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These are the things I’ve learned after countless visits to Toronto

These are the things I've learned after countless visits to Toronto
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Toronto is one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities. Steeped in history and culture, it also exudes cheerfulness, offbeat energy, and resolutely all-encompassing attitudes. I’ve learned that Toronto has its own challenges and unspoken rules as well; Planning ahead and knowing what to expect goes a long way in making an unforgettable trip here.

Add about 13% to everything you buy (and then some)

Toronto is expensive, and there are no two ways about it. Putting a 13% tax mark on all goods and services does not help. Add to this a 17% tax on hotel accommodation. And of course, meal perks are expected to range from 15% to 20%.

Generally, budget travelers should plan to spend $100-250 CAD per day for regular expenses. To save a little, consider staying in hostels (most have private rooms), buy self-catering meals at markets and use public transportation. CityPASS helps provide some of the major attractions as well. And there are plenty of free things to do too if all those taxes feel overwhelming.

Pay with Loonies

Yes, most places accept US dollars but use Canadian dollars instead – you’re in Canada after all (plus you’ll save money on poor exchange rates right away).

Book your stay

While there is no shortage of accommodations in Toronto, smaller venues such as hostels and bed and breakfasts can be sold out, especially during the summer months. Book early!

Sports fan cheering at hockey match
Professional sports teams are loved in Toronto, buy tickets in advance © Grant Faint / Getty Images

Buy pro sports tickets early

Torontonians are sports fans, no matter how poorly their teams perform. If you want to join the frenzy, book tickets as soon as you know you’re headed into town – Maple Leafs and Raptors games go especiallySt.

Buy seats for big ticket shows early too

While you can usually score last-minute tickets for smaller theaters, Broadway shows package homes months in advance. Buy tickets in advance. Otherwise, rush tickets are sometimes sold out on the day of the performance, starting at 9am.

Explore Toronto (mostly) on foot

Although Toronto is Canada’s largest city – over 6 million people – most of the attractions are concentrated in downtown Toronto, the bohemian, ethnic, and historic neighborhoods and the waterfront that surrounds it.

With a network, getting around Toronto is easier on foot – you’ll see more, learn how the city works, and have the freedom to get in and out of places. If the weather is inclement, follow the signs to PATH, a 17-mile (30 km) network of tunnels that connects more than 70 buildings and malls. For the waterfront, change things up and rent a bike.

To get around the city, use the Toronto Public Transit System (TTC). True, trams and buses are often late and the subway has only four lines, but it will get you where you’re going. avoid driving at all costs; Traffic from bumper to exporters can be heartbreaking. If you must bring a defensive driving game “A”.

People meet downtown going to work in the morning
People in Toronto are very polite, remember your etiquette © Leonardo Patrizi / Getty Images

Mind your Ps and Qs

Although Torontonians are generally relaxed, “please,” “thank you,” and “sorry” are highly valued words. use them. bumping into someone without apologizing or not thanking them for holding the door is rude.

Likewise, cutting the line can result in complete shouts. And no matter what you do, don’t say Canadians and Americans are the same – that often-heard comment on the outside is considered offensive on the inside.

Hears Many Languages

Toronto is a cultural phenomenon with 51% of the population born outside Canada. You see it in the races and ethnicities of the people (more than 250 nationalities), hear it in the spoken languages ​​(more than 170) and taste it in the food (almost 7,500 restaurants).

Likewise, festivities, festivals, advertisements and even the lineup of comedians and musical acts look like nowhere else on earth. The city’s multiculturalism is refreshing and embracing…that’s what makes Toronto great.

Note the thanks and appreciation of the earth

Land Approval announcements are posted throughout Toronto and read aloud at public events. The exact text varies, but in essence, it is a reminder that you are on the ancestral lands of many First Nations communities, that they were taken by force or by breach of treaty and that generations of Aboriginal people suffered all kinds of atrocities at the hands of the colonists. It is a small but important tribute to the people of Early Toronto, their history and current struggles.

Drag Queens posing on Rainbow Pavement on City Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
You do it in Toronto | © Larry Williams & Associates / Getty Images

Proudly display your rainbow colors

Toronto is one of the most LGBTIQ+ friendly cities in the world, and the first in North America to legalize same-sex marriage. The Church-Wellesley Village neighborhood is ground zero for the LGBTIQ+ community, a welcoming place where just about everything goes and everyone belongs. If you’re here in June, don’t miss the month-long Pride Toronto festivities – the show alone brings over a million revelers to the streets!

Put on jeans and put on a warm hat

Decent jeans are a regular option in Toronto, day or night. The exception is high-end restaurants, clubs and theaters: where you should highlight your trendy themes instead. In the colder months, bring a warm hat and a jacket as well – temperatures can drop quickly, and nothing a tourist says more than wearing a “Toronto” sweatshirt around town.

Friends enjoy barbecue on urban rooftops
Buy picnic supplies at government authorized stores © Dann Tardif / Getty Images

Have a government approved beverage

Thanks to Ontario’s old laws, strong alcohol can only be purchased from the government-run LCBO (Liquor Control Board Ontario).

Beer and wine produced in Ontario can be found in some grocery stores and the aptly named Beer Store. If you’re looking for a picnic with a bottle, be warned – drinking in public is allowed but not legal.

Do not rely on universal health care

While Canada offers some of the best healthcare in the world, it is only free for Canadians. In fact, if you land in the emergency room, care can be expensive. Before arriving, check if your healthcare policy covers you in Toronto; If not, consider purchasing travel health insurance.

Be aware of your surroundings

Toronto is an extraordinarily safe place, and ranks as one of the safest cities in the world. But, like any big city, it has some shallow areas. Close to the city’s attractions, Allan Gardens is well known as a place where you might encounter pickpockets; It is best to take a taxi or take part in the ride there after dark. And no matter where you are, it is always a good practice to be aware of your surroundings and to avoid spending your money. If you encounter any problems, call 911.

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