It's not always easy being a sports fan in Toronto, but whether your team wins or loses, this city has something every fan can cheer for. Read on to learn why all sports fans should add Toronto to their list of places to visit.
It's not the kind of football American visitors are used to, but the Toronto Argonauts play a mean game as members of the Canadian Football League. One of the most successful Toronto teams, the Argonauts have won the league's Grey Cup an impressive 16 times. The team has celebrated numerous greats throughout the years, retiring the numbers of four players including Michael Clemons and Joe Krol. Before cheering on the team at the Rogers Centre, take a tour of historic Steam Whistle Brewing, right around the corner from the stadium.
The Toronto Blue Jays are the only Major League Baseball team to be based outside of the United States. After a few tough years following their debut in 1977, the Blue Jays found their footing in the mid-1980s. They won numerous American League East championships over the course of the next decade and even won the World Series in 1992 and 1993, with star players like Roberto Alomar and Dave Winfield. Though the Blue Jays are in the midst of a playoff drought, Toronto residents never stop cheering on their team at the Rogers Centre.
Since 2001, the Toronto Raptors have been the only National Basketball Association (NBA) team in Canada. The Raptors boasted years of record attendance at the Air Canada Centre in the early 2000s but hit a slump in the mid-2000s. After nearly advancing beyond the first round of NBA playoffs in the 2014-2015 season, it's time for this promising team to achieve something great. Before or after a game, grab a pint at the nearby Real Sports Bar, known for its nearly 200 television screens.
One of Canada's most celebrated teams, the Toronto Maple Leafs were founded in 1917 and are one of the original six members of the National Hockey League (NHL). Though the Leafs have had good and bad years, they haven't won an NHL championship since 1967. Of course, fans still cheer them on despite this 50-year drought. Make the most of your trip to the Air Canada Centre with a visit to the top of the neighboring CN Tower.
Hockey Hall of Fame
Even if you can't catch a game in person, die-hard fans will love the Hockey Hall of Fame. This is where you can see memorabilia from the true greats, who only get inducted into the Hall of Fame after being approved by committee. Here you can catch a glimpse of the Stanley Cup, see exhibits that demonstrate notable NHL history, and even enjoy interactive exhibits that let you see what it feels like to be a player. The Hockey Hall of Fame is housed in the heart of downtown Toronto.
Whether you love baseball, football, basketball, or hockey, a trip to Toronto has to be on your list. Thanks to the city's hundreds of affordable vacation rentals, you'll have no problem finding somewhere to stay.
Toronto is the capital of Ontario and a hub for tourists and visitors to Canada. Despite its big city feel, Toronto has a lot of recreational activities to offer. Here are 10 great choices for things to do when you visit Toronto.
1. Go Island Hopping
Take a ferry ride from Toronto to the islands and experience hiking, beach-going, and family fun. There are some amusement park rides to try, too, at the Centreville Amusement Park. All-day ride passes are $32.74 for adults if you buy online.
2. Marvel at Niagara Falls
There are a few different options for sightseeing tours of Niagara Falls. For a full day experience at the Falls try Niagara Day Tour, which offers hotel pickup and plenty of time to explore the area for just $79 a person.
3. Attend the Symphony
The Toronto Symphony Orchestra at Roy Thompson Hall plays classical music three nights a week. Ticket prices depend on seating, but younger concert attendees (15-35 years old) can purchase tickets for as little as $16 through the TSOUNDCHECK program.
4. Experience the Thrills of the CN Tower
This tourist attraction, probably the most famous in Toronto, stands over 1,800 ft. (530 m) tall. Take a ride on a glass elevator, snap photos while standing on a glass floor, and go even higher with the daring EdgeWalk. Tickets are around $30 for general admission, not including SkyPod and EdgeWalk reservations.
5. Shop the St. Lawrence Market
This traditional open-air market has every type of food imaginable and is popular with tourists and locals. Stop at one of the many restaurants or buy fresh ingredients to use for cooking. The market is open Tuesday through Saturday.
6. Stroll Art Galleries
The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) displays new art collections every few months, making each visit different. There are exhibits for all ages. General admission for adults is $19.50. The AGO is closed Mondays.
7. Get Cultured at Toronto's Museums
The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is a natural history museum with cultural and scientific displays, including the ever-popular dinosaur bones. Every attendee is sure to learn something new. Adult admission is $17 every day, except for Friday when it's only $10.
8. Chow Down During a Food Tour
Explore the city and its cuisine with a tour from Savour Toronto. For $75 you get six tastings at different eateries and a complimentary alcoholic beverage. There's even a vegetarian-friendly tour option.
9. Check Out the Hockey Hall of Fame
What's a visit to Toronto without a little hockey? At the Hockey Hall of Fame, you can browse memorabilia on display, catch a 3-D movie, or play interactive games. General admission is $18 and the Hall is open seven days a week.
10. Catch a Comedy Show
The Second City Comedy Club in Toronto is a great place to catch a show that will definitely have you laughing. There are shows almost every night ranging from $14 to $32 a person. Group discounts are available as well as package deals for dinner and a show.
Whether you're a resident or a visitor, make a plan to visit one of these fun attractions in Toronto. You're sure to go home with a fun memory of the experience.
Pop quiz hotshot – you are in Canada’s largest, most diverse city and you have a three day weekend ahead of you. 72 hours of freedom and the clock is ticking. What do you do? What do you do?? Luckily, we are here to provide you a Toronto itinerary guide so that your next trip “North of the Border” will be your best.
Not for those who are afraid of heights, but your first day should absolutely include a visit to the top of the CN Tower. Now, many cities have observation decks with 360 panoramic views and classy restaurants, but none hold the title of “tallest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere.” In the case of the CN Tower, you also have your choice of how extreme you’d like to make your visit – you can eat at the 360 Restaurant (1,151 feet), you can walk on the roof of the main deck (1,168 feet) or you can visit the higher Skypod area (1,465 feet)
Once you are back in sync with Earth’s surface, you’ll likely want to find a nice place to eat. Toronto has several neighborhoods worth exploring such as Dundas West, The Annex, King West, Ossington, Parkdale, Leslieville, and the Entertainment District. Toronto’s diversity also means it has an incredible selection of food to pick from, so here are some of the top places to check out based on your taste:
- Seafood: Via Norte, Oyster Boy, Smoked and Cracked, Hogtown Pub & Oysters
- Italian: ORO, Carisma, Taverna Mercatto, Sfizio Pizzeria
- Mexican: Los Colibris, Seven Lives
- Mediterranean: Luci, Jacques Bistro du Parc, Byblos
- Asian: Zen Japanese
- Steakhouse: Jacobs & Co., Mansion Keg, Keg Steakhouse & Bar
Sports are a huge component of Toronto’s culture and every visitor should make their way to a game during their stay. Depending on the time of season, you’ll be able to see one or more professional Toronto sports teams play. Tourists from the U.S. will be familiar with teams such as the Blue Jays, Maple Leafs, Raptors, and soccer’s Toronto F.C., but Toronto also has the Argonauts (Canadian Football League), and Furies (Canadian Women’s Hockey)
The most popular sports landmark in the city is the Hockey Hall of Fame. The Hall is both a museum to celebrate the history of hockey and an actual Hall of Fame to commemorate players, officials, and central figures in shaping the sport as we know it today. You can even view the real Stanley Cup Trophy when you are here and partake in different exhibits throughout the year.
With your day in full-fledged sports mode and your evening about to kick off, keep the party rolling with a night out on the Toronto bar scene. This will obviously vary depending on your taste, but my recommendation would be to hover around the King Street, Queen Street, and College Street areas, although almost any main road in the city will have something fun to offer. Be sure to check out bars like Horseshoe Tavern with its rich musical history, Real Sports Bar & Grill near the Air Canada Centre, or College Street Bar.
There’s no better way to cure a night out than by starting off your final day in Toronto with a nice brunch and your favorite mimosa, cocktail, or bloody mary. Mildred’s Temple Kitchen, The Good Fork, and Lady Marmalade are just a few great spots for you to keep in mind.
Every city has museums, so finding unique ones to visit can get tough after a while. Fortunately, Toronto has you more then covered in that department. The Royal Ontario Museum is a must-see attraction, as it celebrates world culture, art, history, and has more than 6 million items. Other museums worth seeing include the Art Gallery of Toronto which has over 80,000 works of art and the Ontario Science Centre.
With your trip almost over, don’t forget to pick up some souvenirs at the Toronto Eaton Centre, which is the largest shopping mall in the city. Wind your day down by exploring the outdoor sights and sounds of the city as well on the Toronto waterfront, the Toronto Zoo, or Canada’s Wonderland amusement park.
Toronto shares many traits with cities in the USA, and admittedly feels like it could exist in the Pacific Northwest and not skip a beat - but we love most what makes this Canadian city unique. The atmosphere, the dining scene and the landmarks prove that Toronto is a tourist's dream and a local's haven. Writers and artists are drawn to the area, which is why some of the most popular bloggers come from the area.
There were many talented writers to choose from, but here we've presented our list of the top Toronto-based bloggers to follow:
Bacon is Magic: Bacon is Magic is about how a professional chef and professional eater balance their passions of love and travel. Creating a delicious life both at home and abroad and sharing their tips along the way.
Calculated Traveller: An online magazine offering friendly advice, informative reviews, and inspiration on all things travel. With multiple writers on staff, each article is written in their own unique voice and style. Focused throughout on budget planning and preparation for all types of travellers across a wide range of travel experiences of every level.
Chasing Travel: This blog is about travel experiences more than destination. It is for people looking for authentic, local travel experiences through Europe including adventure, food, festival and culture.
eat. live. travel. write.: eat. live. travel. write. features an array of culinary adventures, near and far - teaching boys how to cook, perfecting French treats such as the macaron or the canelé, hunting down the best pastry stores and cooking schools in France and beyond. Mardi Michels draws inspiration from her travels every day in the kitchen.
Epic Adventures of a Modern Mom: At The Epic Adventures of a Modern Mom, you'll get a chance to experience a bit of the diversity, artistic expressions, people, cultures and foods of Toronto and some of the surrounding areas within the province of Ontario. You'll love these unique and fun parts of our home and native land.
Globetrotting Mama: Globetrotting Mama readers believe in the spirit of travel and even those who don’t choose to do the same trips that we do, find inspiration and motivation to see more of the world every time they visit. It’s a celebration of family and cultural exploration with a few laughs thrown in.
Gone with the Family: At Gone with the Family we inspire parents to explore the world near and far with their kids - one trip and one experience at a time. Our message is that family travel need not be daunting or limited and that there are a host of destinations, hotels and attractions where families can play, explore and learn together.
Hopscotch the Globe: Whether your a seasoned traveller or have dreams of one day seeing the world, Hopscotch the Globe is your resource for everything internationally inspired. From travel tips and advice to destination guides to food adventures, Kristen and Siya won't just teach you about the world, but will make you laugh along the way with their very likably en humorous personalities.
I Backpack Canada: I Backpack Canada is a an independent travel blog on budget travel and outdoor/adventure in Canada. Operated by Corbin Fraser since April of 2009 I Backpack Canada has helped share destinations, stories, photos, and advice for those considering an extended trip across Canada. Whether you're camping across Canada, grabbing a ticket on VIA Rail, or flying from Point A to Point B to experience an adventure in another part of the country, I Backpack Canada is sure to have something to help make your journey memorable! Corbin Fraser says "Canada is huge. Like, stupid huge. It's easy for us Canadians to forget just how big of a trip that a cross Canada journey really is. I just want to share some of my experiences in this awesome country of ours, and hopefully help a few people create some rough plans on what they're going to do when they get to wherever they're going.
I Will Travel: My goal is to help others remove self-imposed limitations that prevents them from traveling locally as well as internationally. Living by my motto “see the world through a different set of glasses” I aim to help people vision the world in a different way than what they are accustomed to.
Kids on a Plane: Kids On A Plane is a family travel blog that focuses on North American and Caribbean destinations. Our goal is to encourage parents to get out there and travel, eat, play and explore with their kids - without losing their minds or their children's college funds!
Planet D: The Planet D inspires adventure in everyone. Dave & Deb are one of travel’s most passionate storytellers; exploring the world one experience at a time. Married for 16 years, they aim to inspire people to follow their dreams and push their boundaries. They travel the globe showcasing their real-time journey through social media, and broadcasting their stories through travel writing, award winning photography, and video.
Savoir Faire Abroad: Savoir Faire Abroad is a travel and food that encompasses five years of global adventures, from living in Bangkok, to exploring Mexico by bus, to travelling across Canada's ten provinces and two of three territories. All of this, and more, by one crazy solo female traveller.
Seattle's Travels: Seattle's Travels is an adventure travel blog that is heavy on vibrant photos and fun graphics. Travel is the main subject, but there are still plenty of posts about Toronto and the surrounding area.
Wandering Carol: Wandering Carol, voted a Top 10 Luxury Travel Blogger by the readers of USA Today, brings you fab adventures, hot destinations and irreverent (some would say sarcastic) fun on her luxury travel blog WanderingCarol.com. In her 10-plus years as a travel writer she's seen the best of what the world has to offer and hopes to share her insider knowledge with you.
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