The fourth-largest city in North America, Toronto is one of Canada’s most cosmopolitan destinations with all the big-city attractions to match. From glittering theatres to sprawling museums, highly-rated international restaurants to a buzzing financial district, Toronto’s atmosphere is high-energy. It particularly excels with its sophisticated arts scene, with highlights like the Art Gallery of Ontario. Referred to as a ‘city within a park,’ Toronto offers a wealth of green spaces including an attractive waterfront to explore. And just beyond its reach are sights like Niagara Falls!
The Toronto cruise terminal is located along Unwin Avenue down the city’s waterfront. It’s positioned in a picturesque setting, often used as a filming location. To get into the city centre, it’s best to take a taxi from the terminal. Toronto is a massive city, but there’s a very convenient public transportation system to help you get around including an option of subways, buses, and streetcars. You can also hire a car from the rental desks at the terminal; but be aware that traffic can be heavy in the city so oftentimes it’s faster to use public transport than drive.
From repurposed warehouses to modern architecture, Toronto offers a bevy of sights. The CN Tower is hard to miss, being the western hemisphere’s largest structure. Take the lift to the top and you can enjoy the view over Lake Ontario. If you’re feeling brave, try the EdgeWalk that takes you around the tower’s outside edge. Visit Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada with its 135,000 square feet of underwater exhibitions, featuring sharks, sting rays and jellyfish. Museum fans are spoiled for choice with the Royal Ontario Museum, Art Gallery of Ontario, and Bata Shoe Museum, and the Distillery Historic District is worth a wander with its Victorian buildings and cobblestone lanes.
Home to over 200 nationalities, it’s no surprise that Toronto’s dining scene is a melting pot of cultures and flavours. Visit farmer’s markets to see what’s fresh from the countryside – the St Lawrence Market is a must-see with its fresh honey, maple syrup, local wines and fresh seafood. Try Asian cuisine in Chinatown, particularly the ‘Hakka Food’ which blends Indian and Chinese influences. For cheap eats, you can head to the streets surrounding the University of Toronto, or head to Yorkville for celebrity-friendly bistros. And of course, there are traditional Canadian treats like poutine, butter tarts and smoked bacon on offer.
Walking is a prime pastime in Toronto, whether you’re exploring its diverse neighbourhoods or areas of greenery. The North York district is a great place to put on your walking shoes, home to the Toronto Botanical Gardens and Edwards Gardens. The city also operates Discovery Walks, which are pointed out with circular signs along historic routes.
Nestled up against Lake Ontario, Toronto is blessed with several beaches! Naturally, you can head to the Beaches neighbourhood to enjoy a little rest and recreation, or if you’re in the mood for a more isolated and natural setting you can venture to the Toronto Islands. Here you’ll be able to leave all the city bustle behind and enjoy amazing skyline views over a waterfront picnic.
Toronto offers a great nightlife, arts and entertainment scene. Take in a night of comedy or improv at Second City or see what’s on at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. The city hosts the world-famous Toronto International Film Festival each autumn, which draws Hollywood luminaries to the red carpet.
Hockey is the preferred sport for Canadians, and Toronto’s Hockey Hall of Fame gives you a great selection of interactive games and multimedia exhibits to enjoy. You can even take a selfie with the coveted Stanley Cup!