Things to do in Toronto

Toronto, Canada is a cosmopolitan city brimming with attractions for visitors. From excellent restaurants in Little Italy and Chinatown, to upscale shopping at the Eaton Centre, combined with beautiful nature in the surrounding areas, Toronto draws crowds of tourists for a reason. While in the city, here are some of the top spots to check out.

The CN Tower

CN Tower, Toronto
CN Tower, Toronto. Source: (Creative Commons)

This iconic tower is a must-see attraction as it allows visitors incredible panoramic views over the city. The tower is 553 metres tall and features a glass floor viewing area, a revolving restaurant, and as of April 2015, visitors can attempt a terrifying “Edge Walk” experience – a hands-free, safety harnessed walk along a five foot wide platform… 116 storeys above ground!

Distillery District

Distillery District, Toronto
Distillery District, Toronto. Source: (Creative Commons)

Toronto’s Distillery District is a historic area that is bursting with life and conveniently located a short walk from downtown. The district is a pedestrian-only area, so take a stroll and sample some cultural delights such as art galleries, live performance venues, excellent restaurants, quirky cafes, and designer boutiques. And of course take a visit to the Gooderham & Worts Whiskey Distillery while you’re in the area!

Hockey Hall of Fame

Canada is a nation obsessed with hockey, so while in Toronto, a visit to the Hockey Hall of Fame is a great education in the sport, and a chance to view a vast collection of photos, trivia, statistics, and homage to the best players of the past and present. Alternatively, head over to the Air Canada Centre to catch the Maple Leafs, Toronto’s home team, play a live game.

Take in a Show

There are many live performances to avail of in Toronto. Head to the National Ballet of Canada to see the nation’s premier ballet company in action, or to the Buddies in Bad Times Theatre to see some alternative, quirky theatrical pieces. A stroll around the Toronto Music Garden is also a great experience, it is a public garden whose architecture was based on and inspired by Johann Sebastian Bach’s music.

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls. Source: (Creative Commons)

Not in the city of Toronto itself, the famed falls are about a 90 minute drive away and a day trip well worth doing if you are in the area. Take the Maid of the Mist boat experience for an up-close journey to the base of the powerful falls, or just stand near the edge and take in the falls in all their glory.