After a long flight from Sydney to Toronto I need an energy injection to kick start my jet lagged carcass.
As much as I want to crash, the buzzing city of Toronto is a welcome boost to keeping me awake. With its soaring skyscrapers and many exciting attractions, the energy pours out of every corner of this vibrant city.
If you love sport, music, great restaurants and bars, beautiful green spaces amongst great architecture with very friendly people then you will love Toronto (particularly if you’re partial to some recreational marijuana)! Yes it’s legal here and you can get high just walking the streets!
Here my Top 5 (and let’s start by getting high)
The lofty CN tower stands 533 meters tall and majestically rules the city skyline. It is one of Canada’s greatest landmarks and one of the seven wonders of the modern world. Dine from the top in the revolving 360 restaurant and take in the view, or for the daredevils strap on a harness and take a walk along the building’s edge in the aptly named Edgewalk Experience. If you want to do both, it may be best to save consuming a big meal until after the walk!
RIPLEY’S AQUARIUM OF CANADA
This is one of the newest and most popular attractions in Toronto. There are sharks aplenty, giant lobsters, octopus and jellyfish who are as friendly as the locals and all want to say hello!!
ROYAL ONTARIO MUSEUM
There are no shortage of galleries and museums here but I recommend the 100 year old Royal Ontario Museum located right in downtown Toronto. It’s the biggest museum of world cultures and natural history in Canada and a must see.
The pedestrian-only Distillery District is a definite “must get off here” stop if you’re on the hop-on hop-off bus.
In an area that once housed a large whiskey distillery you’ll find cool and quaint 19th century buildings in cobblestoned streets. The district is brimming with hip restaurants, bars, boutiques and galleries with quirky eye popping outdoor sculptures. If you’re here in December, the annual Toronto Christmas Market takes over the streets.
TAKE IN A SHOW
Being a theatre lover I always love to check out what’s playing wherever I am. I was so excited to learn that ‘Come from Away’ was playing at the beautiful Edwardian Elgin Theatre. Double tick as I wanted to see this show and visit this old theatre.
‘Come from Away’ tells the remarkable true story of thousands of stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland, Canada that welcomed them. The travellers who landed in Newfoundland on diverted planes on September 11, 2001 were said to have ‘Come From Away’.
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