As mentioned in my previous post, I spent last weekend in Toronto visiting family. Seeing as I only had a weekend in Toronto I was strapped for time and tried to squeeze in as much as I possibly could in a day. I managed to do a mixture of touristy things, whilst also enjoying the city like a true Torontonian 🙂
Woodbine Beach is the largest of four beaches found in the City of Toronto. Coming from London, I envy cities that have a beach in close proximity – it really makes all the difference strolling along the shore with sand and water flowing between your toes on a beautiful summers day. It is easily accessible via TTC (Woodbine Station), followed by a short 5/10 min bus journey towards the beach.
As it wasn’t an extremely hot day, the beach was reasonably empty – with only volleyball nets setup for a sports competition to be help there. The sand was very clean and warm, definitely somewhere I’d set up camp with a blanket, a good book, some fine music and food!
I was lucky enough to be travelling around Toronto with my cousins (who are proud Torontonians). They took me around the beach to an amazing view of the CN Tower! I was completely in awe – for some reason the CN Tower standing proudly in the midst of other buildings inspires me to stand out from the crowd, and to be one of a kind amongst others!
Downtown Toronto – The Eaton Centre, Dundas Square
I consider the Eaton Centre (also found in Montreal) as a Westfield equivalent (shopping centre in London). It really has EVERYTHING – a massive food court and shops to suit all and every taste of clothes, apparel and shoes. Found at Dundas Square, it is definitely a must-go for anyone wanting the NYC Times Square feel. At night, Dundas Square really transforms into an area that does not sleep, and the atmosphere really is amazing.
I would recommend getting a Cinnabon (classic bun)! I absolutely crave Cinnabon every time I come to Canada. Although there are two Cinnabon stores in London, they are tiny and just not popular at all (I really don’t know why). I also had poutine for a very late lunch (as you can see, I was being extremely healthy – life’s just too short). The Eaton Centre is always really busy, but has a very attractive fountain in the middle of the centre – pretty calming amongst the hustle and bustle of people.
Downtown Toronto – Nathan Phillips Square
There are certain iconic places that every tourist must snap photos with in every city. At the moment, in Toronto, it would be the ‘TORONTO’ sign that was erected for the Pan/ Parapan Am games (July-August 2015). From the Eaton Centre, this is a stones throw away (10/15 min walk). Although I did not get to go in the evening when the lights from each letter reflect and glisten against the water, I did manage to get some beautiful pictures of the letters. Of course, in true tourist style, I also got pictures of myself inside, infront and behind each letter.
There are also a number of food trucks located near the Square – just incase the food court at the Eaton Centre did not tickle your fancy. Following this, I went to the CNE for the Ex festival (blog post to follow). I can say that I truly burnt all the calories that I managed to consume from the day of indulgence. I managed to capture a beautiful shot of the CN tower from Union Station.
What else would you recommend doing in Toronto, if you have been? Are you as amazed at the architectural beauty of the CN Tower as I am?