- By Kevin
- On May 4, 2017
- North America
- Travel Tips
Places to Visit near Toronto:If you have time to explore areas outside the city,be sure to take a side trip to Niagara Falls,just a 1.5-hour drive away,and check out some other day trip destinations around Toronto.Within easy striking distance are some of Canada's top cities,including Ottawa and Montreal,just four to five hours away by car and easily accessible by train or short flights.For other ideas on what to see and do in the province,see our list of top attractions in Ontario.
Ontario's Outdoors:Between spring and fall,nature lovers may want to enjoy some hiking,canoeing,camping,or relaxing at a lodge in one of the many Ontario parks,or soaking up the outdoors from the comfort of one of Ontario's top fishing lodges.
Canadian Vacation Ideas:If you are coming to Canada for a short or extended vacation and arriving in Toronto,have a look at some of our Canadian itineraries to help plan the rest of your trip,or select a few of the highlights from our list of top tourist attractions in Canada.
Go over the edge
It may be a 90-minute drive from Toronto,but Niagara Falls is well worth the trip.Watching close to 750,000 gallons of water a second hurtle down the curved cliffs is sure to impress.Take in the view from the top—the Table Rock site allows you to stand barely a metre from the edge of Horseshoe Falls—or head into the falls themselves with the Journey Behind the Falls,descending 38 metres through solid rock in a lift to stand next to the curtain of water.If that still doesn’t grab your attention,take flight on a helicopter and soar over the falls.As an added plus,you’re standing on the Canadian-United States border,the longest international border in the world.The falls straddle both countries,but we have it on good authority the views from the Canadian side are prettier.
Survey the wide blue yonder
It’s impossible to visit Toronto without seeing the CN Tower,mainly because at 553.33 metres high(1,815.4 feet)it dominates the landscape.Once the world’s tallest tower,it’s still impressive.Take in the view from the LookOut Level at 346 metres(1,136 feet),walk on air on the Glass Floor and outdoor SkyTerrace at 342 metres(1,122 feet),at check out the views from the highest perch of all:the SkyPod at 447 metres(1,465 feet)above the city!
Root for the home team
Hockey is more than a sport in Canada,it’s a national obsession,and Toronto is no different.And even though they’re currently having the longest dry spell in NHL history(the last time they won the Stanley Cup was in 1967),the Toronto Maple Leafs still draw a crowd.And a certain amount of mocking:there’s even a beloved children’s book about the shame of sporting a Maple Leaf sweater.Maybe if we cheer hard enough,Torontonians will get to see the Stanley Cup somewhere other than the Hockey Hall of Fame.Or give it a try yourself:every winter,over 50 outdoor ice rinks take over the city,the most popular in Nathan Philips Square where the fountain becomes a skating spot.So get your skates on.