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Toronto

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Royal Ontario Museum: General Admission Ticket

1. Royal Ontario Museum: General Admission Ticket

No trip to Toronto is complete without a visit to the Royal Ontario Museum—Canada’s largest museum. Explore stunning galleries of dinosaurs, Indigenous art and culture, ancient Egypt, minerals and gems, and more. Explore each of these 16 Must-See Treasures with the aid of bilingual multi-media kiosks. Discover 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 Death of General Wolfe painting • 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 

Toronto: Casa Loma Entry Ticket with Audio Guide

2. Toronto: Casa Loma Entry Ticket with Audio Guide

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: Harbor and Islands Sightseeing Cruise

3. Toronto: Harbor and Islands Sightseeing Cruise

This cruise of the Toronto Harbour and islands gives you the chance to enjoy scenic views of the Toronto skyline, learn the history of the area, and explore the Toronto Islands. Your captain will start the tour by taking you to view the Western Harbour before crossing into the lagoons to visit the Toronto Islands. Sites featured on this part of the tour include the historic Hanlan’s Point, the Island Yacht Club, and the woodlands of the Island Bird and Wildlife Sanctuary. The captain and crew will provide an entertaining and informative narration to detail everything you see. During the second half of the tour, return to the Toronto Harbour where the crew will tell you about many of the notable buildings that make up the skyline while you cruise along to find the perfect place to photograph Toronto from the water.

Toronto: Royal Ontario Museum Special Exhibits Ticket

4. Toronto: Royal Ontario Museum Special Exhibits Ticket

Visit the Royal Ontario Museum, where jaw-dropping dinosaurs, glittering gemstones, and mysterious mummies are just a few of the treasures on display. Your ticket includes general admission and access to one or more of the special exhibits. Enjoy the freedom to explore the museum at your own pace and visit the exhibits and galleries that interest you most. There’s plenty to see and do at the museum, with exhibits to interest the whole family. The special exhibits currently featured at the Royal Ontario Museum include "Great Whales: Up Close and Personal" and the "Breaking the Frame" exhibition. Great Whales: Up Close and Personal In 2017, the ROM shared the incredible journey of Blue, ROM’s beloved blue whale in "Out of the Depths: The Blue Whale Story". The highly successful ROM-original exhibition told the story of nine blue whales that died tragically in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in 2014, and the unprecedented opportunity for research and conservation it presented. Fast forward four years and the museum returns to the depths. Showcasing the ROM’s commitment to Canada’s iconic North Atlantic whales, this exhibition takes the story further and features Blue alongside two new skeletons: the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale and the deep-diving sperm whale. With multi-sensory interactive and immersive experiences, Great Whales compares these three unique giants, from their size and diet to their intelligence and evolution, while highlighting the extensive ongoing research and conservation efforts being undertaken to save these mammals from extinction. The ROM invites you to dive back in and discover these incredible great whales of Canada's east coast, their complex relationships with humans, and what we can do to save them. Breaking the Frame Experience the unexpected in the North American debut of Breaking the Frame, featuring one of the earliest photographs taken by a female artist, unusual subject matter from the biggest names in photography, and portraits from photo studios in West Africa and India. Explore more than 90 original and vintage prints from the Solander collection that inspire new and unconventional approaches to photo history. Breaking the Frame showcases many accomplished artists of the 19th and 20th centuries – from Malick Sidibé and Florence Henri to Lang Jingshan, Ansel Adams, Diane Arbus, Henry Fox Talbot, Robert Frank, and Dorothea Lange – who have helped shape photography, offering a global perspective on the medium that pushes our understanding beyond the conventional.

Toronto: Niagara Falls Premium Day Trip with Optional Cruise

5. 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 your downtown Toronto pickup between 9:00 AM and 10:00 AM. 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 around 8:00 PM.

Toronto: Niagara Falls Day Trip with Niagara on the Lake

6. Toronto: Niagara Falls Day Trip with Niagara on the Lake

Leave Toronto earlier and get back sooner on a fun and leisurely day trip to Niagara Falls. Relax in the comfort of an air-conditioned bus under the expert care of your engaging local guide. Your adventure begins when you meet your guide at the convenient downtown meeting point. Set off on the 90-minute scenic drive into the Niagara Region. Your driver will share their local knowledge along the way. Stopover and visit the historic town of Niagara on the Lake and take in the sights of the Niagara River and million-dollar homes along the scenic Niagara Parkway. Pause for guided photo stops at the Floral Clock, Hydro Power Station, Whirlpool Rapids, and the Niagara Gorge before arriving at Niagara Falls. Upgrade to include the seasonal Voyage to the Falls boat tour and sail into the heart of the world-famous falls. Your guide will escort you to the cruise departure point so you can benefit from expedited access to the boat boarding area. When the cruise is not operating, you'll instead ride to the top of Skylon Tower's observation deck for unbeatable panoramic views of the Falls.  Pending on the tour option selected, enjoy up to 3-hours of free time in Niagara Falls to explore the local attractions. Your tour concludes with a quiet and cool return to Toronto, in time for you to relax before your evening plans.

From Toronto: Niagara Falls Day Tour with Boat Cruise

7. From Toronto: Niagara Falls Day Tour with Boat Cruise

Marvel at the grandeur of Niagara Falls on a 9.5-hour tour from Toronto. Travel along the scenic Niagara Parkway, stopping at the Floral Clock, Whirlpool Spanish Aero Car, the historical Niagara-on-the-Lake, and some scenic stops for pictures. Get up close to the Horseshoe Falls on a Niagara City Cruises "Voyage to the Falls." Along the way, you’ll hear about the area’s history and geography. After visiting several of the area's attractions, board a Niagara city cruise for a ride to the base of the Horseshoe Falls. Stop for lunch at a restaurant of your choice. If you selected the tour with the lunch option, enjoy lunch in the Sheraton on the Falls Hotel at the Fallsview Restaurant overlooking the falls. Take a scenic drive through Niagara Falls with views of Fort George, Brock’s Monument, Hydropower stations, Niagara River, Welland Canal, and picturesque vineyards along the Great Lakes - with a complimentary bottle of water provided — with a certified tour guide.

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

8. 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: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Ticket

9. Toronto: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Ticket

Hop on and off open-top double-decker buses to explore the best of Toronto at your own pace. See all of Toronto’s top historic and contemporary attractions on board and hop on and off at any of the 20 stops.  Learn about the city from your live guide or multilingual audio tour commentary. During the summer months (May to October), see the sights from a different perspective aboard an included complimentary harbor cruise.  During summer, the vehicles are mainly open-top double-deckers buses that afford you the best possible view of Toronto. During the late fall and winter, or when the weather happens to be cold or wet, enjoy a cozy, comfortable trolley instead. Although these vehicles aren’t open-top, they are loaded with wide windows and they’re a great way to see and photograph Toronto’s sights in style. Also enjoy a free harbor cruise, another fantastic way of seeing the city from a different aspect. Hop On Hop Off Stops: 1) Yonge-Dundas Square/Eaton Centre - 1 Dundas Street East 2) Carlton & Yonge - 439 Yonge St 3) Wellesley & Yonge - 549 Yonge Street 4) Isabella & Yonge - 637 Yonge Street 5) Bloor & Yonge - 763 Yonge Street 6) Park Hyatt 7) Casa Loma - 160 Kendal Avenue 8) Spadina & Bloor - 7 Spadina Road 9) Bata Shoe Museum - 327 Bloor Street West 10) Yorkville/ ROM/ Gardiner Museum 11) AGO/Chinatown/Kensington - 100 McCaul Street 12) Scotiabank Theatre - 132 John Street 13) King & John / Tiff Bell Lightbox - 287 King Street West 14) CN Tower North / MTCC - 255 Front Street West 15) Union Station / Starbucks - 123 Front Street West 16) CN Tower South / Ripley's Aquarium - 288 Bremner Boulevard 17) Info Centre/ Harbourfront 18) Hockey Hall of Fame /Sony Centre - 1 Front Street East 19) St. Lawrence Market - 93 Front Street East 20) Distillery District

Toronto: City Sightseeing Helicopter Tour

10. Toronto: City Sightseeing Helicopter Tour

Experience Toronto from above as you take to the skies and look down through the tall skyscrapers at what downtown has to offer. Select the 15-kilometer flight for approximate 7 minutes in the air above downtown Toronto. Alternatively, treat yourself to the 35-kilometer flight and see more with approximately 12 minutes in the air.  Your adventure begins at a boutique island airport downtown, located just minutes from the Toronto Harbour Front, Rogers Centre, and CN Tower. A friendly and easy check-in at the front desk will be followed by a short wait and a pre-flight briefing. Everyone will wear audio headsets complete with microphones so you can speak to each other on the tour.  The tour will make a perfect figure eight pattern over the city and you will see everything, a carefully designed tour route means everyone gets to see the city equally. At 2,000 feet, you will be as high as the second pod on the CN Tower and the view is incredible. Fly right over the downtown center with sights such as Ripley's Aquarium and the Rogers Center, on a clear day you may even see the mist coming off Niagara Falls. Averaging speeds of 100 miles per hour, you will be amazed at how far you can travel without congested streets and traffic lights. Take in the breathtaking views through the unique floor-to-ceiling glass from your guaranteed window seat. Your tour will conclude at your return to the helicopter base.

Frequently asked questions about Toronto

What top attractions are a must-see in Toronto?

Insider tips: Planning a trip to Toronto

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!

Planning Your Visit

  • When to visit Toronto?

    For the best weather, visit Toronto during summer, as the winter can be relentless. However, many people choose to plan their trip around a particular festival, as Toronto is in no short supply. Toronto International Film Festival is a huge draw, and takes place annually in August. Toronto Gay Pride spans an entire week at the end of each year - the city takes its LGBT rights seriously. Local sporting calendars and seasons are also worth consideration.

  • Where to stay?

    Toronto has a great selection of hotels for visitors, business travelers, families and couples. Hostels are also plentiful, and a great choice for backpackers and people on a budget.

Good to know

  • Language
    English
  • Currency
    Canadian Dollar ($)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (-05:00)
  • Country Code
    +1
  • Best time to visit
    The summer months are the best. The temperatures are warm, outdoor markets abound, and there's an endless supply of events. But that also means there are lots of crowds, and prices on accommodations and flights are much higher. If you can, try to visit at the beginning or end of the season.

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What people are saying about Toronto

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4.5 / 5

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This was a very good value for money trip. No frills, just an efficient, courteous, punctual and informative tour. Some tours offer more, but for more money! Bernard our guide was great and very helpful. Would recommend highly!!

Very organized tour with easy access to the organizer and driver. Plenty of time to explore the area, take pictures and more.

Gives you a chance to learn about other cities outside of toronto And ideas for your next trip

the views were amazing and the tour guide was outstanding

Wonderful museum. Very clean and lots of artifacts