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Best Things To Do in Toronto

As Canada's largest city, Toronto is known for its cosmopolitan population, diverse cultures, and various tourist attractions. From museums to galleries to outdoors, Toronto has all kinds of tourist destinations for every traveler.

However, with so many activities to choose from, it can become incredibly overwhelming to plan your trip. The travel experts at Canadian Train Vacations can help. We've listed the 21 best things to do in Toronto Canada so that you experience the best of this vibrant city without any hassle.

1. Kensington Market

Previously known as the 'Jewish Market', immigrants from various continents have settled here for a century and have been selling items from their respective countries. You'll find this area lined with shops in designated areas selling street art, murals, jewelry, purses, and vintage clothes.
There are food stores as well selling a variety of meat, dairy products, poultry, fruits, and vegetables, as well as restaurants various cuisines, and many coffee shops.

Even if you don't indulge in shopping, a walk through the Kensington Market is among the most fun things to do in Toronto.

How to reach here: Take a subway to the Queen's Park station and then board the 506 streetcar to Spadina Ave.

Timings: 11 am to 7 pm, throughout the year except for Christmas and New Year

Fees: Free

Average time required: Up to four hours

View of street and shops during daytime

2. Skip the Line: Bata Shoe Museum

Considered among the unusual tourist attractions in Toronto, Bata Shoe Museum showcases footwear dating back to 4,500 years. The museum has the largest collection of shoes anywhere in the world with over 13,000 shoes. It has footwear from various countries including India, Africa, China, the Middle East and indigenous North America. The museum also has celebrity collections from the likes of Roger Federer, Madonna, John Lennon, Queen Victoria and Marilyn Monroe.

How to reach here: You can take a subway to St. George station. It is only a minute's walk from there.

Timings: Monday-Sunday from 10 am-5 pm and on Sunday from 12 pm-5 pm

Fees: Individual - $14 and Senior - $12

Average time required: Upto two hours

3. Toronto Waterfront and the Harbourfront Centre

Located on the Toronto Waterfront, the Harbourfront Centre is Canada's premier contemporary art centre that hosts more than 4,000 events in theatre, dance, literature, music, and film throughout the year.

Apart from the cultural centre, you'll also find scenic walking trails, ice skating rinks, restaurants, and shops at the Toronto Waterfront.

How to reach here: It is a 5-minute walk from the Union Station subway stop.

Timings: The Harbourfront Centre is open from Tuesdays-Sundays between 12–6 pm

Fees: Free

A view of modern buildings and city skyline on a clear day

4. Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)

Among the things to do in downtown Toronto is to visit the Royal Ontario Museum. As Canada's largest museum, it attracts more than a million visitors per year, making it the most-visited museum in the country. There are more than forty galleries and six million items including collections of dinosaurs, ancient Roman sculptures, European artifacts, and meteorites.

How to reach here: St. George is the closest subway station to the museum's main entrance

Timings: Tuesday-Sunday from 10 am to 5:30 pm

Fees: $23 for adults and $18 for seniors (65+)

Best time to visit: Weekdays

Average time required: 3-4 hours

View of modern building at night

5. Mirvish Theatres

Looking for what to do in Toronto Canada? Catch a live performance at Mirvish Theatres. Among the most renowned theatres in Toronto, you can enjoy all kinds of shows from musicals to comic plays. The company runs four theatres around the city. Each is easily reached by car, transit, or on foot. The most famous is the Royal Alexandra Theatre on King Street West. Built in 1907, it is a historical landmark. You can buy tickets online in advance of your trip, or try for last-minute tickets at the theatre box office.

A view of vibrant commercial street with brick building and classic theatre entrance

6. Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

Among the popular things to do in Toronto is to visit the Ripley's Aquarium of Canada. The aquarium exhibits more than 20,000 exotic sea and freshwater specimens and holds 1.25 million gallons of marine and freshwater habitats. Their underwater tunnel is the longest one in North America and lets you look up at a variety of aquatic life, including sharks, rays, and turtles.

How to reach here: From Union subway station, follow the SkyWalk west or walk west on the south side of Front Street to York Street.

Timings: 9 am-9 pm, daily

Fees: $44 for adults (14+), $29 for seniors (65+)

Best time to visit: Weekdays

Average time required: Upto 2.5 hours

A shark swims amongst small fish an aquarium tunnel lighting up pathway beneath it

7. Art Gallery of Ontario

The Art Gallery of Ontario is the second largest art museum in Toronto after the Royal Ontario Museum. With five levels to explore, the gallery is home to 90,000 pieces of art from around the world including Canadian indigenous artwork, European masterpieces, and contemporary art. You'll also find art paintings by Picasso, Claude Monet, and Van Gogh and a number of works from the Renaissance period. 

How to reach here: The St. Patrick station on the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line is the closest stop to the Art Gallery of Ontario. From there, it's a 5-minute walk.

Timings: 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday and 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Fees: $25 for adults (25+)

Best time to visit: Weekdays

Average time required: 2-3 hours

People sitting indoors near window with tall and modern framing

8. Casa Loma

A must-see in Toronto, Casa Loma is a Gothic-styled mansion that has been converted into a museum since 1937. It consists of hidden passages, horse stables, sculpted gardens, decorated suites, and wine cellars. The antique car museum and the wax museum of celebrity walk are the highlights of this castle.

How to reach here: Take the subway to the St. Clair West station and then walk 15 minutes to reach the castle.

Timings: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m

Fees: $40 for adults (18-64), $35 for seniors (65+)

Average time required: 2-3 hours

Exterior of castle and fall foliage stand out against a blue sky

9. CN Tower

Among the many Toronto tourist attractions, CN Tower stands out as an iconic structure of Toronto's skyline. Standing tall at 1815 feet, it houses observation decks, a revolving restaurant, and an entertainment complex, attracting more than two million tourists every year. One of the best things to do at the CN Tower is to take an elevator to one of the observation decks and watch the sunset along the skyline of Toronto.

How to reach here: Take the subway to Union Station. From there, it is a short walk west along Front Street.

Timings: 9:30 am-10 pm

Fees: Check here

Best time to visit: During sunset

Average time required: Upto 2 hours

View of modern cityscape from across water and framed by lush islands

10. Hockey Hall of Fame

The Hockey Hall of Fame pays tribute to ice hockey, Canada's unofficial national sport. It contains exhibits of players, teams, NHL records and trophies including the Stanley Cup and a ton of information about the history of the sport. While you're here, don't miss out on the Puck Wall, which showcases more than a thousand pucks collected from different tournaments worldwide.

How to reach here: 5-minute walk from the Union subway station

Timings: 10 am-5 pm

Fees: $25 for adults (18-64), $20 for seniors (65+)

Average time required: 2-3 hours

Trophies on display behind glass in room within museum

11. St. Lawrence Market

Recognized once as the world's best food market by National Geographic, St. Lawrence Market is an excellent place for fresh produce and delicious eats in Toronto. With more than two centuries of history, the market is divided into three buildings: North Market, South Market, and St. Lawrence Hall. The North Market hosts weekly farmer's and antique markets, the South Market has 120 vendors selling food items and St. Lawrence Hall houses retail businesses. 

How to reach here: 10-minute walk from the Union subway station

Timings: 9 am to 7 pm from Tuesday to Friday, 7 am to 5 pm on Saturday, and 10 am to 5 p.m on Sunday

Fees: Free

Average time required: 2-3 hours

View of stores and shoppers walking through indoor market

12. Distillery District

Home to Canada's largest distilling company in the 1800s, the Distillery District is now a pedestrian-only area that has been transformed into an entertainment and shopping district. It draws crowds to its hip indie restaurants, bars, art galleries, music performances, and boutiques. Paved with cobblestone walkaways, the Distillery District is one of the best places in Toronto to go for a walk.

How to reach here: It is a mile away from the King subway station

Timings: Monday-Thursday from 10 am-6 pm, Friday to Saturday from 10 am-8 pm, and Sunday from 11 am-6 pm

Fees: Free

Average time required: Upto 2 hours

View of people in commercial area with industrial buildings

13. High Park

Toronto's largest public park is a mixed recreational and natural park featuring hiking trails, playgrounds, a zoo, sports facilities, a beautiful lakefront, and a couple of greenhouses. The High Park Zoo is home to many animals including bison, llamas, and reindeer. You can also rent a bike and ride through the park. 

How to reach here: High Park subway station

Timings: Always open

Fees: Free

Best time to visit: Weekdays

View of park with decorative lawn and greenery

14. Edwards Gardens

Edwards Garden is one of the seventeen gardens housed within the Toronto Botanical Garden. It is spread across a vast expanse with beautiful flower beds, plant gardens, nice meadows, plenty of shade, and a calming stream running through it.v

You'll find many scenic trails to explore here with plenty of sitting arrangements as well. You can also bring your own food and have a picnic here.

How to reach here: Take the #54 or #54A Lawrence East bus eastbound from Eglington Station on the Yonge-University-Spadina Line

Timings: 10 am -8:30 pm

Fees: Free

Best time to visit: Weekdays

Average time required: Upto 3 hours

Garden with waterfall and decorative small bridge in the distance

15. Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls is a combination of three falls: Horseshoe Falls, American Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls, located across the USA-Canada border. Out of the three falls, the Horseshoe Falls is considered the best as its the strongest fall in North America and the only one based in Canada.

Following are some popular things to do in Niagara Falls:
Take a boat ride on the falls with the Maid of the Mist tour
Experience a portion of the falls with the Cave of the Winds tour
Get a unique view of the falls with the Journey Behind the Falls tour

Details for Niagara Falls: Niagara Falls is a 1 hour and 18 minute drive from Toronto along the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) highway. There are many sight-seeing tours from Toronto.

Timings: Always open

Fees: Varies as per the tour

Best time to visit: June-September

Average time required: One day for all the tours

View of misty waterfall and surrounding area with greenery during daytime

16. Toronto Harbour Cruise

Booking a Toronto Harbour Cruise is one of the best ways to enjoy the scenic Toronto skylines and islands. You can get the best and most unique view of the city from the water. Ask your Canadian Train Vacation travel advisor about adding a boat cruise to your itinerary.

View of cruise passing by city skyline on a clear day as the sun sets

17. Morning Bike Tour

Going for a Morning Bike Tour in a group is among the top things to do in Toronto Canada. You cycle through the various neighborhoods, parks, and landmarks in Toronto with a guide leading the tour. The guide gives you lots of useful information about the city, its culture, and history. There are ample breaks during the ride ensuring that you don't get tired.

A couple bike over the grass in lush area in the Toronto Islands

18. Toronto Island

Toronto Island is a chain of 15 islands in Lake Ontario, considered among the top places to visit in Toronto Canada. Following a 13-minute ferry ride from downtown Toronto, you can enjoy a visit to an amusement park, swimming beaches (including a clothing-optional beach on Hanlan's Point), Gibraltar's lighthouse, and expansive picnic areas on these islands.
In terms of activities, you can indulge in bike riding, paddle a canoe, kayak around the water canals, or simply walk along the islands.
The island also offers an amazing view of the skyline of Toronto.

How to reach here: Hire a ferry from the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal at the foot of Bay St. and Queen's Quay to reach Toronto Island.

Timings: Check this website

Fees: Free, but ferry tickets cost $8.70 for adults and $5.60 for seniors,

Best time to visit: May to September

Average time required: Half a day

A man paddling in Toronto Islands lagoon during daytime

19. Epic Sportfishing

One of the top 10 things to do in Toronto is to go for a fishing adventure in Lake Ontario. It's a fun activity for the whole family. Many fishermen catch big trout and salmon in this Great Lake. Going on a guided excursion ensures that you have all the proper equipment and will have a safe experience.

Close-up view of rod and gear for recreational fishing on board boat travelling through glistening lake

20. EcoAdventures

Toronto EcoAdventures offers specialized day trips to national parks, lesser-known places, and small towns outside Toronto. It is among the most adventurous things to do in Toronto.

Every tour organized by Toronto EcoAdventures is unique, well-planned, and accommodates a maximum of six people for a better-personalized experience. Hence, you can meet new people, explore new places, and learn more about Ontario.

To plan your tours with Toronto EcoAdventures, visit their website.

View of rugged and lush park island surrounded by clear azure freshwater

21. Scarborough Bluffs

The Scarborough Bluffs is an impressive cliff formation that rises from the shores of Lake Ontario and stretches across nine parks. There are plenty of activities you can do here - bike riding, hiking trails, picnic, barbeque, and swimming.

The views of the lake and the cliffs are dramatic all year long.

How to reach here: Take the Brimley Road by car

Timings: Always open

Fees: Free

Best time to visit: Sunrise/sunset during weekdays

Average time required: Upto a day

People visiting beach by bluffs with colourful trees

Frequently Asked Questions

How many days in Toronto is enough?

You can easily spend up to a week in Toronto to experience all the things we have mentioned in this guide.

What should I not miss in Toronto?

If you're short on time, ensure you visit the following places: CN Tower, St. Lawrence Market, Royal Ontario Museum, Casa Loma,and Ripley's Aquarium of Canda

Is Toronto worth visiting?

With iconic landmarks, great outdoors, and bustling culture, Toronto is worth visiting for any traveler.

What month is best to visit Toronto?

June to October are the best months to visit Toronto as the weather is pleasant.

Is Toronto a walkable city?

Toronto ranks as the second most walkable city in Canada. It has a very walkable downtown core and an accessible transit system.

Is Toronto expensive?

Yes, Toronto is among the most expensive places in Canada. Hence, it's better to use public transport like the subway, buses, or streetcars to travel around Toronto.

What is Toronto famous for?

Toronto is famous for its skyline i.e. its skyscrapers and high-rise buildings. It is also known for its multicultural people, sports, and outdoors.

What's the best food in Toronto?

Some of the best local food to try in Toronto are: Peameal Bacon Sandwich, Sushi Pizza, Poutine, Nanaimo, Tourtière, Butter tarts and Ketchup chips

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