15 Must Visit Toronto Attractions & Travel Guide

1. CN Tower

The 553-meter CN Tower is Toronto’s most recognisable landmark and can be seen from almost everywhere in the city.

The iconic tower which was completed in 1976, was once the tallest freestanding structure in the world and attracts more than two million international visitors annually.

Visitors can visit Sky Pod the viewing area on the CN Tower at 447 meters above the city with splendid views of the city.

Getting There: Metro – Union Station (Google Map)

2. Casa Loma

Casa Loma is a Gothic Revival style mansion and garden built in 1914 as a residence for financier Sir Henry Pellatt.

The medieval castle-like mansion features 100 rooms, including three dozen bathrooms with secret passageways. It is now a museum open for visitors to catch a glimpse of its glamour.

Getting There: Metro – Dupont Station (Google Map)

3. St Lawrence Market

Located in the Old Town district, St Lawrence Market was ranked as one of the world best food markets by National Geographic. The old charm market host 120 merchants offering fresh quality produce and mouthwatering delicacies.

Opening Hour: 9.00 am to 5.00 pm. Close on Sunday and Monday

Getting There: Metro – Union Station (Google Map). 10 mins walk from the station.

4. Harbourfront Centre

Harbourfront Centre was established by the Government of Canada to create a waterfront park in 1972.

The 10 acres site features restaurants, galleries, community spaces, gardens, art studios and an outdoor skating rink. The area hosted more than 4,000 events each year and a great place for a stroll while enjoying the breeze.

Getting There: Metro – Union Station (Google Map). 5 mins walk from the station.

5. Distillery District

The Distillery District was restored from a cluster of restored Victorian buildings that once operated as the Gooderham and Worts Distillery into a vibrant entertainment and shopping district filled with artisan restaurants, cafes, boutiques, galleries and artists studio.

Getting There: Metro – Union Station (Google Map). 30 mins walk or 8 mins cab ride from the station.

Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM

6. Nathan Phillips Square

The famous Toronto sign is located at Nathan Phillip Square at Queen Street West. The sign is one of the most photographed icons in Toronto.

In the winter, the fountain in front of the sign turns into an ice skating rink for the public.

Getting There: Metro – Queen Station (Google Map). 5 mins walk from the station.

7. Downtown Yonge

Downtown Yonge is a major retail and entertainment hub of Toronto for over 100 years. The area is the home of the Toronto Eaton Centre Mall, Toronto’s largest and most visited tourist attraction and Yonge-Dundas Square, a large public square.

Getting There: Metro – Dundas Station (Google Map). 5 mins walk from the station.

8. Old City Hall

The Old City Hall, home of the Toronto City Council from 1899 to 1966 is a Romanesque-style civic building and courthouse. It is still one of the city’s most prominent structures and was designated a National Historic Site in 1984.

Getting There: Metro – Queen Station (Google Map). 5 mins walk from the station.

9. Royal Ontario Museum

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The Royal Ontario Museum houses an outstanding collection of 13 million exhibits covering natural history, art, and culture from different period.

The museum was opened in 1914 and renown for curating extraordinary exhibitions from across the globe.

Getting There: Metro – Museum Station (Google Map). 5 mins walk from the station.

10. Gooderham Building

The Gooderham Building is a historic flatiron building built-in 1892 for the wealthy Gooderham family.

The family made their wealth in distilling and banking industry. The distinctive building, colours, steep copper roof and tower showcased the prestige of the Gooderham family and its influential power during that time.

It is commonly mistaken that the Gooderham Building is a copy of New York’s Flatiron Building, but in fact, it was built ten years earlier.

Getting There: Metro – King Station (Google Map). 8 mins walk from the station.

11. Toronto Island

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The Toronto Islands can be accessed by ferry service that runs from Queen’s Quay and travels to each of the main Toronto Islands.

The island is a great day trip destination with plenty of outdoor activities from a pleasant walk to rowing, biking, sailing and swimming. You can capture spectacular Toronto city skyline from the island.

Getting There: Metro – Union Station (Google Map). 8 mins walk from the station.

12. Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls is a group of three waterfalls at the southern end of Niagara Gorge, spanning the border between the US state of New York and the Canadian province of Ontario.

The combined falls (American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and Horseshoe Falls) have the highest flow rate of any waterfall in North America that has a vertical drop of more than 50 metres.

During the weekend, visitors can enjoy an incredible fireworks displays over Niagara Falls

Food to try in Toronto

13. Seven Lives Tacos

Getting There: Metro – St Patrick Station (Google Map). 15 mins walk or 7 mins cab ride from the station

14. Poutine

Getting There: Tram – Queen St West At Dovercourt Rd (Google Map).

15. Hollywood Cone Dirty Milkshake

 

Getting There: Whitby Entertainment Centrum (Google Map).

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