Guest Post: Canada: Four Things You Must Do In Toronto

Guest Post: Canada: Four Things You Must Do In Toronto

1. Attend a Blue Jays game

April – November is the baseball season, so if you are visiting Toronto during these months the you must attend a Toronto Blue Jays baseball game. Toronto is the home to numerous sports teams but perhaps the most well supported and famous of these teams (not including the Toronto Maple Leafs) are the Toronto Blue Jays. Even if you are not a fan of baseball and do not full understand the rules of the game, you will still have a lot of fun being a spectator at Toronto’s ‘ball park’. The rules are very easy to pick up and the atmosphere at the stadium is terrific. Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, the Rodgers Stadium is the home of the Blue Jays, although it is still known as the ‘Sky Dome’ by disgruntled Torontonians. (Businessman Edward Rodgers bought the rights to the stadium in 2005 and named the stadium after himself) Depending on the type of match, how well the Blue Jays are doing in the standings and who the opponents are, tickets can be as cheap as $5, most of the time it is even possible to buy tickets directly at the stadium on the day of the match. The atmosphere in the stadium is incredible, especially if it’s a close game. If you are visiting the city on a warm and sunny day/night, then it is likely that the roof on the stadium will be open (hence the name Sky Dome) this makes for an even greater experience. Also, if you happen to catch one of the many balls that end up in the crowd, you get to keep it!

2. CN Tower

A trip to Toronto is not complete if you have not ventured to the top of what was once the tallest free-standing building in the world. Standing at 1,815ft high the CN Tower is a unmissable sight when visiting Toronto, in more ways than one. If you want an unparalleled view of the Toronto skyline, then getting to the top of the CN tower should be your main priority. There are two ways to reach the top of the tower, you can climb the 1,776 steps to get to the summit or you can use the high-speed glass paneled elevators. If you decide on the elevator route, (as probably more than 99.9999% of people do) be prepared for a quick ride – it takes a mere 58 seconds to get to the top and you will be traveling at a brisk 15mph, the views from the lifts rival those form the top of the tower and the glass paneled floors certainly offer a unique experience. When you reach the top there is of course the viewing platform where you can take as many pictures as you like (it is very windy though) as well as another glass floor.

3. The National Lottery of Toronto

If you are a regular tourist, then you will know that many countries offer international travelers the opportunity to take part in their national lotteries and Canada is no exception. It may seem a naïve thing to do, the chances of winning any countries are extremely thin let alone a country with a population size as large as Canada’s, but you are enjoying yourself on holiday, you’re feeling lucky, why not try your luck? The Canadian ‘Lotto Max’ jackpot is always high – this week the prize is a cool $24 million. Or, if you have just visited Canada and you didn’t win the jackpot you can still enter again even if you are back in your home country. Websites such as CompareLotto offer visitors the chance to win lottery jackpots from all over the world. So if you are still feeling lucky after arriving back home from your vacation, get online and win some money.

4. Visit Niagara Falls

Of course, a visit to Toronto is not complete without a trip to the world-famous Niagara Falls. Around a two-hour drive from downtown Toronto, coach trips to the Falls happen daily and throughout the year. Unless you own/rent a car, the best way to get to Niagara Falls usually via a coach/mini bus tour where you will have a knowledgeable guide to tell you about the Falls. If you are lucky you will also get the opportunity to visit some of Canada’s other sites on the way to the Falls. The village of Niagara is a beautiful town where many of the tours stop off before disembarking at the Falls. Depending on what time of day and what time of year you visit them, the Falls will look different. At night they’re lit up in a range of different colours whilst if you visit them during the winter you will likely see them covered in snow and ice. A breathtaking spectacle at any time of the year, you will not regret visiting one of the most impressive sites in the whole world.

Author Bio: Iain is a sports and current affairs writer with a passion for traveling. He usually enjoys quiet and secluded holiday destinations, away from the crowds. But wherever he is in the world, he will ensure that he enjoys himself to the max.

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10 Comments

  1. July 5, 2017 / 6:46 pm

    This is great – thanks for sharing – I am heading there this weekend!

    • July 5, 2017 / 7:42 pm

      Have a great weekend! Do you have anything planned? Or are you just going to go with the flow?

      • July 5, 2017 / 9:25 pm

        Actually going up to a family cottage on Georgian Bay so no real time in Toronto on this trip – have a whole week booked in August though!! Definitely will be planning that time!

  2. July 6, 2017 / 5:00 am

    Actually Toronto fans are really rabbit about all the sports teams. Don’t forget the Raptors who have done quite well in recent times. ?

    • July 6, 2017 / 9:31 pm

      I must admit I did have to google the Raptors (sorry!). Being from the North of England I am also keeping an eye on their newly formed Rugby league team – the Toronto Wolfpack. Hopefully we’ll get over and see a game soon 🙂

      • July 6, 2017 / 11:01 pm

        ? I think you have just inspired me to write a blog about Toronto. I would definitely recommend a basketball game if you’re in town. Niagara Falls is about an hour + from Toronto but if you’re in that area, Niagara on the Lake is a must!

  3. July 6, 2017 / 4:41 pm

    I’ve been to Toronto and absolutely loved it! The CN tower was a highlight for sure

    • July 6, 2017 / 9:28 pm

      It’s such a great city isn’t it?! 🙂

  4. September 8, 2017 / 1:57 pm

    Thanks Valentina – if you want to leave the link to the post here, please feel free 🙂