Two days are too few to know a city like Toronto, the largest in Canada, but enough to get an idea of what a great North American city is. It’s remarkable the greatness of the skyscrapers in the financial district, and the differentiation between neighbourhoods depending on the origin of the people (like the Chinese, Italian or Latin quarters). We could also visit some of the most important points of interest of the capital of Ontario, like the CN Tower, the beaches along the Saint Lawrence River, Yonge Street and the surroundings of Nathan Philips Square.
If you travel by car, notice that it’s not allowed to park in the street. Instead you’ll have to find a parking space in some building or suitable area. The first hour is way too expensive, but there are much more acceptable prices for the entire day. It’s worth to lose some time planning what you want to visit and leaving your car at some of these garages. You’ll pay once for the entire day and you won’t be moving it all the time from one place to another. For between 12 and 15 $ you can park all the day until a specific hour (depending on the place).
We spent the first afternoon walking in Chinatown and Toronto Downtown. We saw the buildings of the old Town Hall and the modern one and Nathan Philips Square, where the modern Town Hall is. It’s a curious two building complex which form a half-circle.
At this square, as an example of the diverse cultural and ethnical mix of Toronto, we met a Christian Philippine celebration where, besides listening to prayers and chants in Spanish, we found a Philippine food and handicraft market, and a beauty contest. Kinda funny, it was our first day visiting a Canadian city and what we heard the most was our own language.
We were surprised by the amount of hot-dog and falafel stands we found in the street. After this walk we went to the Chinese Quarter.
Later, and tired after a long driving day and a good walk, we went back to the car and followed the route that make the touristic buses by the city, going through some of the neighbourhoods: Chinatown, Little Italy, the Korean and the Portuguese Quarters…We finished at the Harbourfront, where we tried to find a parking place, but we desisted after a while. We didn’t see neither much to do, so we decided to go back to the hotel to give us a well-deserved rest.
Address: 100 Queen St W,Toronto, ON
GPS Coordinates: 43.652548, -79.383297
More information: Nathan Phillips Square
The next day the CN Tower and the most crowded and full of shops streets were waiting for us.