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Vaughan
Travel Guide

Vaughan Mills Mall showing signage and a square or plaza as well as a small group of people

Known by the locals as “the city above Toronto,” this modern city has attractions, culture and nightlife to rival its larger neighbor. 

Shop for the latest clothes, sports equipment and computer gadgets, admire the work of Canada’s greatest and most influential artists or get the thrill of your life on gravity-defying rides and rushing roller coasters during a visit to Vaughan.

Set in the heart of town, Vaughan Mills Mall has over 250 stores to satisfy every kind of shopper. Find labels such as Calvin Klein and Gucci or stock up on equipment for your next sports match or fishing adventure. The food court here is also appealing, offering Asian, European and traditional American dining.

Enjoy a relaxing yet riveting afternoon at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg, a short drive west of the mall. Proudly displaying only pieces from artists of native descent, the 13 exhibition spaces pay homage to the individuals and movements that have pushed the country’s art to become some of the world’s finest. Marvel at displays of Inuit and First Nations paintings along with works by Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven. Step outside into a majestic 100-acre (40-hectare) forest and wander through a sculpture garden of exquisite carvings and mesmerizing figures.

Finally, no trip to Vaughan is complete without a stop at Canada’s Wonderland on the northwestern side of town. Discover a great variety of heart-pounding roller coasters, including Behemoth and Leviathan. Slide and dive in the splash park. If you prefer something a little slower, check out a show at the Playhouse Theater and see the amazing life-size dinosaurs that move and roar with incredible realism.

Vaughan is a 40-minute drive north of central Toronto. Find many of the town’s best food outlets in the mall and along nearby Rutherford Road. You’ll find plenty of hotels available with luxurious rooms as well as simpler options for budget-minded travelers.

Where to stay in Vaughan

Novotel Toronto Vaughan Centre
Novotel Toronto Vaughan Centre
3 out of 5
200 Bass Pro Mills Dr, Vaughan, ON
The price is CA $98 per night from May 11 to May 12

This family-friendly Vaughan hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Legoland Discovery Centre Toronto and Vaughan Mills Mall. Canada's Wonderland is 2.1 mi (3.4 ...

4.3/5Excellent! (978 reviews)

"Very clean and conveniently located property. Great staff, amazing service!"…"

Reviewed on Apr. 8, 2021

Novotel Toronto Vaughan Centre
Courtyard by Marriott Toronto Vaughan
Courtyard by Marriott Toronto Vaughan
3 out of 5
150 Interchange Way, Vaughan, ON
The price is CA $95 per night from Apr 14 to Apr 15

Situated in Vaughan, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Black Creek Pioneer Village, John Booth Memorial Arena, and Canlan Ice Sports. Legoland Discovery Centre ...

4.2/5Excellent! (984 reviews)

"The stay was excellent"…"

Reviewed on Apr. 9, 2021

Courtyard by Marriott Toronto Vaughan
Aloft Vaughan Mills
Aloft Vaughan Mills
3 out of 5
151 Bass Pro Mills Dr, Vaughan, ON
The price is CA $94 per night from Apr 19 to Apr 20

Situated in the business district, this eco-friendly hotel is 0.5 mi (0.7 km) from Vaughan Mills Mall and 2 mi (3.2 km) from Canada's Wonderland. York University ...

4.3/5Excellent! (988 reviews)

"Great place, friendly staff and very accommodating to my needs."…"

Reviewed on Apr. 11, 2021

Aloft Vaughan Mills
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Beautiful Apt. in the Heart of Thornhill
Beautiful Apt. in the Heart of Thornhill
Vaughan, ON

Located in Thornhill, this apartment building is within 6 mi (10 km) of North York City Centre, York University, and Toronto Centre for the Arts. Earl Bales ...

5/5Exceptional! (50 reviews)
Superb place to stay in Toronto

"Beautiful lovely apartment in basement. Friendly hosts who take care for all your needs and are doing everything to assist you with your needs and requests. Wonderful neighberhood. מקום אירוח כשר ונהדר בשכונה איכותית בטורנהיל בצפון טורונטו. תודה גדולה לבעלי הבית על כל הסיוע והעזרה."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 9, 2019

Beautiful Apt. in the Heart of Thornhill
Executive House in Vaughan, 5 Mins to Arlington Estates, 10 Mins to Dr's House
Executive House in Vaughan, 5 Mins to Arlington Estates, 10 Mins to Dr's House
Vaughan, ON

Located in Woodbridge, this vacation home is within 6 mi (10 km) of McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Copper Creek Golf Club, and Boyd Conservation Area. Embassy ...

4/5Very Good! (3 reviews)
Perfect for Wedding weekend!

"Perfect house/location for our wedding at The Doctors House. We stayed Friday night before the wedding with our bridal party and the night of the wedding on Saturday. It was a short 6 minute drive to the venue which was perfect!! However few things to note: 1) There were a couple communication issues ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 25, 2019

Executive House in Vaughan, 5 Mins to Arlington Estates, 10 Mins to Dr's House
Lovely New Home in Kleinburg, 5 Bedroom, Up To 10 PPL
Lovely New Home in Kleinburg, 5 Bedroom, Up To 10 PPL
Vaughan, ON

Located in Woodbridge, this golf vacation home is 3.1 mi (5 km) from McMichael Canadian Art Collection and within 6 mi (10 km) of Copper Creek Golf Club and ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (4 reviews)
Fair priced new, clean well equipped house.

"Everthing o.k. except some squeeky doors. As new community, constructions still going and noisy in the morning."…"

Reviewed on May 25, 2019

Lovely New Home in Kleinburg, 5 Bedroom, Up To 10 PPL
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Vaughan

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 16, 2020

Quiet and safe place

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Mar 3, 2020

Very big city..dreadful to drive around lights take forever but wonderful stay

5/5 - Excellent

Lisa

Feb 24, 2020

I like Vaughan very much. I have family in Thornhill, so it’s very convenient to stay in Vaughan. It’s also fairly easy to get into downtown Toronto.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jan 17, 2020

Nice place to stay close to the highway 400

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Dec 29, 2019

Alot of places to visit with kids for a good price.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Dec 27, 2019

The location and accommodation suited our needs very well. We were close to our destination to visit family and close to major highways forbour journey home.

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