Neighborhoods of Toronto: Toronto Islands and Leslieville

Toronto Islands Sunset, ©Tania Liu/Flickr

Toronto Islands Sunset, ©Tania Liu/Flickr

As a major city of Canada, Toronto offers a wide variety of cultural experiences. All over the town you can find a many little pieces from all over the world. So if you want to experience different cultures you don’t need to travel far, just visit Toronto and walk through all its fascinating and unique neighborhoods.

Below you can read more about one of the hottest neighborhoods in town, called Leslieville and then travel a bit outside the city and visit Toronto Islands, which is only about 10 minutes away from the mainland by ferryboat. Discover Canada, explore Toronto!

Leslieville

The district of Leslieville is located near Don River and the Canadian National railway line. For several years the neighborhood of Leslieville was in competition for trendiest locations with Queen Street West and Little Italy. In some ways the contest is settled for the locals and many tourists prefer Leslieville. This lively neighborhood is a perfect location for shopping, dining out and having tons of fun.

Leslieville, ©Linda N./Flickr

Leslieville, ©Linda N./Flickr

Nightlife is buzzing in Leslieville! You can choose from several pubs, clubs and bars where you can spend the afternoon and the evening. Leslieville is important from historical point of view as well for it home to the Film District where you can find man shops selling vintage furniture. Hunt for ancient and vintage treasures and also visit the East Indian community where you can buy imported fabrics and silks while you listen to exotic music and smell exotic scents in the air.

Toronto Islands

As it was previously mentioned Toronto Islands are only 10 minutes away from the mainland. Just hop on a ferry boat and enter into a peaceful world dotted with old cottages and lovely picnic spots.

 

Toronto Skyline from the Toronto Islands Airport Ferry, ©elPadawan/Flickr

Toronto Skyline from the Toronto Islands Airport Ferry, ©elPadawan/Flickr

Toronto Islands is basically made up of three major ones, eight named islands and several others without a name. As there are no cars and traffic the landscape seems much more peaceful and leisurely. The islands have several fabulous beaches such as Hanlan’s Point Beach, Central Island Beach or Ward’s Island Beach. Visit the modern constructions and the cottages from the 20’s at Ward and Algonquin islands and the haunted lighthouse. The most popular of all the islands is Center Island with its maze, bike paths, a chapel and many other features.

Toronto Islands Sunset, ©Tania Liu/Flickr

Toronto Islands Sunset, ©Tania Liu/Flickr

Rent a bike and explore the picturesque island or visit the petting zoo or hop on a swan boat and circle around the lagoon.

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