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On your next trip to downtown Toronto you’ll be immersed in an urban core filled with world-class arts, theatre, museums, parks, sporting events, and cuisine from around the world. As Canada’s largest city, Toronto is the country’s epicenter for media and finance. If you are looking for outdoor adventures, Toronto’s prime location along Lake Ontario makes it a gateway for exploring the stunning natural beauty and wonder of Niagara Falls. Whether you’re traveling for business or to explore all that this Ontario metropolis has to offer, see why Toronto attracts millions of people every year.
Start by seeing Toronto from the iconic CN Tower that rises 553-meters (1814-feet) into the sky. Ride the glass elevator to the top and you’ll be on the tallest freestanding building in the Western Hemisphere. The sweeping city views don’t disappoint. On a clear day you may see America across Lake Ontario.
Back on the ground, plenty of adventures await from national sporting events to tasting national foods in Toronto’s Entertainment District. Root for the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre, cheer for the Toronto Maple Leaves at the Air Canada Centre, explore the sea life at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, and view retired steam engines at Roundhouse Park. Grab a bite at the historical Steam Whistle Brewery, or try some of the best Chinese food the city has to offer. Keep it local and sample a savory plate of poutine, a Canadian dish of French Fries loaded with cheese and gravy. For those with a sweet tooth, you’ve got to try a dish featuring Canada’s world famous maple syrup.
Fashionistas and foodies meet downtown as the area is filled with students from the nearby Ryerson University Campus, local restaurants and craft breweries. Shoppers will find themselves at home among hundreds of retail and dining options at the Eaton Centre, the largest shopping complex in Toronto. Stroll through nearby Nathan Phillips Square and pick up fresh produce at the weekly farmer’s market, pause and enjoy a concert, or take in the views of Toronto’s City Hall. For a bit of culture, spend the day exploring the Art Gallery of Ontario or immerse yourself in rich colors and fabrics at the Textile Museum of Canada.
A visit to Yonge-Dundas Square should be on everyone’s to do list in Toronto where the water fountains are a great place to relax or have some fun splashing around. At night the giant billboards illuminate the sky and features the world’s largest media tower. Surrounding the square are several popular attractions including the Ed Mirvish Theatre.
Connecting to other areas of the city? Hop on the subway at historical Toronto Union Station, the hub of the city’s public transit system and visited by more than 250 thousand people per day. Toronto’s subway system is easy to navigate and will take you to all these must see spots. You can also travel throughout the city on foot via PATH, a walkway linking 27 kilometers (16.8 miles) of underground shopping, services and entertainment.
Old Toronto / Financial District
Get a taste of local fare and bring home a souvenir from the Saint Lawrence Market featuring more than 130 vendors and merchants. Head west on Front Street and visit the Design Exchange, or score a goal at the Hockey Hall of Fame, celebrating Canada’s favorite pastime.
Yorkville, Casa Loma, and Kensington Market
Stroll through Queens Park on the grounds of Toronto University and view the stately Ontario Legislative Building, which houses the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. Get cultured at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) or the Gardiner Museum, containing more than 2,900 ceramic works from Asia, the Americas and Europe. Don’t miss a trip to the famous Casa Loma castle, a stunning 18th Century estate once owned by Sir Henry Pellatt, a prominent Toronto businessman. Shop Kensington Market and find eclectic boutiques, cafes, produce, and a variety of meat and fish markets. Tour the Art Gallery of Ontario, featuring works from museums and galleries all over the world.
Head south towards the bay and enjoy a concert at the Harbourfront Center hosting year-round festivals and home to a live stage right on the water. Get out on the lake and rent a canoe, kayak, or paddle boat. Hop onboard a harbor cruise for stunning views of the city, take a day trip to the Toronto Islands, or spend a day in The Beaches neighborhood located just east of downtown.
Attractions Outside Downtown
Get in touch with nature. See a polar bear at the Toronto Zoo. Catch the sunset from the top of Scarborough Bluffs. From snowcapped hills to lush green leaves or radiant fall colors, this scenic spot has stunning views all year-round.
Take a day trip to Niagara Falls, a natural North American wonder. Hike miles of trails as the majestic falls rush nearby. End the day with a taste of local wines from the Niagara wine region.
When visiting Ontario’s largest city, one of our Best Western Toronto hotels is ready to welcome you to Canada’s cultural hub.
Top Things To Do In Toronto