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A glittering skyline, neighboring Wonderland, and burgeoning cultural scene make this a dreamy modern metropolis.

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Toronto: Casa Loma Entry Ticket

1. 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: Harbor and Islands Sightseeing Cruise

2. 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 visually explore the Toronto Islands. The tour vessel will start by taking you to view the Western part of the harbour before crossing into the lagoons to view the Toronto Islands. Notable sites and buildings you will see while on the vessel are the CN Tower, Roger Centre, Billy Bishop Airport, as well as Bird and Wildlife Sanctuary. The captain and crew will provide an entertaining and informative narration to detail everything you see. Before the tour ends the crew will tell you about some of the history of the islands, about the island residences, and they will also point out 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: Guided Niagara Falls Day Trip with Optional Cruise

3. Toronto: Guided Niagara Falls Day Trip with Optional Cruise

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 other famous experiences to your tour experience including the Skylon Tower, Journey Behind the Falls, or Niagara's Fury.  Explore Clifton Hill for solo and family fun with activities like the Niagara SkyWheel, Ripley's Believe it or Not, and an arcade. Pack a lunch to have a picnic by the waterfalls or order at a local restaurant. 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. Next, enjoy a maple syrup tour and tasting and try 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: Niagara Falls Day Trip with Optional Cruise & Lunch

4. Toronto: Niagara Falls Day Trip with Optional Cruise & Lunch

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: Royal Ontario Museum Admission Ticket

5. Toronto: Royal Ontario Museum Admission Ticket

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 

Toronto: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

6. Toronto: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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 15 stops.  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. Bus Stops: 1) Yonge-Dundas Square 2) Yonge & Wellesley 3) Yorkville 4) The Park Hyatt / ROM 5) Casa Loma 6) Spadina & Bloor 7) The Bata Shoe Museum 8) The Royal Ontario Museum 9) Art Gallery of Ontario 10) CN Tower North 11) Ripley's Aquarium / CN Tower 12) Harbourfront Centre 13) Meridian Hall / Hockey Hall of Fame 14) St. Lawrence Market 15) The Distillery District

Toronto: Scenic Harbor Cruise with Lunch, Brunch, or Dinner

7. Toronto: Scenic Harbor Cruise with Lunch, Brunch, or Dinner

Experience the best of Toronto with a Premier brunch, lunch, or dinner cruise aboard the newly renovated luxury vessel, Toronto Odyssey. Enjoy a chef-prepared menu, creative cocktails for purchase, distinctive service, and breathtaking views of Toronto’s skyline and attractions from the climate-controlled interior and open-air rooftop deck. All vessels offer interior deck space with seating, outdoor strolling decks, dance floors, full-service bars, restrooms, and panoramic views. Once on deck, your host will greet you and escort you to your table. Relax and admire unobstructed views of passing landmarks like the Harbourfront Centre, CN Tower, Sugar Beach, the Redpath Sugar Refinery, and the historic Gibraltar Point Lighthouse. Savor a market-fresh buffet-style meal (brunch) or a plated service (lunch and dinner) that is freshly prepared onboard daily. The dinner cruise includes music provided by an onboard DJ. Complement your meal with a beverage from the fully stocked cash-bar offering beer, wine, and cocktail selections (own expense). Admire Toronto from the water and watch the city go by from your table on a harbor cruise. Step outside onto one of the outdoor observation decks to snap some pictures, take in the stunning views, and enjoy the fresh air.

From Toronto: Niagara Falls Day Trip with Cruise Option

8. From Toronto: Niagara Falls Day Trip with Cruise Option

Let the Niagara Falls take your breath away on this day trip from Toronto. Have plenty of free-time to take photos and enjoy the city's stunning attractions. Capture pictures of the Whirlpool Rapids and treat yourself as you sample maple syrup and fudge.  Begin your day with a convenient and hassle-free pickup from Downtown Toronto. Relax on a comfortable bus with facinating narration about the history of the falls on your trip to Niagara.  Get more by selecting a tour option that includes a Niagara city cruise or get the full package with by selecting an option that includes the Journey Behind the Falls attraction which is a 125-foot deep and 600-foot long tunnel that reaches behind the falls. Don't Forget to include Lunch with Views of Niagara Falls Spend 3-hours of free time exploring Niagara Falls at your own pace. Next, taste some locally-made maple syrup, ride along Niagara Parkway, and see the Sir Adam Beck Hydro Generation station.  Get the opportunity for some memorable photo opportunities on Niagara Parkway. End your tour with a visit to Queenston Heights to see the historical Battle Grounds and take in views of the Niagara River.

Toronto: Falls Day Tour with Boat Cruise & Niagara-the-Lake

9. Toronto: Falls Day Tour with Boat Cruise & Niagara-the-Lake

Embark on a full-day guided trip to Niagara Falls from Toronto. Admire the majestic falls from various angles and enjoy time to explore at your own pace. Upgrade your experience with a boat tour of the Falls. 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 on your own. 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 (you must choose the Guided Day Trip including Voyage to the Falls Boat Cruise option for the cruise to be included). 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.

Toronto: City Views Harbor Cruise

10. Toronto: City Views Harbor Cruise

Take a break from seeing Toronto by land to see it from the harbour aboard City Cruises Toronto! Discover the historic and contemporary sites and nuances of Toronto Harbor during this fun, informative and fully narrated 60-minute Sightseeing Harbour Tour. Enjoy the relaxing breeze, spectacular skyline, and harbour views, plus a fully licensed beverage and snack bar. With the option of an indoor deck, you'll be comfortable in any season. Come on board Oriole, a two-level Great Lakes steam ship replica, or Showboat, a smaller version of the majestic paddle wheel riverboat, for a relaxing 60-minute tour of Toronto’s inner harbour. Get a unique perspective of the city and some of the best views of Toronto's skyline and the natural beauty of Toronto Harbor. Enjoy lively commentary on Toronto’s history, character, sites, stories and more, provided by your onboard live narrator. Cruise past the CN Tower, HTO Park, Rogers Centre, Redpath Sugar Factory, Sugar Beach, View of Toronto Islands from the inner harbour, and more. No outside food or drink available onboard. Food and drinks available for purchase.

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Frequently asked questions about Toronto

What are the best day trips and excursions from Toronto?

The best day trips and excursions from Toronto are:

Niagara Falls, Canadian Side

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!

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What people are saying about Toronto

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Mia was our tour guide and was very engaging and knowledgable. We were a large group but she managed us very well and we covered a lot of space in downtown Toronto without feeling rushed. We learnt about the history of the city which I never would have experienced walking through the city on my own.

I liked it very much. It was great to start at the St. Lawrence Market, and then walk around to get to the other spots of the tour. I enjoyed tasting food I’ve never tried before very much and at the same time learn some facts of the places we were visiting. I absolutely recommend it!

This was a lot of fun. Although some of the clues are outdated as places have shut down or moved, we had accumulated enough gems for the hints to help us out. Be prepared to walk a fair distance for the last few clues, as they will take you outside of the Distillery District.

Nicole was amazing! She was very engaging, knowledgeable and gave us really good suggestions to make the most of the visit. Would recommend to anyone going to Toronto!

It was very uncomplicated and super organized! We recommend:)