Our Toronto Resolutions

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!

Iconic Toronto

Iconic Toronto

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.

Distillery District

Distillery District

Union Station and the CN Tower

Union Station and the CN Tower

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.

Distillery District

Distillery District

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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.IMG_7093 balloons

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.

Beerfest

Beerfest

Caribana

Caribana

Zombie Walk

Zombie Walk

Pride

Pride

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.

Air Show

The Snowbirds during the Air Show

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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.IMG_0200 IMG_7242

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.IMG_0191 IMG_6073 IMG_6323 IMG_2570

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!

Skating at City Hall

Skating at City Hall

The Hockey Hall of Fame

The Hockey Hall of Fame

The Stanley Cup

The Stanley Cup

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.

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The Royal Ontario Museum

Honest Eds

Honest Eds

Casa Loma

Casa Loma

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! IMG_2439 IMG_1711 IMG_0170

What sort of things are you looking forward to do in your own backyard this year?

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    21 thoughts on “Our Toronto Resolutions

      • Oh boy Andrea, you have no idea how much we are complaining about the weather now that we’re back and pretty much had a year without winter – and the thing is that it’s ultimately been quite mild and not nearly as bad as the rest of the country. We are becoming weather wimps!

    1. Hey guys, did you know there is a disc golf course on Wards Island? One of the few I know if in Toronto. Looking forward to seeing you more often and hopefully doing some of the cool stuff you listed now that you’re back!

      In Ottawa I am looking forward to skiing, x-country skiing, snowshoeing, skating on the canal, hiking in Gatineau park, trying new restaurants, and hopefully going to a couple music festivals!

      • You’d mentioned that course (and how it’s easy to lose your discs…haha!), even so I would love to check it out. I have such fond memories of chilling out with you at the Kamloops course!

        You know what, I’ve never been snowshoeing! I need to go – maybe we can plan a trip sometime!

      • I think we have a bit of an advantage since we are located right in the heart of things; for instance, right now when we go get groceries we have to deal with all the crowds who are going to the ACC to watch the World Juniors Hockey Tournament (go Canada!). Plus we don’t have our own biz nor immediate travel plans (boo) so we are free to ramble around town in our established vagabond ways. Now I just can’t wait for the summer!!

      • Toronto, at least among Canadians, gets a bit of a bad rap for being a concrete jungle and ‘centre of the universe’, yet when people come I think they get surprised at how much there is to do. I would hazard to guess that unless you are anti-city, there would be something here for everyone!

    2. I think it’s always a great idea to try to re-take your city by the cojones when you come home from a long trip. Toronto is such a great, diverse city, I’m sure there will be no end to your exploration (with appropriate down time too, of course!). Now that I’m back in the area, perhaps our paths can finally cross! The only question is *what* will we do!!
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      • I say we feast! I know you mentioned some dietary changes, but that’s what I love about TO. You can have some sort of allergy and find a spot to dine that caters to that diet! I really heart TO and I need to convince my Cowtown pals that it’s not all concrete and the ‘centre of the Universe’ 😉

    3. I live in Toronto as well and I always look forward to going to High Park for the cherry blossoms in the spring. It’s usually super busy so I try to go early and on weekdays.

      I always to forget to explore more of Toronto since I live here. Your list is making me so excited that I live in Toronto and I can’t wait for summer! The Taste of the Danforth should also be in the list 🙂
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