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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 attractions in Toronto

CN Tower

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

Toronto Kensington Market

Eclectic, diverse, and graffiti-slathered, Toronto's Kensington Market neighborhood is one of the city’s most distinctive enclaves. The district is packed with produce vendors, food sellers, vintage clothes shops, bric-a-brac boutiques, buskers, cafés, and restaurants, and attracts a steady stream of bohemian types.More

Toronto Harbour

Toronto Harbour is located on the north shore of Lake Ontario, the smallest of North America’s five Great Lakes. Protected from the lake’s tides by the Toronto Islands, the harbor offers smooth conditions for a wide range of water activities, including boat tours, ferry rides, sailing, and kayaking.More

Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)

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

St. Lawrence Market

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

Hockey Hall of Fame

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

Toronto Chinatown

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

Rogers Centre

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

Distillery Historic District

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

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

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

Toronto City Hall

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

Lake Ontario

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

Toronto Islands

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

Toronto Financial District

The Toronto Financial District has been the heart of Canada's finance industry since a mass relocation of global bank headquarters from Montreal in the 1960s. Situated in historic Old Toronto, the area hosts an impressively dense collection of skyscrapers and architectural gems, from First Canadian Place to Scotia Plaza.More

Toronto High Park

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 Platinum Tour from Toronto with Attraction, Lunch and Winery Stop
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7-Minute Helicopter Tour over Toronto
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7-Minute Helicopter Tour over Toronto

14-Minute Helicopter Tour Over Toronto
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Niagara Falls Day Tour from Toronto including Attraction and winery stop
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Niagara Falls One Day Sightseeing Tour from Toronto
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Toronto Tall Ship Boat Cruise

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Recent reviews from experiences in Toronto

Chelsea_B, Jan. 2023
Exhilarating 120km Aerial Tour of Toronto with iflyTOTO
Toronto is sensational and you get to see all of this from the plane.
Love the Niagara tour
Cynthia_V, Jan. 2023
Niagara Falls Day Tour from Toronto including Attraction and winery stop
We had only one day to visit all Niagara and it was nice to get transportation back to Toronto, it was nice to get a tour because we were able to know all the history of the place thanks to our amazing guide.
Fabulous day
Julie_W, Nov. 2022
Niagara Falls Platinum Tour from Toronto with Attraction, Lunch and Winery Stop
Niagara Falls certainly lived up to expectations and the lunch was really enjoyable.
Great trip
Hugh_M, Oct. 2022
Toronto Aerial Tour with Niagara Winery Tasting Tour with iflyTOTO
The pilot was great, the views of Toronto and Niagra Falls were stunning.
Best tour in Toronto
colleen_h, Oct. 2022
Niagara Falls Platinum Tour from Toronto with Attraction, Lunch and Winery Stop
The boat to the falls was great as well, but be prepared to get soaked.
Fantastic morning tour experience
Pramita_M, Oct. 2022
Best of Toronto Morning Tour
Really fantastic experience to see what Toronto has to offer in a few hours.
Amazing tour! Do not miss out! Book now!
Cheryl_J, Oct. 2022
Private Tour: Niagara Falls Half Day Tour From Toronto with Boat & Helicopter
We were driven from Toronto to Niagra Falls in style with music.
An experience I'll never forget.
John_C, Sep. 2022
Niagara Falls Day Tour from Toronto
Gave us the history of Toronto and Niagara Falls.
Amazing tour
ARIEL_D, Sep. 2022
Niagara Falls Day Tour From Toronto Airport Hotels
Niagara Falls is a must when visiting Toronto.
Don’t miss this tour!
June_H, Sep. 2022
1-Hour Toronto Harbour Tour with Live Narration
Convenient location close to downtown hotels and other attractions.
Niagara Falls - Up Close & Personalized
Valerie_V, Sep. 2022
Best of Niagara Falls Tour from Toronto
Michael, our guide, was excellent- knowledgeable & able to give us recommendations on several aspects of Niagara Falls & Toronto, from restaurants to history.
Niagra day trip
Sarah_A, Sep. 2022
Niagara Falls Day Tour from Toronto including Attraction and winery stop
Just returned from an excellent day trip to the falls from Toronto.
Toronto on wheels
Clarence_G, Aug. 2022
Downtown Toronto Bike Tour
It’s a great way to see the sights and map out what you would like to do while you visit.
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Dominic_L, Aug. 2022
Romantic Jewel - Private Helicopter Tour for 2
You get to see everything you could’ve wanted to see in Toronto!
Great day trip to Niagara
Pramita_M, Oct. 2022
Niagara Falls Platinum Tour from Toronto with Attraction, Lunch and Winery Stop
A lot of activities were packed in a single day and yet we did not feel rushed.
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.
Awesome guide, very organised.
Kevin_D, Jan. 2023
Niagara Falls Day Tour from Toronto
Through the whole bus ride he made sure to bring the places to life, pointing out different landmarks, telling us stories about who'd tried to go down the falls and even stories about how a Canadian chocolate company was named!
Mary_S, Jan. 2023
Underground Donut Tour in Toronto
We can to Toronto to see the play Harry Potter.
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Claudio_T, Nov. 2022
Guided Day Tour to Niagara Falls From Toronto Including Boat Ride
There in Niagara, there are 3-4 hours of free walking around the waterfalls, plenty of time to lunch and to take many photos.
A journey at Niagara Falls
Fabien_P, Oct. 2022
9-Hour Niagara Falls Day Tour from Toronto
A trip to the Niagara Falls with a great guide.
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All about Toronto

When to visit

Toronto is always dynamic and exciting, but the city is definitely at its liveliest in sunny summertime, when temperatures hit an average high of 80°F (27°C). That warm weather draws crowds to the city’s beaches, urban retreats like the Toronto Islands, and open-air cafés and restaurants. For a different perspective, visit in the autumn shoulder season, when the leaf-peeping is at its best and regional destinations like Algonquin Park make for an ideal way to get out in nature.

Getting around

Toronto’s extensive public transportation networks make it easy to explore. The city has a subway system and a network of nine streetcar routes and is served by multiple bus lines. Ferry and water taxi services also connect the city to the Toronto Islands, which themselves are best explored on foot or by bike. Much of central Toronto is walkable, and taxi services offer another way to get around.

Traveler tips

Toronto is Canada’s largest city, and it’s also its most diverse and dynamic—45 percent of residents speak a language other than English or French, and it’s often called the most multicultural city in the world. This is a place where you can seek out new culinary encounters—from Ethiopian to Korean, Pakistani to Polish, Argentine to Burmese. The city’s eclectic restaurants represent its global sensibility.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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