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
This trip was fun, the boat ride under the falls was the best part. The place itself a little too touristy but the falls are still beautiful. Our guide and bus driver Bernard was such a nice person and guide, he had a great sense of humor, great knowledge, and he went beyond his duties to help out when I needed to get back earlier to Toronto to catch my flight. Magically he arranged for me to go on another tourbus, and he drove me to the new departure location himself. He then followed up to check that everything went ok. Fantastic!
The only regret I had was to start from the City center and to have to bike to the boat, then to bring back the bike at the city center. Would have been perfect to have the initial meeting point at the boat and to grab the bike from there or direclty on the istands. It would have allowed us to spend more time on the islands themselves. For the rest, it was perfect: friendly guide, water and snack provided, good bike,...
The only negative feedback I have is that we stopped at a lovely we village for one hour, but only spent about 20 minutes at the wine tasting. Apart from that everything else was absolutely fabulous, from the bus driver to our guide who was very informative but without being over the top as some guides can be. I would highly recommended this day trip to everyone who visits Toronto.
The Tour Guide, Mr. Ziqi Li and the Driver were very informative and patient. Very hospitable and comforting to all aboard. My sister has Parkinson and Dementia, they assisted in every way possible with her walker and caring for her down and up the stairs. June 13th was my (Denise) birthday and Mr. Ziqi greeted me with a birthday wish, so thoughtful.
I can unreservedly recommend this trip. We were collected on time and from there on everything ran smoothly, with the apportionment of time between the various stops just right. Our guide Salvatore gave us a very informative commentary as well as providing useful hints which allowed us to make best use of our time. Overall great value for money.