Rediscovering Toronto

It must be over 10 years since I last visited Toronto and although I was only staying for two nights I was looking forward to rediscovering Canada’s largest city.

toronto001After our short flight from Saskatoon we arrived at Toronto Airport and headed for the UP Express station. It is quite a long walk through the terminal building, so I am not sure I would recommend it for everyone. However, with trains leaving every 15 minutes it’s a short 25-minute ride to downtown Toronto and Union Station.  A taxi from the airport will take at least 45 minutes traffic permitting.

Our hotel for the two nights was the Chelsea, Canada’s largest hotel with over 1,500 rooms. In an excellent location close to attractions, theatres and shopping, it has great facilities for children but the rooms are looking tired and in need of refurbishment. We checked-in and then took a taxi to the historic Distillery District for dinner where we ate at the amazing Cluny Bistro & Boulangerie.

The next morning, we enjoyed breakfast and a tour of the Ritz Carlton Toronto before embarking on our city tour. The highlight of our morning was the harbour cruise from which we had a stunning view of the city. After lunch and a look around the Bond Place Hotel we continued our tour of the city. We had a quick stop at St Lawrence food market and caught a glimpse of Toronto’s own Flatiron Building aka the Gooderham Building. 

toronto003It was great to have some free time and see the cobblestone streets and Victorian architecture of the historic Distillery District in the daylight. We sat and watched the world go by whilst enjoying a drink at one of the craft breweries. The final stop on our tour was Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada. Conveniently located at the bottom of the CN Tour it features north America’s longest underwater viewing tunnel and is a great place for families and kids of all ages. The jellyfish exhibit is amazing.

toronto002The finale of our visit to Toronto was dinner at 360 Restaurant atop the iconic CN Tower. From our table by the window we had a spectacular 360-degree view of the city whilst enjoying fantastic Canadian food and wine. After dinner we went across the road to The Rec Room, Toronto’s newest entertainment hotspot. Inside there were bars, restaurants, arcade games as well as live music from a band playing for karaoke singers.

Following breakfast and spending the morning watching the fantastic videos made by groups visiting the other Canadian provinces, we had time for some last-minute shopping. Fortunately, the Chelsea is just off Yonge Street and a short walk from the Eaton Centre – home to over 300 shops!

I really enjoyed my short stay in Toronto and finding new places to visit. I would suggest a hop on, hop off city tour to discover the highlights of the city. With shopping and theatres to rival New York, amazing attractions to visit and world class dining to experience – I would recommend you SEE TORONTO NOW!