Toronto in 1 day
In February I had the opportunity to travel to Toronto for business purpose. I had the Saturday off to explore Toronto by myself. Thankfully it wasn’t as cold as it normally is in February (about 5 degrees), I heard it was -20 the week before so I was very happy!
What to visit?
You can decide to visit the Niagara Falls (about 3 hours return drive from Toronto) if you are really into beautiful waterfalls however you can also explore the city which has a lot to offer for a full day.
The CN Tower is Canada’s most recognizable and celebrated icon. The 553.3 m-high tower was the tallest free standing tower in the world, List of tallest. You can visit the LookOut Level located at 346m which gives you amazing panoramic views of the city. You can also walk over the glass floor which is exciting!! With some extra costs you can also visit the SkyPod which is one of the highest observation platforms in the world. (447m high). I got it for free since they are renovating at the moment.
- You can also do an Edge walk > EdgeWalk I dare you!
- Admission is CAD 36 / SkyPod CAD12 extra / package CAD58 incl. Ripley’s Aquarium
Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada
4 year ago (2013) this amazing aquarium opened and is one of my favorites! Not that I go to a lot of them but it really made an impression. There is a place where there are a lot of “Nemo’s & Dory’s” (clownfish & Palette Surgeonfish) and they are adorable!! My favorite is the “dangerous lagoon”. There are some massive sharks, sawfish and green sea turtles. You go on a moving sidewalk so all your attention can be on the fishes that swim above you.
- Admission is CAD35 – or buy the package including the CN tower for CAD58
- Go early or it will be full with kids
Big shopping mall with almost every store you can think of, worth a visit!
Toronto City hall
Next to the Eaton Center you have the Toronto City hall. In the winter you can iceskate in front of the building with a big tourist sign “Toronto”.
Where to eat?
Some nice places where I have been:
- Scaddabush (Italian, amazing pizza’s)
- Jack Astor’s Bar&Grill (bar for a Friday after work)
- Dineen Coffee Co. (good coffee and French banquette)
- Jugo juice (healthy smoothies)
- Coco Rice (Thai Cuisine)
- Danish pastry house (sweets)
- The Library bar (Amazing Cocktails and dinner within the Fairmont)
Where to sleep?
I stayed at the Fairmont Royal York which has a great location. Close to the CN tower, shopping & eating areas and right in front of Union station.
How to get to the city
This is really easy! When you arrive at the Toronto Pearson International Airport you can take the UP express to Union station. The ticket machines are easy to find when you enter the platform and a single ride costs CAD12,35 (adult). It takes about 30 minutes.