Toronto named seventh-best city to visit by the New York Times

TORONTO -- Travellers hoping to take a break from the Big Apple are being offered a Canadian alternative -- the Big Smoke.

See Full Article

The New York Times has named Toronto as number seven on its list of 52 places to visit in 2016.

The newspaper touts the T-dot as Canada's "premier city," eclipsing the likes of Vancouver and Montreal.

The Times extols the virtues of Toronto's recently redeveloped waterfront and the revitalization of former industrial neighbourhoods such as the Junction as reasons to visit.

The article praises Toronto for its cultural diversity and mention's the fact that it plays host to major sports events and the annual Toronto International Film Festival.

What the article failed to mention is the potential cost savings to American travellers at a time when the Canadian dollar is valued at just 71 cents U.S.

"Canada's largest city is ready for its close-up," The Times article states, adding that a newly opened express train linking the city's downtown core with Pearson International Airport is yet another incentive to put the city on the travel itinerary.

Social media buzzed with Torontonians revelling in the recognition.

"#Toronto is number 7 on the @nytimes list of 52 places to visit in 2016," wrote one user. "Reconfirms how #awesome Toronto really is!"

At least one traveller appeared to have been sold on the newspaper's pitch.

"Toronto is such an amazing city. I am really considering that one. Especially in July. Weather will be great," tweeted a prospective visitor.

Others struck a more skeptical tone.

"I think Toronto is wonderful but the seventh-best place in the world for a tourist might be pushing it.

"Benefit of a low $ -- U.S. will love us again," quipped another.

Toronto placed ahead of such major tourist destinations as the Irish capital of Dublin, Washington, D.C., Barcelona, Spain and Sydney, Australia.

Leading the New York Times' list were top-ranked Mexico City, Bordeaux, France and the small Mediterranean country of Malta.

One other Canadian destination got recognition from the Times: British Columbia's Southern Gulf Islands placed at number 50 on the list.



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • Trump focuses on first responders after Florida shooting

    World News CTV News
    POMPANO BEACH, Fla. -- U.S. President Donald Trump has made a grim trip to a Florida community reeling from a deadly school shooting, meeting privately with victims and cheering the heroics of first responders. But he extended few public words of consolation to those in deep mourning, nor did Trump address the debate over gun violence that has raged since a 19-year-old gunman killed 17 and injured 14 others. Source
  • 'The pilot called mayday': Tailpipe flames force plane to return to Saskatoon airport

    Canada News CBC News
    A fire on an Air Canada Express plane forced an emergency landing at the Saskatoon airport on Saturday. Teri Udle of Jazz Aviation said in a statement that shortly after takeoff from Saskatoon at about 11:20 a.m. Source
  • Israel slams Polish PM for WWII 'Jewish perpetrators' remark

    World News CTV News
    JERUSALEM -- Israeli politicians accused Poland's prime minister of anti-Semitism Saturday for equating the Polish perpetrators in the Holocaust to its supposed "Jewish perpetrators," setting off a new chapter in an angry dispute over Poland's new bill criminalizing the mention of Polish complicity in the Nazi-led genocide. Source
  • Joe Biden, in public and private, tiptoes toward a 2020 run

    World News CTV News
    WASHINGTON -- Former U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden is tiptoeing toward a potential run in 2020, even broaching the possibility during a recent gathering of longtime foreign policy aides. Huddled in his newly opened office steps from the U.S. Source
  • Angry students protest gun control after Florida school shooting

    World News CTV News
    PARKLAND, Fla. -- Thousands of angry students, parents and residents demanded stricter gun control laws Saturday as new details were revealed about the suspect accused of shooting and killed 17 people in a Florida high school. Source
  • Vancouver artist's cartoon of Florida school shooting resonates

    Canada News CTV News
    VANCOUVER -- A Vancouver illustrator says she's overwhelmed by the social media response to her cartoon depicting the victim of the recent school shooting in Florida. Pia Guerra's "Hero's Welcome" shows a young girl leading football coach Aaron Feis by the hand to meet a crowd of other people killed in school shootings. Source
  • UKIP leader sacked over fallout from girlfriend's racist Markle texts

    World News CTV News
    LONDON -- The troubled U.K. Independence Party ousted its leader Saturday after a scandal over racist text messages sent by his girlfriend, leaving the future of the right-wing party that played a key role in Brexit once more uncertain. Source
  • Adding Indigenous name to controversial PEI site an 'insult': Mi'kmaq leader

    Canada News CTV News
    CHARLOTTETOWN -- A member of the Mi'kmaq Nation traditional government says adding an Indigenous name to a Prince Edward Island historic site that bears the name of a controversial British general is a "grave insult" to his people. Source
  • Manitoba mother speaks out after she was sent video of daughter’s beating

    Canada News CTV News
    Police are investigating an assault on a 10-year-old girl on a Manitoba First Nation after video of the attack was sent to her mother. Amber Hardisty said the video, sent by a friend of her daughter Nevaeh, showed the child being punched, pushed and kicked. Source
  • Public health officials warn of possible measles exposure on Air Canada flight

    Canada News CBC News
    Public health officials west of Toronto say they've confirmed a case of the measles in a baby who returned home on a flight from Switzerland. Peel Public Health says the infant from Brampton, Ont., was on a Feb. Source