One of the world’s most vibrant and diverse cities, Toronto seamlessly blends cosmopolitan style with a small-town neighborhood feel. From ethnic eateries to first-class museums to picturesque green spaces, there’s truly something for everyone in Canada’s cultural capital. The best part? Toronto ranks as the second-most walkable town in Canada, so you can see it all at your own pace.
To put the city in perspective, head to the top of the CN Tower, one of the tallest free-standing towers in the world. Rocketing up from the skyline, the tower is over 1,800 feet tall and considered a modern marvel. There are a number of different observation areas on the top floors, but true thrill-seekers can tempt fate with the EdgeWalk, which allows harnessed visitors to circle the outside of the structure.
To escape the hustle and bustle of downtown, there’s no place better than the Toronto Islands, a ferry-ride getaway for both locals and tourists alike. In addition to biking the meandering pathways, one of the best ways to explore the islands is to rent a kayak or canoe. Cast a line and see if you can land one of the pike, carp or bass that swim near the shoreline. Also popular for fishing is the Humber River.
Endlessly walkable, enjoying Toronto is an urban hike in its own right, but there are a few destinations that stand out. High Park, the city’s premier green space, offers loads of hiking trails and bike paths that wind past the park’s mixed-use facilities. Avoid the playgrounds and sports parks, and head to the trails area where much of the landscape has been preserved in its natural state. Bicyclists should try the Toronto Central trail, a paved route that runs through multiple neighborhoods, including the harbor and beachfront areas. For those truly looking to get away, head to the Algonquin Provincial Park three hours northeast of the city, with excellent trout fishing.
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