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Modern Metropolis

Come to Toronto for the history and sights, stay for the friendly folks, urban sensibilities and multicultural delights.

Modern Metropolis

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Toronto is a multicultural and sophisticated gem, a modern metropolis packed with museums, world-famous attractions, independent eateries and historic sites.

Canada’s most populated city – with more than 2.9 million residents – is also one of the world’s most diverse, boasting enclaves with names like Greektown, Little Italy, Little Portugal, Koreatown and Chinatown.

In short, it’s a city that will appeal to all ages and family dynamics. Let’s explore, shall we?

Note: Due to the ever-changing COVID-19 pandemic, please check official websites while planning to check for restrictions or closures.

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Start at Yonge-Dundas Square; it’s Toronto’s answer to Times Square, teeming with bright lights, shops and restaurants. For a dose of history and culture, check out the Royal Ontario Museum – there’s a reason it’s Canada’s most-visited museum (with more than 1 million guests annually). Other must-see sights include the CN Tower, The Gay Village (the city’s LGBTQ hub) and the Distillery District, a collection of shops, restaurants and art galleries set in the former Gooderham and Worts Distillery.

Stay

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel. With an indoor-outdoor pool, jade-green gardens and even a waterfall, you’ll feel miles away from the city center. Families will feel right at home at the Chelsea Hotel Toronto, which pampers its younger guests with their very own check-in desk and gong they can ring upon checking in, a family-friendly pool (there’s an adults-only one as well), and a kids center and teen lounge. Trend-seekers will adore the sleek vibe of the Bond Place Hotel, with Yonge-Dundas Square located steps from the front door.

Dine

Satisfy your comfort-food cravings at Fran’s Restaurant, a Toronto institution that’s been around since 1940. The menu features homestyle classics and all-day breakfast, as well as burgers and apple pie made in-house daily. For authentic Japanese fare, try Sansotei Ramen, where Tonkotsu pork-broth ramen takes center stage. Don’t miss SOMA Chocolatemaker for small-batch artisan chocolates with flavors like roasted pear and walnut, blackcurrant and mango chili.

Craft your own Toronto adventure! Visit AAA.com/Travel.

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