Toronto tourism highlights

Mayworks 2015: Mayworks, Toronto’s festival of working people and the arts, takes place from May 1-14 at various locations in the city. The program is online or on Facebook.

Kensington Market: “Toronto’s most unique neighbourhood, Kensington Market retains its charm and wonderful diversity through its eclectic mix of vintage clothing stores, Latin American grocers, fresh produce, cafes and watering holes” (BlogTO).

St. Lawrence Market: The market has restaurants, artisan and specialty food vendors in a beautiful historic building. The food market is not open on Sunday, but across the street, the antique market (open only on Sunday) is worth a visit.

The Annex: The neighbourhood to the west of U of T’s campus is a bustling area with stretches of affordable restaurants of all stripes, bars, shops, a bookstore, and the Bloor Cinema (home to Hot Docs).

West Queen West: Long home to hipster culture, Queen Street West’s galleries, boutiques, and restaurants have expanded westward. The strip includes many bars and restaurants, shopping, galleries and vibrant street culture. A local favourite is Trinity Bellwoods Park.

Museums and galleries: Toronto is home to excellent museums and galleries, including the Royal Ontario Museum (adjacent to U of T’s campus), the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Gardiner Museum, The Power Plant gallery, and many independent galleries.

Distillery District: A restored distillery in Toronto’s east end, with shops, restaurants, galleries and “the continent’s best-preserved collection of Victorian Industrial Architecture” (BlogTO).

High Park: Toronto’s largest public park. A Toronto tradition in early spring is to visit the park’s Cherry Blossom trees, which only last for about a week.

Chinatown: Toronto has one of the largest Chinatowns in North America.

The Beaches: An east-end neighbourhood on Lake Ontario with a 3-kilometre boardwalk.

Toronto waterfront and Harbourfront Centre: Toronto’s waterfront is 46 kilometres along Lake Ontario. Harbourfront Centre, on the waterfront, offers cultural and arts programming and other tourist activities.

 

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