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Things To Do in Toronto for Budget Travellers

Toronto is a fantastic city to visit for families and for budget travellers alike. It might seem that the major attractions in Toronto are expensive and out of reach for those on a tight budget, but you can still enjoy this world class city. In fact, check out these attractions that are either free or are priced for price conscious travellers.

Distillery District Toronto Things To Do in Toronto for Budget Travellers

Things To Do in Toronto for Budget Travellers / Distillery District

Distillery District 

If you want to experience history in the heart of downtown Toronto, the pedestrian-only village The Distillery District is a great way to spend the afternoon. It is free to visit and contains stores and galleries that sell unique, one-of-a-kind gifts and wares. The Distillery boasts heritage architecture and has the largest and best preserved buildings featuring Victorian Industrial Architecture.

St. Lawrence Market Toronto Things To Do in Toronto for Budget Travellers

Things To Do in Toronto for Budget Travellers

St. Lawrence Market 

If you enjoy antique shopping, food markets and finding unique and special gifts, St. Lawrence Market is a terrific way to spend the day. It is comprised of three historic buildings in the downtown core and was rated as one of the world’s top 25 markets by Food & Wine Magazine. Visitors can enjoy learning about Toronto history and culture through free exhibitions and the market has an outdoor patio for lunch. In summer, the street is a host to Buskerfest.

Things To Do in Toronto for Budget Travellers Harbourfront Toronto Sunset

Things To Do in Toronto for Budget Travellers / Sunset at Toronto’s Harbourfront.

Harbourfront Centre

Harbourfront Centre is a cultural organization that offers many activities for free during all seasons. The centre is situated on the shores of Lake Ontario in downtown Toronto and you are able to walk along the boardwalk on the 10 acre site, watch the boats passing in one of the parks or enjoy a skate during the winter months. And, of course, sunset is marvelous here.

Toronto Center Island Night Things To Do in Toronto for Budget Travellers

Things To Do in Toronto for Budget Travellers / Toronto Center island at Night is a romantic getaway!

Toronto Island

From the Harbourfront Center, take a ferry to Toronto Island (Ward Pier, Center Island, Hanlan’s Point) for a sweeping panorama of the city. Stay until the early evening when the multi-colored lights from downtown flicker and reflect the serene waters of Ontario lake. Here, you can hike the whole island, bury your feet in the sand, relax naked while watching the amazing sunset, dip into the water, visit Canada’s second oldest lighthouse, the  Gibraltar lighthouse or simply just ogle at the houses of a small community at Ward pier. If are still a child at heart, there’s an amusement park for you there! 😉 A round-trip ticket costs around $6.50.

Canadian Opera Company Free Concert Series

For those who enjoy classical music and opera, the Canadian Opera Company offers a free concert series. The lunch hour performances range from dance to a variety of musical style concerts at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. The amphitheatre is a treat itself, with large windows overlooking University Avenue, which makes the theatre appear even larger.

Beaches Toronto Kite Festival Things To Do in Toronto for Budget Travellers

The Beaches in summer is great place to cool down. / Things To Do in Toronto for Budget Travellers.

The Beach

Also known as the Beaches, The Beach is a neighbourhood that is situated along a long stretch of beach front property on the waterfront. There is a long boardwalk, volleyball courts, change rooms for swimming, (the beach area is one of Toronto’s Blue Flag beaches) and the area also contains shops and restaurants. The Beach is located near Queen St. one of Toronto’s trendy and unique shopping areas.

Grafitti Toronto Things To Do in Toronto for Budget Travellers

Things To Do in Toronto for Budget Travellers.

Graffiti Alley

In an narrow alley close to Spadina and Queen, is a well-kept secret of “outdoor artists” where the walls, fences, roof, stairs, posts, doors are covered in vibrant hues only few would appreciate. You’ll see the city’s culture through these graffiti–and Rob Ford, Toronto’s mayor, certainly hates it because he’s a constant subject portrayed in an unflattering manner.

Kensington Market Toronto

Kensington Market

It’s the hippiest place in Toronto where it never fails to surprise you on summer weekends. On the last Sundays of summer months, the streets are for pedestrians only. You’ll see bands playing, artists doing performance arts, lovely people giving free hugs, hippies drinking beer on a rooftop, yuppies sipping their lattes in outdoor cafes, sidewalk vendors and their stuff, tourists and all. It’s been known that Ryan Gosling shops here when he’s in town.

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