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Things to do in Toronto

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Toronto: Niagara Falls Premium Day Trip with Optional Cruise

1. Toronto: Niagara Falls Premium Day Trip with Optional Cruise

Visit the world-famous Niagara Falls on a hassle-free tour by premium bus from Toronto. With three tour options to choose from, prepare for an experience that will leave you with memories that will last a lifetime. Relax in the comfort of a premium climate-controlled bus as you begin your journey with a pickup from downtown Toronto. Enjoy lively commentary from your experienced guide on the scenic drive into the Niagara Region.  Pending the selected option, in Niagara Falls you can enjoy free time, savor a delicious a la carte lunch, and/or experience an attraction. In Summer, sail into the mist of the Falls with access to the seasonal boat ride 'Voyage to the Falls'. In winter or when the boat is not operating, there are two alternate attractions offered. Experience the 'Journey Behind the Falls', a year-round attraction that offers a unique view of the Falls, or re-live a lifetime of Niagara's sensational true stories at the Imax Theater. The most popular tour option includes the attraction upgrade and lunch. Taste the very best of Niagara with exclusive seating at Queen Victoria Place Restaurant and savor a locally sourced a la carte menu, paired with Ontario craft beers and Niagara VQA wines.  Your tour concludes with your return to Toronto.

Toronto: Casa Loma Entry Ticket

2. Toronto: Casa Loma Entry Ticket

Step back in time to a period of European elegance and splendor at Canada's majestic castle, Casa Loma, located in midtown Toronto. Your entry ticket includes a documentary experience on Sir Henry Pellatt and access to the castle’s café and other features. Completed in 1914 by Sir Henry Pellatt and spanning over 200,000 square feet, Casa Loma is a must-see when visiting Toronto. Today, Casa Loma is one of Toronto’s top tourist attractions. Its unique architecture has also made it a highly desirable location for film, television, and photoshoots. Casa Loma features permanent installations such as the Dark Side of Toronto photo exhibit and the Classic Car Collection in Casa Loma’s stables. Casa Loma also curates special exhibits on a regular basis, pertaining to early Toronto and Canadian history. The Dark Side Tunnel ExhibitThe stables and carriage house are connected to Casa Loma by an 800-foot tunnel that runs 18 feet below Austin Terrace. The tunnel features an exhibit of Toronto’s dark side, which tells the story in archival photographs of Toronto’s darker days, such as the Prohibition Era, the Great Depression, the plague, the Great Fire of Toronto, and Toronto’s first plane crash. Antique Car DisplayThe garage and carriage room feature an exhibition of vintage cars from the early 1900s, the period in which Sir Henry Pellatt would have inhabited Casa Loma. The collection includes a 1910 Maxwell Model Q Standard, 1924-1925 Ford Model T Touring, 1910 Maxwell Model Q Standard, and more. The RoomsYou’ll also get to explore the former estate of Sir Henry Mill Pellatt, the prominent Toronto financier, industrialist, and military man behind the origins of the castle. Sir Henry asked the architect E.J. Lennox to help him realize a life-long dream – the creation of a medieval castle overlooking Toronto. Casa Loma features nearly 98 rooms, many of which exemplify the Edwardian era and are decorated with authentic period furnishings and antiques. Group of Seven CollectionLocated on the third floor of Casa Loma, this collection is comprised of artwork by various members of the Group of Seven. Active from 1920 to 1933, the Group of Seven (which eventually grew to ten members) was comprised of Canadian landscape painters. Hollywood Film GalleryLocated in the basement level of Casa Loma, the Hollywood Film Gallery highlights the castle as a prime location for major motion pictures, revealing glimpses behind the scenes. For over 30 years, Casa Loma has been a popular location for use in film and television. The Queen’s Own Rifles of CanadaThe Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada Regimental Museum occupies a major part of the third floor of the Casa Loma.

Toronto: Niagara Falls Highlights Tour with Boat Ride

3. Toronto: Niagara Falls Highlights Tour with Boat Ride

Experience a guided tour of the Canadian side of Niagara Falls and discover the mighty waterfalls with stunning views. Enjoy historical and behind-the-scenes commentary from your local and licensed tour guide. Your day will start with complimentary pickup from central hotels and locations across Downtown Toronto and Mississauga and arrive in Niagara Falls around 10:00 AM to enjoy 4 hours in summer or 3 hours in winter of free time to explore the falls. Add attractions to your tour package to experience the best of Niagara Falls. Take this tour in the summer and take the Hornblower Boat Cruise, the world-famous boat ride, formally called the Maid of the Mist. Get up close to the Niagara Gorge, American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and feel the mist of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. You can even enjoy this tour in the winter when the boat is not running. Add famous experiences to your tour package including the Skylon Tower, Journey Behind the Falls, or Niagara's Fury.  The Skylon Tower is an observation deck where you can enjoy a view of the waterfalls from the sky - and it's a great substitute for Toronto's CN Tower if you haven't been there yet.  On Journey Behind the Falls, you will have close vantage points to see the breadth of the icy Horseshoe Falls up close. Experience the 130-year-old tunnels beneath the bedrock of the Falls and get a view of one-fifth of the world’s freshwater crashing down. Next, visit Niagara’s Fury and step inside a 4D motion theatre. Discover the ancient story of Niagara Falls in a multi-sensory simulation of the last Ice Age. Then, visit the flashy Clifton Hill strip for solo and family fun with activities like the Niagara SkyWheel, Ripley's Believe it or Not, and an arcade. Pack a lunch or order at a local restaurant, with an option to have a picnic by the waterfalls. Next, go on a scenic and narrated drive across the Niagara Parkway. Stop and take photos at iconic attractions along the way like the Niagara Whirlpool Rapids, the floral clock, and the Niagara Power Station. Make a quick stop at Maple Leaf Place to freshen up before the drive back to Toronto. Sample locally sourced maple syrup or purchase Canadian-inspired treats like homemade fudge, poutine, maple beer, or Niagara’s famous ice wine. Return to your original location in Toronto around 5 PM and enjoy a full evening in the city with time for dinner and time to plan an evening event for yourself.

Toronto: Pearson Airport (YYZ) Plaza Premium Lounge Access

4. Toronto: Pearson Airport (YYZ) Plaza Premium Lounge Access

Relax and refresh before your departure or in-between flights in the comfort of a Plaza Premium Lounge at Toronto Pearson International Airport. Lounges are located in the international departure at terminal 1 and terminal 2. Recline in the sleek, contemporary departure lounge, and make use of first-class services and facilities, including delicious food and high-speed Wi-Fi. Choose from a 3 or 6-hour package to suit your schedule.

Toronto: Niagara Falls Day Tour with Niagara-on-the-Lake

5. Toronto: Niagara Falls Day Tour with Niagara-on-the-Lake

Explore Niagara Falls on a guided day trip from Toronto, with pickup from downtown Toronto and on-board commentary from your guide. Enrich your tour with an optional Niagara Falls boat cruise. Start with a scenic drive through Niagra-on-the-lake along the Niagara Parkway and marvel at Queenston Heights and Brock's Monument. Enjoy a stopover and see the hydroelectric power station, Whirlpool Rapids and Floral Clock. Upon arrival at Niagara Falls, get 3 hours of free time during which you can choose to take the Hornblower Niagara Cruise "Voyage to the Falls." Feel the thunder of the Journey Behind the Falls or get panoramic views from Skylon Tower (during the winter months). Take a break where you can go and purchase a delicious lunch at one of the various dine-in restaurants or fast food joints near Niagara Falls. After your break, sit back and relax in air-conditioned comfort as you travel by bus back to Toronto.

Toronto: Royal Ontario Museum General Admission Voucher

6. Toronto: Royal Ontario Museum General Admission Voucher

Discover towering dinosaur skeletons to awe-inspiring contemporary paintings at the Royal Ontario Museum. Explore the home to more than 13 million artworks, artifacts, and specimens from around the world and across the ages. Find yourself at the most visited museum in Canada—and one of the top ten museums in North America. Walk through some of the world's best exhibitions and Must-See Treasures with the aid of bilingual multi-media kiosks. Take in an exceptional array of themed galleries throughout the Museum, spanning both world cultures and natural history. Must-See Treasures at the Museum include:  • The Nisga’a and Haida totem poles • The Chinese Temple Art mural The Paradise of Maitreya  • The Tomb Mound of General Zu Dashou (“Ming Tomb”)  • The rare Southern White Rhinoceros • The Barosaurus (“Gordo”), Canada’s largest dinosaur on display  • The duck-billed hadrosaur Parasaurolophus walkeri • The exceptionally well-preserved fossils from the Burgess Shale  • The 900-carat Light of the Desert Cerussite gem • The Tagish Lake Meteorite • The Bust of Cleopatra VII • The Statue of Sekhmet — one of the oldest known Egyptian deities  • The Egyptian Book of the Dead • Earl of Pembroke’s Armour • Kunti Sculpture (“Blue Lady”)  • The Striding Lion Terracotta Relief 

From New York City: Niagara Falls & 1000 Islands 3-Day Tour

7. From New York City: Niagara Falls & 1000 Islands 3-Day Tour

Experience the fury of Niagara Falls with a ride on the Maid of the Mist and cruise through the Thousand Islands on this three-day tour from New York City. Day 1: New York - Finger Lakes - Niagra Falls An early morning departure takes you north from the Big Apple as you pass the beautiful Delaware Gap to Watkins Glen State Park in the heart of the Finger Lakes region. Walk through Watkins Glen Canyon to visit the beautiful waterfalls and then continue to Niagara Falls, passing Seneca Lake, where you will arrive in the late afternoon. Tour the U.S. side of the falls including the American Falls, Goat Island, and Luna Island. At night, tour Niagara Falls where you can marvel at the colorful lighting of the waters while on board the Maid of the Mist. Overnight: Ramada by Wyndham. Day 2: Niagra Falls - Toronto - 1000 Islands Start the day with the Horseshoe Falls’ view followed by a visit to the picturesque village of Niagara on the Lake. We continue to Toronto, the financial capital of Canada. Visit the HTO Park, Brookfield Place, city hall, and The Distillery Historic District.  Towards the evening, take off from Toronto along the world-famous Lake Ontario for an evening arrival to the 1000 Islands area (in April, based on weather conditions, you may return to Niagara Falls to stay overnight). Overnight: Gananoque at Comfort Inn (April: Ramada by Wyndham). Day 3: 1000 Islands - New York  Start the day with a cruise through the amazing 1000 Islands along the St. Laurence River. See the houses of the rich and famous built atop private islands. After lunch, head to New York State. On the way, enjoy a shopping excursion at one of the large outlet malls where you can shop for bargains in name-brand stores before your return to New York City in the evening.

From Toronto: Niagara Falls Evening Tour With Boat Cruise

8. From Toronto: Niagara Falls Evening Tour With Boat Cruise

Benefit from pick-up service from all downtown Toronto or Toronto Pearson Airport hotels, and then journey by climate-controlled mini-coach to Niagara Falls. Listen to an informative commentary about the history of the area and the role of the native people, and discover why the geography makes the Niagara Peninsula so unique. Upon arrival at Niagara Whirlpool, marvel at one of the most violent white water rapids in North America. Then, climb aboard the Hornblower to experience the power, energy and majesty of Niagara Falls up close on the "Voyage to the Falls" boat tour. Be mesmerized by the height of Horseshoe Falls and the volume of water that plunges from its crestline. Travel along the Niagara Parkway to see the power of the Niagara River as it prepares to plunge over the falls. Take in the scenic landscape of Dufferin Islands along the way. Get some free time at Niagara Falls for dinner or to visit Clifton Hill and other attractions. Gaze in awe when dusk arrives and the great cataracts are lit up in a multitude of colors. Opt for a tour with dinner and dine at the Sheraton on the Falls Hotel. Feast from the Fallsview Buffet and get panoramic views of Niagara Falls illuminated for the night.  Depart Niagara Falls and journey back to Toronto for drop off at your hotel on arrival.

From Toronto: Early Bird Niagara Falls Small Group Day Trip

9. From Toronto: Early Bird Niagara Falls Small Group Day Trip

Visit Niagara Falls on an immersive guided tour. Embark on an exhilarating journey that takes you through tunnels behind the Falls and take a cruise on the famous Hornblower. Start your tour bright and early with pick-up from downtown Toronto and make the 1.5–hour drive to Niagara Falls. Upon arrival, take a trip to the observation deck of Skylon Tower, 520 feet or 160 meters above the ground, to experience some of the most awe-inspiring views of Niagara River, American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Horseshoe Falls.  Next, head to Journey Behind the Falls for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Falls. Explore a series of cave-like tunnels that allow you to see behind Niagara Falls. The final stop on your tour is a trip aboard the Hornblower Cruise "Voyage to the Falls" (May to November). Set foot on the Hornblower Cruise boat and head out onto the waters of the gorge. Get so close to the Falls that it feels like you could put your hand out and touch them. In addition to the amazing stops on the tour, take the opportunity to see and experience the shops, street vendors, restaurants, and other attractions in Niagara Falls for 1 hour before you head home. Head back to Toronto from Niagara Falls to Toronto, and take time to relax on the 1.5–hour drive. Depending on traffic, arrive back to the city by approximately 4:00 PM.

Toronto Islands: Morning or Twilight 3.5-Hour Bike Tour

10. Toronto Islands: Morning or Twilight 3.5-Hour Bike Tour

Cross the harbor on a ferry and see more in less time on this guided bike tour of the Toronto Islands. Discover hidden gems like parks and beaches and see iconic sights like the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse. Meet your guide at a centrally-located meeting point in Toronto and get fitted with your helmet and bike. After a short ferry ride across the harbor, get on your bike and explore the car free neighborhoods on the eastern islands. Visit historic landmarks such as the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse and the Royal Canadian Yacht club. Peddle thorugh parks and next to beaches. Cruise by quaint cottages and experience some incredible views of the Toronto skyline.  Listen as your guide tells you stories about key people and events from the last 200 years of the island’s remarkable history. The tour is suitable for beginner to advanced riders, as the ride is an easy pace and makes plenty of stops. 

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Mayuri is the founder of ToSomePlaceNew, which covers European destinations and cultural travel. A history graduate and an MBA by qualification, she found her true calling in digging a city’s past and discovering their unique nuances. She is based in Canada, and travels with her husband. Find more about Toronto on her blog.

What should I do on my first trip to Toronto?

On your very first trip to Toronto, the CN Tower is not to be missed. It is one of the iconic landmarks in the city, and is located in the downtown core area. With a structure of 553.3 m-highs, this observation tower welcomes you to amazing views of Toronto and the harbourfront area. The thrilling EdgeWalk is a popular activity here for adrenaline junkies. Take a stroll along the Harbourfront, or canoeing on Lake Ontario. If you like castles, pay a visit to Casa Loma and don’t forget to snap a Instagrammable photo!

What are some hidden gems to see in Toronto?

The beauty of Toronto lies in its neighborhood vibes. Visit the Kensington Market area for one. Admire the colorful houses, boutiques and quirky cafes. Another cool neighborhood is Danforth (which is easily accessible by public transportation); it is home to Greek restaurants and from here you can also embark on easy hikes, and soak in city views from the Chesterhill Lookout point.

How much time should I spend in Toronto?

Plan to spend at least 3 days in Toronto to explore the city’s highlights. For your Toronto itinerary, set aside one day to discover the downtown core highlights like CN tower, Harbourfront, Casa Loma, Eaton Centre, Rogers Centre, Royal Ontario Museum, etc. Second day is all about picking a neighbourhood and exploring it intimately. My favoirtes are Kensington Market & Chinatown, and Distillery District (opt for a bike or food tour in this area). Leave the final day for a day trip to Niagara!

What food is Toronto known for?

Toronto's main dish is a veal sandwich. Other food items to try out are street food, poutine, peameal bacon sandwich, hot dog and sausages.

What is the best way to get around Toronto?

The best way to explore Toronto is a mix of public transportation, walking and tours. Use LRT and buses to get to various districts in Toronto. Public transportation is safe and reliable. Once you are in the neighbourhood, walking or bike tours are a great option to understand the city’s past!

What are the best months to visit Toronto?

The best time to visit Toronto is in late spring, and fall months, so that’s late April through May and September through October. During these months the weather is mild and lovely for outdoorsy activities like hikes, picnics and festivals. Summers are peak tourist season, and hotels and flights are usually pretty expensive.

What is Distillery District known for?

Distillery District is a hip neighborhood in Toronto. Once an industrial district (mills), it was opened in 2003 as a premier arts, culture and entertainment destination. From bike and history tours, to haunted ghost walks and stunning restaurants, this area is worth visiting and adding to your Toronto trip!

What are the best neighborhoods for food?

The best neighborhoods for food are Downtown Core (for all types of cuisines, cafes and fine dining), Distillery district (bars, restaurants), ChinaTown & Gerrard Street (Asian/Indian), Danforth (Greek restaurants).

What are the best neighborhoods for shopping?

The best neighborhoods for shopping are Downtown Core/Eaton Centre, Yorkdale, ChinaTown, and Toronto Premium Outlets at Halton Hills.

What neighborhood should I stay in when I visit Toronto?

The best area to stay in Toronto for a short trip is the Downtown Core. You can find luxury and mid budget hotels in Queens West and the Entertainment District for a comfortable stay, with easy access to restaurants, bars, shops and sightseeing attractions!

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What people are saying about Toronto

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The castle was decorated for Christmas and was magical!! Absolutely gorgeous. The special events - ice skating/magician/ribbon acrobat were a wonderful addon to the day. What a fantastic job in the concert “house” as well as the Christmas Carol - so well done.

excursion très bien organisée. Guide très intéressant par ses explications et ses commentaires, et prêt à répondre à toutes questions relatives à l'excursion et, plus largement, à la visite de Toronto.

It was a beautiful experience with my family! Watching the Christmas lights in the mist , was a sight to sore eyes!

The tour was great, the part that I didn't like was the Maple syrup tasting.

Distillery District is very interesting for its colourful history.