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5 hours in Toronto, Canada

During our USA road trip, we had 3 days to visit Niagara Falls and the surrounding area, so we decided to cross the border into Canada and spend one of those days in Toronto. It is a vast metropolis and one of the closest big Canadian cities to the Niagara Falls border. Lots of people commute to Toronto for work, so it is known for being very congested during rush hour. If you’re going to visit for the day, you have to pick your times wisely and avoid entering and exiting the city at certain times. Taking these precautions meant we only had 5 hours in the city, but being stuck in traffic for ages at a stand still is no fun so we were happy to avoid that. Albeit a short trip into the city, I really enjoyed exploring the centre and going up to the top of the CN Tower.

We arrived in Toronto at around 10am, despite setting off from Buffalo before 7am. Buffalo, NY is not far from Toronto at all, but we got stuck in some morning rush hour traffic, so it took slightly longer than expected to cover the 100-mile distance. When we arrived in Toronto, we parked near the CN Tower and headed out for a wander on foot. We had no plan for our time in the city, which was really nice and refreshing. I always plan activities and tourist attractions in advance when I’m travelling, so it was good to just visit where we fancied on the day.

Union Station

Our first stop was Union Station, which is very old and similar to Washington DC’s station of the same name and Grand Central Station in New York City. It was being refurbished when we visited, so we didn’t get to see it in its fully functioning state, but it was still a nice place to visit regardless.

St Lawrence Market

Next up was the St Lawrence Market, which is the ‘world’s best food market’ according to National Geographic. Visiting on a Monday meant that it was closed and we couldn’t go inside, but we got to at least appreciate the size of it and have a look at the exterior.

Church of St James, Nathan Phillips Square and the Toronto sign

Our next stops were the Church of St James and Nathan Phillips Square. The famous Toronto sign is located in the square and it is really popular with tourists, much like the sign in Boston.

The underground shops and restaurants

Next we visited PATH, which is the city’s underground shopping and restaurant district. Toronto experiences bitterly cold Winters and to encourage people to stay indoors and not freeze, an underground metropolis has been built which features all of the facilities locals and commuters need. People can cover vast distances in Toronto without going outside thanks to the PATH development.

We couldn’t believe how well planned out the underground city was; we were able to follow the walkways back to Union Station and not set foot outside once.

CN Tower

The last stop on our Toronto tour was the CN Tower. With magnificent views, the tower is one of the most popular attractions in the city. Going up to the top is not cheap ($36 CAD per adult), but if you book a table for lunch at the revolving 360 Restaurant, you’ll get to enjoy the tower view and a 2-course meal for not a huge amount more ($58 CAD per adult, which is only $22 more than the general admission price for the tower).

We had a late lunch at the CN Tower restaurant and it was absolutely delicious! Their vegetarian pasta was unique as well as tasty and the desserts were spectacular! I ordered salted caramel ice cream with an assortment of biscuits on the side.

After spending an hour or so at the restaurant, it was time for us to head back to the car and start the journey back to New York.

We had such a wonderful time in Toronto and I’d love to head back and visit for longer at some point in the future.

Have you ever been to Toronto?

Thanks for reading my blog today.

Love Kat xxxx



  1. Jordyn galan says:

    I have never been to Toronto! But now I want to! I'm amazed at everything you saw in only 5 hours!

  2. Glenny says:

    I live in Canada and I have YET to travel to Toronto!! The photos look amazing I'm glad you had a wonderful time!!! Did you also try poutine?

  3. I spent a good five days in Toronto and didn't feel like I'd had enough time there, I can't imagine how you felt having just been there five hours! I loved the city though, and these pictures have me aching to go back. I'm so glad you had a good time!

  4. Kat Last says:

    You should visit if you ever get the chance, it's a lovely city! Haha it was definitely a productive 5 hours of sightseeing. 🙂


  5. Kat Last says:

    Where in Canada are you from? 🙂 I'm travelling to Calgary & Banff in a couple of weeks.
    Thank you so much!
    I didn't, however I did just google what poutine is and I must try it on my next trip to Canada!


  6. Kat Last says:

    What was your favourite part of your Toronto trip? Haha it was a very manic 5 hours!

    Thanks Megan!


  7. Unknown says:

    My aunt lives in Toronto, in the hipster area off of Queen Street and I love the vibe there – very arty and foodie spots. CN Tower is also great, when I was there we also went to a shoe museum which was quirky and fun. Definitely think you may need more than 5hours to get to experience it all!

  8. Unknown says:

    Living in Buffalo, we visited Toronto a lot as kids. It's a fun city!

  9. Kat Last says:

    Oh that's so cool! 🙂 Thanks for the recommendations about other areas of the city to visit. I'm definitely going to have to plan a longer visit to Toronto at some point in the future!


  10. Kat Last says:

    Oh that's amazing, Toronto is so close to you! Did you visit the Falls much when you were growing up? 🙂


  11. Anonymous says:

    I'm from Toronto! I actually live close by to the CN Tower – glad you enjoyed our city!

  12. Kat Last says:

    Oh that's amazing! You live in such a fab place. What's your favourite thing about living in Toronto?


  13. Now on my bucket list to visit!

  14. Kel McK says:

    I'm really impressed by how much you managed to fit into such a short visit! I'd love to get to Toronto one day! x

  15. Megan Anne says:

    Such a fun way to spend only a few hours in a place that isn't home!

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