Toronto Travel Guide
The ultimate guide to the best things to do and see in Toronto
Toronto is a big, international city with a population over 2.5 million and in fact, just over 50% of Toronto’s residents weren’t even born in Canada, so no surprise that it’s so multicultural! Start here with my basic Toronto travel tips, or jump down below to read my latest Toronto travel blogs.
When to Visit
The best time to visit Toronto in order to enjoy the outdoors and make the most of the weather is roughly from mid March to October. That said, fall in Toronto, like much of the northeast of North America is beautiful with the changing leaves, and even in the winter months when the temperatures drop significantly, there’s still loads of cool stuff going on indoors in Toronto to keep you entertained!
Top Things To See
Art Gallery of Ontario – One of Canada’s most prominent art museums is great for art lovers. As a bonus, the architecture is pretty cool too as it was designed by Frank Gehry!
Graffiti Alley – On a side street just off Queen Street West, this is Toronto’s only public space where graffiti is legal. You can even take a tour of Toronto’s graffiti scene which will give you more insider tips on the scene.
Chinatown – You can find just about any fruit or vegetable at the fresh market stands, but tuck in between them and you’ll find the city’s best Chinese restaurants. Come for Dim Sum if you can!
Taking a tour around Toronto will save you time and get you in to some areas of the city you might otherwise overlook, so it’s definitely worth you time to consider one. There are so many cool things to do when visiting Toronto, start with this list of insider things to see first and then consider booking a tour.
LGBT – Gay Toronto Travel Guide
Toronto is one of the most gay-friendly cities I’ve visited and it’s easy to understand why. The city, with its huge ethnic and multicultural population is one of the most tolerant in the world. These are a few of the best things you should know about visiting gay Toronto.
Church Street – The heart of Toronto’s gayborhood, Church Street is a long street stretching from the waterfront in Old Toronto towards the Public Library to the north, and is the most popular place for gays to go out at night and during the day. With countless bars, restaurants, pubs, clubs and mostly queer businesses dotted along its length, it’s definitely the gayest street in Toronto!
Pride – The largest pride event in Canada, and among the biggest in the world, Toronto’s annual pride is a party not to miss! It happens every year at the end of June.
More gay travel resources here.
Toronto Hotel Deals
Toronto has plenty of cool and quirky hotels, as well as all the big chains you’d expect. They’ll likely get full when there’s a conference or special event in town, so definitely consider booking in advance. I’ve found that using Booking.com, Agoda.com or Hotels Combined can be really useful for finding last-minute deals.
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