Taylor, a school teacher on her birthday became the fist person to survive the trip over the falls in a barrel.
I visited Toronto with Contiki in 2017- this is of no way in conjunction.