Must-see attractions in Toronto

  • Toronto, Ontario, Canada - July 13, 2012:   The Distillery District, in Toronto, Ontario, is named after this area's history in distilling spirits.   After falling into a state of disrepair by the turn of the millennium, efforts began to redevelop the area and create a destination for locals and tourists alike.  The old brick Victorian structures were converted into retail, commercial and residential space.  Many galleries, bars, restaurants and cafes line the area.  It hosts various cultural events and has become a 'must see' district for those visiting Toronto...This photo shows a summer scene where district restaurants and bars have patio's set up allowing patrons to sit outdoors and enjoy a night out eating and people watching.   The roads here are for pedestrians only.

    Distillery District

    Old Town, Corktown & Distillery District

    Centered on the 1832 Gooderham and Worts distillery – once the largest distillery in the British Empire – the 5-hectare Distillery District is one of…

  • October 15, 2013: Exterior of the Royal Ontario Museum on a sunny day.

    Royal Ontario Museum


    Opened in 1914, the multidisciplinary ROM is Canada's biggest natural-history museum and one of the largest museums in North America. You'll either love…

  • Toronto Cityscape with CN Tower and view of Lake Ontario
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    CN Tower

    Entertainment & Financial Districts

    Dominating Toronto's skyline, the CN Tower is a marvel. At a height of 553 metres, the communications spire stands over the city like a beacon. Queues can…

  • Toronto, Canada - September 5, 2015: Front facade of the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Ontario, a building dedicated to the history of ice hockey and home to the Stanley Cup.
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    Hockey Hall of Fame

    Entertainment & Financial Districts

    The mecca of Canada's national sport, the Hockey Hall of Fame is a Canadian institution. Even those unfamiliar with the rough, super-fast sport are likely…

  • Toronto, Ontario / Canada - May 16 2019: Spring scene of people enjoying the views of white full bloom cherry blossom at High Park. Men, women, kids spending time outdoor, spring season concept.; Shutterstock ID 1400380913; your: Sloane Tucker; gl: 65050; netsuite: Online Editorial; full: Toronto Top Things to Do Article

    High Park


    Toronto's favorite green space is a wonderful spot to unfurl a picnic blanket, swim, play tennis, bike around, skate on 14-hectare Grenadier Pond or – in…

  • St Lawrence Market.

    St Lawrence Market Complex

    Old Town, Corktown & Distillery District

    Old York's sensational St Lawrence Market has been a neighborhood meeting place for over two centuries. The restored, high-trussed 1845 South Market…

  • June 4, 2013: Exterior of the Art Gallery of Ontario with a Victorian mansion and a controversial modern addition by architect Frank Gehry.
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    Art Gallery of Ontario

    Kensington Market & Chinatown

    The AGO houses collections both excellent and extensive (bring your stamina). Renovations of the facade, designed by the revered Frank Gehry and completed…

  • Toronto, Canada - August 24 2021:  Evergreen Brick Works in the Don Valley, a brick factory from the 19th century preserved as a park and museum
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    Evergreen Brick Works

    East Toronto & Rosedale

    Famed for the transformation of its once-deteriorating heritage buildings into a prime location for all things geotourism, this dynamic, LEED-certified…

  • McMichael Canadian Art Collection, an art gallery with a focus on the Group of Seven

    McMichael Canadian Art Collection


    Handcrafted buildings (including painter Tom Thomson’s cabin, moved from its original location), set amid 40 hectares of conservation trails, contain…

  • February 6, 2016: Crowd of skaters at Harbourfront Centre public skating rink.

    Harbourfront Centre


    An artistic powerhouse, this 4-hectare complex educates and entertains Toronto's community through a variety of year-round performances, events and…

  • 05/17/10 - TORONTO, ONTARIO - Open doors for Chris Hume column.  401 Richmond Street West. Rick Madonik/Toronto Star.

    401 Richmond

    Entertainment & Financial Districts

    Inside an early-20th-century lithographer's warehouse, restored in 1994, this 18,500-sq-meter New York–style artists collective hums with the creative…

  • MARCH 26, 2018: Exterior of the Harbourfront Centre (The Power Plant building) during sunset.
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    Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery


    Easily recognized by its painted smokestack, the Power Plant gallery is just that: a former power plant transformed into Toronto's premier gallery of…

  • Cycling in front of the skyline from Tommy Thompson Park in Toronto Ontario Canada.

    Tommy Thompson Park

    The Beaches

    A 5km-long artificial peninsula between the Harbourfront and the Beaches, Tommy Thompson Park reaches further into Lake Ontario than the Toronto Islands…

  • Ducks, Riverdale Farm, Toronto, Ontario

    Riverdale Farm

    East Toronto & Rosedale

    On the site of the Riverdale Zoo, where from 1888 to 1974 prairie wolves howled at night and spooked the Cabbagetown kids, Riverdale Farm is a downtown…

  • NOVEMBER 15, 2018: A man holds his son up to see the sand tiger shark inside Ripley's Aquarium of Canada.
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    Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

    Entertainment & Financial Districts

    Arguably one of Toronto's best attractions for both young and old, it has more than 16,000 aquatic animals and 5.7 million liters of water in the combined…

  • Toronto Central Islands and Ward's Island Park beach, Ontario, Canada, aerial view from top at sunny greenery and sandy coast with boats, people swimming at summer. Popular tourist location.

    Ward's Island Beach

    Toronto Islands

    Arguably the prettiest beach on the Toronto Islands, this is a long, curving shoreline with tawny sand and views of boats sailing past. Lifeguards are on…

  • Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre


    This restored masterpiece is the world's last operating Edwardian double-decker theater. Celebrating its centennial in 2013, the Winter Garden was built…

  • Graffiti Alley

    Entertainment & Financial Districts

    Possibly the most popular place to check out street art in Toronto (and there are many), this back alley has a magnificent collection of colorful murals…

  • Scarborough Bluffs of Toronto; Shutterstock ID 505524499; your: Bridget Brown; gl: 65050; netsuite: Online Editorial; full: POI Image Update

    Scarborough Bluffs


    Lakeshore cliffs with cathedral-spire formations expose evidence of five glacial periods at Scarborough Bluffs. Spanning 14km, from Rosetta McClain…

  • Sharon Temple located north of Toronto; Shutterstock ID 656603602; your: Bridget Brown; gl: 65050; netsuite: Online Editorial; full: POI Image Update

    Sharon Temple


    A national historic site and one of the oldest museums in Canada, this quaint and fascinating temple was built in 1832 by a Quaker sect called the…

  • Lady Pellatt Suite at Casa Loma.

    Casa Loma


    Toronto's only castle may never have housed royalty, but it certainly has grandeur, lording over the Annex from a cliff that was once the shoreline of the…

  • Red Coat, historical re-enactment - Toronto, Ontario

    Fort York National Historic Site


    Established by the British in 1793 to defend the then town of York, Fort York was almost entirely destroyed during the War of 1812 when a small band of…

  • Toronto, Canada - Oct 18, 2017: Exterior view of the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, Canada; Shutterstock ID 746900509; your: Bridget Brown; gl: 65050; netsuite: Online Editorial; full: POI Image Update

    Aga Khan Museum


    Located just outside Toronto, the Aga Khan is the first museum in North America dedicated to Islamic art. The magnificent building houses the extensive…

  • Shoes of Justin Timberlake and Elton John in Bata Shoe Museum.

    Bata Shoe Museum


    It's important in life to be well shod, a stance the Bata Shoe Museum takes seriously. Impressively designed by Raymond Moriyama to resemble a stylized…

  • July 11, 2015: People riding the Behemoth Roller Coaster at Canada's Wonderland amusement park.

    Canada's Wonderland


    Amusement-park lovers will want to trek to this, Canada's largest, featuring more than 60 rides, including the mammoth Leviathan, with a peak height of…

  • City Hall


    Much-maligned City Hall was Toronto's bold leap into architectural modernity. Its twin clamshell towers, central 'flying saucer,' ramps and mosaics were…

  • Todmorden Mills Heritage Site

    East Toronto & Rosedale

    In an idyllic setting by the Don River, Todmorden Mills is a late-18th-century grist mill turned saw mill, then brewery and distillery, then paper mill…

  • Flatiron Building

    Old Town, Corktown & Distillery District

    An iconic sight in the heart of the old town, the Flatiron is impossible to miss. Built in 1892, it's a five-story iron-shaped building with a steep…

  • Hanlan's Point

    Toronto Islands

    West of Centre Island, the island of Hanlan's Point is named after world-champion sculler 'Ned' Hanlan (1855–1904), a member of the first family to…

  • Toronto Music Garden


    Delicately strung along the western harbor front, the Toronto Music Garden was designed in collaboration with cellist Yo-Yo Ma. It expresses Bach's Suite…

  • Ward's Island

    Toronto Islands

    The most residential of the Toronto Islands, Ward's has funky old houses crowded together and narrow pedestrian- and cyclist-only streets. At the island's…

  • Spadina Quay Wetlands


    A former lakeside parking lot has been transformed into the 2800-sq-meter Spadina Quay Wetlands, a thriving, sustainable ecosystem full of frogs, birds,…

  • Centreville Amusement Park

    Toronto Islands

    From Centre Island ferry terminal, wander past the information booth to quaint Centreville's antique carousel, goofy golf course, miniature train and…

  • Spadina Museum


    Atop the Baldwin Steps, this gracious home and its Victorian-Edwardian gardens were built in 1866 as a country estate for financier James Austin and his…

  • Gibraltar Point Beach

    Toronto Islands

    Gibraltar Point is a pleasant little beach backed by small sand dunes and beach grass. It's less frequented than other island beaches, making it a bit…

  • Allan Gardens Conservatory

    East Toronto & Rosedale

    Dating from 1858, Allan Gardens is one of Toronto's oldest parks. The highlight is its indoor botanical garden and conservatory, filled with plants from…

  • Kew Beach

    The Beaches

    Of all the beaches, Kew is the most popular stretch of sand, with a wide boardwalk running east to Balmy Beach and west to Woodbine Beach. Restrooms and a…

  • Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto


    Housed in what was once Toronto's tallest building – a factory producing aluminum parts – MOCA exhibits innovative works by Canadian and international…

  • Hanlan's Point Beach

    Toronto Islands

    Beyond the tennis courts and a fragile ecosystem of low-lying dunes sustaining rare species, Hanlan's Point Beach has 'clothing-optional' status,…

  • Richmond Hill, Ontario/Canada - July 2018: The David Dunlap Observatory built in 1935; Shutterstock ID 1738832300; your: Bridget Brown; gl: 65050; netsuite: Online Editorial; full: POI Image Update

    David Dunlap Observatory


    About 33km north of downtown Toronto, the David Dunlap Observatory houses Canada’s largest optical telescope (the reflector measures 1.88m). On Saturday…

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