TORONTO

To arrive in Toronto from Niagara it’s only a short bus journey which takes less than 2 hours. 
Toronto has become one of our favourite places. It has a good mix of vibrant city life, nature and the waterfront giving you the best of both worlds! 
 
We stayed in the Parkdale Hostellerie which was a cheaper alternative here in Toronto. It has the options of private or dorm rooms and it’s in a great vibrant location! Note: The entrance is a little hidden! Give us a message if you’re looking at this accommodation and want any more details. 

WHAT WE DID

Distillery District

Hidden away on the East side of the city is the Distillery district. A beautiful array of older buildings with some great history behind them. They’ve now been transformed into a mixture of restaurants and boutique shops mainly relating to arts and crafts. 

Financial District

An area that gives Toronto more of the ‘larger city’ feel. A GREAT area to take some interesting photos due to the mixture of heights and colours of the buildings. The CN tower is always present in the background too. 


Centre Island

Take a $7.75 return ferry ride over to the Centre Islands. The ferry is the cheapest option but there’s plenty of other more interesting boat options for slightly more money such as the little water taxis or the Kajama which looks like a huge pirate ship! We decided to go over to Centre Island and watch the sunset over the city and spectacle at the CN tower lighting up. A MUST while visiting Toronto. 

Toronto Waterfront

Take a walk or bike ride along the shoreline. There’s plenty to explore and some lovely park and beach areas to relax. Part of this was the ‘HTO park and beach’. It’s a lovely area to relax and watch over the water for a while. 


The Cn Tower

Lottie has been up the CN tower in the past but it is a little more on the expensive side with adult tickets starting at around $38. However it does give you a great view over all the city! Definitely walk over the glass floor or even step it up a notch and upgrade your visit to the ‘edge walk’ if you dare!

WHAT WE LIKED MOST

Centre island Ferry

Mentioned above – a beautiful romantic way to watch the sunset. Take a picnic and sit on the water edge benches to relax and watch the sun go down. 

The Toronto Waterfront

Also mentioned above - so much to explore and there’s many places stop off for some great food + drinks along the way!

WHAT WE DIDN'T LIKE

Nothing...

... apart from the Mosquitos! Make sure you have some bug repellent – especially if you’re heading over to Centre Island for the evening. 

Tips & Tricks

Bikes!

Using the bikeshare Toronto bikes there are 4 options to take advantage of. I’d recommend either the 24 hr unlimited 30 minute rides or the 3 day unlimited 30 minute rides coming in at $7 or $15 per person/bike. You can get to practically anywhere you’d want to in Toronto within 30 minutes so it’s an opportunity you wouldn’t want to miss!

Drinks Deals + Happy Hours

Many bars and pubs (especially along the waterfront) have special deals throughout the day. We went to The Pint House right under the CN tower and got two alcoholic drinks (beer + a cocktail) for $5 each which is pretty good!