How to Make the Most of Your Trip to Toronto When Travelling Alone
With beautiful landscapes, cultural diversity, and unlimited options for entertainment, food, and attractions, the bustling city of Toronto is such a pleasure to visit with friends, family, loved ones, or – solo!
Whether you’re on a business trip, you’re looking to recharge your batteries, get in touch with yourself, or just experience everything this incredible city has to offer, Toronto has no shortage of fun things to do for solo travellers.
To help you make the most out of your next visit, check out our guide to spending a weekend alone in Toronto.
Quick Facts About Toronto
Located in southern Ontario along the northwestern shore of Lake Ontario, Toronto, also known at The Six, TO, T-Dot, is not just a city but a sprawling metropolis and hub for arts, culture, entertainment, and business.
Toronto is the leading tourism destination in all of Canada, with over 43 million visitors every year. And with a population of over 6 million people residing in the Greater Toronto Area, Toronto is also the largest city in Canada and the fourth-largest city in North America.
The city core itself has just under 3 million people, with the remaining population scattered throughout the sprawling area known as the GTA.
But most people visiting the Toronto area stick to the actual city of Toronto, which is where you will find thousands of bars, restaurants, and of course incredible attractions like:
- The Royal Ontario Museum
- The CN Tower
- Art Gallery of Ontario
- High Park
- Dundas Square
- Casa Loma
- Ed Mirvish Theater
- Lawrence and Kensington Market
- Nathan Phillips Square
- Toronto Islands
- Evergreen Brickworks
- Allan Gardens Conservatory
- Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada
Why Toronto Is A Great Destination for Solo Travellers
When travelling solo, Toronto is a must-see destination, as there is so much to do and see that you will never get bored or run out of things to do.
Still on the fence about whether to visit Toronto by yourself? Here are a few more reasons to make Toronto your next vacation spot.
The City Is Easy to Navigate
When it comes to getting around without a car, Toronto is perhaps the easiest city to navigate. Since the city is laid out in a grid, exploring every neighbourhood and walking from one end to the other is incredibly easy to do without getting lost.
But of course, exploring the entire city on foot is not necessary, as Toronto’s easy to use subway system will get you anywhere you need to go in the city.
Considering the fact that Toronto is the largest city in Canada, it’s a common misconception that it is an unsafe place to live and visit. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth.
While Toronto does have a higher crime rate than most other Canadian cities due to its high population, it was actually ranked as one of the safest cities in the world back in 2019.
So, rather than fearing the big city, come see for yourself all the amazing attractions and warm hospitality to be found in Toronto.
Toronto is an incredibly welcoming city, as evidenced by its extraordinary amount of diversity and multiculturism.
More than half of all people residing in Toronto were born outside of Canada. And with so many multi-cultural neighbourhoods, you’ll feel right at home when visiting Toronto, no matter your ethnicity.
Unlimited Choices for Restaurants and Experiences
With over 7,500 restaurants and an unlimited number of attractions and experiences, you’ll have trouble narrowing down your itinerary and dinner plans when visiting Toronto.
No matter your culinary preferences, dietary restrictions, or favourite things to do, there truly is something for absolutely everyone.
Whether you eat a vegan or gluten-free diet, or just love a certain cuisine, or love shopping, are an art and history buff, or are really into craft beer, rest assured that Toronto has you covered.
Our Feature Restaurant: Moretti & Moretti Caffé at The SoHo Hotel
When it comes to accommodations, you’re in for a real treat in Toronto.
Travelling away from home shouldn’t mean settling for basic accommodations and feeling like you’re staying in a hotel.
With luxury boutique hotels like The SoHo Hotel and Residences conveniently located in the bustling Entertainment District, you can expect to be lavished with luxury accommodations, personalized service, and unparalleled amenities.
Things to Do When Visiting Toronto Solo
If we haven’t made it clear already, there is no shortage of things to do when visiting Toronto. Here are our top recommendations.
Just because you are travelling away from home doesn’t mean you have to give up your regular fitness routine.
When staying at The SoHo Hotel and Residences, you will have access to a fully-equipped fitness centre with training opportunities with the one and only Dalton Brown, along with a lap pool, and personal trainers, so you can still get a workout in and sweat all your troubles away.
Or, you can get your daily exercise by exploring the city on foot or going for a jog through the Entertainment District.
Travelling can be stressful, especially when flying solo. So, why not take a break from the hustle and bustle of the big city by taking time to relax and pamper yourself?
Whether it’s relaxing in The SoHo Hotel steam room or treating yourself to a spa treatment, self-care should always be a priority during your travels.
Mix and Mingle with Fellow Travellers
If you find yourself craving human interaction during your solo travels, head on down to Moretti Restaurant in The SoHo Hotel and Residences to indulge yourself in some amazing Italian food, cocktails, and good company.
Chances are, you’re not the only solo traveller, so why not take the opportunity to get to know your fellow travellers over a drink or dinner. Who knows, you could end up finding a travel buddy to check out some sights with on your trip.
Explore the Neighbourhood
If staying at The SoHo Hotel and Residences, you’ll be lucky enough to be right in the centre of one of Toronto’s most exciting neighbourhoods – the Entertainment District!
From traditional tourist hotspots like the CN Tower, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, CBC headquarters, and the Rogers Centre, to the hottest bars and restaurants, your options are endless when exploring this trendy neighbourhood on foot.
Or, you can hop on the subway and venture out into other parts of the city to:
- Experience the eclectic art and music scene on Queen Street West
- Shop for designer goods in Yorkville
- Go vintage shopping in Kensington Market
- Chill out and relax in the Beaches
- Grab some authentic Greek food in the Danforth
- Check out an outdoor market in the historic Distillery District
When visiting the exciting city of Toronto, the city truly is your oyster. So, no matter how you choose to spend your solo stay, remember that your trip is what you make of it, so be sure to take in everything this incredible city has to offer.
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