As Canada’s largest city, Toronto is home to some of the world’s most iconic sights leaving visitors with no shortage of things to do.
Arts and culture
Culture vultures can spend their days roaming local museums and creative art studios interspersed throughout the city. Home to artisan boutiques, a handful of art galleries and street entertainers, the historic Distillery District is Toronto’s epicentre of arts and culture. Visitors can join a guided walking tour of this neighbourhood, taking in the quirky Beauchamp Art Gallery and the Young Centre for performing arts. Across the city, the Junction is a cultural hub intersected by four historic railways.
Thriving with creative energy from local artists, the area's Museum of Contemporary Art features five floors of modern work, whilst the Angell Gallery has visually stimulating exhibitions on show throughout the year. Not to be missed by art lovers is a visit to the Entertainment District, boasting Canada’s Walk of Fame and annually hosting Toronto’s International Film Festival.
The city packs a nature punch too, so for something a little more outdoorsy, visitors can bike from one neighbourhood to the next. Ontario’s Great Lake Waterfront Trail is a favourite among adventurous cyclists, zipping through the rolling Sunnyside Park and between the beautiful Woodbine Beach and Balmy Beach. Perched on the majestic Lake Ontario, Toronto has many beautiful beaches to boast including Kew Beach within The Beaches neighbourhood, which is also home to the annual Beaches International Jazz Festival.
Alternatively, visitors can take to the water to see Toronto from a whole new viewpoint. With a number of options available, visitors can travel across hidden lagoons on a boat, kayak through Rouge National Urban Park, North America’s largest urban park, or try stand up paddleboarding in Bluffers Park. To escape the bustling atmosphere, visitors can catch a ferry to one of the car-free Toronto Islands which, peppered along the lake, offer beaches, leafy parks and incredible skyline views looking back at the city.
Towering above downtown Toronto and impossible to miss, the CN Tower is the city’s most famed landmark. Visitors can appreciate the building from the ground or for a little more adventure, the EdgeWalk offers unparalleled views. As the world’s highest outdoor walk on any building, guests will be elevated 365 meters as they walk around the edge of the main pod hands-free. Home to the famous Toronto Maple Leafs ice hockey team and the 2019 NBA World Champions the Toronto Raptors, sports lovers should tie their visit in with a game at the Scotiabank Arena, or visit the nearby Hockey Hall of Fame on Brookfield Place to learn more about the players.
An easy day trip from Toronto will take visitors to the world-famous Niagara Falls where it is possible to get up close on a guided tour stopping off at Horseshoe Falls or alternatively thrill-seekers can zipline high above the swirling water. Back on land, the neighbouring Niagara-on-the-Lake offers a tranquil place to relax located in the heart of the Niagara Wine Region, where over 100 wineries produce outstanding wine including the premium Ontario special, Icewine.