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The Local Lowdown | Charlotte on Toronto

The beautiful Charlotte O’Hara, 25, was born and raised in the heart of Toronto. O’Hara has called the Ontario city her home for most of her life, except during her university years in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and her time abroad in Belgium and France.

The Toronto native finds her joy in the top 10 spots listed below spent with family and friends. O’Hara, an active runner and yogi, also enjoys amateur investing and traveling when she has the time.

And to everyone planning on visiting her gorgeous city, O’Hara reminds you that they “are so much more than just Rob Ford Nation.” Despite the scandals on the local Mayor, the city is in top shape to explore and there’s so much to enjoy.

So, pack your bags, book your Porter flight to the City Centre Islands and go and explore Canada’s hot-spot (when the ice storms and blizzards aren’t plaguing the locals) called Toronto.

Charlotte’s top 10 favorite spots in Toronto –

1. Kensington Market: Go there and spend some time strolling up and down the streets. Kensington Market is a neighborhood, not an actual market. Grab tacos from Seven Lives, they are cheap and delicious! Word of the wise: there isn’t a lot of seating in the restaurant so your best bet would be to get the tacos to go and eat on the curb or find a bench somewhere.

2. Distillery District is fun any time of the year. In the winter they have the Toronto Christmas Market and in the summer time, there are a ton of patios to choose from. A few of my favs are El Catrin Destileria and Mill Street Brewery. 

photo by: markfile.com

3. Toronto Island during the summer is heaps of fun! I love taking the ferry over for the day. You can rent bikes, chill in the park or on one of the many beaches. There are beautiful views of the Toronto city skyline or looking out into Lake Ontario.

photo by: boatingontario.ca

4. Blue Jays games are hands down one of my favorite things to do during the summer! The home opener is beyond rowdy fun but during the rest of the season the games are just as good. Thursday / Friday night games have excited crowds who want to have a party whereas the Saturday / Sunday afternoon games are super relaxing.

5. Art Gallery of Ontario has beautiful permanent and rotating collections and gorgeous architecture. Note: Wednesday nights have extended hours and it’s free to visit after 6pm!!

6. West Queen West: Take a walk along this strip that extends from Bathurst to the East and Dufferin to the West. There are tons of trendy shops and restaurants – too many to count! You can easily spend the entire afternoon drifting in and out of the boutiques.

photo by: http://www.davidkaufmanphotography.com

7. Trinity Bellwoods ParkIt’s a great spot to people watch all afternoon. Lots of people day drink, but in the past year or so the cops have started cracking down, so now it’s a bit more discreet. There’s also a dog bowl in the center of the park, so it’s fun to hang out around that in the sun. You can always find people slacklining, too!!

8. World Class Markets: The most famous one is probably St. Lawrence, but the Evergreen Brickworks and Wychwood Barns are also super popular.

9. Yorkville patios: Spend an evening in one of the patios in Yorkville for some great people (and pup!) watching. A few of my favorites are: The Pilot House, Hemingway’s and Bedford Academy for nachos.

photo by: http://www.loulou.to

10. Shakespeare in High Park: One of my favorite ways to spend a summer evening, the shows are always wonderfully done and you can’t beat a picnic and live theater as the sun goes down on a hot summer night.

photo by: http://www.seetorontonow.com

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