Top 5 Things To Do in Toronto

Absence really can make the heart grow fonder. Every time I come back to Toronto after being away for a period of time, I’m reminded why I love this city so much. It’s more than just missing my favourite restaurants, hangouts, or neighbourhoods. It’s the vibe and culture of Toronto that I always miss most. By Arienne Parzei.

One minute I can be in the middle of Chinatown, dodging pedestrians, mesmerized by the variety of exotic looking fruits on display. And the next, relaxing amongst the towering trees with a book in High Park and only the background soundtrack of laughing children and quacking ducks to be heard.

What makes this city such a great destination doesn’t lie in a particular building, centuries of history, or a must-see attraction. To truly get the most out of visiting Toronto, you have to ‘experience’ this city; its diversity, distinct neighbourhoods, artistic expressions, green spaces, its waterfront, the people, cultures, and foods.

Choosing the top 5 things to do in any city can be daunting…. and it all boils down to what interests you the most – from professional sports teams, to our performing arts scene, to checking out a 360-degree view from atop the CN Tower, Toronto has a lot of options for every type of traveller.

There’s a lot to love about this city and even I’m still discovering new pockets to explore and things to do. In my video Top 5 Things to Do in Toronto, I set out to find the top 5 things to do in Toronto and what I came up with were the top 5 things to experience instead. No visit to the city would be complete without checking out at least one of them. There’s something for everyone with room to personalize your visit, and you’ll leave the city with a richer understanding of what makes Toronto such a phenomenal city.

About the Author

Arienne Parzei is a travel writer, videographer and photographer from Toronto, Canada who loves learning about different cultures first hand. In 2009, she moved to South Korea and taught English for two years and followed that up with an eight-month backpacking trip through China, Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand. She shares her travel experiences, advice and tips on her website,, inspiring others to get out and explore our incredible planet.

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