Visit Toronto, Canada

9 things you HAVE to experience if you visit Toronto

FANCY visiting Toronto, Canada but not quite sure where to start? Here are 9 things we GETTY

Check out Toronto’s incredible landscape from the Islands

  1. CN Tower’s Edge Walk

Toronto gives you the opportunity to break records by completing the world’s highest full circle hands-free walk on a 5 ft wide ledge encircling the top of the CN Tower’s main pod, which is 356m/1168 ft (116 storeys) above the ground.

Just looking at the Tower may scare you to death, but the views that you get once up there are absolutely breathtaking, with Lake Ontario being directly (quite a long way down, mind) below you.

Whether you’re an absolute adrenaline junkie or just want to do something to push yourself to your limits, this is definitely a once in a lifetime experience and we’d recommend it to anybody.

If you also have a few spare hours and you’re in the area, make sure you walk across to Ripley’s Aquarium which is located next to the CN Tower entrance. With over 16,000 aquatic animals, there’s plenty to see and do whatever your age.

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The Edge Walk is the perfect choice for adrenaline seekers

  1. Toronto Heli Tours

If you don’t fancy dangling yourself off the edge off a ridiculously tall building anytime soon, you can also see Toronto from 2,000 feet up in a helicopter.

The city has recently started offering people the chance to do the Heli Tour, which shows you all off the best landmarks downtown, as well as giving you the chance to go right up to the Edge Walk and give all the thrill seekers a little wave if you feel the need.

If you’re not quite brave enough to do the Edge Walk, definitely give this one a whirl – you won’t regret it.

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Experience incredible views by dangling off the side of the CN Tower

  1. Cottage Country

It’s not hard to see why Canadians are so chilled and relaxed 99% of the time – just a few hours outside the hustle and bustle of Toronto is the absolutely gorgeous Muskoka, also known as Cottage Country.

A lot of city workers also own, or at least know someone that owns, a cottage in the suburbs and after a long week of work – especially in the summer – they like to relax with nothing but the stars, an incredibly still lake and maybe a few beers with friends to keep you company.

Whether you choose to head down to the local breweries or head straight to the lake and hop in a canoe, there’s literally something for everyone and after a few days of absolute relaxation, you can then head back to the grind, only to do exactly the same thing the weekend after.

We recommend you definitely visit Algonquin Park for the full Muskoka experience.

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Relax by taking a canoe ride across Muskoka

  1. Toronto Islands

You can grab a 20 minute ferry to the Toronto Islands, which are absolutely beautiful and just a short distance from city life.

The ferry allows you to take stunning photographs with the Toronto landscape in the background and if you go to Main Island, which is the most popular of the Islands, you can either head down to the beach or hire a bike (which we would recommend) and ride round the edges to get an even better view.

Like cottage country, the Island really does allow you to appreciate everything that Toronto offers by looking over at the beauty of the city, but still managing to grab some well needed relaxation in the peace and quiet.

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Hop on a helicopter or get on the ferry to the Islands to see the beautiful Toronto landscape

  1. Kensington Market

For those that are looking for something slightly edgier and a little less touristy, there’s always Kensington Market.

For anyone that’s from London, UK – think Shoreditch, only cooler.

Not only are there an array of incredible patios and bars to enjoy a drink or some food at, there’s also a bunch of vintage, organic and health stores that are all incredibly affordable and sticking with the Canadian vibe – everyone is always more than willing to help you in whatever way you need.

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Head over to Kensington Market for something slightly different

  1. Poutine

It’s time to take a break from the adrenaline, tourist activities and relaxing trips to really concentrate on something that a LOT of people will be able to relate to – food.

Toronto is famous for a lot of things, one of them being the absolutely amazing poutine that the city offers.

Chips, cheese and gravy may also be a regular, most likely drunkenly-ordered dish in the UK, but it’s something else in Toronto.

It’s definitely one to have on a treat day if you’re watching the weight, but the chips, cheese curds and gravy dish is an absolute must-have.

For some of the best poutine head down to Smoke’s Poutinerie, where you’ll be able to jazz up the usual dishes to add meats and extra sauces.

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Toronto’s poutine is an absolute MUST have

  1. Squeeze in a fancy spa day

If the sightseeing takes it out of you and you fancy a bit of a splurge, head on down to The Ritz-Carlton and treat yourself to a pampering day.

The massages are incredible and any treatments of 60 minutes or more mean you automatically get access to the Salt Water Lap Pool, Hot Tub, Sauna, Experience Showers, Eucalyptus Steam Room, Green Tea Infused Vitality Pool, Fitness Centre, Men’s & Women’s Relaxation Lounge and Co-Ed Sanctuary.

If you’re looking for a room with a view and just want to hit the sack after a relaxing day in the spa, the hotel itself is easily one of the best in Toronto, with some of the rooms having an incredible view of the CN Tower and Lake Ontario, which allow you to see the city at night without stepping foot outdoors.

For a limited amount of time guests can also celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday in style, with the hotel launching a 150-day programme in honour of the occasion.

Treat yourself to a spa day at one of Toronto’s best hotels The Ritz-Carlton

  1. Dundas Square

Back to seeing the sights. Granted, this is one of the most touristy areas in the city, but it’s also one of the areas that you’re most likely to recognise from the big screen.

With Dundas Square being incredibly similar to New York’s Times Square, it is very often used for blockbuster movies because it’s a lot easier to film in.

In fact, not only has the Square been used as a major location, but the whole of Toronto can very often be seen in big budget films.

The Incredible Hulk, Total Recall, Hairspray, Robocop and Suicide Squad are all examples.

If you fancy grabbing a bite to eat while in the area, make sure you check out Lena Restaurante, which is an Argentinean eatery that offers an array of small plates which are perfect to share.

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Dundas Square has been used in a lot of movies

  1. Niagara Falls

And last but by no means least, Niagara Falls.

A lot of people don’t tend to realise just how close it is to get to Niagara, but you can either rent a car or grab one of the tours and be right by the famous waterfalls in around an hour and a half.

Words aren’t able to do Niagara Falls justice and despite some saying that once you leave the actual Falls it’s a little bit tacky nowadays, you can choose to just surround yourself with the nature.

We’d recommend the Maid of the Mist boat, that’s affordable and allows you to get right up close to one of the seven wonders of the world.

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Niagara Falls is less than two hours away from the city