Most of my holiday experiences consist of seeing the tourist attractions. It’s boring eh? Well this highlight is a little different.
Having been to Toronto before, and appreciating the main landmarks, I was beginning to see the city as somewhere I could live. And so I ventured to areas away from the beaten track. A quick turn here, a street car there and all of a sudden you find a place that city guides don’t tell you about.
My highlight isn’t one specific incident, but the look and feel of a place that no one mentioned before. City guides across the internet will say ‘go to the CN Tower among various other clichés, but Toronto is more than a tall building used for satellite signals.
On its quiet streets Toronto has an abundance of picturesque houses, parks and restaurants. A short walk away from Queen Street you find yourself crossing paths with Raccoons and friendly locals alike, before stumbling across a Cadburys chocolate factory that creates an aroma for the surrounding area.
In many city breaks, travelling off the ordinary tourist path can be awkward with a language barrier firmly in the way. But with Toronto it isn’t an issue, and even in its several areas, such as Little Portugal and Chinatown, you’re still welcomed to the community. This is a city that needs to be explored to be appreciated and there’s always something new to be found.