Whether you are brand new to Toronto or have lived in the GTA your whole life, the city of Toronto is full of some of the most exciting, interesting, multicultural places in the world that we don’t want you to miss when you are coming to school here! We think that one of the greatest parts of attending the University of Toronto is that we are located within one of the most vibrant cities in the world, and what the city adds to your overall university experience is something you wont find anywhere else! Though every corner of this city is full of amazing things to see and experience, here are six places we think you can’t miss when you are here in the 6ix!
CN Tower and the Edge Walk
The most iconic image of Canada’s largest city, the CN Tower is a must see when you are here in Toronto. The views from the top of tower are breathtaking, and if you are brave enough, take a walk on the glass floor and look down 1135 feet to the city streets below! Pro tip! If you are going to go, take your group of friends in the middle of the day on a week day when it is less busy, and you can get up the tower faster, and spend more time on that glass floor!
For the most brave of you, the CN Tower has a new experience which was only started within the last few years, called the Edge Walk! You and your group of friends can take a walk on a ledge on the outside of the tower, completely hands free! Heart racing, exhilarating, with gorgeous views of Toronto, the CN Tower is a must do for anyone new to the city!
St. Lawrence Market
Ranked by National Geographic as the worlds best food market, the St. Lawrence Market is definitely a place to experience! Taste the best Toronto’s independent vendors have to offer with over 100 stalls of the most authentic, freshest foods in the city. There are tones of food specific events that occur throughout the year if you are a connoisseur of a particular kind of food like pizza or macarons, or if you are in the mood just for a great lunch, make sure to check out the famous pemeal bacon sandwiches at the Carousel Bakery!
The Hockey Hall of Fame
Ah Hockey, the great love of every Canadian’s life! Whether you are a Leafs fan or an avid Habs supporter, or are new to the world of Hockey and want to see just how dedicated us Canadians are to our great sport, The Hockey Hall of Fame is a Toronto, and Canadian destination! Take a stroll through memory lane with tributes to all of Hockey’s greats. The home of the famed Stanley cup and the largest collection of Hockey memorabilia in the world, The Hockey Hall of Fame is a great place to spend the afternoon getting in touch with your inner crazy Canadian hockey fan
Kensington market is a beautiful, eclectic, multicultural neighbourhood in the heart of Toronto, just steps away from U of T’s St. George campus. A designated National Historical Site, whether you are in the mood for some authentic multicultural food, a cup of some gorgeous fair trade coffee or just feel like strolling through one of the most visually compelling areas of the city, we think you will be spending a lot of time there, we definitely do! The restaurants, shops and patios are a true Toronto experience!
West Queen West
Voted by Vogue Magazine as the one of the trendiest streets in the world, West Queen West has everything from independent boutiques to amazing art galleries to the greatest Ethiopian food in the city. Places like West Queen West are what make Toronto an international destination. Take in some live music at the Drake Hotel or sip on some specialty coffee from some amazing independent cafés and come to the realization for yourself why Toronto is getting recognition from bloggers all around the world for being surprisingly “cool”.
Toronto’s Historic Distillery District
Formerly the largest distillery in the world, the Distillery District is now a huge foot traffic only neighbourhood. With antique shops, art galleries, restaurants, cafés and the most gorgeous fairy lights displays during the holiday season in December, the distillery district is a little piece of Toronto’s history that is definitely worth seeing! And lucky for you all, we are taking you there during Frosh Week! We are taking an amazing haunted tour through the old distillery at dusk to take in the history and hear about the ghosts that are said to haunt these historic buildings! We are so excited to go; we think you are all going to love it!