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Toronto, Canada, Photo Tour: Downtown Neighborhoods

Also see: Toronto Architecture | Castle Loma | Toronto Night | Caribana Festival | Niagara Falls

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The St. Lawrence Market is one of the best markets in the world. The North Farmers Market is open only on Saturdays with a huge variety of farm-fresh items. The South Market is open everyday except Sunday and Monday with 100+ specialty merchants and vendors. It's a great place for breakfast (love the "breakfast on a bun" with peameal bacon) or lunch. The South Market building was built in 1844 as Toronto's second City Hall.

Toronto has some very interesting public art to enjoy as you walk. There are many walking tours, guided or self-guided. Download maps for Heritage Walking Tour Maps and Discovery Walks.
Adjacent to Kensington is the largest of seven Chinatowns in Toronto.

One of the many "funky" shops of the Kensington Market area.

Ontario Legislative Building
The Ontario Legislative Building (1892) is the seat of Provincial government. It's in the beautiful setting of Queen's Park by the campus of the University of Toronto.
Cathedral Church of St James, Toronto
Cathedral Church of St James, Toronto
The Cathedral Church of St James in Toronto is the oldest congregation in the city. Established in 1797, the current structure was completed in 1844 and was one of the largest buildings in the city. The church is listed as an Ontario Heritage Property and a National Historic Site and is the episcopal seat of the Anglican Church of Canada's Diocese of Toronto. At 305 feet (92.9 m), the cathedral's spire makes it the second tallest church in Canada, after Saint Joseph's Oratory in Montreal. It's open daily.

One of the shops at the Distillery.

My favorite place for lunch downtown is the Richtree Market in the Galleria of BCE Place. This "upscale cafeteria" has something for everyone.

View from the Toronto Islands. Take a short ferry ride from downtown Toronto. Centre Island has amusements and boat/bike rentals. No cars are allowed on the island. Take a stroll on the 1.5 mile boardwalk. Clothing-optional beaches are at Hanlan's Point.

Even billboard advertising is artful in Toronto.

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