Sam's Top Things to do in Toronto

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Canada's largest city has never been more appealing. With an endless list of things to do in this multicultural haven, Work Canada alumni Sam gives us the lowdown on his must-see things in the city, as well as some handy top tips!

CN Tower

Slap bang in the middle of downtown Toronto is the world-famous CN Tower. Built in 1976 and named after the Canadian National railway, it was the world’s tallest free-standing structure for 32 years - it's over 1,800 ft!  It has since been declared as one of the modern Seven Wonders of the World and boasts some pretty incredible views.

Sam’s top tip: Head up to the top on a clear day and you’ll be able to see out to the whole city, Toronto Islands and Lake Ontario.

Toronto Islands

Located just a 20 minute ferry ride from the city centre, Toronto Islands are the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of city living. The islands are just over 820 acres and are home to lush green spaces, an airport, several yacht clubs, an amusement park and incredible views of the city. People actually live on the islands and they are largely an urban car-free community - considered to be the largest community of its kind in North America.

Sam’s top tip: Go for the whole day! There’re so many things to do. Toronto can be pretty chilly in the depths of winter and the lake actually freezes over, but once it melts you can enjoy it as a real-life winter wonderland.

Royal Ontario Museum

This place is the real deal. The Royal Ontario Museum is the largest museum in Canada and one of the largest in North America, boasting over one million visitors every year! The museum’s collections are super diverse, housing dinosaurs, meteorites, art from a multitude of continents and a collection of Art Deco designs – there are over six million items here!

Sam’s top tip: Keep an eye out for their discounted admissions! They often have seasonal offers for a particular day of the week – get in touch with our team and plan your trip.

Sporting games

Toronto is home to a load of incredible sports – baseball, ice hockey and basketball to name but a few. Catch a Toronto Blue Jays baseball game at Rogers Centre and pick up some authentic merch. Is ice hockey more your thing? The Toronto Maple Leafs are the second most valuable franchise in the National Hockey League and a game will be quite entertaining to say the least!

Sam’s top tip: Brush up on your knowledge of North American sports before you head to the game. If (like me) you know nothing about baseball, a four hour game can be a bit of a mouthful.

Kensington Market

For over 100 years, Toronto’s Kensington Market has been one of the city’s most unique neighbourhoods, celebrating charm and diversity through its authentic restaurants and cafes, vintage clothing stores and multicultural population. In 2006 it was proclaimed a National Historic Site of Canada!

Sam’s top tip: Eat your way through the market. Kensington Market has some of the most delicious, vibrant and affordable restaurants and bars in the whole city. There’s something for everyone.

Fancy experiencing all of these things for yourself and starting your own Canadian journey? With help from our Work Canada programme, Toronto could be your new home for the next two years. We'll even sort you out with a job! Give us a call on 0333-999-7516 or drop us an email at enquiries@bunac.org.uk and let's start planning your next adventure.

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