Family

Fun times for all.

Family Trip Ideas

Are you and the whole crew planning a vacation? Toronto has attractions your kids won’t want to miss. From exciting sports and cultural and scientific wonders, to treats and eats that everyone can enjoy, here are tons of tips for your trip.

Top 5 Things To Do With Families

  1. See the animals. With panda bears and polar bears and hundreds of other creatures to see, the Toronto Zoo is a year-round must for animal lovers. A deep sea adventure awaits at Ripley’s Aquarium and the Bat Cave at the Royal Ontario Museum is a fun way for kids to discover the real stories behind these mysterious creatures.
  2. Try out a new food. Toronto is home to many different ethnicities and the restaurants and food that kids around the world have been enjoying for years. How about Middle Eastern tabule or Chinese dim sum or even Canadian bannock?
  3. Get outside. The Harbourfont area always has something going on whether it’s boat cruises in summer or skating in winter. And the ferry to the Toronto Islands runs all year round and gives you the best view of the Toronto skyline and the chance to stroll around in a car-free environment.
  4. Be hands-on. Take a Master Builder workshop or check out the dozens of other bricktacular activities at LEGOLAND or try tile painting and clay modelling at the Gardiner Museum.
  5. Dig into history. The Fort York National Historic Site was the scene of a major battle in the War of 1812 and its fortified buildings and real cannons bring history alive. Or visit the Aga Khan Museum for a window into ancient worlds and Muslim civilization from the Iberian Peninsula to China.

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From a 24-hour marathon of all things Toronto to an extended urban getaway, check out what others are recommending to see, do and taste in Toronto. You’ll get some great ideas.

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Girlfriends

Best mini-breaks.

Girlfriends Trip Ideas

Whether you’re planning some time away with your gal pals or a little mother-daughter time, a trip to Toronto can be an ideal mini-break. With our diverse shopping districts, dining options and unique galleries, Toronto sets the stage for all kinds of fun getaways.

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  • Get cultured. Toronto has a museum JUST FOR SHOES. Really. There are also dance performances and opera and baroque orchestras. Find the balm for your soul here: Get Cultured: Arts, Theatre & Events
  • Shop with a mission. Whether it’s unique vintage finds or designer delights, Toronto has something to fit everyone.
  • Unwind. Greet the morning with a set of sun salutations by heading to a yoga class at BeHot Yoga, a hot yoga studio and spa in the heart of the Entertainment District. Or let it all go at one of our top spas.
  • Savour it. Brunch is a way of life in Toronto, so do it right with these Toronto brunch tips. Or try an ethnic dish you’ve never had before. (Izakaya anyone?) The city’s diversity means every good food ever eaten can be enjoyed here.
  • Own the night. Seeing a band, going dancing or just bar-hopping are all fair game. Toronto’s many well-loved haunts are ready for a night of exploration.

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Own the night. Seeing a band, going dancing or just bar-hopping are all fair game. Toronto’s many well-loved haunts are ready for a night of exploration.

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Couples

Date ideas galore.

Couples Trip Ideas

Whether you’re looking for a unique date idea, an exceptional live performance or major league excitement, Toronto is your place. There’s enough to experience, groove to and savour in the city to suit just about everyone.

5 Great Nights Out in Toronto

  1. Go live. Seven nights a week, and some afternoons too, live music can be heard all around Toronto. Roots music at The Dakota, swingy jazz at The Reservoir or Latin at Lula are just some of the myriad options at intimate, affordable venues.
  2. Play on the edge. Axe throwing, knife throwing, darts throwing – these are just a few of the games people play in Toronto. For an even bigger thrill, try walking on the edge of the CN Tower 116 stories up. Be sure to look down.
  3. Enjoy a really great meal. Whether that means trying some amazing new ethnic food or a taste of local or dining with an exceptional view, indulge yourself at one of thousands of remarkable restaurants in Toronto.
  4. Have a big league encounter. Toronto is home to 6, count ‘em, 6 professional sports teams, all with downtown venues. That means on any given day throughout the year you have the option of having a thrilling major league experience right in the heart of the city.
  5. Get outdoors. A quick ferry ride from downtown at the foot of Bay Street over to Ward’s Island will reward you with one of the most stunning views of the skyline of Toronto. In the warmer months, stay for a meal at the quaint, historic Rectory Café and stroll the boardwalk that overlooks Lake Ontario. Here during the winter? Go for a skate lakeside at scenic Harbourfront or go urban at iconic Nathan Phillips Square.

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LGBT

Inclusive fun.

LGBT Trip Ideas

Discover gay Toronto! The city pulses with liberating energy, passion and possibilities. Toronto offers a welcoming world of arts, culture and vivacious nightlife, with a vibrant gay village at the city’s core.

Top LGBTQ Things To Do in Toronto

  • It All Starts in the Village. Every visit to Toronto should begin with some people watching in the gay village. Centred around Church & Wellesley, pick a spot and watch the hot boys and hot girls go by. Or explore the neighbourhood with a self-guided or guided tour where you can have a fun and interesting look at Toronto’s gay landmarks and culture.
  • Show Your Pride. Each year at the end of June, the city plays host to Toronto Pride Festival. Days of queer celebration turns streets into parades and parking lots into parties. Come out and meet some of the one million people that crowd the downtown for the festivities.
  • Feast on Festivals. If you can’t make it to Pride, there are literally hundreds of other cultural events throughout the year – including Inside Out, Canada’s largest lesbian and gay film and video festival, the Toronto International Film Festival, Taste of the Danforth, Fringe Festival and The Word on the Street. And November means Mr. Leatherman is coming to town.
  • A Cultural Oasis. Explore the many museums and galleries that the city has to offer. The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is home to thousands of years of diverse culture, while the Bata Shoe Museum has a much more specific focus. After the museum, take in a ballet or opera by the national companies at the stunning Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.

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