The Top 20 Places to Visit in Toronto, Canada

Updated on August 13, 2018
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Katie focused her studies on human culture and has degrees in anthropology and the environment. She currently works as a freelance writer.

What's on your agenda? Find a place to check out on your next visit to Toronto, Canada.
What's on your agenda? Find a place to check out on your next visit to Toronto, Canada. | Source

Toronto is a wonderful place to explore if you ever find a chance to visit, as it is the capital of Ontario as well as the largest city in Canada. Additionally, Toronto is one of the most expensive places to live in Canada. It’s a beautiful place to visit all year 'round with endless things to do that cater to a wide audience. I suggest you check it out! Below, I have created a list of 20 unique and special places that are worth a visit.

20 Must-See Places in Toronto

  1. Steam Whistle Brewing Company
  2. Medieval Times Torture Musem
  3. Toronto’s Chinatown
  4. The CN Tower
  5. Old Fort York
  6. The Hockey Hall of Fame
  7. The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)
  8. Ontario Science Center
  9. The Distillery District
  10. The Toronto Eaton Center
  11. Spadina Historic House and Gardens
  12. Casa Loma
  13. Air Canada Center and Rogers Center
  14. Toronto Islands
  15. Canada’s Wonderland
  16. Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)
  17. St. Lawrence Market
  18. Bata Shoe Museum
  19. Broadway in Toronto
  20. Ontario Place

We will take a look at each unique location and talk about the highlights of these landmarks. From Old Fort York to Air Canada Center, let’s take a tour of the excitement that awaits as featured below.

1. Steam Whistle Brewing Company

You can visit the Steam Whistle Brewing Company for free, or you can pay for a tour that also includes beer tasting. The brewery uses only four ingredients in their beer (spring water, malted barley, hops, and yeast) and prides itself on being the most environmentally friendly beer production company in all of Canada. The location was once used as a steam locomotive cleaning facility and was known as the John St. Roundhouse. While visiting the brewing company, check out the historic roundhouse and railway museum.

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Steam Whistle Brewing CompanyThis historic roundhouse was used in the past to clean steam engines. The Railway Museum
Steam Whistle Brewing Company
Steam Whistle Brewing Company
This historic roundhouse was used in the past to clean steam engines.
This historic roundhouse was used in the past to clean steam engines.
The Railway Museum
The Railway Museum

2. Medieval Times Torture Musem

Although Medieval Times has several locations throughout North America, the Toronto location is the only one in Canada. Exploring the museum is a unique experience that will take you back in time. Your ticket price includes dinner and a show, which includes horses, falconry, jousting, and more. Inside, you will find a medieval torture museum and a gift shop to supply all of your medieval needs. Many people go to the museum for birthdays, bachelorette and bachelor parties, as well as other special occasions.

An exhibit found at the Medieval Times Torture Museum
An exhibit found at the Medieval Times Torture Museum

3. Toronto’s Chinatown

Toronto's Chinatown is the second largest Chinatown in North America and is an excellent place to grab a bite to eat or go for some shopping. You can find Chinatown centered on the Dundas Street West and Spadina Avenue intersection. They have a large selection of food and drinks, clothing, accessories, and whatever else you can think of—all at fantastic prices. Be sure to check out the Chinatown Center and the Dragon City Shopping Mall for indoor shopping and food.

4. The CN Tower

Built by the Canadian National Railways in 1976, the CN Tower is considered to be one of the world’s modern wonders. It once held the record as the tallest building in the world and is currently one of the tallest free-standing structures. The top of the building contains a glass-bottom floor as well as a revolving restaurant, known as the 360 Restaurant. At the restaurant, you can enjoy an exceptional dining experience while overlooking the entire city of Toronto.

The CN Tower
The CN Tower

5. Old Fort York

In the heart of downtown Toronto is a historical site like no other: Old Fort York. Formerly known as York, Fort York was the birthplace of modern-day Toronto. The fort was the site of many battles during the war of 1812. It is a location filled with artifacts and displays, and it is a great place to learn historical facts about the United States, Canada, and the War of 1812.

6. The Hockey Hall of Fame

If you are a sports fan, then the Hockey Hall of Fame should not be missed! From NHL trophies to a TSN/RDS broadcast zone, this place is a fitting tribute to all things hockey.

7. The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)

The Royal Ontario Museum, or ROM, is a museum of natural history and cultural diversity. It is Canada’s largest museum of its kind. The outdoor building is uniquely designed and recommended for its one-of-a-kind architecture.

The Royal Ontario Museum
The Royal Ontario Museum | Source

8. Ontario Science Center

The Ontario Science Center is an interactive science center that has been around for 40 years. The Ontario Science Center makes for a fascinating visit that's fun for the whole family.

9. The Distillery District

The Distillery District is a historic area full of old buildings from the Victorian era. Once a bustling industrial sector, the district is now a favorite place to have a bite and go for a stroll. Enter a world with no cars, as the streets of the distillery district are for pedestrians only. There are lovely shops, boutiques, gourmet food places, and art galleries, all set in an architectural paradise. Along the way, you can enjoy some of the old machines and industrial parts that were once used for the distillery. There are also giant sculptures found throughout the walkways of the area to highlight your route.

The Distillery District
The Distillery District
The Distillery District is home to many unique sculptures
The Distillery District is home to many unique sculptures

10. The Toronto Eaton Center

This shopping mall has over 250 stores, but it isn’t just for those with a keen eye for fashion—the glass-domed structure of the mall is a beautiful site to enjoy. It’s one of the most popular attractions in all of Toronto and a great location to visit on a rainy day.

11. Spadina Historic House and Gardens

The Spadina Historic House is a historical home that was formerly the property of James Austin. Now open to the public, it’s a beautiful, old house, full of lovely antique furniture and art.

12. Casa Loma

In the heart of downtown Toronto lies an ancient-looking castle. If you enjoyed the thought of visiting the Spadina Historic House and Gardens, then you should definitely visit the Casa Loma castle. This beautiful castle was created in the 20th century by a wealthy businessman named Sir Henry Pellat. You can take a tour of the inside of the castle as well as the gardens.

13. Air Canada Center and Rogers Center

Neither the Air Canada Center nor the Rogers Center are to be missed if you enjoy live sports and entertainment. The Air Canada Center is home to the Toronto Maple Leafs Hockey Club, the Toronto Raptors, and the Toronto Rock lacrosse team. The Rogers Center (formerly known as the Skydome) is the home of the Toronto Blue Jays. The center is a massive stadium where you can enjoy baseball, football, and a wide variety of concerts.

The Rogers Center: Home of the Toronto Blue Jays.
The Rogers Center: Home of the Toronto Blue Jays.
The Rogers Center
The Rogers Center

14. Toronto Islands

The Toronto Islands are a lovely escape from the hustle and bustle of downtown. There are no roads to the islands, but don’t fret; the ferry will take you there in a matter of minutes. There are three main places to visit: Center Island, Wards Island, and Hanlan’s Point. Enjoy a variety of outdoor activities such a kayaking, canoeing, carousels, and tram tours. There is even an amusement park, the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse, and Franklin’s Children Garden.

15. Canada’s Wonderland

This outdoor amusement and water park has live entertainment. Don't miss the recently opened Dinosaurs Alive exhibit. Canada’s Wonderland is located north of downtown Toronto and only about a 30-minute drive from the area.

16. Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)

With over 80,000 works of art, the Art Gallery of Ontario is one of the most extensive art galleries and museums in North America. The gallery has a large collection of works, from contemporary creations to some pieces that are as old as 100 CE. Enjoy both the permanent collection as well as a variety of scheduled, temporary exhibits.

Art Gallery of Ontario
Art Gallery of Ontario | Source

17. St. Lawrence Market

According to National Geographic, St. Lawrence Market is considered to be the best food market in the world. Here you can enjoy food, wines, shopping, antiques, collectibles, and everything in between. St. Lawrence Market has a rich history and diverse amount of items guaranteed to please the pickiest of shoppers.

St. Lawrence Market
St. Lawrence Market | Source

18. Bata Shoe Museum

The Bata Shoe Museum is a museum that would make Imelda Marcos jealous. The Bata Shoe Museum has over 10,000 pairs of unique, beautiful, and one-of-a-kind shoes from across the world. It is guaranteed to be a memorable stop on your next visit to Toronto.

19. Broadway in Toronto

If you enjoy Broadway shows, what better place than Toronto to get your fix? Choose from a variety of popular Broadway shows. Some shows that have played in the past are Beauty and the Beast and War Horse, to name a few.

20. Ontario Place

Located right on Lake Ontario, Ontario Place is an amusement park and entertainment area. Visit the marina, the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, and the Atlantis Pavilion where you can dine while enjoying a panoramic view of the city.

Questions & Answers

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      • Marinaezzat profile image

        Marina Ezzat 

        7 months ago from Egypt

        Great

      • aesta1 profile image

        Mary Norton 

        9 months ago from Ontario, Canada

        A great list for Toronto. Just love this city. It is so vibrant.

      • TheKatsMeow profile imageAUTHOR

        TheKatsMeow 

        21 months ago from Canada

        @Jenn Ottawa is the capital of Canada. Toronto is the capital of Ontario. Hope that clears up any confusion you might have :)

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        Jenn 

        3 years ago

        Umm Ottawa is the capital of Ontario. Not Toronto.

      • Greensleeves Hubs profile image

        Greensleeves Hubs 

        5 years ago from Essex, UK

        Lists of this kind are always useful tourist guides of the main attractions to try to visit during a short stay in a locality. Your list seems a very comprehensive run down of a diverse range of attractions to suit all tastes, and would be useful for anyone who pays a visit to the City of Toronto. Voted up accordingly. Alun.

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        francis5k 

        5 years ago from New York, New York

        huge article! informative! well done...

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        Nell Rose 

        6 years ago from England

        Hi, this was great as some of my family moved there back in the 40s, I have never met them as they are all gone now, but my gran was always talking about it, wonderful, I really must get there someday, thanks!

      • TheKatsMeow profile imageAUTHOR

        TheKatsMeow 

        6 years ago from Canada

        After visiting it myself, it is one of my favorites as well :)

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        Spitfire07 

        6 years ago from Calgary

        Cheers for listing my favourite as number 1! Go Steam Whistle.

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