The Big Smoke, Hogtown, The Six. Being the fourth largest city in North America Toronto welcomes visitors from around the world. Here a some tips for a great trip to Toronto.
Leave The Car Parked
Toronto is not an easy city to drive in. Parking is limited and expensive and roads can get extremely congested. Despite what many locals may say Toronto has a decent public transit system (Although I don’t think there is any city that doesn’t complain about their public transit.)
Toronto has a network of subway busses and streetcars known as the TTC. As well if you are staying downtown many places you’ll want to go will be easily walkable.
Skip the Chain Restaurants
Canada’s progressive immigration policy means people from all over the world now call Toronto home. This means you can find so much great food Toronto for almost any taste and budget. Be it a cheap eat in Chinatown or a steakhouse in Yorkville. From fast food to vegetarian and from gluten-free to little coffee shops and bakeries there is so much food to try in Toronto.
Spring and Fall are Great Times to Visit
Toronto is a place that can get -30C in January and +35C in July. Summer also mean schools are out so accommodation is more expensive and attractions are more crowded. My favourite times for exploring Toronto are mid to late May and mid to late September.
That being said you can have a good time no matter when you come to Toronto. Embrace the winter, bundle up, and take a beautiful winter walk though High Park. If it gets too hot jump into one of Toronto’s many free outdoor swimming pools.
Wether you’re into theatre, sports, music, or shopping Toronto has something for everyone.
Google Maps– Shows you how to get to where you want by walking. public transit and car.
I’ve been too Europe twice so far. Both times I did a little on my own as well as tours with Topdeck. Now obliviously Europe is a big place with a lot of different countries but I feel like these general tips should help out.
Cary a bit of Cash With You
Being from Canada almost everywhere takes cards. I can even by a small coffee of $2 and pay with my debit card. In Europe though a lot of places still prefer cash. Also it’s good to have some small notes with you as some places don’t really like big ones. The problem I had was ATMs would give you big ones. My advice is to go to a supermarket and just get something small to break it up.
Restaurant Service may be Different from What You’re Used to
In Canada if you 4 friends go out to dinner it’s normally no problem getting 4 separate bills. We are also used to free refills or soft drinks, big bottles of ketchup on the table, and plum or tartar sauce coming with our meals. In much of Europe bills won’t be split and you will get one per table. This is also a reason it’s good to cary a little cash with you. It’s rare to get soft drink refills and what you do get may be smaller than you’re used to. Often things like sauces may cost extra.
Learn a little of the Local Language
Especially in most major cities people will speak English. However learning basic phrases such as hello, please, thank-you and excuse me can go a long way.
Research How to Stay Safe Each Place you are Going
Europe is quite safe. That being said there are scams and pick pockets in a lot of the major cities. Mostly use common sense. Research scams in the cities you are going to before hand. Keep your wallet in your front pocket. Don’t leave your purse of phone on a table at a cafe or restaurant. When going somewhere at night walk with a friend or take a cab.
Europe is an amazing place with so much diversity in culture, language and food. From the rich history to amazing beaches to great food it’s a place you just have to explore.
Spring and summer in Ontario means warm weather and exploring this huge province. Here a some things you may want to bring with you.
With so many trails to see, hills to climb and parks to get lost in you will want to make sure that your feet are comfortable. You’re bound to find some a place to some hiking in pretty much any Ontario town or city.
Ontario’s lakes, trails and foresters attract many visitors each year. Also really liking these areas are black flies and mosquitoes. If you are doing any hiking or camping good bug spray is a must.
Contrary to what you might think about Canada our summers actually get quite hot. The great thing is Ontario has so much water to enjoy. You never know when are going to want to stop off a splash around at a beach or cannonball into to some of the most amazing fresh water. Whats better than a picnic on the shore followed by racing your friends into the water.
With so amazing views don’t be surprised if you’re making a lot of photo stops. From trails and hill, to rivers and lake, to amazing birds and wildlife there is always something to capture here.
Sense of Adventure
Well this is true for travelling anywhere. But on an Ontario road trip trade that chain coffee shop for a local bakery of cafe. Venture into a small town you’ve never heard of and explore a craft store or flea market. Ditch the fast food you can get anywhere and get the best poutine in some little highway chip stand.
Beautiful historic buildings, cool little shops to see, and endless places to go for great food.
4. Montreal, Quebec, Canada
A hike up mount royal to get some amazing views or go for a skate, exploring the history of Old Montreal, or just going on hunt for the best Poutine.
3. Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh is home to epic hikes, rich history and tons of unique shops and restaurants. If you are looking for wool are cashmere look no further. Also a great city to walk around if your looking to stay fit with all the stairs and hills in this city.
2. Melbourne, Australia
Browse though a farmers market, sip coffee in one of the many cafes, or take the tram out to St. Kilda and splash around the ocean
1. London, England
You could easily spend months in London and still not do everything. There is the obvious tourist attraction like Buckingham Palace or Big Ben. But there are so many cool little neighbourhoods, beautiful parks, and just amazing places to go. Take a walk around the city, pick up some fresh fruit at a summer market, stop in to a friendly local pub for lunch or buy and oyster card hop on a bus and just see where you end up.