We look forward to welcoming you to Toronto for the International Society for Psychotherapy Research’s 48th Annual Conference. The conference will be held at the University of Toronto’s Victoria College. This is the site of one of Toronto’s oldest Universities – a lovely campus consisting of a mix of modern and old Victorian buildings around a verdant and shady quadrangle. The campus is situated downtown Toronto, a block south of an upscale luxury shopping district, and close to restaurants that will satisfy the most epicurean of tastes, art galleries and museums.
Sitting on the edge of Lake Ontario, Toronto is a lovely place to visit in the summer. Temperatures in June are usually in the high 20s – low 30s with bright blue skies and balmy winds. Toronto is one of the most cosmopolitan and diverse cities in the world. It is home to people from North and South America, Western and Eastern Europe, the Caribbean, Africa, as well as South, Central and East Asia. The diversity of the population is most evident in the variety of cuisines and restaurants throughout the city as well as the rich and eclectic music scene, visual and fine arts and the number of languages spoken.
Starting to think about coming to Toronto for SPR 48th International Annual Meeting? Here’s a list of things to do in and around Toronto to make the most of your trip
10 Things to do in Toronto
- CN Tower
Being Toronto’s tallest and most defining landmarks, the CN Tower is a major tourist destination where visitors can enjoy a spectacular view of the city, dine at the 360 Revolving Restaurant, and shop at the base of the tower for Canadian souvenirs.
- Royal Ontario Museum
The Royal Ontario Museum is one of the largest museums in North America, with galleries related to art, natural history and world culture.
- Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada
Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is a world class aquarium that shows marine and freshwater habitats and 16,000 aquatic animals from around the world, with nine diverse galleries, including a walk-through tank.
- Kensington Market
Kensington Market is one of Toronto’s most unique neighbourhoods which is packed with an eclectic mix of vintage clothing stores, restaurants, and coffee shops.
Toronto’s Chinatown offers a buzzing atmosphere with a wide variety of authentic Chinese, Thai, Japanese, and Vietnamese restaurants, and a unique shopping experience for East Asian food and goods, spilling onto the sidewalk.
- Ferry ride to Toronto Island
A ferry ride to Centre Island located in Lake Ontario, is a great way to escape the downtown with a view of Lake Ontario on one side, and the Toronto skyline on the other side. Once off the ferry, Centre Island offers beautiful beaches, and other tourist attractions.
- Yonge-Dundas Square Toronto
Yonge-Dundas Square is a bustling outdoor public space which is great for people watching, enjoying live-events, eating at restaurants nearby, and shopping next door at Toronto’s landmark mall, Toronto’s Eaton Centre.
- Casa Loma
Casa Loma is a historical attraction with a grand 18th-century castle, gardens and regular tours that are open seasonally.
- Art Gallery of Ontario
With a collection of more than 90,000 works of art, the Art Gallery of Ontario is among the most distinguished art museums in North America. In addition to its vast art collection, the AGO’s stunning architecture is a must see.
- St. Lawrence Market
Open since 1803, St. Lawrence Market is the city’s largest food market. It is home to meat and deli stands, cheese stores, produce shops and fish stands–all offering an abundance of everyday and gourmet foods.
But Wait! There’s More!
6 Things to do Near Toronto
- Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls is a vibrant tourist attraction which is about 2 hours away from Toronto. It features the famous waterfalls at the border between Canada and United States, Niagara Falls Butterfly Conservatory, Fallsview Casino, and a bustling city area with restaurants, and other tourist attractions.
Niagara-on-the-Lake is a small town located 25 minutes away from Niagara Falls, with a charming tourist area with shops, restaurants, and tours of wineries in the surrounding Niagara region.
- Canada’s Wonderland
Canada’s Wonderland is located in a suburb approximately 45 minutes from downtown Toronto. It is Canada’s largest amusement park with world-class roller coasters and rides.
- Toronto Botanical Garden
Located about 30 minutes from downtown Toronto, the Toronto Botanical Garden is a City of Toronto public park that features a variety of beautiful former estate gardens and a relaxing way to enjoy the outdoors. It includes 17 themed “city-sized gardens” and garden tours.
- Toronto Zoo
Toronto Zoo is located 30 minutes from downtown Toronto, and features over 5000 animals from various geographical regions of the world, walking trails, and other exhibits.
- Stratford Festival
The Stratford Festival is an internationally recognized annual repertory theatre festival running from April to October in the Canadian city of Stratford, Ontario. It is one of the most prominent arts festivals in Canada and is recognized worldwide for its productions of Shakespearean plays, as well as a wide variety of theatre from Greek tragedy to contemporary works.
Please visit the SPR website for additional information or to register for the conference:http://www.sprconference.com/
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