As Toronto can be hard to navigate around, we begin the list of Things to do in Toronto from the heart of downtown Toronto.
Things to Do in Toronto are:
- The city’s main landmark is the CN Tower. Standing at a whopping 1,815 ft tall, it dominates the Toronto skyline. The elevator ride up this massive structure takes approximately 3 minutes and the views from inside the top are the best you will find in Toronto. The CN Tower has a restaurant that slowly revolves while the guests eat, giving them a 360 degree view of the city. This beloved landmark was the first of its kind and is considered the pride and joy of Toronto.
- The Distillery District is one of Toronto’s oldest and best preserved heritage sites. This 13 acre district has many restaurants and cafes, along with biking paths and art galleries. Walking along one of the many streets of the Distillery District is like walking down Toronto in the year 1830.
- Another great area to go for a walk in dowtown Toronto is the Harbourfront. Extending from Yonge Street to Bathrust Street, Toronto’s Harbourfront stretches along the shore of Lake Ontario. There are always festivals going on here, and great bars and pubs with open patios. The most famous place along Harbourfront is the Harbourfront Centre which holds galleries and exhibits. The best time to visit this area is in the summer time.
- Next on the list is Toronto’s main art gallery and museum. The first being the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) which has over 6 million items contained within 40 galleries. This massive world culture and history museum is a hot spot for tourists and locals. The most recent exhibit here was the Dead Sea Scrolls. The second Toronto gallery is the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO). Being the 10th largest art gallery in North America, it holds 68,000 beloved works of art from present day to as far back as the 1st century.
- Heading a little further out from the centre of downtown Toronto is the magnificent castle known as Casa Loma. You’ve probably seen it before and just did not know it. This was the site of the famous school for mutants in the blockbuster movie X-men. With its Gothic Revival style, it was built by Sir Henry Mill Pellatt around 1911. It is now a Canadian Landmark and museum.
- A must see when in Toronto is the Kensington Market. Situated at the west end of Spadina Ave, this eclectic collection of vintage shops, cafes and restaurants has been around since 1920. It is a fascinating place to people watch and also offers imported products. December brings the Solstice festival to Kensington Market.
- Moving towards the outskirts of Toronto, you will come across the Toronto Zoo in the Scarborough district. Stretching across 710 acres, this is the third largest zoo in the world. The Toronto Zoo is seperated into 8 different regions of the world and houses more then 490 species. It is a great place to bring the family or for a stroll by yourself.
- If you feel like a day trip while visiting Toronto, no place is better then Centre Island. Also known as Toronto Island, it is a short ferry ride away. This is a nice place for a break from the hustle and bustle of the city with large green spaces and recreation areas. Toronto Island is a classic 150 year old community that is great for picnics, sports, hiking paths and renting boats. Its a beautiful escape for the weekend and usually holds festivals all year round.
- Jump on the Queen Street streetcar coming east from downtown Toronto and travel into the Toronto Beaches. This is known for dog walking, independent shops and strolling down the Boardwalk along Lake Ontario. Like most regions in Toronto, the culture in the Beaches are very different from downtown Toronto. The small-town atmosphere only adds to its charm as you walk past classy homes and condos or sip a drink at one of the many patio pubs. Make sure you look to the west for a fantastic view of the Toronto skyline.
- Last but not least on the top ten list are the culture inspired districts of Toronto. Travel around the world in one day as you visit Chinatown, Greektown, Little Italy, Little Portugal and Little India. We feel this has to be on the top ten list of places to see in Toronto because it is the epitome of Toronto culture. Everything is authentic from the food, fabrics to the clothes.
So when visiting Toronto, mark these places on your ‘must-see’ list and have fun. Enjoy the beauty of Toronto and the many things to do in Toronto.