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Top 10 Most Beautiful Places In Toronto

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With the TIFF officially in full swing from September 4-14, Toronto is set to welcome the crowds for yet another Hollywood-infused and glittery film festival. Whether you’re heading to Toronto to catch a fleeting glimpse of your favourite star or simply wondering how to spend a September weekend in your own city, here’s our guide to the city’s must-see sights:

1) Toronto Islands: Enjoy the last few weeks of sunny weather with a weekend day trip to Centre Island. Pack a picnic of fresh fruits and your favourite cheese, grab your friends and prepare for a ferry ride. With Centre Island, Ward’s Island and the clothing-optional Hanlan’s Point, the Islands are a perfect place to soak up the sun, set off for a bike ride, or dip into the water on the beach! At $7.00 for a ferry ride, you can embrace a quick escape from busy urban life.

2) High Park: The 399-acre park in Toronto’s Bloor West Village area is a perfect taste of nature in the west end.  Whether you plan to take a nature walk, drop by the High Park Zoo, or channel your inner photographer as you walk by wildlife, unwind with an afternoon at the park.

3) Casa Loma: If you’re feeling like royalty, drop by this historic European-inspired castle for a guided tour. While it may have once been the home of businessman Sir Henry Pellatt, this gorgeous castle is now a classic city landmark. The Estate Gardens of Casa Loma are also a beautiful sight for anyone with a green thumb, or a love of eye-catching florals.

4) CN Tower: You can’t miss this top city attraction, unless you suffer from an extreme fear of heights! With the thrilling EdgeWalk which takes you outside the tower, the stunning 360 Restaurant and the Glass Floor, it’s clear that no trip to T.O. is complete without a view from the CN Tower.

5) Harbourfront: With boat rentals, the Toronto Music Garden and events such as the 30th Annual Vegetarian Food Festival from September 5-7, the waterfront right along Lake Ontario is a much-needed break from crowded city sidewalks.

6) Scarborough Bluff Trails:
The trails that line the top of the Bluffs are one of the best places to go for a serene and beautiful walk. Winding and secluded, you’ll stroll past gorgeous vistas over the lake.

7) St. Lawrence Market: This downtown market is great for stocking up on delicious local seafood, meat or produce. While the market is closed on Sundays and Mondays, the three-building marketplace is open the rest of the week. Stop by for the weekly workshops and events, or pick up essentials like fresh bread and organic olive oil.

8) Crothers’ Woods
Crothers’ Woods is a 52-hectare sanctuary of woodland in the heart of the Don Valley. It is a beautiful place for hikers and Parks and Forestry has put much work into the area over the last five years to maintain and mark trails.

9) The Beaches: Toronto’s Beaches area in the east end is home to the city’s Woodbine Beach. With over 90 beach volleyball courts, challenge your friends to a final game of beach volleyball or soak up a late-summer afternoon by the shores of Lake Ontario.

10) Riverdale Farm
If you’re looking for rustic charm, you don’t have to travel any further than Cabbagetown. One of the city’s hidden gems, Riverdale Farm is 7.5 acres of historic farmstead. Not only is the area laden with flowers and beautiful scenery, but it also offers an historical look at Toronto’s old city buildings, including the Old City Zoo.



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