Things to do in Toronto

Activities, attractions and tours
Casa Loma featuring heritage architecture, a castle and heritage elements

Toronto Attractions

Canada’s largest city, the thrumming multicultural metropolis of Toronto lies heavy on the shores of Lake Ontario. Often compared with New York City due to its intimidating skyline, eclectic neighbourhoods and burgeoning population of 2.5 million, Toronto has long been a tourist destination for Canadians and foreigners alike. It doesn’t matter if you’re backpacking, here with the family or on business, the city’s fantastic cuisine, festivals, boutique shopping and sightseeing attractions speak for themselves. Cool, sleek and fast-paced, one thing is guaranteed – you’ll never find yourself bored in Toronto.

Areas & Neighbourhoods in Toronto

Harbourfront and Corktown — Check out the TN Tower in the Harbourfront district. This is also where you’ll find the ferry to Toronto Island, where you can snap that quintessential shot of the Toronto skyline. Alternatively, amble east to Toronto’s historic Corktown to see the city’s oldest architecture, numerous galleries, the St. Lawrence Market and to quench your thirst in the Distillery District.

Entertainment District — For music, numerous live sport venues and performing arts of all kinds, Toronto’s Entertainment District should be at the top of your to-do list. Every September, Toronto plays host to the Toronto International Film Festival. And where’s the festival’s central hub? You guessed it – the Entertainment District.

Kensington Market — Kensington Market is one of Toronto’s oldest, most diverse and well-known neighbourhoods. Check out unique local graffiti, find all the best organic grocery stores, and cram in more galleries and mini art festivals than the rest of the city put together. It’s a must-see!

Yorkville — Affluent, sophisticated and definitely up market, if you’re feeling flush, don’t miss a trip to Yorkville. Packed with swanky stores and all the high-end brands you could possibly imagine, this stunning neighbourhood is one of the wealthiest in Canada. The Royal Ontario Museum is also close by.

Things to See in Toronto

Take a trip up Toronto’s ever-present CN Tower for panoramic views across the city and Lake Ontario. The tower has both an observation deck and a revolving restaurant, so if you’re feeling luxurious, you can enjoy the landscape as you dine. Pressed for time but still want see all the major landmarks up close? Then forget public transport – cram all the city’s major districts and landmarks into a single day with a city bike tour and picnic lunch. Don’t forget your camera though, because there’ll be plenty to see.

Things to Do in Toronto

Whether you love no-fuss grub or posh cuisine, you’ll find something to whet your appetite in King and Queen West. Discover the best of it all with a brunch food tour through the district’s most delectable cafes, bars, coffee houses and restaurants. Family visitors could also add the LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre to the itinerary, or just enjoy an old school magic show. Whether you’re exploring the city on foot or taking a boat trip on Lake Ontario, Toronto’s many weird and wonderful activities are certain to create memories that will last you a lifetime.

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1. CN Tower

When the CN Tower opened in 1976 it was the world’s tallest free-standing structure. Today, the 1,815-foot (553-meter) communications tower and lookout is Toronto’s most iconic landmark and a very popular attraction. Glass-fronted, high-speed elevators transport you to a series of observation decks and panoramic views of the city and Lake Ontario.
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Take the glass elevator to the lookout points on Toronto’s iconic landmark to enjoy views as far as Niagara Falls or have dinner in high style.

2. Toronto Eaton Centre

Shop till you drop at Toronto Eaton Centre, a massive multi-level indoor shopping mall that spans two downtown city blocks. The space is filled with more than 230 retailers and restaurants, including high street and high-end stores.
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Treat yourself to a shopping trip in the stores and boutiques of Toronto’s largest mall, which is housed under a striking glass ceiling.

3. Canada's Wonderland

Ride the fastest roller coaster in the country, float down a lazy river, learn about dinosaurs and race your kids in Canada’s Wonderland.
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The highlight at this amusement park is the super-fast Leviathan ride, but there are 15 other roller coasters and more than 200 attractions to explore.

4. Vaughan Mills Mall

Search through all of your favorite stores to find the garments and accessories you love at Vaughan Mills Mall. Peruse top-of-the-line sports equipment or have a great family outing at the bowling alley.
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Come to shop for the latest clothes and products from a huge variety of brands or enjoy the fantastic in-house entertainment and dining.

5. Toronto Zoo

Covering an area of almost 300 hectares, this is easily the biggest zoo in Canada – and, really, it would have to be to allow 5,000 animals to roam about in their natural habitats. Toronto Zoo is also the first animal park in North America to employ an on-site nutritionist to ensure that each and every one of its inhabitants is eating happily and healthily.
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A zoological wonderland with animals from all over the globe.

6. Rogers Centre

The Rogers Centre is a multipurpose stadium located in the heart of Toronto’s Entertainment District. Visit the stadium to watch baseball and football teams in action, to go behind-the-scenes on a stadium tour and to enjoy concerts and family shows. Opened in 1989 as the SkyDome, it became the Rogers Centre in 2005.
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Come to this multipurpose stadium to watch baseball matches and football games, listen to concerts of famous bands, see family shows or simply tour this central entertainment complex.

7. Casa Loma

Visit Casa Loma (House on the Hill) to see where scenes from Chicago, Cocktail and X-Men were filmed. The castle, with its elegant rooms, hidden passages and perennial gardens, is worth a visit even if you are not a Hollywood film fan. Most Toronto visitors wonder what lies behind its stone walls on the hill; as a result this is one of the most visited attractions in Toronto.
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This romantic hilltop mansion is a true Toronto landmark with a classic interior that you may recognize from several blockbuster movies.

8. University of Toronto - St. George Campus

Enjoy the student vibe around University of Toronto - St. George Campus, a top university in Toronto. Visit the shops and top-notch restaurants in this vibrant area.
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Enjoy the student vibe around University of Toronto - St. George Campus, a top university in Toronto. Visit the shops and top-notch restaurants in this vibrant area.

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