Toronto Things to See and Do

Canada’s largest city has loads to offer. Hit up Toronto’s best sights with Travel & Style’s guide.

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Ripley's Aquarium
Ripley's famed out-of-this-world exhibits have made their way to Toronto in the form of this massive and super interactive aquarium (you can touch stingrays and sharks with the price of your ticket) and is home to one of the world's largest jellyfish. Not to worry. It's not just for the kids. There's plenty to look at and experience for adults.

Where to Find:
Ripley’s Aquarium
288 Bremner Boulevard, Toronto, ON
647-351-3474, ripleyaquariums.com

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The Distillery District
One of Toronto's most historic areas, the Distillery District is home to cobbled streets, cute cafés (Balzac's pictured above is one of the most popular spots for a cup of joe), tiny shops, art galleries and of course a plethora of restaurants and brew pubs.

Where to Find:
The Historic Distillery District
9 Trinity Street, Toronto, ON
thedistillerydistrict.com

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Queen West
Toronto's hippest and most loved neighbourhood, Queen West is that arty stretch of the street west of Yonge street where creatives and intellects go to chill out in cafés, shop vintage pieces and sip drinks in ultra trendy bars Toronto standards like the Horseshoe Tavern.

Where to Find:
Queen Street West Neighbourhood
Queen Street West (beginning at Yonge Street), Toronto, ON

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Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)
The city's major museum (designed by famed architect Frank Gerhy) rolls through some of the world's best exhibits on culture, art and science. It’s also in the perfect location for tourists – right off of the Bloor/Danforth subway line.

Where to Find:
Royal Ontario Museum
100 Queens Park, Toronto, ON
416-586-8000, rom.on.ca

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TIFF Bell Lightbox
The Toronto International Film Festival's (TIFF) headquarters are also a happening spot for film buffs all year long. With a theatre showing unique films, documentaries and independent flicks, the Lightbox also has exhibition space to showcase collections to do with films (just recently a Grace Kelly exhibit for example).

Where to Find:
TIFF Bell Lightbox
350 King Street West, Toronto, ON
416-599-8433, tiff.net

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The CN Tower
Toronto’s most iconic structure, the CN Tower stands high above the city’s growing skyline, and is one of the city’s most popular destinations for tourists. A ride up the 553.33 metre high tower will provide amazing views of the city, Lake Ontario and on a clear day even across the boarder to Buffalo, New York. You can also stop by the rotating 360 Restaurant, or if you’re looking for adventure, take part in the Edge Walk (picture being strapped in, but walking along the outside edge of the tower.

Where to Find:
The CN Tower
301 Front St W, Toronto, ON
416-868-6937, cntower.ca

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Casa Loma
The former home of Canadian financier Sir Henry Pellatt, Casa Loma is considered to be Canada’s most famous castle and has been a top visitor destination in Toronto since it opened in 1937. Stroll around the 5 acres of gardens, get a peek into the regal rooms and learn about the history of the beautiful building by spending an afternoon on the grounds.

Where to Find:
Casa Loma
1 Austin Terrace, Toronto, ON
416-923-1171, casaloma.org