Toronto

Toronto Travel tips!

Since my books are based in Toronto (or at least mention it at some point), I pulled together some activities depending on what you like to do if you visit the city.

View from a water taxi of the Toronto skyline. CN Tower is the big spike (you can go to a viewing floor and even do a thing where you go outside and sort of hang over the edge, no thanks). Round white building is the Rogers Centre (Blue Jays play baseball here). Red bit is CBC headquarters. They’re the national broadcaster.

View from a water taxi of the Toronto skyline. CN Tower is the big spike (you can go to a viewing floor and even do a thing where you go outside and sort of hang over the edge, no thanks). Round white building is the Rogers Centre (Blue Jays play baseball here). Red bit is CBC headquarters. They’re the national broadcaster.

I’m active

Go hiking, my friend. You can stroll for kilometres/miles along Lake Ontario on the Martin Goodman/Lakeshore/Waterfront Trail, which connects to other paths including the pretty Don Valley (east) and Humber River (west), and will take you to the Scarborough Bluffs escarpment. High Park is good for an urban park stroll and you can go to the Grenadier Café for a bite to eat. Or take the ferry across to Toronto Island, where you can rent kayaks, canoes, bikes or those weird quadracycles.  

I’m arty and cultured

Graffiti Alley is ever changing and always fascinating. Plus, you get Queen Street shopping (go further west for better local boutiques). Skip the Art Gallery of Ontario and walk a bit south to see the wacky art college building that looks like a box on stilts. The Museum of Contemporary Art recently opened and it’s in a cool area of the city, near a walking path that goes along the train tracks. I’m planning a trip to the Bata Shoe museum because I haven’t gone in years. And the Aga Khan is relatively new and has gorgeous gardens as well as exhibits.

I like food

Me too! Toronto has neighbourhoods to tickle any fancy: Greek in the Danforth, Gerrard for Little India, Bloor and Christie for Koreatown and of course, various spots for hipsters. Like almost every North American city at this moment, there are more craft breweries than I can count. I like Burdock (has live music as well) and Henderson, both in the west end. Kensington Brewing is great for the location, right in the Market. There’s a comic book store, organic everything, cheese and wine bars. Kensington Market borders Chinatown on Spadina Avenue. 

One of the many little restaurants/bars in Kensington Market. I used to go here all the time for avocado and brie sandwiches. The scene in Masked Possession, where Caro and Estelle drink mimosas, is inspired by this place. It’s surrounded by organic grocers and vintage shops. Go east and you hit Chinatown. Go south and you get good shopping on Queen Street.

One of the many little restaurants/bars in Kensington Market. I used to go here all the time for avocado and brie sandwiches. The scene in Masked Possession, where Caro and Estelle drink mimosas, is inspired by this place. It’s surrounded by organic grocers and vintage shops. Go east and you hit Chinatown. Go south and you get good shopping on Queen Street.