Toronto is known for many things but above all it’s famous for being the largest city in Canada, and the most multicultural city in the world. Nearly half of the city’s residents were born outside of Canada, and over 180 different nationalities are represented in Toronto.
With multiculturalism comes a vibrant and exciting food scene, with cuisine from all over the world. Foodies will love a trip to Toronto’s St Lawrence Market, one of the best food markets in the world, or Kensington Market, where foods from around the globe find their home in one exciting place.
Aside from exploring food, anyone visiting Toronto for the first time will certainly want to spend time in the busy downtown area, visiting attractions such as the famous CN Tower and Ripley’s Aquarium, and shopping in the ever-popular Eaton Centre.
Here is a list of the Top 20 Things to Do in Toronto:
- CN Tower: Head to the top of Canada’s tallest free-standing structure for unbeatable views of Toronto. And, if you’re brave enough, dare to do the EdgeWalk – it’s the highest external walk on a building in the world!
- Royal Ontario Museum (ROM): Explore art, culture, and natural history at one of Canada’s largest museums.
- Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada: Home to over 16,000 aquatic animals, this is one of North America’s top aquariums.
- Eaton Centre: One of Toronto’s most popular shopping destinations, with over 230 stores.
- Ontario Place: An outdoor recreation and entertainment complex with rides, restaurants, and more.
- Nathan Phillips Square: A public square in the heart of downtown Toronto, home to the iconic “Toronto” sign.
- Kensington Market: A vibrant and colourful neighbourhood known for its fresh food and artisan markets.
- High Park: Toronto’s largest public park, with over 400 acres of green space.
- Casa Loma: A historic castle turned museum, located in midtown Toronto.
- Toronto Islands: A group of 15 small islands off the coast of Toronto, accessible by ferry. The islands include popular beaches, an amusement park, restaurants, bike rentals and more.
- Canada’s Wonderland: An amusement park located in nearby Vaughan, perfect for a day trip.
- St Lawrence Market: One of the world’s best food markets, with over 120 vendors selling fresh produce, meat, seafood, and more.
- Hockey Hall of Fame: A must-see for any hockey fan, this museum is dedicated to the history of the sport.
- Ontario Science Centre: A hands-on science museum featuring over 80 exhibits.
- Toronto Zoo: One of the largest zoos in the world, with over 5,000 animals representing over 500 species.
- Historic Distillery District: A pedestrian-only village with art galleries, cafes, restaurants, and unique shops.
- Allan Gardens Conservatory: A beautiful greenhouse filled with tropical plants, flowers, and birds.
- Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO): One of North America’s largest art museums, with a collection of over 90,000 masterpieces.
- Toronto Botanical Gardens: 17 unique gardens and green space spread over 4 acres in the heart of the city.
- Fort York: A National Historic Site that where a major battle during the War of 1812 took place.