Fiona Davies

Toronto: A Multicultural Retreat (3-day itinerary)

  • Toronto: A Multicultural Retreat (3-day itinerary)

Fiona Davies

Toronto: A Multicultural Retreat (3-day itinerary)

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Description

Toronto is known as one of the most multicultural cities in the world. The theme that weaves this itinerary together is the city’s rich composite of flavors and landscapes — diverse neighborhoods, cultures, and delicious food from the world over. This 3-day itinerary ties together the best attractions and several different ways to get to know the city.

Why you should buy this itinerary:

  • This is a thoroughly illustrated introduction to Toronto that combines the best of the tourist attractions with hidden gems and favorites from the perspective of a local.
  • It contains detailed instructions and maps for the most efficient and scenic routes to take from point A to point B.
  • It provides practical and candid advice on getting around in the city and value for your money.
  • It contains enough side recommendations for you to keep busy if you’re staying for a fourth day!

This itinerary is best for:

  • Low- and mid-budget travellers
  • People who enjoy being outdoors
  • People who would agree that walking, hiking, biking, and taking public transportation are the best ways to explore a city
  • People who enjoy food from all over the world
  • The first- and second-time visitor to Toronto
  • The spring, summer, and fall seasons

Sights and places you'll see with this itinerary:

  • St. Lawrence Market
  • CN Tower
  • Steam Whistle Brewing
  • Harbourfront Centre
  • Toronto Islands
  • Distillery District
  • Yonge-Dundas Square
  • Little Italy
  • Koreatown
  • Kensington Market
  • Chinatown
  • Yorkville
  • Entertainment District
  • The Beaches
  • Cabbagetown
  • Evergreen Brick Works
  • ...and more

Aside from the destinations listed above the itinerary also provides an alternative for Day 3, and suggestions for nighttime entertainment.

Itinerary Table of Contents:

  • About This Guide
  • Getting Downtown Upon Your Arrival
  • Getting Around With Public Transportation
  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • About the Author (with contact information)
  • Appendix: An Alternative for Day 3

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Sample from the itinerary (pictures and maps appear in the actual itinerary):

[An introduction and a map providing a summary of Day 1 activities and an overview of the route]

St. Lawrence Market (Marker A in Day 1 Overview map)
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Address: 92-95 Front Street East
Website: http://www.stlawrencemarket.com

Note: The main market building pictured below, known as the South Market, is open between Tuesday and Saturday only. If your first day in Toronto falls on Sunday or Monday, consider swapping the days of the itinerary.

[Picture of St. Lawrence market]

Start your day off with one of Toronto's major markets, filled with a smorgasbord of fresh and specialty food. You can have a snack or full meal here and pack away some for an afternoon trip to the Toronto Islands. You can also pick up some picnic food for the afternoon trip to the Toronto Islands. If you are taking the subway, the King Station (Marker A in the map below) is the closest one to get off at. The walk from the subway station to St. Lawrence Market takes about 10 minutes:

[Map]

You can taste food from around the world in one place. St. Lawrence Market sells ethnic specialties like Portuguese egg tarts, Canadian pea meal bacon sandwiches and jalapeño cheddar pierogies.

[Picture of market]

Across from the South Market, on the north side of Front Street is the North Market, which features a Farmer’s Market on Saturdays and an Antique Market on Sundays.

The CN Tower (Marker B)

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Address: 301 Front Street West (at the intersection of Front Street West and John Street)
Website: http://www.cntower.ca

[Map to walk there]

The CN Tower’s biggest appeal is going up to the Lookout Level where you can see a panorama of the city and stand on top of a glass floor looking hundreds of meters down. The price for riding up to the Lookout Level is $23.99 for adults (about $27 after taxes). If you want to wave hi to Niagara Falls and New York State on a clear day, you can go 33 stories higher to SkyPod. If you want to go up to both Lookout Level and SkyPod, you can get 15% off the ticket price by buying them online: https://tickets.cntower.ca/WebStore/Content.aspx?Kind=LandingPage

If you want a thrill, you can check out EdgeWalk (edgewalkcntower.ca) at Lookout Level. For $175, including taxes, you walk around the edge of the CN tower while dangling from a harness.

[Picture of EdgeWalk]

If you want to enjoy the panoramic views without paying for tickets, you can book a reservation at 360 Restaurant (http://www.cntower.ca/en-ca/360-restaurant/overview.html). It's 351 meters up in the CN Tower with a revolving 360 view of the outside. Access to Lookout Level is complimentary with your meal.