Canada’s largest city is surprisingly friendly – perhaps that’s because it is known as a city made up of neighbourhoods. The lakeside city is one of the most multicultural in the world, complete with a thriving food and drink scene and plenty of art and culture to soak up.

You’d be hard pressed to run out of things to do in this buzzing city, but here are a few of my top experiences from my time there.

 

The CN Tower

The 553 metre tower that defines Toronto’s skyline is perhaps Canada’s most iconic work of architecture.

If heights don’t bother you, a trip up to the top of the CN Tower is a must when visiting Toronto. After heading up the glass-fronted elevator you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views from floor-to-ceiling panoramic window walls or if you’re game from the new glass floor.

You can even dine up here there too – the best option is to enjoy a quality meal at the renowned 360 Restaurant with genuinely breathtaking views over the city at every angle.

Adrenaline junkies should definitely try the EdgeWalk, the world’s highest ‘hands-free’ external walk, a cool 116 stories above the ground.

 

A Toronto Food Tour

Toronto Food Tours

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Toronto has one of the most eclectic restaurant and bar scenes in the world. But as a visitor where do you begin? Book yourself a spot on a Toronto Food Tour.

These tours are led by the super knowledgable Chef Scott who pioneered the food tour industry in Toronto.

There are many tours to choose from, including eating and drinking your way through Toronto’s beautiful Distillery District.

Steeped in history, this area was home to the breweries, brickyards, cork stop makers and the largest distillery in the world.

You’ll see a different side of Toronto here from British row houses, and cobblestone streets. Here you’ll try the city’s best coffee and craft beers, visit a chocolatier that has recently been awarded best dark chocolate and take a behind the scenes tour and tasting at a modern working distillery.

You’ll need a good appetite for this delicious experience.

 

The Shoe Museum

Elvis Presley shoes at the Bata Shoe Museum

Image: Elvis Presley’s shoes

Shoe lovers, this is the museum of your dreams.

The Bata Shoe Museum is home to the largest collection of shoes from around the world which have been researched, preserved and put on display as a unique way of looking back through time.

Some of the most famous pairs you will find here include the ballroom slippers worn by Queen Victoria, Elton John’s monogrammed silver platform boots and a pair of Elvis Presley’s white and blue patent loafers. Incredible right?

Also, the museum itself has been built in the shape of a shoebox just to add to theme!

 

Getting out on the water

Toronto-canada

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Toronto is just one of those cities that can be best appreciated from the vantage point of the harbour. That’s why jumping on board a cruise with Toronto Harbour Tours is a great way to see the city.

A seat on this tour will give you the best views of the Toronto skyline AND a close up look at the beautiful Toronto Islands and waterfront.

The tour is paired with an interesting narration from one of the captains, allowing you to discover fun facts about the city while enjoying the views.

 

What’s your favourite Toronto experience?