Toronto, Ontario is the 4th largest city in North America with no shortage of things to do. This diverse and beautiful city brings in more than 14 million tourists every year and is ideal for the urban adventurer. Here are just a few things to check out if you find yourself booking a trip to this awesome city:
As one of Canada’s most recognizable symbols, and a defining point in the Toronto skyline, the CN Tower is an internationally renowned architectural triumph. A must-see for anyone visiting Toronto, it offers world-class entertainment and dining (360 Restaurant is award-winning and is said to be one of the best restaurants in Toronto). At 1,815 feet, this tower offers spectacular views from its floor-to-ceiling windows, glass floors, and glass elevators with glass floor panels. If you’re a thrill-seeker try the EdgeWalk, the world’s highest hands-free external walk. Get harnessed in and experience the tower from 116 floors up, right outside of the structure.
301 Front St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2T6
Steam Whistle Brewing is a brewery in downtown Toronto that produces only one beer—a premium pilsner, but they do it “really really well,” as the brewers say. It is one of the only remaining Pilsners in the world that still adheres to the strict standards of the Bavarian Purity Act of 1516. Noblemen of the time decreed that only water, barley, hops, and yeast may be used to brew beer. Grab a brewski in one of their iconic green bottles and enjoy great views of the nearby CN Tower.
The Roundhouse 255 Bremner Blvd, Toronto, ON M5V 3M9
Celebrate Canada’s national pastime at the Hockey Hall of Fame. While you’re there, go one-on-one against animated life-size versions of some of today’s greatest goalies and shooters; get up close and personal with the Stanley cup; and check out a bunch of other hockey-themed exhibits like a life-size replica of a pro locker room. Pay tribute in this massive space to the Canadians who invented the great sport of ice hockey that has been adopted by more than 70 countries.
30 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M5E 1X8
Just a 15 minute ferry ride from downtown, the Toronto Islands, also known as the “Island,” has plenty of activities for people of all ages. Enjoy beaches, picnic areas, award-winning gardens, paddleboats, kayaking, and even an amusement park! There are also cute bed and breakfasts and cafes housed in quaint cottages if you’re looking for something more relaxing. Or you can always just enjoy the stunning views of the Toronto skyline from several focal points that are said to be some of the best in the city.
Eat your way through the historic St. Lawrence Market, a food market located in Toronto’s Old Town. Since 1803, the market has been offering up a vast array of fresh produce, baked goods, sausages, jams, cheeses, and more. More than 120 vendors set up shop daily, spread out across two floors, so there’s no lack of things to try. One thing to not miss when you’re here is Toronto’s iconic Peameal Bacon sandwich at Carousel Bakery—a stack of thick cut bacon coated in peameal (also known as cornmeal) on a Kaiser bun that is oh-so-mouthwateringly good.
93 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E 1C3
The Royal Ontario Museum is Canada’s largest museum of natural history and world cultures with more than 6 million objects on display. Give yourself at least a couple of hours to wander and see everything from dinosaur exhibits to mummies to tattoo art. If you have the time, check out Friday Night Live at the museum for dancing, live artists, food and drink, and of course exploring the galleries.
100 Queens Park, Toronto, ON M5S 2C6
Cheer on the Blue Jays, Canada’s only Major League Baseball team, at Rogers Centre. It has the world’s first fully retractable stadium roof so you can cheer on the players rain or shine. The stadium also hosts big-name concerts and events like Disney on Ice and monster truck rallies.
1 Blue Jays Way, Toronto, ON M5V 1J1