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Torontonians need not leave the confines of their city for a bona fide March Break escape—they already have everything they need at their fingertips. Toronto has a well-deserved reputation for being a city of neighbourhoods, and even those who have already traversed those many districts extensively can be sure to find exciting changes upon returning.
Start your day in the 6ix with a tasty and cheerful brunch. East End explorers should head over to Lady Marmalade for one of its elaborate and filling creations, while the best in the West can be found either at Emma’s Country Kitchen uptown or at the downtown Saving Grace, which resides at the northern edge of Trinity Bellwoods Park.
From there you could take things in just about any direction. Landmarks like the CN Tower, City Hall, and Casa Loma are always neat for first-timers to take in, but Toronto days are best spent experiencing different pockets of the diverse city and hunting for hidden gems.
Journey to cultural hotspots and off-the-beaten-track neighbourhoods like the Distillery District, Kensington Market, Roncesvalles Village, the Junction, Leslieville, the Annex, and just about any ethnic district ending in -town or starting with Little (Greek, China, Italy, India, etc.). Hike through robust ravines like the Lower Don Valley, the Humber River, Taylor Creek, and—for anyone willing to make a slight trek—Scarborough’s gorgeous Rouge Valley. Try one of the city’s ever-growing unconventional entertainment options like the Rec Room arcade, AT Bubble Soccer, and archery tag at Archers Arena.
Kid-centric programming is easy to find in Toronto over March Break. TIFF’s Bell Lightbox Theatre hosts a DigiPlaySpace with interactive technology-based games and screens family-friendly films throughout the week. The Royal Ontario Museum, Art Gallery of Ontario, and Ontario Science Centre all make for enriching destinations that can more than occupy an entire day. Productions of The Secret Garden and Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat will be running at the Young People’s Theatre and Lower Ossington Theatre, respectively.