A Weekend Getaway in Toronto | Tourism Toronto

My boyfriend, Will, and I moved to the Toronto suburb of Markham only two years ago, but we still love heading down to the city (only 20 minutes away) to enjoy everything it has to offer, from the museums and major landmarks to the up-and-coming restaurants.

Toronto is the perfect getaway destination for urban-minded couples like us who love to explore cities. Being such a vibrant and diverse place, Downtown Toronto is where everyone goes to experience the liveliness, explore the streets, and discover new shops.

Will and I recently ventured downtown for a weekend getaway to visit two popular Toronto landmarks – Kensington Market and the Toronto Islands.

Kensington Market
Located beside Chinatown, Kensington Market is one of Toronto’s most diverse neighbourhoods, packed full of vintage shops, restaurants, and indie cafés. Our first stop was FIKA Café, where we grabbed some lemonade and a quick bite.

From the fruit stands to the amazing street art, there’s something different at every corner of Kensington Market. For those who visit during the summer, the last Sunday of each month is known as Pedestrian Sunday, where the streets are blocked from cars and shoppers can browse freely.





Toronto Islands
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After Kensington Market, we decided to do something a little more active and hopped on a short ferry ride to Centre Island. We rented a 2-seat quadricycle to explore both Centre Island and Ward’s Island.

There’s something for everyone on the Toronto Islands. You’ll find beaches, an amusement park, swimming areas for kids, tons of greenery, a small farm, and a lot more. Because of the variety of activities, this is the perfect place to visit with your family, friends, or significant other.

Growing up, this water log ride was one of my favourites at Centreville.

On our final stop with the quadricycle, we admired the beautiful Toronto skyline on Ward’s Island. A lot of other cyclists and visitors also stopped by this area (by the ferry dock) to take photos of the view.

This action-packed weekend was perfect for me and Will. We rediscovered a lot of things we grew up with in Toronto and it brought back memories of school trips and family outings for us. If you’re visiting Toronto for the first time, feel free to use our agenda for a weekend you won’t forget. : ) 

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