Toronto is for lovers. Yes I know Paris is usually dubbed the city of romanticism. But my two traveling road dogs, Stacy-Ann and Camille and I, couldn’t help but notice all of the simping and recently wedded couple sightings around us in Canada’s largest city.
After 11 hours on a Greyhound, encounters with weird passengers and 1000 deep breaths later, we arrived in Toronto early Friday morning from New York. We fell in love with the city’s cultural fusion immediately. We’ll be back again soon. Caribana? TIFF, perhaps?
Until then, take a look at photos that show off our 3-day mid-August excursion in Drizzy’s hometown.
Photos by Natelegé Whaley & Stacy-Ann Ellis.
1) Dundas Square. Think Times Square in New York City. Located downtown, it’s bustling with tourists and natives alike. Definitely a great place to start exploring. Here we got on a site-seeing bus and road around for a few hours to get an overview of town.
2) Street dancer in Dundas Square.
3) A map of our tour bus route.
4) The CN Tower.
5) A lady street performer strikes a pose in a square.
6) Bay Wellington Tower and TD Canada Trust Tower.
1) We stayed around the corner from Keen station, which was about 20 minutes into Downtown Toronto. As three NYC natives, we had no problem copping tokens and trekking into the city during our trip.
2) Camille and I after we got back to Dundas Square and boarded the tour bus again. The cool thing about these tours is that you can ride them for up to three days for free after buying the ticket. You can also get off wherever you want to and get back on at any stop.
3) Stacy-Ann smiling as we got ready to pull off and head into Kensington Market.
4) After walking a few blocks through Chinatown — Toronto has many Chinatowns actually — we found ourselves in Kensington Market, an enclave of thrift stores, fruit stands and small take out eateries. This includes pizza, Caribbean, Ethiopian, Italian, Vietnamese — the choices were endless. The area definitely had a youthful and artsy vibe.
5) Urban Catwalk, one of the many shops we stopped in as we walked the Kensington strip.
6) Graffiti! Many of Toronto’s alleyways are covered in elaborate graffiti. Each alley is spray-painted with a unique graf of its own.
7) After we left Kensington Market we went to the York-Ellington International market. To reboot our tired bodies, we sat down for a Jerk chicken dinner at spot that was also grilling up jerk pork. We then went to the Paint Lounge before calling it a night.
1) On our final day in Toronto, we boarded a ferry to the Toronto Islands.
2) Three ferries serve the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal to go to different parts of the Toronto Islands. We went to Hanlan’s Point.
3) The islands are beautiful. A 20 minute walk through a vast view of parkland leads to the beach where we camped out for a few hours.
4) We had not clue we were going to the part of the island that had a clothing optional beach! We seen some things, we regretted, to say the least. haha!
5) A shot of the Toronto skyline behind me!
There was so much that I left out! But the trip was amazing. For those interested in going, check out Airbnb for a spot to stay. We got a great deal instead of staying at a hotel. When it comes to converting money, there are places you can do it for free if you have cash. Ask the tour bus ticket sellers in Dundas Square to direct you to the currency exchange place. If you have a TD bank account in the U.S., you can convert your money for free at the TD Canada ATMs up there. Avoid Greyhound. Try Megabus instead. I only took Greyhound because I planned this trip last minute.
Lastly don’t leave without trying Tim Horton’s Tim Bits (the chocolate and caramel ones are crazy good) and poutine !
That’s all folks.