Toronto is all about the neighbourhoods. The “sites” aren’t necessarily numerous (although I highly recommend both the museum and the aquarium if you need a couple indoor/family activity type stops).

1. Waterfront/Islands: Walk along the waterfront from the Music Garden to the ferry terminal and take the ferry to the Toronto Islands ($7 return, 15 min - can go to either end of the islands or the middle). Walk around, rent bikes, bring a picnic or eat overpriced pizza.

2. Chinatown/Kensington Market: Start at Spadina and Queen and walk north through Chinatown, stop in some shops, grab lunch or snacks. Then wind your way back down Augusta, through Kensington Market, an area that’s actively fighting gentrification, where the weird and wonderful of Toronto thrive.

3. Queen West/Roncesvalles: Queen West is known as hipster central, but still retains glimpses of its old, seedy reputation. If little boutiques, cafes, restaurants etc are your jam then start at Queen and Bathurst and walk west, stop at Graffiti Alley to get your new facebook cover photo or instagram pic. Depending on your stamina you can walk all the way to Roncesvalles Ave, which has more little shops.

4. Pride/The Village: Church St is worth a stop any time - especially Glad Day Bookshop which is the world’s oldest LGBT bookstore and often hosts poetry readings, drag nights, book launches etc. But the area is especially fun if you come during Pride month or weekend. Toronto has one of the biggest Pride celebrations in the world. There’s the main parade, but there’s also tons of other events, stalls, parties, performers - it’s a great time no matter what you’re looking for.