Toronto is one of the best cities in Canada, and offers a vast range of different activities for those visiting the city of the first time. From the beautiful landscapes surrounding Toronto to the scenic nightlife and unforgettable museums, it’s the perfect visit for anyone travelling through the country.
But like any city, it can quickly become expensive to experience everything Toronto has to offer. Fortunately, there is still plenty do while keeping to a strict budget, and all of it is sure to provide a memory that visitors are unlikely to forget.
The St Lawrence Market
The St Lawrence Market is made up three historic buildings that can be found in downtown Toronto. The buildings host an antique market, a food market, and other public spaces, perfect to spend some time at during lunch, where visitors can sit and read, chat, or enjoy some online betting on their phones.. It’s been called one of the best markets in the world, and has even been visited by the Pope. It’s inexpensive to visit and eat at St Lawrence Market, and every Sundays the antique market opens up with some of the best collections of any market.
Yorkville is a small pocket of Victorian buildings that can be found in downtown Toronto. The houses consist of art galleries, shops, restaurants, and boutiques. The dining and shopping is extremely upscale, and while it might be out of the budget for many travellers to spend an entire day there, the ambience and art is enough to make the experience worth checking out. It’s also a popular spot for celebrities, and it’s not unusual to see film and music stars wandering around the Mink Mile shopping district.
Riverdale Farm is a gorgeous seven acre piece of land that can be found in Toronto, and is complete with goats, chickens, horses, cows, pigs, and a number of other animals. Visitors are able to walk around the grounds and observe staff completely free of charge. The farm was first build in the early 20th century, and it has remained that way even to this day. This means that there are no gift shops or vending machines, but some homemade gifts can be bought from the farm.
Canadian Opera Free Concerts
This is perfect for any visitor wanting to see a concert free of charge. The concerts consist of musical and dance numbers, and take place at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, which was first built in 2006. The amphitheatre offers a truly unique experience where the audience has access to the University Avenue below through transparent glass, while performances take place just ahead.
Toronto is home to first-class museums, which are open almost every day of the week. Many of them offer free visitation, while others only ask for a voluntary donation. The Art Gallery of Ontario, for example, is open on Wednesdays, and allows visitation without pay, while the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art uses a “pay-what-you can” system.