Things to do in and around Toronto
If you’re planning a trip to Canada’s most populous city, Toronto, you’re in for a treat! The provincial capital of Ontario, Toronto encompasses a fascinating mix of cultures and influences, and is an international centre for business, finance, entertainment and art, making it one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world.
Buckle up your seatbelt and let’s explore some of the things you can do!
A green city
Toronto’s iconic ultramodern skyscrapers create an intriguing and unique contrast with the natural surroundings it sits on. Located on the Northwestern shore of Lake Ontario, Toronto is built around an extended network of rivers, urban forests and islands. This, along with Toronto’s unique ravine system, inspired the city’s slogan: ‘The city within a park’.
We recommend starting your trip with an ascent up the famous CN Tower, the tallest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere and the third tallest in the world. Standing at 1,814 feet, it is not for the faint hearted, but if you can brave the altitude then you won’t regret it. Here, you can grasp the whole city from a remarkable aerial and panoramic perspective, whilst enjoying a once in a lifetime dinner at the celebrated revolving 360 Restaurant.
Once you have appreciated the city from above, you can descend to admire each architectural triumph up close. Toronto is home to over 200 ethnic groups, and the history of the city has left its mark nowhere better than in the prominent structures it displays. From charming Victorian and Edwardian-era residential neighborhoods, to the industrial Distillery District, and the glass and steel business core of the city, Toronto’s amalgamation of architectural styles will take you on a fascinating journey. It is also important to mention the presence of the picturesque districts of Greektown, Little Italy, Portugal Village, Little India and the two lovely Chinatowns.
Culture and outdoor fun
Toronto is a major player in the industry of film and television production. The city celebrates the best work in film during the famed Toronto International Film Festival, which we highly recommend if you’re a movie enthusiast.
Home to a bustling commercial and cultural area, the Old City of Toronto offers squares, parks, museums, cinemas, theatres, bars and restaurants, so you won’t have a minute to spare. Learn about the fascinating aboriginal culture at the Museum of Inuit Art, or visit the futuristic-looking Royal Ontario Museum of world culture and natural history, which hosts over 5000 animals representing 460 species. For an edgy afternoon, we recommend visiting the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art and the fascinating Ontario Science Centre.
The perfect day trips
Want to get out of the city? On Toronto’s doorstep there are many beautiful islands – some of these can be accessed in around 10 minutes by ferry. Perfect for a day outdoors with the kids, Centre Island offers activities for a fun-filled day. With beaches, bike trails, picnic areas, a maze, and award-winning gardens – these are only a few of the many entertaining ways you and your family can spend the day.
Want to really get out of the city? Well, we have something very special in mind. The renowned Niagara Falls is just one and half hours away by car. Witness one of nature’s most awe-inspiring displays in an unforgettable trip to the other side of Lake Ontario. To truly admire the view from the Canadian side of the falls, why not get up close and personal with nature by booking a boat tour? These boats will take you considerably close to the descending water. Beware of using your camera though, as ponchos will be provided – and you’ll definitely get wet! We’re pretty sure you won’t forget the experience any time soon.