Ryerson students are lucky enough to go to school in one of the most vibrant and lively cities in the world. Unfortunately, between homework, studying, and commuting, we don’t always have time to fully appreciate it. It’s important to also take time out of the day, week or month check out the city. Here are seven things you could do to treat yourself, right here in Toronto!
1. Go to the AGO
Just a 20 minute walk from Ryerson campus, the AGO is one of the most interesting spots in the city. Try going on a Wednesday night; admission into the gallery is free!
2. Go to the ROM
You don’t have to be a history buff to enjoy the ROM, and the good news is that it’s free for post-secondary students on Tuesday. Learning CAN be fun—especially when dinosaurs are involved.
3. Check out Centre Island
One of the prettiest views of Toronto is from across the water at Centre Island. Take the ferry across and spend a day on the beach. You can even explore the island on a four-person bike, which can either make or break friendships (I speak from personal experience).
4. Stop to smell the flowers at Allen Gardens
Just steps away from Ryerson campus, Allen Gardens is one of the prettiest spots in Toronto. In the middle of concrete and high rises, their green space is incredibly refreshing. Not to mention there’s also a dog park. And best of all, it’s free!
5. Grab dessert on Queen Street West
If you have a sweet tooth, Queen Street West is the place for you. There are so many options for dessert, from Café Crepe, to Cacao 70, to Niche Coffee and Tea—you could try a different place every time or, if you’re really daring, try them all in one go.
6. Take a walk at High Park
Now that the weather is nice out and everything is beginning to bloom, High Park is perfect for an afternoon walk.
7. Explore Kensington Market
Kensington is home to unique shops and food, and there’s a little something for every one. This diverse neighbourhood is definitely a must-see in Toronto; you could get lost there for the better part of the day and still feel like you haven’t seen it all.