It is well known that Toronto is the most populous city in Canada. Also, Toronto is the capital of the province of Ontario in Canada. Next to these things, Toronto is a large and ethnically diverse city sprawling on the northwestern shore of the lake Ontario. The city is a dynamic metropolis with a core of soaring skyscrapers, beautiful natural parks and other architectural ‘wonders’.
When you’re doing your internship in the city of Toronto, you don’t want to spend the entire time at the company/organization where you intern and inside your accommodation. You need to get out and see what else is out there. After all, doing an internship in Toronto isn’t the only reason why you are there!
In order to prevent you from wandering about and looking for interesting things to see (and do) we shortlisted some of Toronto’s top attractions that you simply HAVE TO check out!
CN Tower & EdgeWalk
The CN Tower is a 553m tall communication and observation tower in downtown Toronto. At the time that it was finished, back in 1976, it was the tallest free-standing structure and the world’s tallest tower. The Tower held that record until 2010 and at present time, it is the 3rd tallest tower in the world (next to Burj Khalifa in the UAE and Canton Tower in China). The name ‘CN’ refers to the company that built the tower, Canadian National. Back in 1995 the Tower was branded as one of the modern Seven Wonders of the World.
The EdgeWalk was introduced in 2011 for those who are true thrill-seekers. Visitors have the opportunity to walk on and around the roof of the main pod of the Tower at staggering 356m high. Visitors are tethered to a overhead rail system and walk around the edge of the CN Tower’s main pod, just above the 360 Restaurant. Pretty amazing!
Toronto Island & Centreville
Toronto has some beautiful sights and activities even for visitors who would rather prefer to stand still and steady on the ground. If you’re one of them, and you find the EdgeWalk too “thrilling”, you might want to go and visit Toronto Island and the Centreville amusement park. Toronto Island offers some great photo opportunities of the skyline. The Centreville park is an ultimate summer destination for either families with children or for individuals who would like to awaken their inner child. You can take bike rides, have a picnic and take your pick from over 30 rides and attractions. Plenty of fun to go around!
St. Lawrence Market
If your planning an afternoon off and want to go for a picnic on Toronto Island, you will need one thing for sure…food. In this case, you might just go to St. Lawrence’s Market. This market provides great picnic fare and it was rated as the ‘World’s best food market’ by National Geographic. Oh and just one useful tip: try out the peameal bacon sandwich. They say it is marvelous!
Hockey Hall of Fame
As you probably know, Canada is considered as the birthplace of hockey! So if you’re into sports and especially hockey, you should definitely go and visit the Hockey Hall of Fame which has something to offer for everybody. You can see the finest collections of hockey artifacts, themed exhibits and you can even have a picture taken with the Stanley Cup! If you’re not into hockey like the Canadians are, you should go nonetheless. If not for the thrill and the sight, but just for the memory and pictures that you were there. Make your friends a bit jelaous.
Toronto Eaton Centre
During your internship in Toronto you will most certainly make new friends, probably others who are completing their internship at the same company as you are or somewhere else. Meeting new people is something you will definitely experience. If you and your new friends want to go out for a ‘shopping tour’ then you should visit Toronto’s Eaton Centre, one of the Canadian’s favourite places for shopping. Over 200 retail stores in fashion, furniture and electronics will be at your disposal so the selection is practically unbeatable. So put on some comfy shoes, explore and shop.
Distillery Historic District
The Distillery District is another one of Toronto’s most vibrant and popular neighbourhoods. This district was Toronto’s first distillery that produced almost 50% of Ontario’s total spirit production. Today, it is the home to high-end boutiques, art galleries and restaurants. Who knows, you may just be lucky enough to see a movie or a TV show being filmed there.
So these are our Top 6 picks for you to visit when you’re completing your internship in Toronto. There are of course many, many more but we will leave you with these for starters. You can also do further research and find some other places that might be more interesting for you.