First Class Experiences – Toronto with Paula

Paula, our National Sales Manager, has recently returned from a tip to Toronto with her husband Kev. As one of the most multicultural cities in the world, there are countless reasons to visit Toronto. Whether you’re visiting to try out the amazing foodie scene, heading to the funky local bars or exploring eclectic shops and attractions, there truly is something for everyone in Toronto and its surrounds. Read on to see why Paula has returned to this spectacular city and her wonderful experience.

1. How long did you go to Toronto for and what did you do whilst there?

We have just arrived home from a 3 night trip to Toronto, we flew direct from Manchester Airport with Air Canada. On arrival in Toronto, we took the UP Express from the airport straight to our hotel in Downtown. We had a lovely Thai meal and a few drinks close to the hotel in preparation for a busy few days ahead.

The next morning, Saturday, we headed on a day trip by rail to Niagara and Niagara-on-the-Lake, revisiting the place we got engaged back in 1993. It is the first time my husband Kev, has returned. We enjoyed the Niagara Ferris wheel on Clifton Hill and Journey Behind the Falls, before taking an Uber to Niagara-on-the-Lake where we relaxed and had a few cocktails in The Angel Inn, a browse in the picturesque boutiques and a beautiful lunch, before an Uber and rail back into Toronto. It is the first time I have done the train from Toronto to Niagara and would highly recommend. Back in Toronto, the city was busier than usual as the Toronto Blue Jays were in town. We enjoyed our evening meal and a few drinks at The Loose Moose.

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On Sunday, we did the Hop on/Hop off bus tour of Toronto – a must for any traveller in Toronto! We then stopped at the Distillery District to meet up with Kev’s Auntie, Uncle and Cousin, whom we haven’t seen for over 5 years. We had a long overdue catch up over a beautiful meal, local drinks and then continued in his cousin’s local neighbourhood, the eclectic Riverside District of Toronto. 

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Monday morning, we had a hosted breakfast at the Chelsea Hotel with other agents and had a mini tour and site inspection of some of the rooms and facilities. Afterwards we headed out shopping at The Eaton Centre and relished in some panoramic views of the skyline from the Toronto Islands Ferry. We had a late lunch at The Pie Shop on the Harbourfront area, before hopping back on the UP Express to the airport for our return Air Canada flight.

2. Have you ever travelled to Toronto before? If so, what differences have you noticed from the last time you visited?

Yes - I have been fortunate enough to travel to Toronto a couple of times. This time I have noticed it much busier, and the UP Express is fabulous. The Distillery District is much improved, and I loved St Lawrence market too.

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3. Is there an iconic moment/experience during your trip you would like to share?

Niagara Falls never disappoints and the Skyline from the Harbour Cruise is a must (only $9 and free return). 

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4. What were the things you like the most from Toronto?

The people are friendly, there is always a great vibe, the wide variety of food, vast array of museums and attractions on your doorstep.

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5. What tips would you give to someone who is visiting Toronto for the first time?

Hop on/Hop off bus tour is a must to get your bearings, prebook some nice restaurants as the Distillery District gets quite busy at the weekends. Also see if there is a baseball game on, book some tickets to see the Blue Jays if you can. 

6. Toronto is known for being one of the most popular cities of Canada, why do you think that is? 

Diverse culture and plenty of attractions, the amazing food and proximity to the infamous Niagara Falls.

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7. What kind of traveller would enjoy Toronto?

I would say there is something for everyone. Whether you are a family, a couple, a group of friends or honeymooners... From the EdgeWalk at The CN Tower to a relaxing boat cruise, there is something for everyone no matter your age or interests.

8. Is there anything else you would like to share with us? 

Toronto is the perfect stopover for Western Canada, with direct flights from Manchester, London & Edinburgh, I would recommend adding to your itinerary. With only 5 hours’ time difference, it is a great city break and they have excellent Christmas markets too.  A good alternative to a New York city break!

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9. Would you recommend Toronto?

YES 100%

Inspired to explore this amazing destination, request our brochure here. If this article has inspired you to visit Toronto, our team of expert advisors would be happy to personalise your perfect holiday, just call us on 0161 888 5632 or click here to explore more holidays with First Class Holidays.

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Posted on 11th October 2022


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