Top attractions in Toronto
Wondering what to see in Toronto? Where to start! This diverse city is fast-becoming the place to be for culture, history and food in North America, thanks to friendly people, a glittering skyline and a laid-back atmosphere. Let our guide give you a flavor.
This downtown shopping mecca offers more than 175 stores and is open until 8:00PM, letting you fit your retail therapy around a day of tourism. Check out the basement food court.
Admission to this impressive attraction is free for under-5s, or on Wednesday late-nights (until 8:30PM). The Hands-On Centre for kids is a great way to get them into art young.
This brilliant 'museum' is so cool, you'll forget you're learning about science. Open seven days a week, visit on a weekday to spend more time with the exhibits.
North America isn't known for castles, but this former home, built in 1911, is a good effort. Perhaps best enjoyed as a venue for music and culture, check web listings.
Ready for more shopping? This is one of the biggest malls in Canada, and a fashion haven. The Lego shop is a hit with kids, where pester power will help you spend!
The pride of Toronto's skyline - try to see it at night, from the Hanlan's Point Ferry. The 360 Restaurant at the top is, although pricey, worth it for the incredible views.
Have a screaming good time here, riding the roller coasters, enjoying the waterpark and experiencing the Dinosaurs Alive exhibit. Book in advance for cheaper tickets.
The highlight of this zoo and conservation site is the pair of beautiful giant pandas who arrived in 2013. The mischievous meerkats and penguins also never fail to raise a smile.
Home of the Toronto Blue Jays baseball team, this is also the place to see the biggest-name musical acts coming through Toronto, including One Direction and Taylor Swift in 2015.
Visit this natural history museum for state of the art exhibits that bring historical events to life. The beautiful modern building is a sightseeing hotspot in itself.
For the best weather, visit Toronto during summer, as the winter can be relentless. However, many people choose to plan their trip around a particular festival, as Toronto is in no short supply. Toronto International Film Festival is a huge draw, and takes place annually in August. Toronto Gay Pride spans an entire week at the end of each year - the city takes its LGBT rights seriously. Local sporting calendars and seasons are also worth consideration.
Toronto has a great selection of hotels for visitors, business travelers, families and couples. Hostels are also plentiful, and a great choice for backpackers and people on a budget.
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- The summer months are the best. The temperatures are warm, outdoor markets abound, and there's an endless supply of events. But that also means there are lots of crowds, and prices on accommodations and flights are much higher. If you can, try to visit at the beginning or end of the season.
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What people are saying about Toronto
Tim was our tour guide on a beer & history tour of Toronto on a scorching hot summer afternoon in July. He was intelligent, engaging, fun, knowledgeable, witty, good humoured and cute! We walked and talked and drank some very good beer in a variety of local bars, pubs & breweries, each with a distinct style & ambience. Lots of interesting facts about Toronto past & present and just the right balance between walking & resting with a cold beer in hand. Tim’s energy & enthusiasm & sparkling personality, made this a winning walking tour which I highly recommend.
We had a wonderful trip of the Toronto harbor and its pristine Island while witnessing the many flora and fauna around. The view of the skyline of Toronto during the sunset was worth seeing and the young guide conducted and explained the details in a very lively manner. Overall it was a splendid and very enjoyable trip to be remembered for long. Well done the boat team.
Stanley met us early and reviewed what we would like to see. He studied his maps and we set out on a plan to see the highlights of Toronto. He showed us how to use the public transportation and even offered to escort us to a salsa festival later in the evening. He had a passion for tourism and that showed in his presentation.
Faster than walking and more convenient than driving. The tour included plenty of water and a cereal bar snack. The tour guide provided interesting information about the different locations we visited. It was a very enjoyable experience!
Brandy was a fun guide; she is very passionate about the stories she tells. My wife and I had walked 22miles that day, and this ghost walk was a great way to end the day.