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Welcome to Toronto

Cosmopolitan and culturally diverse, Toronto sits nestled on the banks of Lake Ontario. Visitors come from far and wide to experience its food, buzzing nightlife, and colorful festivals, though things quiet over the winter season—when heavy snows and plummeting temperatures push people to the ski slopes. Within the city limits, top Toronto attractions abound, such as the majestic castle of Casa Loma; CN Tower, the third tallest tower in the world; Dundas Square; Toronto Eaton Centre shopping mall; and the richly multicultural neighborhood of Kensington Market. Visitors will find plenty of shopping and sightseeing options—with guides on hand to shine a light on the region’s rich history. Travelers can take to the air by helicopter, spin through the streets on a bike or hop-on hop-off bus, or cruise the waves of Lake Ontario for fine views of the city skyline. The world-famous Niagara Falls is less than a two-hour drive around the shores of Lake Ontario on the border with the United States, and travelers using Toronto as a base can opt for a day tour with transportation for easy access. For something a little more sedate, delve into the wilderness on an Algonquin Park canoe tour. You can fine native bears, beavers, and moose in their natural habitats; swim in crystal-clear lakes; and discover the best of the Ontario wilderness—all within reach of bustling Toronto.

Top 15 things to do in Toronto

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CN Tower

CN Tower

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For many visitors to Toronto, this needle-like telecommunications tower—often seen from the airplane window—is their first glimpse of the city. When it was erected in 1976, the CN Tower was the world’s tallest freestanding structure. Though it no longer holds that title, it is still the tallest tower in Canada, and the spectacular views from its observation decks are second to none.More
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Hockey Hall of Fame

Hockey Hall of Fame

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A sacred site for Canadians—for whom ice hockey is a national obsession—the Hockey Hall of Fame holds a treasure trove of memorabilia, including the original Stanley Cup. Housed inside a grand 19th-century Bank of Montreal building, it also features interactive games including a virtual shoot-out where visitors can test their skills.More
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St. Lawrence Market

St. Lawrence Market

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A foodie paradise, the long-running St. Lawrence Market occupies the historic South Market House building, which previously served as Toronto’s city hall and jail. Since 1803, residents and visitors have come here to meet, eat, and shop for food items ranging from Prince Edward Island oysters to peameal bacon to Montreal-style bagels.More
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Bata Shoe Museum

Bata Shoe Museum

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The quirky Bata Shoe Museum in downtown Toronto showcases the changing style and function of footwear across four galleries. What started as a personal collection for Sonja Bata in the 1940s is now a museum with more than 20,000 shoes dating from ancient Egypt to modern day, including a selection of celebrity soles. It’s an unusual chance to view world history through the lens of footwear.More
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Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)

Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)

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Established in 1914, the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is Canada’s largest museum. Housed inside a heritage-meets-modern building, it boasts a 6-million-strong collection, which focuses on objects relating to world culture and natural history. It includes everything from First Nations’ crest poles to Egyptian mummies to T-rex skeletons.More
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Toronto Chinatown

Toronto Chinatown

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Located in the heart of downtown and a hub for the city’s Chinese-Canadian community, Toronto's Chinatown is a bustling neighborhood lined with an appealing range of small businesses. Visitors and Toronto residents flock here to dine at the area’s popular eateries and shop for produce and imported specialty items at corner grocers.More
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Rogers Centre

Rogers Centre

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Located in downtown Toronto at the base of the CN Tower, the Rogers Centre is a sports and entertainment complex that is home to the Toronto Blue Jays baseball team. The Rogers Centre is a great place to catch a Major League Baseball (MLB) game or other event held under its fully retractable roof—the first of its kind in the world.More
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Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

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In downtown Toronto, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada houses approximately 16,000 water-bound species from across the world. The displays are arranged by region, and visitors can explore the tropical Rainbow Reef, check out the Dangerous Lagoon shark tank, and learn more about the marine life found in the waters around Canada.More
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Lake Ontario

Lake Ontario

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Lake Ontario, the 14th-largest lake in the world but the smallest of the five Great Lakes, is divided in half by the U.S.-Canadian border. Its shores are home to two popular Canadian destinations: Toronto and Niagara-on-the-Lake. Known for its islands, beaches, wildlife, and waterfront trails, this beautiful body of water offers something for everyone.More
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Distillery Historic District

Distillery Historic District

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Once home to the 1832 Gooderham and Worts’ mammoth distilling facility, Toronto’s charming arts and entertainment quarter is now a popular strolling spot for off-duty creatives. The cobblestone streets are lined with Victorian-era industrial buildings, which have been repurposed to serve as contemporary art galleries, third-wave coffee shops, concept boutiques, restaurants, and bars.More
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Harbourfront Centre

Harbourfront Centre

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Occupying a prime 10-acre (4-hectare) site on the edge of Lake Ontario, the nonprofit Harbourfront Centre offers a jam-packed year-round program of events. The complex comprises more than 30 sights, including parks, outdoor and indoor performance venues, squares, art galleries, a boardwalk, artist studios, restaurants, and retail outlets.More
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Yonge-Dundas Square

Yonge-Dundas Square

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The flashy urban scene of Toronto’s Yonge-Dundas Square is reminiscent of New York City’s Times Square. More than 56 million people visit this iconic spot every year, making it one of the busiest intersections in Canada. This is where you find glowing billboards, Eaton Centre, Ed Mirvish Theatre, and great spots to people-watch.More
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Toronto Islands

Toronto Islands

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Though Toronto’s high-rise skyline is in sight, the Toronto Islands—a chain of islands scattered off the shore of Lake Ontario—feel a world away. The islands, once a narrow peninsula, were cut off from the mainland by violent storms, and now their sandy coastlines and verdant parklands serve as a peaceful escape for the city-weary.More
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Toronto City Hall

Toronto City Hall

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New City Hall, which replaced Old City Hall in 1965 to accommodate a rapidly growing city, is the current seat of Toronto’s municipal government. Designed by Finnish architect Viljo Revell, winner of the city’s international competition, Toronto City Hall is comprised of two curved towers as well as Nathan Phillips Square, Canada’s largest public square.More
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Toronto High Park

Toronto High Park

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As the largest park in Toronto, High Park offers a bounty of recreational opportunities. Locals and visitors alike hop from activity to activity, including playgrounds, a dog park, zoo, hiking trails, tennis courts, swimming pools, baseball fields, and an ice skating rink. High Park is a popular spot for concerts and for enjoying nature, especially in spring’s cherry blossom season.More

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Top activities in Toronto

Niagara Falls Day Tour from Toronto
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Niagara Falls Platinum Tour from Toronto with Cruise and Lunch
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7-Minute Helicopter Tour over Toronto
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14-Minute Helicopter Tour Over Toronto
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Toronto Tall Ship Boat Cruise

Toronto Tall Ship Boat Cruise

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Niagara Falls Day Tour from Toronto including Niagara Cruise and winery stop
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9-Hour Niagara Falls Day Tour from Toronto
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Best of Toronto Morning Tour

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Niagara Falls One Day Sightseeing Tour from Toronto
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Recent reviews from experiences in Toronto

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It was good way to see...
Madeleine_D, Aug 2022
City Sightseeing Toronto Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
It was good way to see Toronto, since it was our 1st time to Toronto.
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Great way to see the city!
Tamara_P, Aug 2022
1-Hour Toronto Harbour Tour with Live Narration
This was a lot of fun and a great way to see Toronto from the water.
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Excellent time on the tour
Sudheendra_D, Aug 2022
Niagara Falls One Day Sightseeing Tour from Toronto
My family and I really loved the experiences of walking through Niagara-on-the-Lake and taking the Hornblower boat tour at Niagara Falls.
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Great visit to avoid long lines
CareyH, Aug 2022
Best of Toronto Morning Tour
Wonderful morning Toronto tour that allowed us to visit CN Tower before the lines were too long, tour the city, understand the underground and see Toronto islands and Harbour
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It was wonderful trip and Amazing
surabhi_p, Aug 2022
Niagara Falls Day and Evening Tour With Boat Cruise & Dinner (optional)
We really enjoyed my first visit experience in🇨🇦 Niagara Falls Toronto Long time 16 year For waiting for this trip finally done ✅ 👌😊🙏
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Fun timed on the water
Lisa_S, Jul 2022
Toronto Tall Ship Boat Cruise
The sun was shining and we got to see the Toronto city harbour from the lake.
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We enjoyed our day trip...
Natalie_K, Jul 2022
9-Hour Niagara Falls Day Tour from Toronto
We enjoyed our day trip to Niagara Falls and Niagara on the Lakes.
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Must do!
Pamela_B, Jul 2022
Niagara Falls Platinum Tour from Toronto with Cruise and Lunch
We Did more then expected and the ride to the fall from Toronto was not bad at all.
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Great visit
Julia_L, Jul 2022
Niagara Falls Platinum Tour from Toronto with Cruise and Lunch
Learned a lot from this tour, about Toronto, Niagara fall, Niagara on the lake and the vineyards.
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Niagra Falls was fantastic!
Jenifer_B, Jul 2022
Niagara Falls Day Tour from Toronto
The highlight was the boatride into the falls on the Hornblower!
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Try it you'll like it! Good activity at a reasonable price.
JLillian_B, Jul 2022
City Sightseeing Toronto Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
The tour of Toronto was wonderful and we got to see the main highlights.
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One of the best tours ever
Rita_R, Jul 2022
Niagara Falls Day Tour from Toronto
He gave great suggestions on sites to see and restaurants to visit without bias.
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Good tour
Melvie_D, Jul 2022
1-Hour Toronto Harbour Tour with Live Narration
Great history of Toronto I will recommend it to visitors Great tour guide Great experience to consider again
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Wonderful views
Danielle_S, Jul 2022
One hour Aerial Tour of Toronto and Niagara Falls with iflyTOTO
The only disappointing part was the tour was supposed to go to Niagara Falls and we didn’t end up going to the falls.
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Really great tour of the area and falls. Based from Toronto.
Andrew_S, Jun 2022
Niagara Falls Day and Evening Tour With Boat Cruise & Dinner (optional)
He made sure that we saw everything to see and enjoy the trip to the best possible way.
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You must take this tour!
James_R, May 2022
Show me the City! Toronto Walking Tour
I recommend you take this early on your trip to get great tips on the best places to visit and for restaurants too.
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Toronto Helicopter Tour
Graham_B, May 2022
14-Minute Helicopter Tour Over Toronto
The views on the 15 minute helicopter ride were breathtaking and we got to see every notable landmark Toronto has to offer.
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The perfect way to see and experience Toronto!
robert_a, May 2022
Downtown Toronto Bike Tour
It was easy, fun, informative and took us to see things that we didn't even know existed.
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Lovely day out
Edel_O, Apr 2022
Fall for Niagara Tour
Very informative, was brought to the observation tower first in Niagara this had fab views of the falls, was then brought to the falls and had free time here.
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Good value trip
heather_b, Apr 2022
Niagara Falls Day Tour from Toronto including Niagara Cruise and winery stop
Wine tasting was great and Behind the Falls was breathtaking
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People Also Ask

What is Toronto famous for?

Toronto, Canada’s most populous city, is famous for its setting on Lake Ontario, the CN Tower, its cosmopolitan restaurants and nightlife, and its very cold winters. It’s also a popular jumping-off point for day trips to nearby Niagara Falls, on the other side of Lake Ontario.

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What is the most visited place in Toronto?

The most popular tourist attractions in Toronto include the needle-like CN Tower with its sweeping views, the Royal Ontario Museum and the Art Gallery of Ontario, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, and the Gothic Revival mansion and gardens of Casa Loma. All are in the central city area.

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What activities are available in Toronto?

Toronto offers a range of cultural, shopping, dining, and outdoor activities, particularly in the warmer months. In winter, options are limited to indoor activities. Popular activities include taking in the view from the CN Tower, shopping at Kensington Market, tours of the Steam Whistle Brewery, and Toronto Harbour boat cruises.

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How can I spend 2 days in Toronto?

With two days in Toronto you can enjoy a range of cultural and outdoor activities (season dependent). Spend day one at the Royal Ontario Museum and/or the Art Gallery of Ontario, browsing the nearby shops and restaurants in between. On day two, take a trip around Lake Ontario to Niagara Falls, or relax on a Toronto Harbour cruise.

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What can couples do in Toronto?

Toronto is a big city that caters to a range of interests. Head up the CN Tower for a romantic dinner at the revolving restaurant, smell the roses (and other flowers) at the Toronto Botanical Garden, or take a day trip to popular Honeymoon spot Niagara Falls.

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Is Toronto very expensive?

Yes, Toronto can be expensive to visit. Accommodation, food, and attractions are in-line with other big-city prices. However, because it’s a large and diverse city you can choose accommodation, food, and activities to suit your budget, whether that’s on the lower or upper end of the scale.

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