Happy New Year!
Well, we are back and getting settled into life in Canada. And while we are getting into a routine, the concept of staying put in one place isn’t hampering our style. It helps that we live in Canada’s biggest city, Toronto, whose population and diversity provides countless options for things to do. Here are some that we are looking forward to doing now that we’re back!
Exploring different neighbourhoods: Toronto has many different neighbourhoods, many we’ve been to but that we want to explore again. Each neighbourhood has quirky aspects, unique restaurants and a great cross-section of people.
Trying new restaurants: We moved to Toronto five years ago from the Interior of BC and the first thing we did was go on an ethnic food restaurant binge. And aside from having almost any type of ethnic food imaginable, there are so many other fantastic eateries, that Toronto is a foodie paradise.
Concerts: The first few years in Toronto had us going to tons of concerts. Many of the bands we loved that wouldn’t necessarily make it to Western Canada generally had a stop in Toronto and given that they weren’t super mainstream meant that tickets were generally in the $10 – $25 range. After a year of traveling without getting up to date with the latest tunes, I reckon we’ll be concert going in no time.
Festivals, festivals, festivals: From small street festivals to big events like TIFF and Caribana, Toronto holds many festivals. Other than Beerfest one year we haven’t really done the festival thing, save for a few of the free neighbourhood and music bashes, so we’re eager to take in some of the festivals held around the city.
Enjoy Toronto Island: In the four years we’ve lived here, we’ve only been to Toronto Island once. Now that we are just minutes from the ferry terminal we hope to enjoy the spectacular city views from the oasis of the island and find our very own picnic haunts for sunny weekends.
Beach it Up: Lying on the shores of Lake Ontario, Toronto has a fine stretch of waterfront. With efforts by the city to make this area more accessible to the public, there are many options for us to chill out beachside this summer.
Sports: Ewan and I are more sport spectators than actual participants. Our apartment is close to two of the big venues, the Air Canada Centre (where the Toronto Rock, Raptors and Maple Leafs play) and the Skydome (even Toronto transplants can’t come to call it the Rogers Centre, where the Blue Jays and Argonauts play). We’re also a short way away from the Exhibition grounds that holds the venues for the TFC and Marlies. While we may never be Maple Leaf fans (go Flames!) we are always up for some sports.
2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games: the 2015 Pan Am games are being held here in Toronto and it is a big deal. Sure, it may not be the biggest International multi-sport Games (it’s third biggest; a larger event than even the Winter Olympics) but with over 36 different sports and close to 7,000 athletes it will be THE thing going on this summer in Toronto. I’ve already signed up to be a volunteer and can’t wait to be a part of the action!
Escape Room Games: Last summer we fell in love with Escape room games and were happy to find out that Toronto has some too. In fact, we scored a deal through Groupon and are chomping at the bit to challenge our minds in another intense 60 minutes.
Our list of things we want to do this year in Toronto is in no way complete. While we still have the travel bug and are already excited for our next trip (which we have in no way planned yet!) we are happy to be back in such a great city and enjoy it!
What sort of things are you looking forward to do in your own backyard this year?