When I first moved to Toronto, to say it took some adjusting is an understatement. I had moved from a quiet, rural hamlet with one major intersection nearby and a one-lane highway (where people would actually stop their cars in the middle of the road to chat to each other) to the big and complex city of Toronto. It was a world of change! The hustle and bustle of the city streets and the activity on the street (cars and taxis, public transit, late night drinkers, club goers, cyclists, etc.) took weeks of getting used to, especially living on Queen Street East and a block from the ever popular Woodbine Beach. Even navigation was a challenge for months (with several major highways connected and several one-way streets in the core).
But over time I adjusted. I got used to the sound of the streetcar going by about every 7-10 minutes, the fire trucks, the noise of passersby, and I definitely become more of an assertive driver (I mean aggressive really – you’ve got to push your way in most of the time). And over the years I’ve come to appreciate all that Toronto offers, and it’s still only an hour away for me now. While I lived there, it was so easy to just hop on the streetcar and be downtown in 30 minutes - to meet a friend for dinner, go to see a performance/show, or to attend an event. Because Toronto is such a multi-cultural city and because of its large population, it has a lot of stuff going on – ALL THE TIME! Even now, I visit at least monthly and find I'm discovering new attractions/events that and often return to established ones that I really enjoy.
Below I’ve included a few of the highlights that I would recommend to any tourist while in Toronto:
A few honourable mentions (in no particular order):
Toronto has so many amazing things happening, it’s hard to list them all. If you are planning a trip to Toronto, be sure to check what’s happening in the area during the time of your visit and plan accordingly. There are so many traveling shows/performances that I would highly recommend trying to fit into your schedule (Disney on Ice, The Lion King, Dirty Dancing, The Sound of Music, Cavalia, Alice in Wonderland (ballet), etc.). Toronto.com and See Toronto Now are great sites to use for planning your visit. You can also get a City Pass, which gives you access to the CN Tower, Casa Loma, Ripley’s Aquarium, the ROM, and the Toronto Zoo or the Ontario Science Centre.
If you have any questions about Toronto’s attractions or need some tips for more must-sees, just comment below – I’ll share what I can!
I'm a 20-something woman working my way through life in Canada, traveling when I can afford it and seeking out my passions one day at a time.