Enjoy These 7 Fun things to do in Toronto
Known for being the largest city by population in Canada, and the fourth largest in all of North America, Toronto is more than just a global hub of culture, trade and commerce, arts, and finance. It’s in fact, also a fantastic city to visit and tour. We actually wrote up another Toronto guide, about what to do in Toronto to have a great time, which you may check out, here. If you have some time, you should check it out. Anyway, a large metropolitan city, Toronto is known for being one of the most multicultural in the world with over fifty percent of the population identifying with a minority group and more than two hundred distinct ethnicities among them. So without further ado, I hope you enjoy this guide that focuses on 7 really fun things to do in Toronto.
Every year, Toronto is the destination of choice for over forty three million tourists and travellers. What makes it so popular is the rich history and culture, the amazing sights and landmarks, the diverse food options, and the abundance of things to do and see. It’s a great place to visit whether you are planning a trip abroad and it’s your first time in the country, or you are a resident of Canada just looking for a fun filled excursion to one of the world’s coolest cities.
Located on the shores of Lake Ontario, the city itself is recognizable for its awesome architecture; high rise buildings and skyscrapers. One of the tallest free standing structures in the entire world, the CN Tower, is also located here. Rising to a height of over 1800 feet, this tower commands some stunning views of the metropolis for miles around and is a popular landmark for tourists and sightseers.
Toronto is also home to other awe inspiring buildings and structures but all are dwarfed by the CN Tower. Originally built to facilitate telecommunications services, the Tower remains to this day, an important asset for its intended purpose but also functions as a tourist attraction as well. Other really cool pieces of architecture that adorn the Toronto skyline include: the Art Gallery of Ontario, home to over ninety thousand works of art, the Roy Thompson Hall, a concert hall with seating for over twenty six hundred occupants and a distinctive design with curved glass canopy, the Royal Ontario Museum, with its renowned Lee Chin Crystal, rising ten stories high and hanging over the sidewalk, and so many others. The city lays claim to such astounding marvels of architecture that are a visual treat for all those who have the pleasure of visiting.
We believe that any trip to new and foreign places is incomplete without trying the local cuisine and food offerings. The city of Toronto also offers visitors some really interesting food and beverage options. The multicultural background allows Toronto to be able to showcase thousands of different delicacies and exotic foods, while also blending together these cultures to bring about even tastier offerings that are native to the city itself. Here, we have compiled a short list of our personal favorites when it comes to Toronto cuisine.
‘Churros at Panchos Bakery’. If you are in the mood for something sweet that you can enjoy on the go, churros from the local Panchos Bakery at Augusta Avenue are a must have. Deep fried dough, glazed in sugar and cinnamon, and then generously filled with your choice of chocolate, jam, caramel, custard…you name it! The churros are a great snack, plain or with one of the decadent fillings to elevate the flavor to new heights. While they all offer their own unique tastes and flavors, the classic chocolate filling was by far our favorite.
‘Khao soi from Pai Northern Thai Kitchen’. Our next entry into the list is a tad more exotic but still equally delicious and tasty. Head on over to Duncan Street where you’ll find the Pai Northern Thai Kitchen. Here, you can enjoy a wide range of traditional Thai cooking, but we highly recommend the ‘Khao soi’, a dish prepared with fresh egg noodles in spicy curry that then gets topped with crispier noodles, coriander, green onions, and your choice of meat. The meat offerings include chicken breast, beef, or even shrimp. This might be one of the best things you’ll introduce your taste buds to while in Toronto. Many patrons claim that the ‘Khao soi’ here rivals even the one found in Thailand. High praise!
‘Margherita Pizza by North of Brooklyn’. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. Nothing beats pizza. And what better way to enjoy pizza than in its original form. The folks over at ‘North of Brooklyn’ restaurant, located near Queen Street offer just that. With all of the ingredients made from scratch in house, and all using locally sourced material, North of Brooklyn offers perhaps the freshest pizza you’ll find in the city. A crisp and light crust, topped with just the right amount of fresh tomato sauce, and a nice helping of traditional mozzarella. Our mouths are watering just thinking about it! Hop on over to one of their three locations and grab yourself a slice.
‘Bagels from St. Urbain Bagel’. Rounding out our list, we have a certified classic. Bagels, freshly baked in a wood oven and filled with cream cheese. While there are a number of bagel places in Toronto, if you’re looking for that nice and chewy yet still soft toasted bagel, look no further than St. Urbain Bagel on front Street. Simple, but oh so good! You can choose from a wide selection of toppings and fillings. From plain or classic sesame, to pumpernickel and poppyseed, to sweet blueberry and cinnamon!
So that’s just…a taste of the food scene in Toronto. The truth is, no list on the planet could ever do this city justice when it comes to the food. In fact, there are new and exciting places opening up every day, new items being added to menus, and completely original ideas on their way to our tables. With such a large community of international and local masters at work, the city of Toronto is a melting pot of cuisine, be it fine dining or the quick and easy street food. Definitely check out the many options for yourself and have a blast.
Toronto is known for some really fun and interesting things to do and we have compiled a list of the ‘must-sees and dos’ on your trip. If you too need help planning your itinerary or just find some fun places to visit and sights to see, read on for our list of really fun things to do in Toronto.
7. Check out Niagara Falls.
Starting out on our list, we have a fan favorite. Niagara Falls is one of the most famous sites in all of Canada and a very popular destination for tourists. These falls are unparalleled in their beauty and magnificence. Made up of three waterfalls, the largest and one with the highest flow rate, the Horseshoe Falls are what you want to see. With a drop of almost two hundred feet, this waterfall is the most powerful in North America.
The Niagara Falls are a great place to visit, if only to take in the various sights, sounds and feelings. Not only are the falls one heck of a pretty sight, they are also essential in providing hydroelectric power to many parts of the surrounding region. To put into perspective just how massive the falls actually are, consider this. During the peak daytime hours, the crest of the waterfall has over six million cubic feet of water going over it…per minute. This means Horseshoe Falls is the most powerful waterfall in all of North America.
It’s also interesting to note that these falls straddle the international border between Canada and the United States, with the twin cities of Niagara Falls, Ontario and Niagara Falls, New York on either side. The best way to experience this natural marvel is to get up close and personal. That means going on a boat ride that will get you the closest, most awesome view of the falls and allowing you to experience the raw power and majesty of these falls first hand.
6. Spend a Day at High Park
Among its many other fine qualities, Toronto is also known for having many green spaces that are open to the public. It doesn’t matter if you are looking for a serene and picturesque outdoor stroll, a fun game of your favorite sport, or a high intensity jog through the park, High Park is the go to. It’s the biggest park in downtown Toronto, but that isn’t the only reason why people love it so much.
A trip to High Park has become one of the most popular pastimes for tourists and locals because of just how beautiful the park is and the wide variety of activities that are available there. Here, you can enjoy a picnic with family and friends, enjoy playgrounds with kids, visit the renowned High Park Zoo, participate in sports, and do so much more. If you are of the mind that a trip should be spent outside in the fresh air, instead of inside stuffy hotel rooms, High Park is absolutely perfect for you.
Any lover of the outdoors is in for a treat as the park sports some seriously gorgeous plant life, wide open grounds and more space than you know what to do with. It’s often the simple things that are the most memorable. As such, a trip to High Park might just be one of the most interesting parts of your Toronto visit. Although we recommend checking out the park in the daytime, it’s open to the public twenty four hour a day.
5. Check Out The Lockhart
Now you might have been reading Harry Potter books since you were young, or maybe (unbelievable as it’s) you’ve never even heard of Hogwarts, hippogriffs, and Hedwig. That shouldn’t stop you from checking out one of the coolest themed bars in Toronto: The Lockhart. Named after one of the Harry Potter series’ most well-known characters, the Lockhart offers a magical experience.
Known for its cocktails and tapas, the Lockhart also has other menu items that are sure to awaken your inner wizard or witch. One of the staples is the ‘Better Beer’, a play on the Butterbeer that characters in the books often drink. Not to mention, they also offer their very own, custom made chocolate frogs, as seen in the books and feature films.
The establishment also regularly holds special events like the ‘Magic in the Park’, featuring magicians, DJs, all while serving exquisite quality food and drinks. The fun doesn’t stop there, as they also host many trivia nights so brush up on your Wizarding World lore and take up the challenge. These trivia nights are scheduled on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month.
Moreover, unlike a lot of themed restaurants and bars, The Lockhart is not just about the look and feel. In fact, they offer world class drinks, food and snacks, so definitely check them out on your trip to Toronto. (Portkeys and apparition not available, no magical creatures allowed on premises)
4. Rent a Bicycle from Toronto Bicycle Tours
If you want to explore a city and really see it for yourself, there is often no better way to do so than rent a bicycle and just take to the streets. In fact, it has been said that cycling through the city is the purest form of touring. You are not bound to traffic jams, and don’t have to worry about parking or tight turns. Moreover, the places you can access while out and about also open up significantly. Not to mention, the ease with which you can tour the city is another plus point. After all, riding a bike is like… well… riding a bike.
The ‘Toronto Bicycle Tours’ offers a number of fun journeys through the city, like ‘The Heart of Downtown’, ‘Round the City’, and ‘Island Twilight’. These are all fun and informative, but also help you work off the calories from all those food places you’ve been frequenting on your trip. We highly recommend these tours for anyone looking to learn and explore while also staying active. Tours can be scheduled any day of the week, starting from 8 a.m. and ending at 6 p.m.
3. Visit Casa Loma (YES, IT’S A REAL CASTLE!)
Castles are some of the coolest and most fun places you can visit on any trip. They are great places to visit and learn about the history and traditions of the area. Toronto is home to the amazing Casa Loma, renowned the world over for its vibrant historic background and architecture. It’s this very Gothic Revival architecture that makes Casa Loma such a fun place to visit and appreciate its grandeur, dated though it may be.
Although it opened back in 1914, it has functioned as a museum since the year 1937. Today, the castle boasts some fantastic gardens, stables and other features. The buildings and complex itself is a wonder to explore and tour, giving visitors the impression that they have been transported back to the past. Visiting hours are from nine in the morning to 5 in the evening. The price of admission for adults is $32.49, $27.32 for seniors and for youngsters aged between 14 and 17, and $22.15 for children.
2. Check Out Market 707
We have talked at length about the awesome food that you can try in Toronto, but allow us to give you an even cooler option. When you’re out and about, sampling the various delicious foods and snacks, you might want to check out some local stores and shops as well. That is where Market 707 comes in. For those who enjoy grabbing a quick bite from a stand or outdoor stall, Market 707 offers a unique twist.
All of the shops and stalls here are made from repurposed shipping containers. The market offers some awesome local treats, alongside more exotic international offerings. Other vendors include local entrepreneurs and sellers. Definitely pay this market a visit if you wish to experience a fun and different kind of shopping trip.
1. Pay a Visit to the Distillery Historic District
While the districts’ claim to fame is obviously the inclusion of what was once the ‘Gooderham and Worts Whiskey Distillery’, giving the area its distinct whiskey based history, it also offers some great touring opportunities for visitors. There are a number of fine restaurants where you can satisfy your hunger, and a lot of great stores and shops where you can get anything that catches your eye, or maybe just spend the day window shopping.
You can try the famous burger by Mill St. Brewery, or maybe satisfy your sweet tooth at Greg’s Ice Cream. To speak of shops, our shopaholic readers are in luck. Among others, the district as outlets of Crimson and Clover, Hatley, and Red Canoe. All in all, it’s a great place to check out and experience the history and heritage of the city for yourself. Toronto, Canada! What an amazing place to visit. Definitely check it out and see for yourself just why so many people love to visit!