Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Top places to visit in Canada

Canada is a country full of beautiful sights, cities and varying cultures. From the mountains of the west coast to the tiny fishing villages in the maritime east coast, it's a country that will surely leave you speechless. Autumn is a particularly good time to visit this beautiful country, regardless of whether you want an urban or rural getaway. 

Top places to visit in Canada this October:

Toronto – Urban Getaway 

The City of Toronto is the cultural, entertainment and financial capital of Canada. It is a major destination from UK airports, so finding a flight to the largest city in Canada shouldn’t be too difficult. The city is broken down into neighbourhoods, but you would be forgiven for thinking of them like villages. Considered by Food and Wine magazine to be one of the world's 25 best food markets, the St. Lawrence Market is located in the heart of the historic Old Town Toronto neighbourhood at Jarvis and Front Streets. The South Market houses over 50 gourmet food vendors and over a dozen lunch counters. Upstairs, the Market Gallery shows archival art and photographs from the City's collection and the North Market is home to the 200 year old Saturday Farmers' Market and Sunday Antique Market.
 It’s strange to think that Toronto is the world's most ethnically diverse city. It has distinctive shopping districts and markets that offer a wide range of unique shopping experiences. These vibrant retail areas include Queen Street West, Kensington Market, St. Lawrence Market, five Chinatowns, Little Italy along St. Clair West, the Greek community along "The Danforth," Little Portugal at Dundas and Bathurst Streets, and Gerrard India Bazaar at Gerrard and Greenwood. 

Toronto Islands 

Make sure you make time to visit Toronto islands. Only a 10-minute ferry ride from the foot of Yonge Street, the Toronto islands offer a panoramic view of the city skyline. Centre Island offers miles of parkland with beaches, barbecues and picnic tables, boat rentals, bicycle paths, a children's farm (adults can attend) and even an amusement park. 

Bloor West Village 

The name is deceiving, but Bloor West Village is a stretch of Bloor Street West, which essentially crosses the city. This area is very family friendly and has a great range of food and shopping establishments. Even though you will be too late for the annual Ukrainian Festival (held in September) you can still catch the Halloween Festival. 

High Park 

Just a subway stop or two away from Bloor West Village (Runnymede/Jane stations) High Park is a sight to behold in the autumn. It is the largest park completely within Toronto, and stretches from Bloor Street West almost down to Lake Ontario. The park includes a zoo, children’s garden, playgrounds, ravines, and a very large pond. The leaves turning from green to autumnal oranges and reds are stunning, so make sure you pack a camera. 


Toronto has more available accommodation than any other Canadian city and the highest occupancy rate (73 per cent) with 32,000 hotel rooms. In 1999, hotel development represented more than $100 million in renovation and refurbishment and two new hotels opened in the summer of 2000.

Toronto International Film Festival

The delectable English rose Lily Cole wore an unusually beautiful dress when attending the premier of her new movie, The Moth Diaries at Toronto International Film Festival.

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