As the largest city in Canada, Toronto has so much to offer visitors! There’s no shortage of things to see and do in this vibrant city. I personally loved taking a trip to Toronto, and I had such a great time exploring and meeting the super nice people and taking in all the energy of this bustling city. You can read about my weekend guide to Toronto here and see my travel video of the trip here. But getting back to things to do in Toronto, here are my top 10 recommendations for you of things to do in Toronto. This is just a list to get you started, because there’s really so much to enjoy here!
Top 10 Things To Do in Toronto:
1 | CN Tower
The icon of the Toronto skyline is the CN Tower, extending high up over the city. You can take a super fast elevator up to the viewing deck, enjoy dinner in the rotating 360 Restaurant, or try the Edge Walk if you’re brave enough. I’m not sure if I could handle hanging off the edge of a building that high up, but thankfully my visit was in winter so it wasn’t available (dodged that bullet!!). But seriously, more power to you if you can do it!
2 | Maple Leafs hockey game
Is there anything more Canadian than hockey? I think not. Therefore, you absolutely must go to a Maple Leafs hockey game while you’re in town! I’m not regularly a big hockey fan but I had SUCH a great time at the Maple Leafs game! It’s so exciting to be in the arena, surrounded by excited fans, watching the action play out on the ice right in front of you. I’d definitely recommend it.
3 | Try poutine
Who ever thought that cheese curds and gravy could improve on the already fantastic French fries?? Well trust me, it does! Poutine is a staple snack in Canada, and you should try it at least once while you’re here. Go to the chain poutine restaurant, Smoke’s Poutinerie, to try a whole bunch of different flavors beyond just the basic cheese curds and gravy variety!
4 | Royal Ontario Museum
There’s something for everyone at the Royal Ontario Museum. This museum has exhibits of so many different varieties, and I would go back again on every trip to Toronto, just to try to see and appreciate all the different parts of this massive museum!
5 | Bata Shoe Museum
One of the more unique and alternative museums I’ve been to in my travels, the Bata Shoe Museum of Toronto houses over 4500 years of shoe history. I didn’t realize before how rich the history of footwear is! Take some time to visit this museum while you’re in Toronto, I promise you won’t find anything like it anywhere else!
6 | Visit the Distillery District
The Distillery District is the super cool, chic part of town where you’ll find artisan shops and restaurants in old distillery buildings. It’s got the contemporary draw, the historic charm, and plenty of instagrammable spots! I spent a few hours walking around here, checking out the shops and galleries and art installations before breaking for lunch at Mill Street Brew Pub!
7 | Hockey Hall of Fame
Like I said, nothing more Canadian than hockey! Check out this extensive Hockey Hall of Fame to learn a bit more about the game and its champions. It also includes some interactive games and exhibits where you can try your hand at a hockey shoot out! (Note: I for sure did not win this game haha!)
8 | Blue Jays baseball game
In the summertime, there’s no better way to spend the afternoon than watching the Blue Jays play a game of ball at the Rogers Centre. Grab a beer and your friends, and enjoy the baseball game!
9 | Shop at Yonge-Dundas Square
This is something like Times Square, with all the lights and billboards and stores and crowds. Yonge-Dundas Square is a big exciting attraction, and even though I didn’t do any shopping there, I totally enjoyed experiencing all the energy and excitement of this part of town!
10 | Explore the PATH
Toronto has this massive underground pedestrian walkway, called the PATH, which covers 30km of shopping and restaurants and walking space! Crazy! If you didn’t know to go looking for it, you might never realize what was located just below the streets. This is perfect for when you want to get out and explore but it’s raining or snowing. But don’t try to get anywhere in a hurry with these, it’s a rather complex maze of pathways actually.
Just writing about all these fun things to do in Toronto makes me want to go back for another visit! Seriously you guys, you definitely need to visit Toronto, and then tell me all about your trip so that I can relive it with you! Have you been? What are your favorite things to do in Toronto??
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