Beaches might not spring to mind when you first think of Toronto, but, being pinned to the shore of Lake Ontario, it’s got quite a few up its sleeve. Some of the best spots are on Toronto Island Park – a short ferry ride from the city’s harbour. Others are on the mainland, so they’re a top choice for a quick break from all the hustle and bustle.
Woodbine Beach is one of Toronto’s most popular summer chill-out spots. It’s easy to get to – there’s a bus stop five minutes’ walk away. The curvy sweep of soft sand’s backed by a wooden boardwalk and a smattering of trees. Plus, if you’re after a more active time by the water, there are volleyball courts on hand.
Gibraltar Beach, on Toronto Islands, has managed to keep itself hidden from most of the tourist crowds. It’s only a minute’s walk away from the Centre Island ferry, though, so you’ll have no trouble getting there. This long stretch of sand comes with a backing of big, shady trees, so it’s a great spot to kick back with a book.
The peameal bacon sandwich sits near the top of almost every list of must-try foods in Toronto. It’s a simple concoction, consisting of griddled bacon and a bun, designed to bring out the bacon’s salty, smoky flavour. Add a squirt of mustard for a tangy kick.
Bagels are a morning staple in Toronto, so you’ll find them in cafés and bakeries all-over. Opt for a classic Montreal-style bagel with cream cheese, or pick up a rainbow bagel for a colourful yet equally tasty snack.
This twist on a classic West Indian favourite is a big hit on Toronto’s street food scene. The simple flatbread comes stuffed with a choice of fillings, from spinach and potato to curries and paneer – soft Indian cheese.
You’ll find a lot of meat-based street food on offer in Toronto, and a smoked meat sandwich is one of the city’s most popular picks. Expect to be served a hefty helping of succulent, thinly sliced meat – often veal – wedged between two slices of soft bread along with a squeeze of mustard.
This signature Canadian cocktail’s a twist on the classic Bloody Mary – it’s made with clam-infused tomato juice, hot sauce, Worcester sauce and vodka. It usually comes in a big glass with ice, a lime wedge and a simple celery garnish. But in fancier bars, it’s not uncommon for it to come topped with the likes of lobster tails, bacon or fried chicken skewers.
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