Exploring Muslim-friendly Toronto and Canada, in general, is a must in my opinion for every Muslim traveler.
Whether you are in a mood to explore the nature or historical sites or maybe a stroll through the most dynamic districts, Toronto has no shortage of places to visit and things to do.
This multiculturally diverse city is vibrant and easy to navigate. Every visit will give you a new reason to fall in love with the city; it could be witnessing the different seasons painting the city a disparate colours every time, or a new adventure that’ll give you an adrenaline rush.
With plenty of Muslim friendly and halal food restaurants in Toronto and mosques for prayers at easy reach, Canada is a great addition to breathtaking getaways around the world for Muslim travellers and families. Here are some tips and ideas to get you started with your travel planning to Toronto. By the end of this article, you’ll be convinced that Toronto is a Muslim friendly destination.
The Best Time to Visit Toronto
If you are looking at exploring the city and witnessing the street life come alive, I’d suggest you visit Toronto anywhere between the end of April to mid-October. You’ll witness the city switching through the spectacular colours during three climates: spring, summer, and autumn.
If you’d love to be a part of the festivity, lights, and experience snow then anywhere between November to March is a great time to visit the city. Just keep in mind that temperatures are very low and if you don’t like the cold, you should visit during the spring. I went in March and it was still zero Celsius.
Getting Around in Toronto
I loved driving around Canada and definitely found it easy to navigate, so highly recommend it if you want to explore the country. However, planning to get around the city through the bustling everyday traffic in Toronto may not be the best idea to use your time effectively. Although having a car gives you the freedom to get anywhere you’d like without depending on the set schedules, it is also an expensive and time-consuming affair.
Parking during business hours is mostly paid and could potentially rip your travel budget off. Explore the city on your own using the Go trains, TTC subways, bus service, and streetcars. They pretty much help you get to most iconic landmarks and stops in Toronto and even outside Toronto if you don’t want the hassle of a car.
The other option is to keep the rental car in the parking for a few days while you are exploring Toronto before you move onwards. It was definitely an option I was contemplating.
The two official languages here are English and French. This city is all about diversity and welcoming all different nationalities under one roof, hence you’ll find Arabic, Chinese, Italian, Hindi, Tamil, Portuguese, and Spanish as common languages as well.
An approximate of CAD 100 a day is good enough for your holiday in Toronto. Breakfast for $15, Lunch $20 and dinner for $25, you could use the rest on picking up souvenirs for friends and family back home.
5 Muslim-Friendly Places To Visit
It’s impossible to visit Toronto and miss the CN Tower which was once the world’s tallest tower.
Don’t miss out on the eighth wonder of the world when you get a chance to. Just about a two-hour drive from Toronto, Niagara Falls is a spectacular site that’ll help you create a month-long content for Instagram.
Also, there are many halal food restaurants in Niagra falls so you won’t go hungry either. Just check them below.
Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada
Experience Canada’s largest indoor aquarium with over 16,000 aquatic species and entertaining live shows. Every minute here teaches you something new about undersea life.
They are also on Groupon so you can find a good offer on entrance fees here.
Discover Toronto’s majestic castle with a secret passageway, gothic towers, and huge lands of gardens.
Casa Loma is a legendary house with loads of history hidden between the walls.
Royal Ontario Museums
Toronto has many museums, but the Royal Ontario Museum is highly recommended amongst all of them.
From ancient dinosaurs to African art to natural history, the Royal Ontario Museum is Canada’s largest and has an enormous collection of cultural and historical items.
You can find opening hours and more information here.