Toronto’s Must-See Attractions
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Something for Everyone
CN Tower & EdgeWalk
Toronto’s most prominent attraction is the CN Tower, the tallest free-standing structure in the western hemisphere and it now includes EdgeWalk, a thrilling hands-free walk around the outside ledge of the tower.
Standing at 1,815 feet tall and designated as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World, this engineering marvel is not only a top-notch dining and entertainment venue, it’s a Canadian icon and an enduring symbol of Toronto.
Toronto Islands & Centreville
Visitors who want to be closer to the ground can take the short, scenic ferry ride over to the Toronto Islands, which provides a wonderful view (and photo opportunity!) of the city skyline.
With multiple islands to explore, there are beaches, picnic areas, sports facilities, canoe and kayak rentals and much more. After you’ve discovered the islands by foot or bike, bring the kids to Centreville Theme Park for a fun-filled day of rides and attractions, delicious food and drink and plenty of furry (and feathered) friends at the Far Enough Petting Farm.
St. Lawrence Market
Great picnic fare and edible souvenirs can be discovered at The St. Lawrence Market, ranked by National Geographic as the world’s best food market.
Set in Old Town Toronto, take your taste-buds on a stroll through its famous produce and food stalls, restaurants, art exhibits and cooking classes. Be sure to try the famous peameal bacon sandwich at Carousel Bakery, recently named Toronto’s signature dish!
Hockey Hall of Fame
Featuring the most elaborate collection of hockey memorabilia and gear from across the globe, as well as interactive games, multimedia stations and exhibits on the game’s greatest players, there’s something for everyone at the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Be sure to visit one of the most coveted prizes in professional sports, the Stanley Cup. Get a selfie with Stanley!
Toronto Eaton Centre
Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, The Eaton Centre is one of the city’s most popular attractions.
With over 250 retailers in fashion, furniture and electronics, the selection here is unbeatable. Upscale boutiques mingle with casual clothiers and there’s something to satisfy every style and taste at Toronto’s premier shopping destination. When you need a break from shopping, recharge and treat your taste-buds at one of The Eaton Centre’s 7 dine-in restaurants or grab a quick bite in the Urban Eatery food court.
A short walk or streetcar ride from The Eaton Centre is Chinatown. One of three Chinatowns in the city it’s crammed with fresh produce markets, eclectic gift shops and restaurants serving all types of authentic Asian food. Experience the culturally-diverse wonders of East Asia – without ever leaving Toronto!
Be sure to check out neighbouring Kensington Market while you’re in the area.
The Distillery Historic District
Recognized as a National Historic Site, the Distillery Historic District is one of Toronto’s most picturesque sites with its cobblestone laneways and Victorian era buildings. It was Toronto’s first distillery–which produced almost half of Ontario’s total spirit production in 1871–and is now home to high-end boutiques, art galleries and restaurants.
Located in the Old Toronto area, you can take a tour (by Segway!) or just stroll the laneways and courtyards and get a feel for Toronto’s history and heritage.
Family & Educational Attractions
Toronto is full of family-friendly activities that are enriching and fun (and great for grown-ups too!).
Ontario Science Centre
The Ontario Science Centre offers hundreds of interactive exhibits from the hair-raising electrical ball to the simulated Rain Forest, visitors young and old come from all around to marvel at its wonders of science and technology.
With exhibits dedicated to sports, communication, the Human Body and The Living Earth and featuring the city’s only public planetarium, its very own OMNIMAX movie theatre and a unique discovery playground for kids, the Science Centre is sure to keep the whole family learning – while having fun!
The Toronto Zoo showcases over 5,000 animals including gorillas and polar bears.
Featuring award-winning exhibits representing more than 460 species, the Toronto Zoo is sure to delight. From the African Savannah to the Gorilla Rainforest to the Giant Panda Experience and much more, come see furry and feathered friends from every corner of the globe at Toronto’s own zoo in the city.
Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada
Located at the base of the CN Tower in the heart of the entertainment district, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada welcomes nearly 16,000 beautiful and exotic inhabitants to Toronto.
Boasting 135,000 square feet of interactive, underwater exhibits, the country’s largest indoor aquarium is home to stunning jellyfish, ancient giant lobsters, sharks, sting rays and every type of colourful fish you can imagine. Marvel at aquatic creatures from fresh and salt waters from all corners of the globe, watch them swim overhead in the acrylic viewing tunnel, then get up close and personal at the Touch Tank gallery.
Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)
The Royal Ontario Museum is Canada’s largest museum of world cultures and natural history.
Boasting extensive galleries of archaeology, art and natural science featuring six million objects, no visit to Toronto is complete with a trip to the country’s premier museum. With plenty of hands-on and interactive exhibits–from dinosaurs to ancient Egypt to gems and minerals–history comes to life at this world-class museum, right in the heart of Toronto.
Kids (and moms and dads…) can unleash their inner Harry Potter in North America’s only castle, Casa Loma.
Built as a private home by Canadian financier Sir Henry Pellatt in 1914, this majestic castle-in-the-city features elegant rooms, secret passageways, sweeping staircases, stables and lush gardens. Spanish for “Hill House,” Casa Loma attracts guests from all over the world to view the grounds and buildings or to take in special events like escape games and concerts in the garden.
For thrills and chills Canada’s Wonderland is an amusement park just outside of Toronto featuring 70 rides and the 20-acre Splash Works water park.
Home to legendary rides like Behemoth, Vortex, Leviathan (Canada’s longest wooden coaster) and Flight Deck (the country’s first inverted coaster) there’s no shortage of high-flying adventures to be had at Canada’s premier amusement park. Just hold on tight!