Toronto, the capital of Ontario, is one of Canada's biggest, busiest, and by far most exciting destinations to visit while in the country.
With equal parts bustling metropolis and relaxing green space, Toronto is one of the most diverse travel destinations in the area, with buildings lining the skyline and attractions lining the streets. And don't just think Toronto is all about the city, because the more rural, countryside areas like Toronto Islands are just as exciting, and just as beautiful!
The Saint James Hotel - This 3-star hotel lies close to the CN Tower, a great, cheap spot to camp out in the city that puts you close to all the best sightseeing options. ($)
Radisson Admiral - Along Queen's Quay West you will find this upscale, modern, 3-star downtown beauty. This one is perfect for a nice night in the city, just not so nice that it will break the bank! ($$)
Delta Toronto Hotel - Enjoy some of the most affordable breath-taking views at the Delta Toronto Hotel on Simcoe, a striking glass tower that will give you a 4-star experience. ($$)
Ritz- Carlton - 5 stars, 400 pieces of onsite art, and seemingly unlimited amenities await at the Ritz Carlton off of Wellington, an extremely excellent downtown lodging option ($$$)
CN Tower - Perhaps the most iconic attraction in all of Toronto, the CN Tower stands at an astonishing 1,815 feet tall. This is considered to be 1 out of 7 total Wonders of the Modern World, featuring on-site restaurants and observation towers with the very best views in the city! ($$-$$$)
Toronto Islands - The 3 Toronto Islands are accessible only by ferry, which will be your only cost with this attraction option (about 4 bucks). Enjoy almost unlimited outdoor recreation options such as fishing and boating, as well as some major theme park attractions throughout (additional costs). (Free)
Ripley's Aquarium - One of the absolute best in North America, this Ripley's Aquarium features an extremely popular Underwater Tunnel, open concept Life Support System, and impressively stocked touch tanks throughout. ($$)
Art Gallery of Ontario - See all the finest local modern and contemporary art, plus all the best from African, Oceanic, and European art as well. While this museum isn't truly free, it is free each Wednesday night from 6-8:30 pm. ($)
Toronto Zoo - Several thousands of animals make up one of the most visited attractions in all of Toronto, a great spot for families, students, and groups alike looking for a bit more of a wild adventure! ($)
St.Lawrence Market - 3 historic buildings downtown contain a massive array of local foods, crafts, and antiques in what is considered to be 1 of the 25 top markets of the world. (Free)
Sunset Grill - Well-known locally for its 'Famous all-day breakfast' and considered to be Ontario's #1 destination for breakfast and lunch, this local staple is great for all things fresh and tasty and has been since 1985. Try a Sunset Burger for lunch or grab all the pat-dry bacon you can for breakfast! ($)
Banh Mi Boys - Asian-inspired subs, tacos, sandwiches, and tasty steamed buns served within an affordable and lively location...try the kimchi fries or lemongrass chicken! ($)
Richmond Station - Oysters, trout, duck liver....it may all sound expensive, but this 'Canada's Top Chef' co-owned kitchen is actually quite affordable! Enjoy a seasonal menu of the finest, freshest cuisine here, all without breaking the bank! ($$)
George Restaurant - Some of the finest fine dining in all of Toronto, George will provide you with fresh, delicious, and utterly inventive dishes you will want seconds, thirds, maybe even fourths of. Beef Ribeye, Pheasant, Wild Boar, and Foie Gras await! ($$$)
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