With the low dollar taking its toll on Canadian travel plans, planning a family getaway can be hard to fit into the budget this year.
But FlightHub also knows that with spring break coming up, getting the kids out of the house and escaping cabin fever is also a necessity. Queue in local travel and make your way towards Canada’s largest and most populous city, Toronto. FlightHub reviews all the ways in which your family can enjoy time together and away from home, without breaking the bank!
Where not to stay
Keep away from the Financial District; as the name suggests, this area is a commercial area dedicated to the thriving business sector in Toronto. With skyscrapers, mundane architectural buildings, and basically nothing that’ll keep your kid’s attention, try not to spend too much time here. Hotels in this area are also catering towards the business crowd meaning that prices and amenities may cater to working professionals rather than families.
Instead, look at areas near Dundas Square, Kensington Market, or Parkdale. Dundas Square is a perfect location for those seeking to be right in the middle of the action: the square is blocked off for pedestrian use only and faces the Eaton Centre, Toronto’s largest mall. Dundas Square is the main area where Toronto hosts many of its parties, festivals or awards. Depending on the season you’d think you were in the middle of Time Square in New York.
Kensington Market is a favourite for those looking beyond the beaten path and the proximity to the city centre via subway stations and street cars is desirable. Kensington Market is home to quirky shops, restaurants, and odds and ends. The market plays host to many cultural festivals throughout the year and there’s never really a dull moment to be had.
But of all the places to stay while in Toronto, West Queen West is definitely your go-to if you have older children. As the “cool” part of town, your pre and teen kids will love the funky and interesting shops, cafes, and hang around Trinity Bellwoods Park. For mom and dad, this area is filled with some of the best nightlife Toronto has, whether you want to steal yourself away for dinner or maybe some out-of-tune karaoke, West Queen West has something for you.
What to do?
Being a Canadian landmark, seeing the CN Tower is an absolute must. Make your way to the tower either by bus or subway, and grab the elevator all the way to the top. Measuring over 550m up in the air, test your nerves by braving the sky walk; a walking tour around the exterior of the tower, being tethered only by a single safety wire.
Visiting the Toronto Zoo is also a great way to spend some time with your kids while observing the diverse array of animals being kept at the zoo. Whether you want to visit the newborn panda bear cubs, or if you want to get involved with their conservation efforts, the Toronto zoo is a must-see while you’re in the city.
Looking for a show? Grab tickets and head to one of Toronto’s many different theatres, concert halls or preforming arts centres. Whether you’re looking to see ballets, musicals, or a comedy show, Toronto has something that your family is sure to enjoy.
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Have you visited Toronto? What do you like best about Canada’s biggest city?