So for today's video I am on home turf.
I am back in Toronto with Sam.
So we're going to be taking you on a littletour of the city.
Sam hasn't really spent a lot of time hereso we're going to try and make it really touristy but also include some of my favorite spots.
So let's go! Toronto is considered Canada’s melting pot.
It is said that half of the people livingin Toronto were born outside of the country, so that means lots of different languages, sights and flavors, which make the city a really fun place to explore.
With only a few days in Toronto, we set outto visit a mix of neighborhoods, top attractions, and of course, we also made time to sampleplenty of food.
The following travel guide will showcase 25things to do in Toronto, so if you’re planning a trip here or you need some travel inspiration, be sure to stick around as we take you on a city tour.
Not many visitors know this about Toronto, but just a short ferry ride from the city you have a chain of islands that offer someof the best views in the whole city.
The largest and most visited of them all isCentre Island and it’s a great place to be during the summer months.
This was our very first stop on our tour ofToronto.
So we are currently in Center Island.
We left the city behind and took the ferryover.
Which is pretty nice.
Yeah, it is my first time here and I haveto say it is a real nice quite green escape form the hustle and bustle of the downtown.
Yeah, it is super relaxed.
We were just watching like little baby ducksand swans.
And this is where you get the most iconicviews of the city.
Like those postcard perfect views.
So I've never seen this vantage point beforeand I'm loving it.
So next up we're getting ready to go up theCN Tower and we are showing up like 30 minutes before opening because last time the linewas like two hours long and we were not willing to wait.
Seriously, guys that was around lunchtime, a two hour waiting time just to go up to the observation deck.
So, get here early.
That is our number one tip.
So we're the first elevator up.
My hands are all clammy.
That was a little scary but we're here.
The CN Tower was once the world's tallestfree-standing structure and the world's tallest tower for more than 3 decades.
It can be a bit unnerving if you’re nota big fan of heights, especially once you reach the glass floor, but it's one of thoseiconic attractions that you can't miss.
If you’re feeling adventurous, you can evendo the Edge Walk which takes you on a hands free walk around the roof of the main pod.
Ripley’s Aquarium is one of Toronto’snewest attractions and it draws big crowds.
The aquarium is home to 450 species, but ourfavorite part was The Dangerous Lagoon, which is an underwater tunnel where you can seesharks, stingrays and sea turtles swimming above your head.
The aquarium is located right next to theCN Tower, so you could easily to both on the same day.
If you luck out with a nice day, we’d recommendgoing for a walk along the Harbourfront.
You can often find live music and variousevents and exhibitions taking place, plus it’s a really nice area to enjoy a stroll.
So after all of that sightseeing it was timefor a little snack break and we've gone for the BeaverTail.
So we needed a little sugar pick me up here.
And this is some kind of decadent little snack.
Take a look at here.
We've got like copious amounts of Nutella, basically peanut butter, peanut butter and then Reese's Pieces on top of that.
Yeah, so this one is called the Triple Trip.
And BeaverTails didn't originate in Torontobut they are from Ontario so you definitely have to try them.
From this province.
And I've now had them in Ottawa and also QuebecCity so this is my third time ever having these.
Oh, what a treat.
Dig right in.
How is that? Mmmmm.
That is delicious.
Love Nutella, love Reese's Pieces.
And this is almost like a bit like a bit, it almost reminds me a little bit of a churros consistency.
So it is basically fried dough and it is shapedto look like a beaver tail.
So no beaver in there, don't worry.
No beavers were harmed.
Yeah, no beavers were consumer in this.
Lots of peanut butter though.
You can get it with lots of different toppings.
So you can get Nutella and banana or icingsugar, cinnamon.
Yeah, I think the hardest thing is when yougo to order it because there is so much selection.
So many options.
But I'm always going to go with peanut butterand chocolate so.
Formerly known as the SkyDome, this stadiumis home to the Toronto Blue Jays.
Baseball fans can take tours or catch a gameduring the season.
So it appears the hat collector has a newone.
Yes, the ever growing collection.
The ever growing collection is getting a littlehigher with this latest Toronto Blue Jays hat.
And the Toronto Blue Jays are Canada's onlyteam in Major League Baseball and they're a pretty awesome team.
They've won two world series both in the 90's.
They have a really strong team right now.
So if you're thinking of watching a baseballgame definitely go check out the Blue Jays here in Toronto.
Woo hoo! Go Blue Jays.
Graffiti Alley is located right between QueenStreet West and Richmond Street West, just west of Spadina Avenue.
The area is covered in murals and cool graffiti, and it was full of photographers and Instagrammers looking for the perfect shot when we visited.
The Distillery District is one of the mostdistinct neighbourhoods in Toronto.
It is home to over forty heritage buildingswhich were once at the heart of the whisky export.
The area has been revitalized and you’llfind lots of cafes, restaurants, galleries, and coffeehouses.
This is also the setting for the Toronto ChristmasMarket in December.
We are in Chinatown.
And compared to the day before when we wereout hanging around in Toronto today is much warmer.
So we're ducking into this restaurant to cooloff a bit and we're getting dim sum.
So the cool thing about Toronto is that youcan get just about any International cuisine you want.
And we had a craving for di sum and we werewandering around in Chinatown, so we're like, let's order some of our favorites.
That is really good.
Super aromatic and flavorful.
Like many cities around the world, Torontohas a thriving Chinatown.
This can be a really fun neighborhood to explorewith lots of shops, eateries, and outdoor markets offering a good bargain.
The main intersections for Chinatown are SpadinaAvenue and Dundas Street West, and you can then explore the side streets from there.
Okay so now that we are well fed we're nowgoing to check out Kensington Market.
This is a really artsy area with lots of graffiti, markets and shops so it'll be fun.
Let's go have a look.
From Chinatown it’s just a short walk overto Kensington Market, where you’ll definitely want to wander with a camera in hand.
Kensington Market offers an eclectic mix ofhippie markets, vintage boutiques, record stores, hole in the wall bars, little bakeries, and so much more.
Next up, we have the Royal Ontario Museumand it’s striking exterior known as the Crystal.
It is the largest museum in Canada and coverseverything from dinosaurs to Ancient Egypt.
So we're here at the Steam Whistle Brewery, which is right across from Ripley's Aquarium.
That aquarium was awesome but it kind of tiredme out.
I haven't seen that many people for a longtime in one place.
So coming over here and just having a pint.
And the other cool thing that you can do hereis you can take a tour of the brewery itself.
But we're starving so we're just going todrink beer and eat some food.
How is it? It is really good.
Man, it is hot outside so cold beer reallytastes good on a hot summer day in Canada.
Steamwhistle Brewing produces a premium Pilsnerlager and it has been voted one of the best microbreweries in Toronto.
Just outside Steam Whistle Brewing you’llfind the Toronto Railway Museum.
They have a display of trains on site, whichis quite popular with families and kids.
Another area worth checking out is Queen StreetWest.
This used to be a popular spot with universitystudents thanks to its cheap vintage markets, tiny bars, and indie cafes, however in recentyears it has become more gentrified.
You can still find traces of Queen Street’sartsy side, but in smaller doses.
Another thing you’ll want to experiencewhile in Toronto is riding the streetcar.
The city is slowly rolling out new streetcars, but if you get lucky you might be able to ride on the classic vintage ones.
Okay Sam, so do you want to tell us wherewe are right now? Yes, so we're outside of the Hockey Hall ofFame and even if you're not a hockey fan this is an absolute must visit thing in Torontobecause hockey is practically a religion in Canada and this is the Hall of Fame.
This is basically where you get to learn aboutall of the great players of the present, the past and just to learn more about the game.
And you can also see the most iconic trophyin all of North American sports – the Stanley Cup.
So you've gotta come here.
So of course Sam has dragged me to yet anothersporting center.
Yeah, and this is the Air Canada Centre wherethe Toronto Maple Leafs play in the National Hockey League.
And I have to say this, they are my leastfavorite team in the NHL, so do come to a hockey game but cheer for the opposite team.
Wait, wait, wait.
Why don't you like the Toronto Maple Leafs? Well, they're just a perpetually bad teamand they get way too much media coverage in Canada.
And I'm a Blackhawks fan so that is why Idon't like them.
Aside from hockey, the ACC is also home tothe Toronto Raptors of the NBA.
Best place for Korean food! So we've just arrived in Koreatown with theintention of exploring but we are starving so our first stop is a restaurant.
So look at what we've got here.
So we found a place that specializes in stonepot rice but first up we're going to be eating our banchan which are the side dishes.
And look at this.
We've got some kimchi, spicy fermented cabbage.
Man, that looks good.
Look at that.
Love the kimchi.
Nice and sour.
That is good.
So we have a very happy boy today.
My favorite Korean dish has arrived.
And it is a stone pot Korean rice with assortedvegetables, a little bit of meat and my personal favorite ingredient – the red pepper pastecalled gochujang.
Which I'm now going to add.
And we just let that cook in there in thathot stone bowl.
And then you mix it all together.
Oh listen to that sizzle.
That looks amazing.
Dig right in.
Uh, it is all stirred.
And you know what, they've brought some extragochujang sauce.
They realized that I appeared to be reallyenjoying the mixing of it.
And the spice.
So let's try this now.
That is like being right back in Seoul.
That is a good thing.
That is very authentic.
My tongue is on fire.
And this is what I'm having.
This is a spicy kimchi stew or like a soupwith lots of tofu.
Let's try that sundubu kimchi jiggae.
So I've already been drinking this for a while.
And my nose is running from the spice.
Like it is intense.
But it is so good.
Like even though it is burning you can't stopeating it.
You just want more.
So yeah, I love this stuff.
Aside from delicious food, you can also findbubble tea shops, stationary stores, and noraebang if you want to sing karaoke into the night.
From there we continued to Casa Loma.
It may look like a castle, but this placewas built as a home complete with secret passageways, stately towers, and a whopping 98 rooms.
It’s an unusual spot in Toronto and wellworth the visit.
Across from Casa Loma, you’ll find SpadinaHouse.
Setting foot in the house is like travellingback in time as it is decorated in the style of the 1920’s and 30s.
Another thing you can do in the city is enjoya campus walk through the University of Toronto.
The campus has beautiful ivy-covered buildingsand lots of green spaces to lounge around.
For all you foodies out there, Toronto alsoboasts the St.
Here you’ll find food stalls and restaurants, as well as stands selling classic Canadian souvenirs such as bottles of Maple syrup.
If you happen to visit Toronto during thesummer months, another thing to consider doing is renting a bike.
Bike Share Toronto offers day passes whichare great for visitors looking to explore the city on wheels.
The Art Gallery of Ontario is home to thelargest collection of Canadian art.
It has pieces by the famed Group of Seven, and the building itself also has a rather unique design.
Last but not least, head up to Yonge-DundasSquare.
This is a lively intersection where you’llalso find the Eaton Centre, which is a massive shopping complex.
Make sure you don’t miss the glass gallerywith the giant Canadian geese.
And that’s a wrap for TO! We hope you enjoyed this city guide and thatit gave you some ideas of what to see and where to go on your trip.
As always if you have any suggestions of thingsto do in Toronto that we may not have mentioned, feel free to share those with fellow travelersin the comments below.
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