This weekend, I’ll be traveling to Toronto with Greenheart Travel for a conference. This is my first time to Canada’s largest city, so I am excited to spend some of my free time exploring the following 5 things!
For any of my travel readers, it should come as no surprise that I want to explore a local farmer’s market and quirky shopping district. These are two of my favorite things to explore when in a new city. I find it so interesting to see what local produce, fish/meat and cheese is available, and supporting local businesses is so much more rewarding than buying gifts at chain stores. St Lawrence Market is quite close to our hostel, so I expect a breakfast or two will be coming from there :)
There are so many places around the city to get one of Canada’s most famous dishes. A few that stand out to me that I hope to try are NomNomNomCrepes, Utopia Cafe, and Poutini’s. I have a feeling my stomach will only handle one poutine over the course of the weekend, so we’ll see which one Kara & I end up trying. But I mean how can you go wrong with french fries, curds & gravy? Oh that’s right, you can’t.
3. Host a Greenheart Travel meet up
The whole impetus for this trip is the GoGlobal Conference I will be attending with Greenheart Travel. Myself and my coworker Kara are going to be chatting with students & travelers about our programs during the conference, and then we are hosting a meet up in collaboration with Hosteling International, where we’ll have a more low key opportunity to chat with alumni about their experiences abroad. Even though I’ll be exhausted by the end of the weekend, I love talking about Greenheart and travel opportunities, especially with alumni who’ve done our programs!
4. Seeing the CN Tower
As the tallest structure in the Western hemisphere, this seems like a must see in Toronto. I don’t plan on going to the top or anything (although I read that you can walk outside on the tower while tethered on) but I’m sure to see it on the skyline when we fly in. Plus our hotel is fairly close, so I should have a good view!
5. Wandering down Queen Street West:
Named the most hipster neighborhoods in the city, the pictures of this adorable quirky and colorful neighborhood won me over instantly. I plan to just bordain my way down the street, trying various caffine focused establishments like White Squirrel Coffee or Tealish while also taking in some of the local galleries & shops. Lonely Planet even created this handy walking tour guide for us to follow! I think this will be our Friday afternoon activity :)