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48 Hours In Toronto

by Anna Watt on 27 March 2015, 12:03PM

Toronto is the largest city in Canada, it has an action-packed summer schedule but is a vibrant and dynamic city filled with surprises throughout the year.

Day One

9pm – Up the CN Tower

Take the opportunity to get a wonderful view of the city by heading up 553 metres to the top of the CN Tower. This was once the world’s tallest tower and dominates the landscape to give you a panoramic view of Toronto for that perfect photo opportunity.

Want to get the adrenaline going? Connect a harness and do the EdgeWalk; Toronto's tallest extreme urban adventure located the roof of the CN Tower's restaurant 356m/1,168ft above the ground!

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11am – Steam Whistle Brewery

Just a short walk from CN Tower, the Steam Whistle Brewery offers a relaxed behind-the-scenes tour for visitors. The guides are knowledgeable and entertaining but the popularity of these tours means you might want to book in advance. Depending on which tour you book you can get a steam glass memento but they all come with free samples and the story of the building is interesting even if you don’t want to drink.

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1pm – Toronto Island Park

Get yourself on the 10-minute ferry for an afternoon retreat from the big city. Roam around a beautiful urban park on foot or rent a bike as you get in touch with nature. Take a picnic or eat at one of the restaurants before trying the theme park, water rides and animal spotting. Perfect for a summer’s afternoon, whether you are a family, couple or group of friends.

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8pm – Take in the national game

If you’re lucky then you will get the chance to see the sport that has turned into Canada’s obsession over the years – ice hockey. The Toronto Maple Leafs may not be the team they once were in NHL times gone by but they still bring in the crowds and you are sure to see an exhilarating game.

Don’t miss the Hockey Hall of Fame whilst in Toronto either; a shrine to the national sport of Canada that’s complete with interactive games for kids.

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Day Two

9am – Take a trip to Niagara Falls

It’s a 90-minute drive but the iconic waterfall is a sight that just can’t be missed when you’re this close. Almost 750,000 gallons of water falls over the cliffs each second. Go to Table Rock so that you can stand right on the edge of Horeshoe Falls and go through the falls by taking the Journey Behind the Falls as you walk through solid rock and hear the water crashing past. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous then get in a helicopter for a bird’s-eye view.

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2pm – Casa Loma

As you get back to Toronto, it’s time to head down to Spadina Avenue and see the stunning Edwardian castle of Casa Loma. Built in 1914 for more than three million Canadian dollars, it is filled with inventions and luxuries. With secret passageways and tunnels, there is an air of mystery to this place which pays homage to the wondrous castles of the past.

Chances are you won’t be able to go to this and all the other spots in the city but some alternatives include:

•    St. Lawrence market – This vibrant market is surround by parks and filled with local produce. Take your pick from cheese, pastries, meats and more as you wander around the wide variety of stalls.
•    AGO, Art Gallery of Ontario – Being the eighth largest art gallery in North America, it isn’t one for a whistle-stop tour. Some 36,000 works make up this incredible selection which represents a millennium’s worth of art.
•    Royal Ontario Museum – Taking your through natural history and world cultures, this museum has an amazing collection of everything from Buddha statues to dinosaur fossils.
•    University of Toronto – A stunning campus in a beautiful downtown area, the university has old buildings and amazing architecture. Perfect for a short walk.

7pm – Eat around the world

Statistically, about half of the people that live in Toronto weren’t born in Canada and this gives you the perfect opportunity to try a myriad of cuisines in the city, From Chinatown to Little India and Little Italy, you can take your pick. While fusion foods are also becoming increasingly popular with the exciting Hungary Thai a crowd pleaser. Just make sure you sample the national delights of poutine – a Canadian classic.

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10pm – Hit the clubs

Now you’ll be ready to dance the night away so make a beeline for the Entertainment District and take your pick from a variety of nightclub options. This is a concentrated party scene and gets tens of thousands of revellers each weekend. Popular options include The Government and the Aria Entertainment Complex.

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