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Wondering what to see in Toronto? Where to start! This diverse city is fast-becoming the place to be for culture, history and food in North America, thanks to friendly people, a glittering skyline and a laid-back atmosphere. Let our guide give you a flavor.

Toronto Eaton Centre
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Toronto Eaton Centre

This downtown shopping mecca offers more than 175 stores and is open until 8:00PM, letting you fit your retail therapy around a day of tourism. Check out the basement food court.

Art Gallery of Ontario

Art Gallery of Ontario

Admission to this impressive attraction is free for under-5s, or on Wednesday late-nights (until 8:30PM). The Hands-On Centre for kids is a great way to get them into art young.

Ontario Science Centre

Ontario Science Centre

This brilliant 'museum' is so cool, you'll forget you're learning about science. Open seven days a week, visit on a weekday to spend more time with the exhibits.

Casa Loma

Casa Loma

North America isn't known for castles, but this former home, built in 1911, is a good effort. Perhaps best enjoyed as a venue for music and culture, check web listings.

Vaughan Mills

Ready for more shopping? This is one of the biggest malls in Canada, and a fashion haven. The Lego shop is a hit with kids, where pester power will help you spend!

CN Tower

CN Tower

The pride of Toronto's skyline - try to see it at night, from the Hanlan's Point Ferry. The 360 Restaurant at the top is, although pricey, worth it for the incredible views.

Canada's Wonderland

Canada's Wonderland

Have a screaming good time here, riding the roller coasters, enjoying the waterpark and experiencing the Dinosaurs Alive exhibit. Book in advance for cheaper tickets.

Toronto Zoo

Toronto Zoo

The highlight of this zoo and conservation site is the pair of beautiful giant pandas who arrived in 2013. The mischievous meerkats and penguins also never fail to raise a smile.

Rogers Centre

Rogers Centre

Home of the Toronto Blue Jays baseball team, this is also the place to see the biggest-name musical acts coming through Toronto, including One Direction and Taylor Swift in 2015.

Royal Ontario Museum

Royal Ontario Museum

Visit this natural history museum for state of the art exhibits that bring historical events to life. The beautiful modern building is a sightseeing hotspot in itself.

Planning Your Toronto Visit

When to visit Toronto?

For the best weather, visit Toronto during summer, as the winter can be relentless. However, many people choose to plan their trip around a particular festival, as Toronto is in no short supply. Toronto International Film Festival is a huge draw, and takes place annually in August. Toronto Gay Pride spans an entire week at the end of each year - the city takes its LGBT rights seriously. Local sporting calendars and seasons are also worth consideration.

Where to stay?

Toronto has a great selection of hotels for visitors, business travelers, families and couples. Hostels are also plentiful, and a great choice for backpackers and people on a budget.

Good to know

  • Language
    English
  • Currency
    Canadian Dollar ($)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (-05:00)
  • Country Code
    +1
  • Best time to visit
    The summer months are the best. The temperatures are warm, outdoor markets abound, and there's an endless supply of events. But that also means there are lots of crowds, and prices on accommodations and flights are much higher. If you can, try to visit at the beginning or end of the season.

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What people are saying about Toronto

An unforgettable and invaluable experience!

Our guide was Milena who was friendly and so helpful. She answered every single one of our questions, gave plenty of suggestions and was very professional. It was an insightful tour and has definitely made our experience in Toronto a lot better.

Toronto: Private Tour with a Local Reviewed by Chia, 05/07/2019

Excellent service...above and beyond expectations

The tour itself was awesome and I learned a lot and saw some beautiful sites. The guides were so thoughtful and had snacks, gloves, toe warmers, and a warm pancho.

Island Morning Bike Tour Reviewed by Jennifer, 04/30/2019

A must - for dumpling lovers and those who want to learn more!

We were so lucky to be hosted by Alice, who generously shared her incredible knowledge of the wide range of dumplings available in Toronto’s Chinatown. She was also really accommodating to our 7 month old baby and helped us successfully navigate each venue with our stroller. We tasted a huge variety of dumplings at each stop - and learned some techniques to eat the traditional soup dumpling. Alice kindly tolerated my distinctly average chopstick skills too. We loved everything about this tour - and the black vinegar, sesame balls and bubble tea were a revelation. Thanks so much Alice - we feel like dumpling aficionados now!

Toronto: Chinatown Dumpling Crawl Reviewed by Tracey, 04/21/2019

Alex exceeds expectations and amazing guide

Alex is very knowledgeable and a great guide. He made my time in Toronto memorable.

Toronto: Private Tour with a Local Reviewed by Anonymous, 04/11/2019

Very nice guide, spectacular waterfalls.

We had a very nice guide who did the driving and explanation. He gave us all the time we needed on the falls, and we got recommendations from him where to go in Niagara-on-the-lake. If you have little time in Toronto, it is the best option to take this tour and you see the most.

Niagara Falls: Small-Group Day-Tour from Toronto Reviewed by Anonymous, 02/11/2019