Faster Travel

The changing city

Canada had a ‘good’ financial crisis - and its economic powerhouse, Toronto, is benefitting with a succession luxury hotel openings and an ambitious downtown building programme. But it’s not all hard work and long hours. Tag a day or two onto that business trio and encounter the cities  varied neighbourhoods and proudly multicultural food scene.

Microbreweries

Wind down from your busy work schedule by sampling some of Toronto’s local beers at a microbrewery. Bellwoods is set inside an old garage and has a beer pairing menu, while Indie Ale House is a hip bar with a small store to the front. Their pulled pork pancakes are a highlight.

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Ossington art galleries

Arty-types should head to Ossington’s gallery strip. With over 30 to visit, covering everything from contemporary photography to Canadian art (search out The Angell Gallery for local pieces), make sure you wear comfortable shoes. Entry is generally free.

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Brunch

Toronto and brunch go hand in hand. From their Crepe Croque Monsieur to the AM Poutine dish of baked hashbrowns, cheese and miso gravy, Leslieville’s Lady Marmalade has it all. There’s always a queue at the weekend, so arrive early to ensure you get a seat in this quaint east end hotspot. 

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Farmers’ markets

Saturday is market day in Toronto. Head to Evergreen Brick Works Farmers’ Market on select Saturdays and for $5 you can take part in a two-hour cooking experience including tastings. Register via email at awallis@evergreen.ca

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Wineries

An hour and a half drive from Toronto is Ontario’s wine country in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Call in at family-run organic winery Frogpond Farm, where all the grapes are organically grown so the after-effects of too much sampling are kept to a minimum.

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Pedestrian Sundays

Escape Toronto’s downtown city traffic with Pedestrian Sundays in the Kensington Market neighbourhood where you can shop without having to dodge the cars. If vintage shopping is your thing, Courage My Love is a fashion haven. 

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Food trucks

Toronto is new to the food truck scene and they’re going down a storm. Download the Toronto Food Trucks app and you’ll be in the loop on exactly where to find the best ones.

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Hit the beach

While the beach may not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about Toronto, the city does have its fair share. Sugar Beach, which used to operate as a parking lot, offers stunning views, while Hanlan’s Point, where clothing is optional, will suit the more daring visitor. 

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Sports

Toronto is hockey-obsessed. If you’re in the city between October and April, catch a game at The Air Canada Centre and join the madness. If you can’t get your hands on tickets, watch the game at the Real Sports Bar & Grill.

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