As the capital of Ontario and the largest city in Canada Toronto is a hub of excitement and activity.
Enjoy the great outdoors on the Toronto Islands by renting a bike or taking to the waters in a canoe, or if dry land indoors is more your thing you’ll love the endless shops at Dundas Square and the Distillery District, as well as the other top fun things to do in this great city…
1. The CN Tower
The great icon of Toronto, the CN Tower, is a must see and do when you’re in the city. It won’t be hard to see it from the outside – it dominates the skyline – but the best way to see it from the inside is going for lunch or dinner there. You can enjoy a Prix Fixe menu starting from $48 and you’ll get free entry to the tower too – although you’ll have to pay extra for the super scary sky walk.
Eat at the restaurant and you’ll get a magnificent revolving view of Toronto from 351 metres (1,151 ft) above. It takes 90 minutes to do a full rotation and you’ll get to enjoy market-fresh cuisine with regional ingredients for an incomparable culinary experience.
301 Front Street West
Toronto, ON M5V 2T6, Canada
2. The Distillery District
The Distillery District is the cool part of the city. It’s filled with bars, restaurants, live theatres, galleries, fashion, design and jewellery boutiques, unique cafes and award-winning restaurants. It’s also completely closed off to traffic and is just a few minutes walk from downtown Toronto. Great in both the sun and the snow.
55 Mill St
Toronto, ON, M5A 3C4
3. Toronto Islands
The Toronto Islands are a great place to explore if you enjoy the outdoors lifestyle. Ferries leave from the Ferrydocks at 9 Queen’s Quay W check out the ferry schedules and fares. It takes around 15 minutes each way and $7 return to get there.
Once on the islands you can swim, play tennis, go skating, go golfing, cycle, play volleyball and go boating, among many other activities. Check out the Toronto Island Bicycle Rental and explore by pedal for just $8 an hour.
4. Visit the markets
Market lovers (me) will love the wealth of stalls in Toronto. The Arts Market at 1114 Queen St. East Toronto features over 50 artists, designers, restaurants, antiques, and fashion – perfect if you’re after a unique and locally crafted gift.
The St. Lawrence Market Complex at 92 Front St. E., Toronto is another popular market to visit right in the centre of historic Old Town Toronto. There are three buildings offering a range of restaurants, artisans and speciality food vendors, as well as the opportunity for cooking classes and to shop at the farmers’ market.
Make sure you check out the Merchants’ Flea Market for jewellery, furniture, computers, clothing, crafts, collectibles, and more at 1921 Eglinton Ave. E., Scarborough.
And finally for today check out Kensington Market on a Sunday at 67 Kensington Ave. The whole area is pedestrianised so you can enjoy the bars, boutiques and scenery stress free.
5. Walk along the harbour
Walk along the Toronto Harbour and who knows what pleasures you’ll unearth. Woodbine Beach is worth a walk if you like swimming, BBQs or beach volleyball and Sugar Beach is always a fun place to hang out too. Spare some time for the Toronto Music Garden too. It’s been designed to represent Bach’s Suite No. 1 in G Major for unaccompanied cello, BWV 1007 by internationally renowned cellist Yo Yo Ma and landscape designer Julie Moir Messervy.
6. Dundas Square
Dundas Squares is another centre of Toronto with performances spaces, bars and shops. During the summer there are many shows and special events to enjoy for free.
1 Dundas St E
Toronto, ON, M5B 2R8
7. Stay at a cool hostel
Planet Traveler is one of our most popular hostels in Toronto. It’s close to Kensington Market, the Royal Ontario Museum, the Art Gallery of Ontario and the University of Toronto. It’s been recently renovated and incorporates the latest in green technology including geothermal heating, photovoltaic electrical production, solar thermal water heating, building-wide LED lighting and wastewater heat reclamation.
They’ve also got a great common area, custom-designed hotel style en-suite bathrooms, private locker areas and a fully-appointed kitchen. Free breakfast is served daily in our rooftop lounge, where you can also enjoy panoramic views of the Toronto skyline and play X-Box Kinect with new friends.
We’ve got loads more hostels in Toronto, take a look!
Thanks to Nathal, mastermaq, corsi photo, szeke, John Vetterli, Allerina & Glen MacLarty and for the images from Flickr. Please note, all images were used under the Creative Commons License at the time of posting.