Canada, you’re like the guy who’s always been there, always waiting for their chance to show me how amazing you are. I’ve traveled to so many places, lived in Chicago my whole life, a place that is so close to you and somehow never made it a point to visit you. I’m sorrey and ashamed that 43 countries later I finally saw why everyone raves about you, especially your locals. This Canada nice for Latina travelers guide shows how much I loved everything about my time in Canada. Montreal looks and feels like I’m back in Europe and Toronto,gives me Chicago vibes. The best of both places I love, wrapped into one country, Canada!
Canadians are the main reason why Canada was a must stop during my Girl Takes Mundo Latina sabbatica and who better to show me their city, than a local.
- In Montreal, Elise, who I met in Montenegro took me on the tastiest tour of Montreal while exploring the diverse and eclectic neighborhoods.
- In Toronto, my awesome host was Neil, who I met in Prague. He managed to make me feel like a VIP at every place we went.
Canada Nice For Latina Travelers Table Of Contents
Plan Your Canada Nice For Latina Travelers Visit
Toronto and Montreal: Travel Tips
|Money Accepted:||Credit cards are accepted in most places that you won’t need to carry cash.|
|Safety In Canada:||As a Latina female traveler from a big city, I felt comfortable exploring both Toronto and Montreal on my own both day and night.|
|Friendly To Tourists/Latinas:||One thing I’ve picked up while traveling is that “Canada Nice” is a real thing. Canadians are super friendly both in Canada and while traveling themselves.|
|Length Of Stay:||From my Latina travels to both Toronto and Montreal, I would say 4-5 days will allow you to leisurly explore each city.|
Ways To Get Around Toronto and Montreal
|Fly||Check out cheap flights using Skyscanner – It’s the most popular and trustworthy travel companion in the biz for a reason.|
|Train/Bus||I booked buses using Omio and they were very reliable and affordable when traveling between each city.|
|Car Rental||Depending on the number in your group and what else you plan to see, renting a car may be a cheaper option. Book your car rental.|
|Car Share||Uber operates in both Toronto and Montreal with plenty of drivers.|
Toronto Sights & Activities Not To Miss
|– Art Galary of Ontario – Also known as “AGO” by locals. Not only will the art impress you but the architecture itself will really blow you away.|
– Distillery District – A great way to visit this hip area if by including a visit to Steam Whistle Brewery via a tour. (beers included) For a full Toronto tour paired with brewery stops, Toronto Breweries Walking Tour is for you!
– CN Tower – The tallest tower in Canada with 360 views of the city.
– Osington neighborhood – Trendy and cool area for a night out.
– Explore the fashion district in Queen Street West
– Canadian National Exhibit – This was a seasonal exhibit but if you are lucky to catch this you are in luck. 18 days of various events, carnival and exhibits that highlight Canada.
– Nature walk at Cliffs in Scarborough
– St. Lawrence Market – Eat and shop away during a visit to the longest running market in this iconic building. Are you a foodie like I am, do this Toronto Walking Food Tour to see the sights as you taste your way through the city.
– Stroll around Kensington Market to see first hand how diverse and multicultural Toronto is. This is a wonderful neighborhood to enjoy lunch from one of the many family run restaurants.
– Take a break from sightseeing to relax at Trinity Bellwoods Park
– Experience a night out in The Village, Toronto’s LGBTQ neighborhood.
Toronto Eats & Drinks
|Tim Thorntons – A national icon and somewhat of an institution. Grab their famous Tim bits for a tasty snack.|
El Catrin – Located in the Distillery District, is perfect for dinner and drinks.
Bobbie Sue Mac + Cheese – Lunch time must. No surprise here, you visit for their Mac and cheese selection.
Messini Authentic Gyros – A little outside of the city in Danfourth but it’s highly rated and I couldn’t agree more especially after trying their Greek fries.
Trattoria Nervosa – Head here for delicious Italian cuisine.
Montreal Sights & Activities Not To Miss
|– Walk around Le Plateau neighborhood and check out the cool street art. |
– Explore the Mile-end neighborhood – Full of shops, cafes and quaint homes in this multicultural hub.
– Old Montreal – To see the historic area of the city, then head here and feel like you have been transported to Paris. Hop on a scooter and see this area with this Montreal scooter tour.
– Habitat 67 – Just outside of the city center is this cool residential complex worth checking out for those who enjoy funky architecture. I found it grand and worth the trip.
– Check out Le Village on Main Street – This is the largest LGBTQ neighborhood in North America and offers tons of night life options.
– Cruise along the Lachine Canal on an exclusive Electric Boat Tour
– Hike Mont Royal, Montreal’s largest greenspace and check out the cross on the top for great views of the city.
– Grab a bloody mary at a bar. (Bloody’s are a thing in Canada)
– Dance the night away in Le Petite Patrie.
– Check out the nightly events in the gardens of Gardins Gamelin.
– Don’t miss a visit to the lively boardwalk of Village Au Pied du Courant
Montreal Eats & Drinks
|McAuslan Brewery – Enjoy a drink in their outdoor patio area.|
Santropol Café – Quint outdoor garden cafe that is a wonderful option for lunch.
St. Viature Bagel – Best bagels in the city, hands down! Learn to cook these yourself with this Montreal Bagel Making Workshop.
Crew Collective Cafe – Cool co-working space near old Montreal. A nice spot for coffee or lunch.
La Banquis – Poutin heaven and also the best in the city with a variety of topping selections. I went for the classic.
Maison Indian Curry – BYOB curry house offering delicious Indian cuisine that showcases the diversity of food available in Montreal but Canada as a whole.
Tip: Purchase a seven day public transportation pass in Montreal. The best way to cover the city.
Final Note Canada
Being oot and aboot in a city and seeing it from the eyes of a local is hands down the best way to dive into a city. No guide book, google search or tour can show you a city quite how a local can so I know that my experience in Canada was extra special thanks to the awesome thanks to Elise, Mitch and Neil. Thank you for the sights, tastes and memories aye!
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