Toronto, one of the most multicultural cities in the world, is also one of Canada‘s top tourist destinations. This cosmopolitan city offers plenty of things to do and see, and visitors will find tons of great Toronto hotels for short and long stays. In fact, you could easily spend a couple of weeks here and not get bored. If you are looking for rare and unusual places to see, have a look at these unusual things to do in Toronto.
Check Out the Street Art
For street art fans, Toronto is one of the best destinations in North America. The city has taken a progressive stance when it comes to urban art. StreetARToronto is a program that aims to embrace and legitimize street art by promoting and by reclaiming forgotten spaces, such as the city’s underpasses. Some of the best places to see street art in Toronto are Graffiti Alley, Kensington Market, the Ossington Laneway, and the Keele-Dundas Wall.
Admire the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
It is hard to believe that such a building exists in Toronto. Located in North Toronto, the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is both a Hindu temple and a community center. Its beautifully intricate architecture will leave you awestruck. The details of this impressive building were hand carved in Italian marble, Turkish limestone and Indian pink stone. This masterpiece of exotic design enhances Toronto’s rich multicultural heritage.
Visit the Bata Shoe Museum
If you have a shoe fetish, you will love this place. The Bata Shoe Museum houses the world’s largest collection of shoes and footwear related objects. Covering three floors, it aims to explain the role of footwear in the social and cultural life of people from every corner of the world. This year marks the 20th anniversary of this unique museum.
Take a Stroll Around the Toronto Music Garden
A peaceful oasis in a busy city, the Toronto Music Garden is a natural representation of Bach’s First Suite for Unaccompanied Cello. Divided into six sections, the garden takes visitors along paths lined with perennial shrubs and trees. There is also an amphitheater where live music performances take place in the summertime.
Enjoy the Pedestrian Sundays at Kensington Market
On the last Sunday of the month from May to October, Pedestrian Sundays bring people into the streets. During these days car traffic is limited and people are free to roam around the streets of Kensington Market. You’ll find tons of music, food, entertainment, and crafts. If you are around during this time, don’t miss it!
Head Out to the Tommy Thompson Park
Located on a manmade peninsula, the Tommy Thompson Park is just a few minutes bus ride from downtown Toronto. This land strip extends five kilometers into Lake Ontario and gives visitors a fantastic panoramic view of the city’s skyline. The park is closed to traffic so you can enjoy a walk, a run, or a bike ride in peace. This vast green area is also nesting ground for several bird species, so there are good opportunities for bird-watching as well.
Toronto is filled with hidden gems. Once you’ve seen the city’s major sites, be sure to get off the beaten path and explore some of Toronto’s more unusual attractions.
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