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Welcome to Toronto

Cosmopolitan and culturally diverse, Toronto sits nestled on the banks of Lake Ontario. Visitors come from far and wide to experience its food, buzzing nightlife, and colorful festivals, though things quiet over the winter season—when heavy snows and plummeting temperatures push people to the ski slopes. Within the city limits, top Toronto attractions abound, such as the majestic castle of Casa Loma; CN Tower, the third tallest tower in the world; Dundas Square; Toronto Eaton Centre shopping mall; and the richly multicultural neighborhood of Kensington Market. Visitors will find plenty of shopping and sightseeing options—with guides on hand to shine a light on the region’s rich history. Travelers can take to the air by helicopter, spin through the streets on a bike or hop-on hop-off bus, or cruise the waves of Lake Ontario for fine views of the city skyline. The world-famous Niagara Falls is less than a two-hour drive around the shores of Lake Ontario on the border with the United States, and travelers using Toronto as a base can opt for a day tour with transportation for easy access. For something a little more sedate, delve into the wilderness on an Algonquin Park canoe tour. You can fine native bears, beavers, and moose in their natural habitats; swim in crystal-clear lakes; and discover the best of the Ontario wilderness—all within reach of bustling Toronto.

Top 10 attractions in Toronto

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CN Tower

CN Tower

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For many visitors to Toronto, this needle-like telecommunications tower—often seen from the airplane window—is their first glimpse of the city. When it was erected in 1976, the CN Tower was the world’s tallest freestanding structure. Though it no longer holds that title, it is still the tallest tower in Canada, and the spectacular views from its observation decks are second to none.More
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Hockey Hall of Fame

Hockey Hall of Fame

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A sacred site for Canadians—for whom ice hockey is a national obsession—the Hockey Hall of Fame holds a treasure trove of memorabilia, including the original Stanley Cup. Housed inside a grand 19th-century Bank of Montreal building, it also features interactive games including a virtual shoot-out where visitors can test their skills.More
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St. Lawrence Market

St. Lawrence Market

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A foodie paradise, the long-running St. Lawrence Market occupies the historic South Market House building, which previously served as Toronto’s city hall and jail. Since 1803, residents and visitors have come here to meet, eat, and shop for food items ranging from Prince Edward Island oysters to peameal bacon to Montreal-style bagels.More
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Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)

Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)

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Established in 1914, the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is Canada’s largest museum. Housed inside a heritage-meets-modern building, it boasts a 6-million-strong collection, which focuses on objects relating to world culture and natural history. It includes everything from First Nations’ crest poles to Egyptian mummies to T-rex skeletons.More
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Rogers Centre

Rogers Centre

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Located in downtown Toronto at the base of the CN Tower, the Rogers Centre is a sports and entertainment complex that is home to the Toronto Blue Jays baseball team. The Rogers Centre is a great place to catch a Major League Baseball (MLB) game or other event held under its fully retractable roof—the first of its kind in the world.More
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Bata Shoe Museum

Bata Shoe Museum

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The quirky Bata Shoe Museum in downtown Toronto showcases the changing style and function of footwear across four galleries. What started as a personal collection for Sonja Bata in the 1940s is now a museum with more than 20,000 shoes dating from ancient Egypt to modern day, including a selection of celebrity soles. It’s an unusual chance to view world history through the lens of footwear.More
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Toronto Chinatown

Toronto Chinatown

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Located in the heart of downtown and a hub for the city’s Chinese-Canadian community, Toronto's Chinatown is a bustling neighborhood lined with an appealing range of small businesses. Visitors and Toronto residents flock here to dine at the area’s popular eateries and shop for produce and imported specialty items at corner grocers.More
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Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

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In downtown Toronto, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada houses approximately 16,000 water-bound species from across the world. The displays are arranged by region, and visitors can explore the tropical Rainbow Reef, check out the Dangerous Lagoon shark tank, and learn more about the marine life found in the waters around Canada.More
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Lake Ontario

Lake Ontario

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Lake Ontario, the 14th-largest lake in the world but the smallest of the five Great Lakes, is divided in half by the U.S.-Canadian border. Its shores are home to two popular Canadian destinations: Toronto and Niagara-on-the-Lake. Known for its islands, beaches, wildlife, and waterfront trails, this beautiful body of water offers something for everyone.More
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Harbourfront Centre

Harbourfront Centre

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Occupying a prime 10-acre (4-hectare) site on the edge of Lake Ontario, the nonprofit Harbourfront Centre offers a jam-packed year-round program of events. The complex comprises more than 30 sights, including parks, outdoor and indoor performance venues, squares, art galleries, a boardwalk, artist studios, restaurants, and retail outlets.More

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Top activities in Toronto

Niagara Falls Platinum Tour from Toronto with Cruise and Lunch
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7-Minute Helicopter Tour over Toronto
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14-Minute Helicopter Tour Over Toronto
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Toronto Tall Ship Boat Cruise

Toronto Tall Ship Boat Cruise

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9-Hour Niagara Falls Day Tour from Toronto
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Niagara Falls Day Tour from Toronto including Niagara City Cruise
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Best of Toronto Morning Tour

Best of Toronto Morning Tour

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Recent reviews from experiences in Toronto

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Really great tour of the area and falls. Based from Toronto.
Andrew_S, Jun 2022
Niagara Falls Day and Evening Tour With Boat Cruise & Dinner (optional)
He made sure that we saw everything to see and enjoy the trip to the best possible way.
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Informative
DeNai_S, May 2022
Niagara Falls Day Tour from Toronto
The only downside was that the boat to go into the actual falls is only available on the weekend.
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It was a great time! Well worth the money
Hannah_C, May 2022
Niagara Falls Platinum Tour from Toronto with Cruise and Lunch
Had lots of interesting information to share about Toronto, Canada and Niagara Falls.
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Well worth doing.
Linda_D, May 2022
City Sightseeing Toronto Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
We took the tour on our first day in Toronto, great way to see where else we wanted to visit.
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You must take this tour!
James_R, May 2022
Show me the City! Toronto Walking Tour
I recommend you take this early on your trip to get great tips on the best places to visit and for restaurants too.
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Toronto Helicopter Tour
Graham_B, May 2022
14-Minute Helicopter Tour Over Toronto
The views on the 15 minute helicopter ride were breathtaking and we got to see every notable landmark Toronto has to offer.
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Stress-free daytrip from downtown Toronto
Nadine_L, May 2022
Niagara Falls Day Tour from Toronto
Joining a group tour is the most convenient way of visiting Niagara Falls from downtown Toronto.
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The perfect way to see and experience Toronto!
robert_a, May 2022
Downtown Toronto Bike Tour
It was easy, fun, informative and took us to see things that we didn't even know existed.
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Lovely day out
Edel_O, Apr 2022
Fall for Niagara Tour
Very informative, was brought to the observation tower first in Niagara this had fab views of the falls, was then brought to the falls and had free time here.
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Good value trip
heather_b, Apr 2022
Niagara Falls Day Tour from Toronto including Niagara City Cruise
Wine tasting was great and Behind the Falls was breathtaking
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Great time in Toronto
Rosemary_B, Jul 2022
Best of Toronto Morning Tour
A great way to see Toronto!
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Not Bad but Not Fantastic
Nicole_J, Jun 2022
Luxury Small-Group Niagara Falls Day Tour from Toronto with Hornblower Cruise
It was worth it, because we didn't have to deal with renting a car to get to Niagara Falls from Toronto.
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Amazing tour to Niagara with Michael
Jade_H, Jun 2022
Niagara Falls One Day Sightseeing Tour from Toronto
Michael our tour guide was not only funny but knowledgeable too, he took us to Niagara on the lake, as well as the falls and organised the boat ride too.
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Great for a day out!
Loren_M, Jun 2022
9-Hour Niagara Falls Day Tour from Toronto
Our tour guide Bernad picked us up on time from Toronto and was really informative about the area and provided us with great tips about what to do in Niagara and where to avoid!
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Grand Niagara
Martin_R, Jun 2022
Toronto: Small Group Niagara Falls Tour with Pickup and Optional Boat Ride
Great value day out at Niagara Falls by Queen Tours , picked up promptly and on time allowing 4 hours once we arrived at Niagara, I would of given five stars as I felt 4 hours was a little rushed to do more than 2 activities and to fit in Lunch , we did journey behind the falls and Zipline which was excellent, Special mention to Kaleb our driver was very informative on Canadian History, Toronto and Niagara, highly recommended.
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A must for Niagara Falls
Philly, May 2022
Niagara Falls Platinum Tour from Toronto with Cruise and Lunch
The lunch was overlooking the falls and delicious.
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Wonderful experience!!
Lynnea_W, May 2022
One hour Aerial Tour of Toronto and Niagara Falls with iflyTOTO
The weather was to bad to fly to Niagara Falls so they amended our experience to be a little more time over Toronto and we added a fly by the bluffs.
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Basically a Shuttle to these destinations
Marisa_M, Apr 2022
Fall for Niagara Tour
I would recommend this tour but want to set expectations that this is basically a chaperone bus that takes you to Niagra falls, and Niagra on the lake.
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Excellent and stress free way to see the Falls!
Rebekah_N, Feb 2022
Niagara Falls One Day Sightseeing Tour from Toronto
The falls them selves were magnificent & a must see sight.
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Good way to see Toronto
Trena_R, Dec 2021
Original Haunted Walk of Toronto Ghost Tour
Good way to see Toronto and hear some fun ghost stories of past residents.
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What is Toronto famous for?

Toronto, Canada’s most populous city, is famous for its setting on Lake Ontario, the CN Tower, its cosmopolitan restaurants and nightlife, and its very cold winters. It’s also a popular jumping-off point for day trips to nearby Niagara Falls, on the other side of Lake Ontario.

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What is the most visited place in Toronto?

The most popular tourist attractions in Toronto include the needle-like CN Tower with its sweeping views, the Royal Ontario Museum and the Art Gallery of Ontario, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, and the Gothic Revival mansion and gardens of Casa Loma. All are in the central city area.

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What activities are available in Toronto?

Toronto offers a range of cultural, shopping, dining, and outdoor activities, particularly in the warmer months. In winter, options are limited to indoor activities. Popular activities include taking in the view from the CN Tower, shopping at Kensington Market, tours of the Steam Whistle Brewery, and Toronto Harbour boat cruises.

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How can I spend 2 days in Toronto?

With two days in Toronto you can enjoy a range of cultural and outdoor activities (season dependent). Spend day one at the Royal Ontario Museum and/or the Art Gallery of Ontario, browsing the nearby shops and restaurants in between. On day two, take a trip around Lake Ontario to Niagara Falls, or relax on a Toronto Harbour cruise.

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What can couples do in Toronto?

Toronto is a big city that caters to a range of interests. Head up the CN Tower for a romantic dinner at the revolving restaurant, smell the roses (and other flowers) at the Toronto Botanical Garden, or take a day trip to popular Honeymoon spot Niagara Falls.

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Is Toronto very expensive?

Yes, Toronto can be expensive to visit. Accommodation, food, and attractions are in-line with other big-city prices. However, because it’s a large and diverse city you can choose accommodation, food, and activities to suit your budget, whether that’s on the lower or upper end of the scale.

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