6 Reasons to Add Toronto to Your Bucket List

Everyone knows the term "bucket list" is used to describe a list of those things you want to do before you die. Such a list may include learning how to scuba dive, running with the bulls in Spain, playing the piano at Carnegie Hall, or traveling to different destinations around the world. And no bucket list would be complete without a visit to Canada's largest city, Toronto.

Toronto, located in the province of Ontario, is not only the largest city in Canada; it is also the fourth largest city in North America, having recently overtaken Chicago for the honor. It is a world-class, cultured city with plenty to see and do. Here are just six reasons why you should put a visit to Toronto on your bucket list:

See Niagara Falls from the Canadian Side  

One of the biggest reasons to visit the greater Toronto area is for the experience of seeing Niagara Falls from the Canadian side. Niagara Falls, Canada, is located approximately 129 kilometers south of Toronto—a bit over an hour's drive. Seeing Niagara Falls on your way from the American side of the border to the Canadian side will give you a different perspective of the famous landmark.

Visit the Saint Lawrence Market  

Toronto is home to the Saint Lawrence Farmer's Market, ranked the best market and food emporium by National Geographic magazine. First opened in 1803 in a space shared with Toronto's city hall, the market was revitalized in the 1970s and again in the 1990s in response to urban renewal efforts in the area. The market features over 120 individual retailers that sell a wide range of products. Although market days are on Saturdays, the space features a gallery space for displays by local artists and artisans.

Toronto Neighborhood of Leslieville  

Leslieville is an up and coming hip area in Toronto that offers plenty to see and do while visiting. A foodie's delight, the neighborhood is home to many eclectic and specialty restaurants and eateries. You can take a walking tour of this historic neighborhood, grab a local craft brew, or head to the nightlife district called the Junction.

A Place for Foodies  

If you are a serious foodie, Toronto is the place to go for excellent cuisine and variety. The city is home to over 1,300 restaurants, so there is a place for every taste imaginable. While in Toronto, be sure to order the local delight: poutine, French fries drenched in gravy and cheese curds.

The Toronto Islands  

While visiting Toronto, hop on a ferry that takes you on a ten-minute journey from the main metropolitan area to a serene, tranquil setting known as the Toronto Islands. Here you will be able to relax on the beach, take a stroll down the tree-lined paths, and visit the marina. You can also take a bike tour of the island and view its beautiful cottages.

Carnival in Toronto

Toronto is home to several world-class festivals and celebrations. Pride Toronto is held at the end of every June; Caribana Toronto, held during the first week of August, features the Caribbean influences in the city; OVO Fest is sponsored by renowned rapper and Toronto native Drake and is also held in August; and the famous Toronto International Film Festival is held in September.

This article is written by Oscar Howard.  Oscar is happy to share his travel experience though the art of blogging. If you love Toronto and are looking to put down roots, check out http://torontosuites.com/ for a great place to live.