Things to do in Toronto

Toronto’s visitor economy is a vital economic engine for the city, generating more than $10 billion in economic activity and supporting 70,000 jobs in 2019. Destination Toronto’s mandate is to reflect the breadth and diversity of Toronto’s people, places and culture to inspire residents and visitors to meet, visit and explore our city.

Operating in partnership with the City of Toronto, the Greater Toronto Hotel Association and the Ontario Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, Destination Toronto markets and promotes the city to global travellers, attracts and supports major meetings and events, and supports local businesses to maximize the opportunities of visitor spending.

Toronto is a vibrant and multicultural city, offering a variety of experiences for visitors. Here are some things to do and places to see in Toronto:

  1. Visit the CN Tower: This iconic landmark offers stunning views of the city from its observation deck and glass floor.
  2. Explore the Toronto Islands: Take a ferry ride to the islands and enjoy a day of cycling, picnicking, or relaxing on the beach.
  3. Walk around Kensington Market: This lively neighborhood is full of colorful street art, vintage shops, and diverse food options.
  4. Visit the Royal Ontario Museum: This museum is home to a vast collection of art, culture, and natural history exhibits.
  5. Stroll through the Distillery District: This pedestrian-only area is lined with restored Victorian buildings that now house restaurants, galleries, and shops.
  6. Watch a game at the Scotiabank Arena: Cheer on the Toronto Raptors (basketball) or Toronto Maple Leafs (hockey) at this modern sports arena.
  7. Take a boat tour of Lake Ontario: See the city from a different perspective by taking a boat tour of the harbor and lake.
  8. Visit the Art Gallery of Ontario: This gallery features an impressive collection of Canadian and international art.
  9. Check out St. Lawrence Market: This historic indoor market offers a variety of fresh food options, artisanal products, and local crafts.
  10. Experience the nightlife: Toronto has a lively nightlife scene, with many bars, clubs, and live music venues throughout the city.

Best time to visit Toronto

The best times to visit Toronto are late April through May and September through October. Peak tourist season occurs during the summer months: the sidewalks come alive with pedestrian marketplaces, patio restaurants and numerous cultural events. However, as temperatures rise, so do prices.

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