Unfortunately once you have stepped off the plane in Toronto there aren’t going to be very many cheap options for things to do. Toronto, the largest and most cosmopolitan city in Canada has prices as you would expect from a city of its stature – high. With that said however, there are options for doing a few free things in and around Toronto as a bit of necessary wallet relief. Be it walking around a hipster park or soaking in the rays on the beaches of Toronto here are a few of those options.
St Lawrence Market
Hailed as Canada’s number one food market a trip to these markets is a great way to watch Canadian commerce in motion without necessarily taking part yourself. Each day farmers brings in tonnes, and I’m not just using that as an expression, of produce to be bought and sold. For a little trivia on the markets, the pope once bought jam here and it has been listed as one of the world’s 25 best market places. If you happen to be in Toronto on a Sunday look across the street from the St Lawrence market for the weekly antique market put on by individual sellers. Wandering the aisles of varied antiques is a nice way to spend a bit of time without any cost – unless you see something you like.
Trinity Bellwoods Park
Down on money and you don’t want to eat or drink out? Simple, head to Toronto’s Trinity Bellwood Park. A great park in its own right with softball games on the outskirts, a dog bowl in the middle on the lip of what is affectionately called “hipster hill”, and countless blankets scattered across its periphery Trinity Park has one more surprise. Drinking – which is illegal in Canada in public – is tolerated here. So if you don’t want to spend money in Toronto’s bars consider taking some food and a few cold ones to this park. On a summers day the Trinity Bellwoods is one of Toronto’s best hangout spots and it’s not going to cost you an arm and a leg to be down here just the cost of a trip to the beer store.
Just north of the city along Lake Ontario is Centre Island; though the only way to get to the island is a ferry ride that will set you back a few dollars once you are there this is a full days worth of diversion. For the younger backpacker looking for relaxed fun amongst other young people a jaunt out to Ward Beach is suggested– one of the islands three distinct beaches. On Ward Beach, similar to Trinity Bellwoods Park, there is tolerance for drinking. If you’re mid trip, not having to pay the cost of beers in a bar, will be a welcome reprieve in particular anywhere near some of Toronto’s swanky and expensive watering holes. If during your day on Centre Island you are feeling adventuresome there is even a nude beach for you to check out and if you can scrape together a few coins an amusement park on the island as well. Each summer loads of concerts and different activities take place on the island.
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