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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 spends most of her time in France, but still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. Hilary spent the past decade living in NYC and has traveled extensively around the world, looking for hot new topics, destinations, and brands to bring to Urbanette readers.

22 Comments

  1. 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!

  2. 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 🙂

  3. 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.

  4. Wendy Hearn

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

  5. 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.

  6. Hannah Meyers

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

  7. 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.

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

  9. Trish Potter

    You really highlighted the best of Toronto, from the elegant Windsor Arms to funky Kensington Market. Sounds like you had fun exploring your old hometown after so long in Manhattan!

    • I did! Living in Manhattan actually gave me a new perspective and appreciation for Toronto.

  10. Francis Woods

    Farm to table is everywhere nowadays! So great. I had no idea that Toronto had beaches. It looks like a great summer vacation idea – and I love how you planned it all out 🙂

    • They have beaches? I never really looked at Toronto closely on the map. Just one more great reason to go, then!

      • Francis Woods

        Yes, they have beaches!Was a bit surprised with that too 😀 I suggest you also visit the restaurants that Hilary visited here. They’re really great.

  11. I *love* Toronto! I’m always happy to shoot up there. Gorgeous city. Next time I’ll try to stay at the Windsor Arms — or at least have tea and brunch there. It looks stunning!!

    • Hi Lyndsi – I work in NYC, LA and Toronto (which I also love) all the time. Let’s see if there are ways that we can work together… Reply to my comment if interested.

  12. You make Toronto look like so much fun! The Windsor Arms looks incredible. I’m going to book a trip there for September — will it still be warm enough??

  13. Courtney Watson

    WOW!!!! I’m really going to try Windsor Arms Hotel. I’d like to feel that “relaxing experience.” And I definitely would try sailing with my boyfriend, we’re doing it really soon!

    OMW to Toronto… 🙂

  14. I totally agree! I always thought of Toronto as a cold/dreary place for some reason. Had no idea how beautiful and dynamic that town is. Not to mention chic. I gotta get up there before the summer is over, don’t want to freeze my toosh off 😉

  15. This is awesome, Hilary. I never thought of visiting Toronto, but I do now 😀 Thanks for these amazing spots!

    • Hannah Meyers

      You haven’t been to Toronto? It’s fab! I bike a lot there whenever I go with my siblings:)

    • Gabrielle Williams

      I know right? It’s just up north and its a great place to bring my kids as well. Or not 😀

      • Definitely great for kids! Lots of outdoor stuff to do in June through September (it gets a bit chilly the rest of the months)

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