Toronto’s Entertainment District lives up to its name with a variety of performing arts venues, clubs, and live sporting events. From symphony to jazz and blues, theater, and baseball games, it’s all happening. Other options for entertainment in the area include Canada’s iconic CN Tower and Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada.
The Entertainment District is where visitors to Toronto go for nightlife. It includes the Roy Thomson Hall, home of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Royal Alexandra Theatre, which hosts stage shows such as Mamma Mia! and The Lion King; and the Princess of Wales theater. Sports fans shouldn’t miss Air Canada Center, home to the Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Raptors), or the Rogers Centre, the Toronto Blue Jays’ home turf.
The Entertainment District lights up at night thanks to clubs, cocktail bars, restaurants, and live music venues, including jazz and blues clubs. A guided tour helps you find highlights quickly and takes you behind the scenes at entertainment venues. During the day, a hop-on-hop-off tour is a great way to see the district and come and go on your own schedule.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The Entertainment District is a must-do for young adult visitors to the city.
- If you want to see a show last-minute, ask about rush tickets at the box office on the day-of.
- A hop-on hop-off tour is a great way to cover a lot of ground and see popular Toronto sights without worrying about transportation or parking.
How to Get There
The Entertainment District is roughly bordered by the Financial District on the east, Spadina Avenue on the west, Queen Street West on the north, and the Gardiner Expressway on the south. Parking can be limited and costly in downtown Toronto, so walking or public transit are recommended. If you take the subway, Union Station and St. Andrews Station are both within the district.
When to Get There
Travel in spring (late April through May) and fall (mid-September through October), to avoid peak summertime crowds, score deals on hotels, and enjoy walking and dining outdoors while the weather is neither too hot or cold.
Little-Known CN Tower Facts
The CN Tower, located in the Entertainment District, is Toronto’s most recognizable symbol—and for good reason. It’s the tallest building in the western hemisphere at 1,815 feet (553 meters). A glass elevator takes you to the top in 58 seconds, where there’s an observation deck that affords views of Niagara Falls, Lake Ontario, and New York.