Toronto is the largest city in Canada and one of the most visited. We feel it can be quite overwhelming arriving in a new city, unsure of where to go and what to see – you never want to arrive home and find out you missed out on something spectacular simply because you were unaware it was there!
To stop this from happening we have come up with this quick guide to help you plan which neighbourhoods to explore during your visit in the city of Toronto.
Yonge & Dundas
Yonge & Dundas is at the epicenter of Toronto. It is often referred to as a mini Time Square, home to Toronto’s first scramble crossing, a large outdoor square, an AMC theatre and Toronto’s largest downtown mall.
The Casa Loma neighbourhood was given it’s name after the famous castle, Casa Loma, which sits high on a hill overlooking the area. Completed in 1914, the castle has 98 rooms, full of secret tunnels and lavish furnishings – a castle definitely worth a visit here in Toronto.
The Annex is one of Toronto’s oldest neighbourhoods and is the cities first streetcar suburb. Here you need to visit the Bata Shoe Museum, one of Toronto’s most unique museums, showcasing footwear throughout the ages. For your more typical museum you can also visit The Royal Ontario Museum, Canada’s largest museum. The ROM displaying everything from preserved Egyptian mummies to live Madagascar cockroaches!
Yorkville is one of fanciest parts of town. Here you will find luxury condominium apartment buildings, five star hotels, theatres, gourmet restaurants, a prestigious shopping district and stunning Victorian homes.
You will never run out of things to do in Toronto’s Entertainment District. It is home to theatres and performing arts centres, Toronto’s four major-league sports teams, and is the location for most of the nightclubs in Toronto.
You will also find the world famous CN Tower here, as well as the Ripley’s Aquarium.
Kensington – Chinatown
Kensington Market is one of the most eclectic and unique locations in the entire city. Everything from fresh food markets to restaurants and bars, vintage clothing boutiques, spice markets, and music shops are all contained in two small north-south streets and a handful of cross-streets.
Chinatown, the second largest in North America after New York City, is always a hub of activity as residents and tourists cover the walkways daily on the hunt for cheap fruits, vegetables, baked goods and dim sum.
Harbourfront is a neighbourhood on the northern shore of Lake Ontario. This waterfront neighbourhood is home to numerous summer festivals, the Power Plant (now converted into a contemporary art gallery), and ferry access to the Toronto Islands.
Home to St Lawrence Markets & The Distillery District, Old Town is a must visit. St. Lawrence Market is a Toronto landmark and is the largest indoor market in the city. Located at the corner of Front and Jarvis St., with two floors of grocers, food stores and restaurants. The Distillery District is a national historic site that once housed the distillery Gooderham and Worts, representing the largest and best preserved of the industrial architecture of Victorian collections in North America!
How You Can Get Around
During our stay in Toronto we explored all neighbourhoods above thanks to City Sightseeing Toronto. Using their hop on hop off bus we spent the day riding around Toronto, stopping off at different neighbourhoods to explore this incredible city.
What is your favourite neighbourhood in Toronto?
Thanks to City Sightseeing Toronto for showing us around your beautiful city. As always, all opinions are our own.
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