There are many fascinating activities to explore in Toronto for visitors and locals alike. Here is a list of 10 places that you should not miss if you are in Toronto.
Distillery District/ St. Lawrence Market
Getting the chance to interact with local businesses is always fun when exploring a new city. Consider checking out the historic Distillery District or St. Lawrence Market when you are exploring Toronto to find locally made goods and food. They are a short 15-minute walk from one another and are the perfect place to go if you are looking for souvenirs.
Hockey Hall of Fame
The Hockey Hall of Fame is a whole museum dedicated to Canada’s national winter sport. Learn more about the greatest hockey players and get the chance to test out some of your skills. Make sure to check out the special exhibit on Gordie Howe and Wayne Gretzky to learn more about the contributions they made to the game. To find out more about The Hockey Hall of Fame, go to www.hhof.com.
Toronto Island is just a short boat ride away from the Harbour Front and gives you amazing views of the Toronto Skyline. There is so much to do and see on Toronto Island, allowing you to customize your visit. Remember though that the island will be a few degrees cooler than the mainland, so dress accordingly. For more information about attractions on the island and ferry ticket prices go to www.toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/parks-gardens-beaches/toronto-island-park/
The CN Tower is the most iconic building in Toronto and one of the modern Seven Wonders of the World. Get amazing 360⁰ views of the city, while also getting the chance to test your fear of heights on the glass floor. After seeing everything the CN Tower has to offer, consider checking out Ripley’s Aquarium or the Rogers Centre right next door. For more information about the CN Tower, go to www.cntower.ca.
Nathan Phillips Square
Home to Toronto’s City Hall and the infamous “Toronto” sign, Nathan Phillips Square is in the heart of Toronto and a must-visit if you have never been to Toronto before. There are always events going on and it is close by to other attractions – making it a perfect pit stop before you move on to your next activity.
The Art Gallery of Ontario
If you are a fan of art, then the Art Gallery of Ontario should be on your must-visit list. The AGO has the perfect combination of Indigenous, Canadian and European art, and contemporary works, as well as a fine collection of prints, design, and photography. They also have special exhibits, meaning there is something new to check out every time you visit. To learn more, check out www.ago.ca.
Just west of Spadina Ave. is Kensington Market, home to a collection of businesses, restaurants, and services. Kensington is one of the oldest and well-known neighbourhoods in Toronto and was declared a National Historic Site of Canada in 2006. This multicultural market is great for those wanting to get outside and experience all that Toronto has to offer.
The Royal Ontario Museum
The Royal Ontario Museum is the largest museum in Canada and features exhibits on art, world culture, and natural history. Located right on the University of Toronto campus, the ROM has over 40 exhibits and more than 6,000,000 items on display. When you visit, make sure to check out the north entrance called the “Michael Lee-Chin Crystal.” Built in 2007, this architectural crystal has received mixed reviews from critics, but has since become one of the best-known features of the ROM. To learn more about the ROM, go to www.rom.on.ca.
The historic midtown attraction is a great spot for you to learn more about Toronto’s past. Built in the early 1900s, Casa Loma is one of the only true castles in North America. It is home to a bountiful garden, 98 rooms, and an underground tunnel connecting the castle to the horse stables. Casa Loma has also been used as a set for many movies, T.V. shows, and commercials. For more information and ticket prices, go to casaloma.ca.
Do you want to get a taste of nature in the heart of the city? Then High Park is a great spot to visit. The park is just a 15-minute subway ride from St. George Station or 30-minute streetcar ride on the 506 and is home to the High Park Zoo, a playground, the High Park Labyrinth and various gardens and water features. With 400 acres to explore, High Park is a great way to spend some time while you are visiting Toronto.