Toronto Activities

TripWhat's travel guide to Toronto; our list of the best attractions, including Canadian National Exhibition, Art Gallery of Ontario and Hockey Hall of Fame.
  • The best activities in Toronto: Canadian National Exhibition

    Canadian National Exhibition

    Exhibition Place210 Princes Blvd
    3 million.
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  • Art Gallery of Ontario

    Art Gallery of Ontario

    317 Dundas St W
    Home to many famous pieces of art ranging from very recent to artwork hundreds of years old. Artists from Monet to Warhol are represented here and the AGO has one of the largest collections of Henry Moore sculptures in the world.
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  • Hockey Hall of Fame

    Hockey Hall of Fame

    Brookfield Place30 Yonge Street
    M-F 10AM-5PM, Sa 9:30AM-6PM, Su 10:30AM-5PM. A shrine to Canada's pastime in the heart of the city. The Stanley Cup is usually housed here - if seeing it is important, call ahead and ensure it's not in another city before you visit. Adults $12, Youth + Seniors $8.
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  • Royal Ontario Museum

    Royal Ontario Museum

    100 Queens Park
    Sa-Th 10AM-5:30PM, F 10AM-9:30PM. Adults: $25, Seniors: $22.50, Students: $22.50, Children (4-14yrs): $17. Note: these prices include special exhibits. An adult general admission ticket that excludes special exhibits is $15. The ROM is Canada's largest museum, displaying everything from preserved Egyptian mummies to live Madagascar cockroaches. It's must-see for anyone with an interest in cultural or natural history, and a terrific place to wander through. The first floor's East Asian Exhibit is particularly beautiful. Be aware that the museum is can easily take more than a day to fully explore. A new civilization wing is currently under construction, apparently designed to resemble the Louvre pyramid exploding.
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  • CN Tower

    CN Tower

    301 Front Street West
    Summer: 9h-23h, Winter: 9h-22h. Total Tower Experience: $32.99. Once the tallest freestanding structure in the world, this tower affords generous views of the Greater Toronto Area and, on a clear day, you can see the opposite shore of Lake Ontario. While the address is on Front Street, the tower is more easily accessed from Bremner Blvd or Rees St. From Union Station, take the Skywalk from the west waiting room and follow signs to reach the tower.
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  • Ontario Place

    Ontario Place

    955 Lake Shore Blvd W
    Ontario Place is a multiple use entertainment and seasonal waterfront park attraction located in Toronto, Ontario, and owned by the Crown in Right of Ontario. It is administered as an agency of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Culture. Located on the shore of Lake Ontario, just south of Exhibition Place, it is approximately 4 km west of Downtown Toronto. It opened on May 22, 1971 and consists of three artificially constructed, landscaped islands. Attractions are spread throughout the park, as well as walking trails and food and drink concessions. Traditionally targeted at a family audience, with emphasis on children's activities, the park has a seasonal operating schedule and is closed from October through April, with the exception of the Cinesphere IMAX theatre and private event space. Central to the complex is a public marina and a major concert theatre. Historically, Ontario Place, as a publicly subsidized provincial agency, aims to keep costs, especially for families, lower than comparable attractions.
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  • Casa Loma

    Casa Loma

    1 Austin Terrace
    $16 adults, $10 seniors (60+) and youth (14-17), $8.75 children (4-13). In 1911, financier Sir Henry Mill Pellatt decided to construct Canada's largest private residence. The resulting European-style castle is now a Toronto landmark and popular tourist attraction. The gardens are particularly beautiful.
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  • Bata Shoe Museum

    Bata Shoe Museum

    327 Bloor St W
    Tu-W,F-Sa 10AM-5PM, Th 10AM-8PM, Su noon-5PM. $8 adults, $6 senoirs/students, $4 children. Free on Th 5PM-8PM. One of Toronto's more unusual attractions, the Bata Shoe Museum tells the story of footwear through the ages. Much more interesting that it sounds, the building is worth a look if only to check out its unique deconstructivist architecture, meant to resemble an opening shoe box.
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  • Canada's Wonderland

    Canada's Wonderland

    9580 Jane St
    15 Roller Coasters, 20 Acre waterpark.
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  • The Guvernment

    The Guvernment

    132 Queens Quay W
    Open all night. Cover typically around $20, but can be more for concerts or special events. Huge club that's considered one of the places to party and dance in Toronto — provided you like a packed dance floor, house/techno music, and a young crowd (university/college age, generally). The sound system and light show are top-notch and the venue attracts international DJs. There are other rooms with different music, including hip-hop, top 40 and other genres of dance music. On the roof is Skybar, which lets you drink and take in the Toronto skyline (or the night sky) at the same time.
  • Toronto Zoo

    Toronto Zoo

    A world-class facility, the Toronto Zoo is best accessed by car or GO Transit + TTC bus as a day-trip as it is located at the eastern reaches of the city. The zoo is divided into zones (such as Africa, South America and North America) and features both indoor and outdoor displays. Open daily except for Christmas Day, and worth a visit in both the winter and summer months.
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  • Ontario Science Centre

    Ontario Science Centre

    770 Don Mills Rd
    Adults $22, Child $13, Senior/Student $16. Lots of hands on science exhibits, including a rainforest, a tornado machine, a sound proof tunnel, balance testing machines and more. It also contains Ontario's only Omnimax (full wrap around) movie theatre.
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  • Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art

    Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art

    952 Queen St W
    Admission to the Museum is Pay What You Can. MOCCA’s facility is modest in scale, impressive in design and functions effectively as a nucleus of energies for the production and exchange of creativity, ideas and innovation.
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  • Redpath Sugar Museum

    Redpath Sugar Museum

    95 Queens Quay E
    This small museum is in the enormous Redpath Sugar Refinery and details the production of sugar.
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  • Toronto City Hall

    Toronto City Hall

    100 Queen St W
    Toronto's modernist City Hall designed by Finnish architect Viljo Revell and was completed in 1965. Nathan Phillips Square features a reflecting pool that turns into a skating rink in the winter. Old City Hall, completed in 1899, is located across the street at 60 Queen St. W.
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  • Toronto Island

    Toronto Island

    Toronto Island
    A short inexpensive ferry ride from the foot of Bay St. and you leave the bustle of the city behind. Visually, the views of the skyline from the islands is stunning, and for cycling, walking, picnics or just relaxing, the Toronto Islands are hard to beat. There is even a small amusement park for kids, Centreville. On hot summer days, temperatures here will often be about 2-3C less than the mainland providing relief. By mid-summer the water is warm enough to swim at Hanlan's Point or for the more adventurous, a nude beach is located nearby.
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  • Kew Gardens

    Kew Gardens

    2075 Queen St E
    This park includes a large children's playground and wading pool in the north-west corner. In the winter, there's the outdoor ice-skating rink. The Beaches Library, one of three Toronto Carnegie libraries, is located in the north-east corner.
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  • Gooderham Building

    Gooderham Building

    49 Wellington St E
    Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm. The Gooderham Building, generally known as the Flatiron Building, is a five-storey, wedge-shaped building at the intersection of Front, Church and Wellington Streets. It was built in 1892 and was the first flatiron building in a major city. Until 1952 the building housed the offices of Gooderham & Worts Distillers, whose distilling buildings now make up the Distillery District several blocks to the east.
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  • Rogers Centre

    Rogers Centre

    1 Blue Jays Way
    This large stadium is home to the Toronto Blue Jays baseball team and hosts large concerts. It has a retractable roof, allowing games to be played in all weather. To access the stadium from Union Station follow the skywalk from the western waiting room.
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  • ice skating

    ice skating

    235 Queens Quay West
    Skate rentals available. Music and Friday DJ nights.
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  • Canon Theatre

    Canon Theatre

    244 Victoria Street
    This theatre opened as the Pantages Theatre in 1920 hosting films and Vaudeville acts. In the 1970s it was split up into several cinemas to form a modern multiplex. It was restored during the late 1980s and reopened as a theatre in 1989 with Andrew Lloyd Weber's The Phantom of the Opera.
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  • St Lawrence Hall

    St Lawrence Hall

    157 King St E
    This ornate, Renaissance Revival building was built in 1850 to be Toronto's main meeting space and was a major centre for political speeches and concerts. It is now used for a diverse range of uses, from weddings to art shows.
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  • St Lawrence Market

    St Lawrence Market

    92 - 95 Front St E
    A city market has been located on the southwest corner of Front St East and Jarvis St for over 200 years. The current incarnation of the South Market contains over 200 permanent food-related vendors on two floors, including butchers, fishmongers and numerous specialty and takeout businesses. The South Market is open daily except Sundays and Mondays. The North Market, located just across Front St, opens only on Saturdays for a Farmers' Market, when farmers from surrounding townships sell their wares, and on Sundays for an Antique Market.
  • McMichael Canadian Art Gallery

    McMichael Canadian Art Gallery

    10365 Islington Avenue
    10AM-4PM daily, closed December 25. $15, discounts for families and seniors. Excellent collection dominated by the famous Canadian Group of Seven and their contemporaries.
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  • The Bloor Street Cinema

    The Bloor Street Cinema

    A century-old, independent movie theatre that often features classic favourites in addition to current box office hits. Definitely the place to go if you feel like watching Dr. Strangelove on the big screen. Evening shows are $5, plus a $3 membership fee that's good for 6 months. If you're in town for Halloween, the midnight screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show is recommended.'
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  • Beaches International Jazz Festival

    Beaches International Jazz Festival

    Kew Gardens
    Beaches International Jazz Festival - July 19th - 28th 2013 Toronto, Ontario - Admission is FREE for ALL events! http://www.beachesjazz.com/ - Woodbine Park - Kew Gardens - StreetFest.
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