Things To Do in Toronto, Ontario

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Casa Loma showing heritage elements, heritage architecture and a castle

Toronto Attractions

Visitors to Toronto frequently wonder why the city is sometimes called Hogtown by local residents as well as those who visit often. The nickname derived from Toronto's past as an agricultural center that routinely processed an abundant amount of livestock.

At one time in Toronto's history, the city's William Davies Company was the biggest pork processor in the entire British Empire. Another of Toronto's historical nicknames is the Queen City.

Many modern visitors and residents of the city of Toronto refer to it as Hollywood North because of its heavy involvement in the film industry. Toronto's cityscape is dominated by high rises, so urban aficionados will love participating in Toronto excursions throughout the city's business and downtown districts. The Old City of Toronto is a popular tourist destination and contains many historical landmarks. The Toronto Public Library is also in this district.

Although you can get around Toronto's main neighborhoods without a map, having one on hand makes navigating the city streets much easier, particularly if you plan on adventuring in the various eclectic neighborhoods in the city. As guests of the largest city in Canada, you won’t run out of entertainment options for yourself and for your travel companions.

Things to do in Toronto include exploring the city's many well-kept public parks, visiting the Toronto Zoo, the Ontario Science Centre, shopping in the Yorkville neighborhood, and stopping by the Eaton Centre, which is the largest of the tourist attractions in Toronto. Founded in the 19th century, this Toronto shopping mall receives an average of one million visitors a week. The Canadian National Exhibition, which takes place annually every August, is the largest fair in Canada and attended by over 5 million people. Toronto also hosts a Caribbean fair every summer.

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Top places to visit

1. CN Tower

When the CN Tower opened in 1976 it was the world’s tallest free-standing structure. Today, the 1,815-foot (553-meter) communications tower and lookout is Toronto’s most iconic landmark and a very popular attraction. Glass-fronted, high-speed elevators transport you to a series of observation decks and panoramic views of the city and Lake Ontario.
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Take the glass elevator to the lookout points on Toronto’s iconic landmark to enjoy views as far as Niagara Falls or have dinner in high style.

2. Toronto Eaton Centre

Shop till you drop at Toronto Eaton Centre, a massive multi-level indoor shopping mall that spans two downtown city blocks. The space is filled with more than 230 retailers and restaurants, including high street and high-end stores.
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Treat yourself to a shopping trip in the stores and boutiques of Toronto’s largest mall, which is housed under a striking glass ceiling.

3. Canada's Wonderland

Ride the fastest roller coaster in the country, float down a lazy river, learn about dinosaurs and race your kids in Canada’s Wonderland.
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The highlight at this amusement park is the super-fast Leviathan ride, but there are 15 other roller coasters and more than 200 attractions to explore.

4. Vaughan Mills Mall

Search through all of your favorite stores to find the garments and accessories you love at Vaughan Mills Mall. Peruse top-of-the-line sports equipment or have a great family outing at the bowling alley.
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Come to shop for the latest clothes and products from a huge variety of brands or enjoy the fantastic in-house entertainment and dining.

5. Toronto Zoo

Covering an area of almost 300 hectares, this is easily the biggest zoo in Canada – and, really, it would have to be to allow 5,000 animals to roam about in their natural habitats. Toronto Zoo is also the first animal park in North America to employ an on-site nutritionist to ensure that each and every one of its inhabitants is eating happily and healthily.
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A zoological wonderland with animals from all over the globe.

6. Rogers Centre

The Rogers Centre is a multipurpose stadium located in the heart of Toronto’s Entertainment District. Visit the stadium to watch baseball and football teams in action, to go behind-the-scenes on a stadium tour and to enjoy concerts and family shows. Opened in 1989 as the SkyDome, it became the Rogers Centre in 2005.
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Come to this multipurpose stadium to watch baseball matches and football games, listen to concerts of famous bands, see family shows or simply tour this central entertainment complex.

7. Casa Loma

Visit Casa Loma (House on the Hill) to see where scenes from Chicago, Cocktail and X-Men were filmed. The castle, with its elegant rooms, hidden passages and perennial gardens, is worth a visit even if you are not a Hollywood film fan. Most Toronto visitors wonder what lies behind its stone walls on the hill; as a result this is one of the most visited attractions in Toronto.
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This romantic hilltop mansion is a true Toronto landmark with a classic interior that you may recognize from several blockbuster movies.

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