Toronto, the city, is totally, literally high -- an average of 251 feet above sea level. Located on the North shore of Lake Ontario, "T-Dot" is also high in population. The greater Toronto area is home to more than six million people, making it Canada's most crowded city and the fourth most populated city in North America meaning lots of cannabis enthusiasts!
By day, Toronto is known as one of the top international business centers. Home to high rises and bigshot office buildings. There's plenty of natural beauty too, and tourist attractions all around. By night, Toronto is a bustling metropolis with every kind of bar, cafe, club, and entertainment venue imaginable, for cannabis enthusiasts and teetotallers alike.
If you're planning a trip to the city and primarily looking for places to buy and enjoy marijuana in all its forms. Then keep reading, there's plenty to recommend.
Where to Stay in Toronto
Spacious Deluxe Apartment
‘Stay Hi’ on the private rooftop patio of this vacation rental.
Described as a "cannabis-friendly space with an enclosed backyard," this 1,000-square-foot apartment was designed by a local artist and features three bedrooms and two bathrooms decorated with painted murals. Outside, there's a 1,500-square-foot backyard and a 650-square-foot roof terrace with a spectacular view. Suitable for both social and corporate events, this high-end spot runs about $600 a night.
Weston Village Apartment with Weed Bar
If you're looking for a less expensive place and a less hectic pace, more along the lines of, say, a cannabis oasis, then roll up and relax in this modern one-bedroom apartment
, close to scenic nature hikes and features a weed bar. It goes for close to $175 Canadian a night.
There are lots of other accommodations to choose from. These vacation rentals
are cannabis-friendly and encourage smoking in and around the premises.
What to Do in Toronto
Located in the heart of Old Toronto -- where the city first began -- is Kensington Market
. An ultra-hip, bohemian neighborhood, the area is home to artists, writers, hipsters, indie rockers, purveyors of fine food and drink, and even antique hunters. Although Kensington Market is a popular district, the vibe is surprisingly chill. Colorful graffiti and street art murals fill your view as you enter. The neighborhood encompasses a square city block and includes boutique grocers, fancy cheese shops, gluten-free bakeries, and foreign cuisine. If you want vintage records or ultra-trendy bars, Kensington’s got those, too.
1873 Bloor St W, Toronto
photo by Laslovarga
Pounding the pavement isn’t everyone’s jam, and Toronto is much more than one, big concrete jungle in which to play. There are parks, too. A high park -- really! Within the depths of Toronto is High Park
, complete with a labyrinth, lush gardens, a nature center, waterpark, pool, tennis club, ski club, lake views, and a small zoo. There are even a few eateries around to fill your midday munchies. High Park
is easy to access by public transit, and the parking is sometimes convenient. It may sound like just another walk in the park, but stoners herd here to smoke -- just to say they did.
Not far from High Park, along the Lake Ontario shoreline, are the Toronto Islands
. Here, 15 islands link together to create one beautiful view. The Toronto Islands are a regional park and only accessible by foot or bicycle. There are bike rental companies on either side of the ferry. The other way to view the island is by water. Grab some canoes or kayaks from Harbourfront Canoe & Kayak Center
. The truly adventurous can rent stand-up paddleboards. Toronto Island SUP
begins rental service as of June 1. Toronto Island features several beaches and parks. To the north is the city skyline, to the south is big, blue Lake Ontario.
Niagara Falls: Think the view is impressive from the New York Side?
6650 Niagara Parkway, ON
photo by Jon Wiederhorn
Take the hour drive from Toronto to nearby Niagara Falls -- three giant waterfalls that straddle the 49th parallel between the province of Ontario and the state of New York. They're dazzling sober, so just imagine how wondrous they'll look and sound with THC coursing through your system. You might not want to spark up right in the park. Never mind the law, there are lots of kids and conservative parents milling around. Wander a little further off the beaten path and there's plenty to stimulate your endocannabinoid system. The local cannabis community has its metaphorical bong loaded with a fat bowl of activities. High Q Niagara
is an inclusive community-based group running cannabis-friendly events. Some of their popular activities include Puff and Pose, Puff and Paint, and Wim Hof cold water exposure. Check out the Niagara Weed & Wine Tours
290 Bremner Blvd
There is a strict no smoking policy inside the CN Tower, and you still get really high... high up that is. Toronto’s tallest building, stands 1,815 feet
above the street. After taking the elevator to the observation decks, visitors face their fears by gazing down at the city through the glass floors and windows. If your stomach still isn’t churning from this super-high view, the CN Tower’s famous 360-degree view revolving restaurant may do the trick. Or, try theEdgeWalk
, if you dare. It is the world’s highest full circle hands-free walk and the first of its kind in North America.
Lift & Co. Expo
Toronto Convention Centre
Running from May 12 to 15, the Lift & Co Expo is a celebration of how far Canada has come with cannabis legalization, culture, community, and more. Consumers, entrepreneurs, businesses, and pot novices are welcomed to the massive city center to proudly share what they love - weed. Held at the Toronto Convention Centre (North Building), Lift&Co. Expo
is Canada’s most known cannabis conference and trade show. Here you can expect to receive, “expert insights and education, as well as the ultimate in business-building networking and an expo floor showcasing hundreds of products, services and industry innovations.” Swing by and check out all the vendors, workshops, speakers, and product brands.
Kind Cannabis Week
(events at various locations)
Running from July 5 to July 8, 2022, Kind Cannabis Week
is a celebration of kindness, community and, yeah, cannabis. The event features: A Summer Fair
July 5 and 6 taking place over 275,000 square feet right along beautiful Lake Ontario. The Fair includes live music, carnival games, great food, and special beverages. On July 5 and 6, budtenders and retailers can attend Kind Gardens
From 11 a.m. to 4:20 p.m., Rebel Night Club will be rocking and exclusive attendees can enjoy a wake and bake, special speakers, a budtender Olympics, special prizes, and more. The Kind Invitational
golf tournament will take place July 7 at the Angus Glen Golf Club in Markham from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Brand experiences will be available at every hole of two courses. Proceeds benefit Athletes For Care.
Toronto dispensaries to hit
Currently, more than 1,000 dispensaries in the province of Ontario, Toronto alone, offers over 250 fully legit pot shops. You can purchase flower, hash, shatter, edibles, drinkables, topicals, and cartridges. So, get ready for lift-off.
Queen of Bud
for more information from our friends at Weedmaps.
Highly recommended Lounges and Tours in Toronto
Kelly's Green Lounge
-- erasing the stigma and educating about cannabis as their philosophy, our lounge is a unique cannabis space online and in the real world, offering weekly classes, workshops, or seminars including Friday rec nights with Cannabis & Comedy, Karaokee, Trivia, Live music, Poetry, Open Mic, Yoga-toke, Infusion classes, Craft classes, Nug swaps, and more.
Hot Box Lounge
-- connected the the Hotbox Shop dispensary, you can have your Ice Cream cake and eat it too.
The Planet Paradise
-- lounge offers a wide selection of vaporizer and glass products, along with other accessories to best suit your vaping needs. They also serve food, drink, and feature live entertainment. Those who wish to partake must purchase perk-enhanced memberships (daily is $10, monthly is $200, and yearly is $1,500). They also rent out space for parties and events.
Canadian Kush Tours
Not your average tour company, provides customized experiences for cultivated tastes. Their team picks up participants at the airport or their hotel and provides guided experiences, including grow room visits, personal cultivation instruction, and classes on cannabis extractions. Whether you're interested in flower, concentrates, edibles, or infused beverages, they've likely got what you're looking for.
- This event hospitality group offers Canada's first luxury mobile cannabis bar providing cannabis sommeliers, budtenders, consumption lounges, cannabis catering, and other services.
Nightlife is Back With a Vengeance
Rock 'n' roll all night (photo by Sebastian Ervin)
Now that nightclubs are reopening their doors, the after-dark scene is getting going once again. Toronto has hundreds of bars
, and those are just the ones you can count on Google. Traverse the streets while the bright lights of the night illuminate this hard city’s club district and you'll find an open invitation to party.
Toronto has always been a hotbed for live music, whatever your pleasure. There are marquee arena concerts, underground clubs, and dance floors aplenty. Electronic music fanatics flock to warehouse parties to dance the night away. Rock and Roll die-hards can raise the devil horns to their heart’s content with Rogers Arena back in action and booked for 2022. Do you favor jazz or country music? Yep, pretty much anything you can hear on Spotify is available in the six-one-four.
About the Writer
Now sharing her blunt views on cannabis with the written word, Haley first flowered into the
cannabis space through cultivation. Legalization has motivated her to write, grow and talk about
cannabis even more. Her science degree in geography and environmental studies brings clarity to her
interest in the wonders of the world.
Look for Haley Boulanger on LinkedIn and Instagram.