Join us on an eye-opening cultural whirlwind in Canada’s hippest (and largest) city, cosmopolitan Toronto.
Located on the northern coast of Lake Ontario, this is a city of monumentally impressive landmarks. One of the standouts has to be the CN Tower, which offers jaw-dropping views across the city’s famous skyline from its revolving restaurant and observation platform. If you’re feeling brave, you can even venture out onto the exposed top of the tower in the nerve-jangling EdgeWalk experience.
But what Toronto is really famous for its fabulously diverse and creative cultural scene. One of the best places to experience it is with a stroll through the cobblestoned streets of the atmospheric Distillery District, where you’ll find artisanal foodie hotspots and galleries galore in converted industrial warehouse spaces.
Another must-see is bustling, colourful Chinatown, along with the trendy Queen Street West area boasting over 300 galleries, record stores and independent coffee shops. Sports fans can also catch a baseball game at the Rogers Centre, home of the Toronto Blue Jays.
Toronto also has a never-sleeps nightlife scene, with countless dive bars, hipster hangouts and unrivalled restaurants to choose from. And whenever you need to chill out, you can picnic in one of a massive 1,400 public parks. These boast everything from lakes and open green spaces to beaches and even ravines.
Visit the Ontario capital in summer for all manner of thrilling dance and electronic music festivals, while another highlight is the 17-day Luminato arts festival taking place in June.
Need to unwind? You can easily escape the thrum of the city centre and head to the Toronto Islands, a small chain of islands offering rural scenery, sandy beaches and lots of hiking and biking trails. It’s also possible to day trip to Niagara Falls from Toronto, as it’s only a couple of hours away.