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Top 20 Places To Visit In Toronto, Canada

Updated on January 19, 2013

Great Places to Visit In Toronto

Toronto, Canada is a wonderful place to visit if you ever have a chance. It is the the capital of Ontario and the largest city in Canada. It is also one of the most expensive places to live in Canada. It’s a beautiful place to visit all year round and there are so many things to do that cater to a wide audience, so if you ever get a chance to visit, I suggest you check it out! Here is a list of 20 unique and special places in downtown Toronto:

Steam Whistle Brewing Company
Steam Whistle Brewing Company
Historic Roundhouse was used in the past to clean steam engines
Historic Roundhouse was used in the past to clean steam engines
The Railway Museum
The Railway Museum
An exhibit found at the Medieval Times Torture Museum
An exhibit found at the Medieval Times Torture Museum
The CN Tower
The CN Tower
The Distillery District
The Distillery District
The Distillery District is home to many unique sculptures
The Distillery District is home to many unique sculptures
The Rogers Center: Home of the Toronto Blue Jays
The Rogers Center: Home of the Toronto Blue Jays
The Rogers Center
The Rogers Center
A look at downtown Toronto from far
A look at downtown Toronto from far

The Top 20 Places To Visit In Toronto

1. Steam Whistle Brewing Company. You can visit the site for free, or pay for a taste of their beer as well as a tour. They use only 4 ingredients in their beer (spring water, malted barley, hops and yeast) and pride themselves on being the most environmentally friendly beer production company in all of Canada. The location was once used as a steam locomotive cleaning facility, known as the John St Roundhouse: while you are visiting the brewing company, you can check out the historic roundhouse and railway museum.

2. Medieval Times Toronto Castle. Although Medieval Times has several locations throughout North America; the Toronto location is the only one in Canada. It’s a unique experience that will take you back to an ancient time. Your ticket price includes dinner and a show; involving horses, falconry, jousting and more. Inside you will find a medieval torture museum and a gift shop to supply all of your medieval needs. Many people go there for birthdays, bachelorette and bachelor parties and other special occasions.

3. Toronto’s Chinatown. The second largest Chinatown in North America, Toronto’s Chinatown is a wonderful place to grab a bite to eat or go for some shopping. It is centered on the Dundas Street West and Spadina Avenue intersection and converges outward from this point. They have a large selection of food and drinks, clothing, accessories and whatever else you can think of, all at fantastic prices. Be sure to check out the Chinatown Center and the Dragon City Shopping Mall for indoor shopping and food.

4. The CN Tower. Built by the Canadian National Railways in 1976, the CN Tower is considered to be one of the World’s Modern Wonders. It once held the record as tallest buildling in the world, it is currently one of the tallest free-standing structures. The top of the building contains a glass bottom floor as well as a revolving restaurant, known as the 360 Restaurant. At the restaurant you can enjoy a fine dining experience while overlooking the entire city of Toronto.

5. Old Fort York. In the heart of downtown Toronto is the location of a historical site like no other: Toronto was formerly known as York, and Fort York was the birth place of modern day Toronto. The fort was the site of many battles during the war of 1812: it is a location filled with artifacts and displays, and a great place to learn historical facts about the United States, Canada and the War of 1812.

6. The Hockey Hall Of Fame. If you are a sports fan than The Hockey Hall of Fame should not be missed! From NHL trophies, to a TSN/RDS Broadcast zone, this place is a fitting tribute to all things hockey.

7. The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM). The ROM is a museum of natural history and cultural diversity. It is Canada’s largest museum of its kind. The outdoor building is uniquely designed and is recommended for its unique architecture.

8. Ontario Science Center. An interactive science center that has been around for 40 years: The Ontario Science Center is fun for the whole family.

9. The Distillery District. The Distillery District is a historic area full of old buildings from the Victorian era. Once a bustling industrial sector, it is now a popular place to take in a bite and go for a stroll. Enter a world with no cars: the streets of the distillery district are for pedestrians only. There are lovely shops, boutiques, gourmet food places and art galleries all set in an architectural paradise. Along the way you can enjoy some of the old machines and industrial parts that were once used for the distillery. There are also giant sculptures found throughout the walkways of the area to highlight your route.

10. The Toronto Eaton Center. This shopping mall has over 250 stores, but it isn’t just for those with a keen eye for fashion: the glass domed structure of the mall is a beautiful site to enjoy. It’s one of the most popular attractions in all of Toronto and it’s a great option to visit on a rainy day.

11. Spadina Historic House and Gardens. This historic home was formerly the property of James Austin. Now open to the public, it’s a beautiful old house full of lovely antique furniture and art.

12. Casa Loma. In the heart of downtown Toronto lies an ancient looking castle. If you enjoyed the thought of visiting the Spadina Historic House and Gardens, than you should definitely visit the Casa Loma castle. This beautiful castle was created in the 20th century by a wealthy businessman named Sir Henry Pellat. You can take a tour of the inside of the castle as well as the gardens.

13. Air Canada Center & Rogers Center. Not to be missed if you enjoy live sports and entertainment. The Air Canada Center is home to the Toronto Maple Leafs Hockey Club, the Toronto Raptors and the Toronto Rock Lacrosse Team. The Rogers Center (formerly known as the Skydome) is the home of the Toronto Blue Jays: it’s a huge stadium where you can enjoy baseball, football and a wide variety of concerts.

14. Toronto Islands. The Toronto Islands are a lovely escape from the hustle and bustle of downtown Toronto. There are no roads to the islands, but don’t fret: the ferry will take you there in a matter of minutes. There 3 main places to visit: known as Center Island, Wards Island and Hanlan’s Point. Enjoy a variety of outdoor activities such a kayaking, canoeing, carousels and tram tours. There is even an amusement park, the Gibraltar Point lighthouse and Franklin’s Children Garden.

15. Canada’s Wonderland. This outdoor amusement and water park has live entertainment and the newly opened Dinosaurs Alive exhibit. Canada’s Wonderland is located north of downtown Toronto, and it is only about a 30 minute drive from the area.

16. Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO). With over 80,000 works of art, The Art Gallery of Ontario is one of the largest art galleries and museums in the North America. They have a large collection of works, from contemporary creations to some pieces that are as old as 100 A.D. Enjoy both the permanent collection as well as a variety of temporary scheduled exhibits.

17. St Lawrence Market. According to National Geographic, the St Lawrence Market is considered to be the best food market in the world. Here you can enjoy food, wines, shopping, antiques, collectibles and everything in between. The St Lawrence Market has a rich history and diverse amount of items guaranteed to please the pickiest of shoppers.

18. Bata Shoe Museum. This is a museum that would make Imelda Marcos jealous. The Bata Shoe Museum has over 10,000 pairs of unique, beautiful and one of a kind shoes from across the world. It is guaranteed to be a memorable stop on your next visit to Toronto.

19. Broadway In Toronto. If you enjoy Broadway shows, what better place than Toronto to get your fix? Choose from a variety of popular Broadway shows: currently playing are Beauty And The Beast and War Horse, to name a few.

20. Ontario Place. Located right on Lake Ontario, Ontario Place is an amusement park and entertainment area. Visit the marina, the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, and the Atlantis Pavilion, where you can dine while enjoying a panoramic view of the area. EDIT: Ontario Place is currently closed for renovations, but has promised that upon opening it will have even more attractions than before.

Map of Toronto Attractions

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A markerSteam Whistle Brewing -
Roundhouse Park, 255 Bremner Boulevard, Toronto, ON M5V 3M9, Canada
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B markerCN Tower -
301 Front Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 2T6, Canada
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C markerOld Fort York -
250 Fort York Boulevard, Toronto, ON M5V 3K9, Canada
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D markerHockey Hall of Fame -
30 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M5E 1X8, Canada
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E markerRoyal Ontario Museum -
Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queens Park, Toronto, ON M5S 2C6, Canada
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F markerOntario Science Center -
770 Don Mills Road, Toronto, ON M3C, Canada
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G markerBata Shoe Museum -
327 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON M5S 1W7, Canada
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H markerSpadina House and Gardens -
285 Spadina Road, Toronto, ON M5R 2V6, Canada
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I markerCasa Loma -
1 Austin Terrace, Toronto, ON M5R 1X8, Canada
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J markerAir Canada Center -
Air Canada Centre, 40 Bay Street, Toronto, ON M5J 2X2, Canada
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What's Your Favorite Place in Toronto?

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      Mary Norton 4 weeks ago from Ontario, Canada

      A great list for Toronto. Just love this city. It is so vibrant.

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      TheKatsMeow 13 months ago from Canada

      @Jenn Ottawa is the capital of Canada. Toronto is the capital of Ontario. Hope that clears up any confusion you might have :)

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      Jenn 2 years ago

      Umm Ottawa is the capital of Ontario. Not Toronto.

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      Greensleeves Hubs 4 years ago from Essex, UK

      Lists of this kind are always useful tourist guides of the main attractions to try to visit during a short stay in a locality. Your list seems a very comprehensive run down of a diverse range of attractions to suit all tastes, and would be useful for anyone who pays a visit to the City of Toronto. Voted up accordingly. Alun.

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      francis5k 5 years ago from New York, New York

      huge article! informative! well done...

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, this was great as some of my family moved there back in the 40s, I have never met them as they are all gone now, but my gran was always talking about it, wonderful, I really must get there someday, thanks!

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      TheKatsMeow 5 years ago from Canada

      After visiting it myself, it is one of my favorites as well :)

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      Spitfire07 5 years ago from Calgary

      Cheers for listing my favourite as number 1! Go Steam Whistle.