A last-minute vacation trip to the capital of Ontario will give you a number of things to enjoy even on a tight budget. It is considered to be the biggest city in Canada, with a population that is over 3 million. So when you plan for that budget trip, you can rest assured that Toronto can definitely give you something to enjoy! Here is a dozen things that you can do in this city without having to spend a fortune.
- Walk and Shop at Yorkville
You can walk along beautiful Victorian style buildings that serve as homes to restaurants, boutiques and a wide variety of shops. If you are lucky enough, you might be able to see some celebs walking along this posh area of the city, especially during Toronto’s International Movie Festival. You can also find galleries that feature the works of international artists and also Canada’s finest.
- Enjoy a Day at the Beaches
You can also enjoy a lazy afternoon walk at the boardwalk along the wide beaches. Aside from the wide stretch of sand, this area also hosts a number of trendy shops, cafes, and Victorian Style homes. If you happen to have a trip around July, you might get the chance to catch The Beaches International Jazz Festival which showcases the best of Canadian and international jazz music.
This part of town offers a festive vibe and interesting finds. It never runs out of new people to meet, shops to enjoy a whole afternoon window shopping, or delicious food to try.
- Riverdale Farm
If you think that finding a farm in an industrialized city like Toronto is impossible, then why not take a visit at the Riverdale farm. This stop can add an interesting taste to your last-minute trip, as you enjoy a picnic with their home-grown products from the vegetable gardens. Kids can surely enjoy all the farm animals like pigs, cows, horses, sheep and goats. You can also enjoy planting and craft making activities offered.
- Distillery District
First time tourist might think that this area is lined with booze-selling stores in every nook and cranny. But you might be surprised to see that is in fact home to beautiful Victorian style architectures, free art galleries, boutiques and restaurants that offer you a memorable gastronomic experience!
- St. Lawrence Market
This was named by Food and Wine magazine as one of the top 25 best markets in the world, and is definitely a must for food enthusiasts, history buffs and the curious. Among the stores that you should never miss while you are there, are the Carousel Bakery and Sandwich Bar, Kozlik’s mustard, Scheffler’s Delicatessen and Cheese, among others.
- Harbour Centre:
This part of the city attracts more than 12 million people yearly because of its kind of entertainment. From festivals, camps, to live music performances that are free of charge, you will definitely have something to enjoy without spending anything. This music garden is also uniquely designed as it draws inspiration from Bach’s music. You can also take a walk at the beautiful waterfront, if you want to keep things mellow and relaxing.