5 ways to experience Toronto like the locals do

CN Tower, Toronto, Canada
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With so much to see and do, deciding how to spend your time in Toronto can be pretty tricky. So, continue reading to discover some top recommendations from the people who know Toronto best – the locals!

1. CN Tower

Even though the CN Tower is one of Toronto’s top tourist attractions, it is also popular with locals. The 553.3 metre high concrete communications and observation tower casts a long shadow over downtown Toronto. With 360 degree views over the city and a revolving restaurant, this is the perfect place to begin your visit to the city. 

For the more adventurous traveller, you also have the option of actually taking a walk around the roof of the central pod building! CN Tower’s EdgeWalk experience is the first of its kind in North America and boasts the world’s highest circular hands-free walk at 356m above ground. Definitely not for the faint of heart!

2. Don’t be shy

Canada is known for being a nation of friendly people, so don’t be afraid to ask for help if you’re lost or ask a local about places they would recommend visiting. As The Secret Traveller on 1Cover’s blog says, locals are your best resource for finding out where the non-touristy hotspots are! Of course, you should probably not bother anyone while they’re eating, but in most other circumstances Torontonians will be more than happy to have a chat and give you a few tips and tricks to make your stay in Toronto even more authentic.

Toronto, Canada
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3. Walking and public transportation

If you really want to experience the city like a Torontonian, then you will want to ditch the taxis and stick to public forms of transportation. Toronto has a basic subway system which locals use daily to get to and from work, and there is also a reliable bus system. However, the most interesting way to get around the city, especially in cooler weather (or the sweltering heat) is to use Toronto’s unique underground network of walkways called PATH. This maze-like system connects a whopping 30km of walkways to public transport, office buildings, restaurants and shops. Make sure you pick up a map though because it can get pretty confusing!

4. Enjoy some sport 

Canadians love their sports, and the people of Toronto are no exception. Of course, the most famous sport associated with Canada is hockey, so you definitely don’t want to miss a game at the Air Canada Centre during the hockey season (October to April). If you are visiting Toronto outside of hockey season, you can always watch the beloved Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre.

Toronto Canada skyline
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5. The beach

Toronto doesn’t usually feature on lists of beach-holiday locations, but it boasts several beaches well worth a visit if you are visiting in the warmer months. Toronto Beach, Hanlan’s Point and Canada’s Sugar Beach are just a few of the beaches loved by locals and tourists alike. Toronto’s beaches are not the tropical, exotic, white sands found in holiday magazines – but they are a great place to sunbathe, go for a paddle or even learn to surf!

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