Toronto, the largest city in Canada, attracts the most visitors in the entire country. There’s a lot to be said for Toronto, a bustling city of almost three million people. In this post, we will show you some must-visit places in Toronto that you shouldn’t miss when traveling.
Must-visit Places in Toronto
1. CN Tower
One of Canada’s greatest landmarks and one of the seven wonders of the modern world, the CN Tower has come to define the Toronto skyline. At 553 meters in height, this engineering wonder is hard to miss during any trip through the city and you don’t want to miss it. Beyond being a very cool building you can take an elevator up to the revolving 360 Restaurant for world-class dining. Feeling a bit bold? Walk across the glass floor, only 2.5 inches thick, 113 storeys above the ground. Want an even bigger thrill? Travel up another 33 storeys to the Skypod lookout. Still not daring enough? Strap on a harness, head outside, and take a thrilling walk along the building’s edge with nothing but air between you and the ground, in the not-for-the-faint-of-heart EdgeWalk experience.
2. Museum of Illusions
If you’re expecting your stock-standard hall of mirrors and a couple of shrinking hallways, prepare for a shock. Toronto’s Museum of Illusions is a very contemporary take on the old fairground funhouse – a minimalist space that opened in 2018 with an Instagram front of mind. Found on Front Street East with tickets starting at 23.50 Canadian dollars ($17.93), the museum feels more like an art gallery than some cheesy carnival attraction, with each piece explaining the visual trickery at play as well as a marker pointing out the perfect selfie spot.
3. Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada
As a relatively newer attraction to the city’s line-up of awesome things to do, Ripley’s Aquarium has certainly made a splash in a short amount of time. See what we did there? Gotta love our aquarium puns!
The Aquarium is home to the longest underwater glass tunnel in North America – it extends through “Dangerous Lagoon”. This is where you come face-to-face with some scary predators like sharks and eels.
In all, there are 9 different galleries and over 400 species to check out. You are sure to find something you enjoy! The place is so popular – they recommend visiting before 10 am or after 3 pm to beat the crowds.
4. Royal Ontario Museum
The Royal Ontario Museum is the biggest museum of world cultures and natural history in Canada. Located right in downtown Toronto, the striking main entrance to the museum, known as The Crystal and designed by Michael Lee-Chin, will draw you in right away. Inside, the museum houses exhibit that runs the gamut from dinosaurs to ancient Egypt to Canada’s First Nations. It’s hard to categorize the, oh, six million-or-so objects the museum has in its collections, but trust us, you’ll be able to find something you really enjoy. As you walk from floor to floor, past the 25-meter totem pole, you’ll encounter art, history, archeology, mineralogy, geology, paleontology, zoology, and elements of any other -ology you could probably imagine! With something new to discover every time you visit, the 100-year-old museum is a favorite of locals and tourists alike.
5. Hockey Hall of Fame
6. Distillery District
Do you like beer, history, good food, and great photo spots? Great – it sounds like a visit to the Distillery District is for you! Located to the east of downtown, this old industrial area was once the home of many distilleries in the city – hence the name!
These days, the odd distillery still exists and is mixed in among the many shops, restaurants, coffee places, and breweries that have moved in! You can do a Distillery District walking tour change to learn about the rich history of the red-bricked factories.
The Distillery District is full of interesting art installations that draw crowds and make great photographs. In the winter, the District is home to amazing light displays and a winter wonderland of Christmas Market stalls.
In conclusion, these are must-visit places in Toronto for visitors to explore.