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5 Great Reasons to Visit Toronto

Five reasons to visit, and ten things you can do in Toronto on a fun long weekend trip.

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Some say that the more exotic and further away a place is, the more it becomes a great vacation destination. But I beg to disagree. Not all vacation destinations include a ten-hour flight and another hour’s drive. In fact, a perfect travel destination that has a world-class festivals, farm to table food, islands and beaches is just next door, in Toronto, Canada. As a former Torontonian (yup, I grew up there), I can attest to the fact that there are very few cities more interesting that Toronto.

5 Great Reasons to Visit Toronto

My hubby and I had a blast in Toronto! (dress by Calypso)

In case you don’t know much about Toronto, here’s a primer: Toronto is home to almost three million people, making it one of the most populous cities in North America, and the biggest in Canada. It’s also home to the CN Tower, which is the third tallest tower in the world. Literally half (ok, well, almost!) of the famous people you think are American are actually from Toronto. The Toronto Film Festival is one of the top film festivals in the world, and tons of blockbuster movies are filmed in Toronto. It’s on Lake Ontario, which basically looks like the ocean. There’s an island across from downtown that has an airport (I always fly Porter – it’s an hour and 20 minute flight from NYC) and lots of biking trails (in fact, no cars are allowed). There are tons of things to do!

So, if you happen to want to spend a long weekend in Toronto, where do you start your awesome getaway? Here are my top suggestions for a fun long weekend in Toronto:

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A writer, artist, and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary taught herself code and created Urbanette when she was a teenager. Currently, she spends most of her time traveling around Europe, with pied-a-terre's in Zurich, London, Milan and Lyon, France. Hilary spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She's always looking for hot new topics, destinations, and life hacks to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 24 Comments

  1. All I know about Toronto is it’s in Canada, It has an NBA team called raptors. And that’s about it. This is quite refreshing for me and informative. Will try and visit sometime thank you for this.

  2. Nadia Lawrence

    Globe Bistro is suggested by my friend.She says That pub/restaurant/ I don’t know has the most authentic global cuisine with local ingredients.

  3. The Windsor Arms hotel looks simply amazing! I love that there was a guitar in your suite — what a way to make the place a bit more edgy. I love the tea rooms too. I wish I could decorate my townhouse like that!

  4. Jae Medina

    I love Toronto — I’ve been twice. It’s a very livable city… easy to get around. I love Yorkville… the next time I go I’ll definitely stay at the Windsor Arms. Good tips 🙂

  5. Linda Collie

    Yes, another informative Travel Article by the talented Hilary. I stayed at the Windsor Arms over 20 years ago because my parents stayed there in the late ’40’s, nice ambiance. Toronto does have a great deal to offer both vacationer & locals, a very popular major city that is cleaner than most American ones. You touch some nice highlights.

  6. Wendy Hearn

    Toronto looking fabulous place to visit!!!! I will make plan to go there 🙂 Thanks for sharing the article!!!!

  7. Handy Orten

    Great article! Whether you’re an international jetsetter or on a cross-Canada excursion, travelling within Ontario or just looking to be a tourist in your own hometown, there are literally thousands of compelling reasons to visit Toronto.

  8. Hannah Meyers

    Thanks to Hilary’s guide I just convinced my whole family to check it out this coming weekend. Super excited.

  9. Toronto is a great weekend getaway! I’ve been to the CN Tower, Chinatown and Casa Loma Mansion. Definitely will check out more restaurants and festivals when I visit again.

  10. I’ve only passed by Toronto once and only been to the CN tower. Amazing views, btw.

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