10 must-dos if you’re new to Toronto

October 20, 2017

So you are finally here, eh? Excited for this expedition? Whether you’ve moved here for new employment, are here for school, or needed a change of scenery, it’s time to explore the new city you’re living in. We want to share with you some “do not miss” experiences if you’re new to Toronto so you can get every bit of what this beautiful city has to offer. 

1. You’ll fall in love with the skyline if you’re new to Toronto

Toronto skyline
The Toronto skyline is a breathtaking view of the city.

The Toronto skyline is as beautiful as the whole city! Fall in love with it every day.

2. Go to your nearest Tim Hortons cafe

Tim Hortons coffee and donuts!
Who can’t resist a cup of coffee with a donut in the morning? Or afternoon, why not?!

You can find a Tim Hortons (Timmy’s for short) literally everywhere in the city. The café’s popularity is largely due to its cheap, yet amazingly delicious coffee, donuts and bagels. You can say Tim Hortons is Canada’s Starbucks.

3. Gaze at the CN Tower as much as possible

Toronto CN Tower
The CN Tower is Toronto’s largest skyscraper, towering over the city’s hundreds of condo buildings.

The CN Tower is the life of Toronto. It is the tallest and most distinguishing landmark here. You can try some delicacies at the tower’s revolving restaurant – the 360 Restaurant offers some amazing award-winning wines and a magnificent view of the city’s extravagant nights.

If you’re feeling adventurous, try the EdgeWalk; it is the world’s highest full-circle, hands-free walk. But beware, it’s not for everyone and it’s not cheap either.

Since you’re new to Toronto, you might not know that the CN Tower can actually be seen from all areas of the city. If you’re driving on HWY 401 East heading into the city on a clear day, you’ll have a perfect view of it.

4. Plan your visit to the Islands

Toronto Islands
The Toronto Islands are a great way to explore beach life right at home.

Toronto Islands offer a beautiful view of Lake Ontario along with the skyline of the city. It’s really inexpensive to get on the Islands and there are many attractions for you to see the entire day.

5. Snowboarding and skiing should be on your bucket list

Toronto winters
Toronto winters don’t have to be gloomy. Enjoy some fun outside.

Well, you’re in CANADA! How can you not experience the fun of snow sport? If you’re a student, don’t forget to ask if there’s an applicable discount. For these fun-filled sports, you’ll have to venture up north to Blue Mountain. Trust us – you’ll love the scenerey, the winter escape, and lodging where you can warm up with hot chocolate!

6. Catch a perfect snowflake

Perfect winter snowflake
Admire the beauty that a snowflake has to offer.

Now that’s the challenge for you! Catch and snap a picture of a perfect snowflake (you will get a lot of chances in winter). It’s all about your timing!

7. Have fun with the snow

A snowy, winter wonderland in Toronto.
Have fun in the snow! It’s not just for driving in.

Since you’re new to Toronto, we hope you did your research! You’re going to experience a good amount of snow in the city. Get prepared for it, and have fun with it! Let your creative side shine and make snowmen, snow angels, and hey, have a snowball fight! Just be careful – you don’t want to ball up ice in a snowball and accidentally hit someone.

8. Wine and dine with friends

If you're new to Toronto, then you have many culinary options to enjoy!
Toronto is such a multicultural city that there’s no limit to the exquisite food you can enjoy.

Get on a mission to discover the city’s best food and drinks. There are thousands of mouth-watering food options available to you, from cheap eats to fine dining. You have to try them all to get the full Toronto experience – we are the culinary hub of Canada!

9. GO BLUE JAYS

If you're new to Toronto, then you'll have to get on board and celebrate our Toronto Blue Jays
The Toronto Blue Jays are our city’s finest baseball players, and we love cheering them on.

Torontonians love their Toronto Blue Jays and the love is quite visible on game day. You’ll see half the city donning a blue jersey any day the Jays are playing at the Rogers Centre. Do experience the craze, buy a ticket, and GO all blue.

10. Visit Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls are a breathtaking sight to see.

The Niagara Falls is the one of the most popular falls in the world. Located at the border of Canada and the U.S., they aren’t even that far from the city. You can get some amazing deals on bus services. to get there. Plan a whole day for this expedition, as there are many places to visit apart from the falls. Make a stop in Niagara-on-the-Lake to experience tranquil town living, visit a vineyard, and experience some fun nightlife at Fallsview Casino near the falls.

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