We are pleased to present a new Solo Travel Destination Post from Emilie, a member of the Solo Travel Society on Facebook. Emilie is from Norway, and submitted the following report about Toronto. Do you have a solo travel destination that you would like to recommend? Submit your description here, along with a few photos, and share it with fellow travelers!
Solo travel rating: 1 (1 is easiest, 4 is most difficult. Please see chart below)
Languages spoken: English
Reasons to go: Toronto is Canada's largest city, and a truly multicultural one. Here you'll find everything from Chinatown to Little Italy, each district with their own influences on food, sights and culture. Don't limit yourself to North American food – experience the flavors of this exiting city! Try out Song Cook's for delicious Korean cuisine.
The best thing about Toronto is that it is safe and easy to explore. The Toronto Transit Commision (TTC) takes you from place to place by subway, streetcar or bus. Try jumping off at any stop that catches your interest and wander around for a while – the city has an amazing variety of exciting neighborhoods, and you won't get lost, as there will always be a subway station or streetcar stop not far away. Riding the many streetcars through the city is also a pleasant experience.
The city offers tons of things to do, no matter what your interests are. If you're into sport, it should be quite easy to get tickets to a baseball or ice hockey game. If shopping is your cup of tea, Toronto won't let you down, as it offers everything from big shopping centers such as the Eaton Centre, to fascinating markets like the well known Kensington Market. The latter will offer you everything from food shops to second hand clothing – make sure you stop by Courage My Love!
Other attractions in the city include the Royal Ontario Museum, the CN Tower with its amazing view and glass floor, and the Harbourfront with lots of galleries, cultural activities and festivals. It is also possible to catch a ferry to the Toronto Islands for a nice getaway from the bustling city.
As for places to stay, Toronto offers a wide range of hotels and hostels, from the Hilton to dorm rooms. The Canadiana Backpackers Inn is conveniently located in the entertainment district and offers free WiFi, kitchen, lounge room, and lots of possibilities for new friends.
Do visit Toronto and create your own adventure by exploring the city on foot and take in all the different cultural influences. You won't regret it.
Solo Travel Destination Rating System
Safety – 1 (1 very safe, 2 safe in most areas, 3 be cautious at all times.)
Language – 1 (1 English is first language, 2 English speakers easy to find, 3 English speakers rare)
Navigation – 1 (1 easy to navigate by transit or car, 2 poor transit, car necessary, 3 not easy to get around)
Culture – 1 (1 Similar to North America or Western Europe, 2 Different from above but relaxed and easy, 3 Challenging)
Average Rating – 1 (1 is easiest, 4 is most difficult)