A Day in Toronto: Graffiti Alley & Around

Rush Lane, better known as Graffiti Alley, lies just south of Queen West and is filled with vibrant street art. Graffiti Alley can easily go unnoticed if you don’t pay attention or don’t know where to look. Much of it remains untouched, but there’s consistently some new artwork popping up so it’s always a surprise. This is one of Toronto’s most unique attractions, regardless of whether you are a local or a tourist, Graffiti alley has you covered. Here is a list of some places you have to check out while in the area. (Sneak Peak: Toronto’s Best Cookies are Minutes Away)

Toronto Music Garden: 

Toronto Music Garden lies on the edge of the city’s downtown waterfront and consists of beautiful landscapes and scenery. While mostly hidden from the view of busy Queens Quay by some trees and shrubbery, this park’s winding trails and maintained forests are easily missed for other public parks in the area. The park was designed by Julie Messervy and a team from Toronto’s Parks and Recreations Department to interpret Bach’s First Suite for unaccompanied cello. The visitors make their way through the 6 sections of the park ending at the Giant Grass Steps with a live performance. 

Trinity Bellwoods

Previously the site of Trinity College, this park covers 14.6 hectares on Queen Street West at Strachan Avenue. Located on the now buried Garrison Creek, the park includes three ball diamonds, eight tennis courts, two volleyball courts, an ice rink, an off-leash area for dogs, a picnic area. Parts of the park also get a great view of the Toronto skyline. The Views and the activities make this park a wonderful place to relax or break a sweat. 

CN Tower

Since 1973, Toronto has been in love with the CN Tower: Canada’s National Tower, a stunning engineering marvel, an award-winning dining and entertainment destination, and one of Toronto’s must-see attractions. Three observation levels are overlooking up to 160km, including the LookOut Level with the world-famous glass floor, and with floor-to-ceiling panoramic Windows Walls. there is also the Outdoor SkyTerrace and SkyPod for a little more exciting because of its higher Outdoor SkyTerrace. If you are looking for a heart-dropping feeling the CN tower offers the Edgewalk, the world’s highest outdoor walk on any building. You can also enjoy the illumination of the Tower each night between dusk and dawn.

 Le Gourmand (That’s Us!)

Le Gourmand near Queen and Spadina is known for offering some of the city’s best cookies and baked goods. The pastry case at Le Gourmand comes stocked with numerous delights like financiers, custard tarts, cookies, and croissants. It’s impossible to resist their cookies. The classic chocolate chips that melt when warm combine soft cookies and gooey chocolate in a mouth-watering mix. With plenty of seating and a wholesome vibe the Le Gourmand Cafe is a great place to hangout after a day of shopping on Queens Street or a visit to Graffiti Alley.

Eaton Center

There are few tourist attractions in Toronto that attract as many visitors as the Toronto Eaton Centre. Located in the heart of downtown, it has excellent transit access and attracts plenty of tourists. 330 shops and restaurants are located at the mall. An annual visitor count of 45,000,000. It’s the most popular tourist attraction in Toronto and one of the top shopping destinations in North America. Fiberglass Canada geese suspended from the mall’s ceiling is one of the most prominent features.

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