• Claire

Top Things to do in Toronto!

Updated: Apr 27, 2019

I've been to Toronto 3 times now since arriving in Canada and I think it's a pretty cool city. I list my top 9 things to do in Toronto - from watching a Blue Jays game to a day trip to Niagara Falls!

The first time I visited Toronto it was snowing and in the beginning of spring and there wasn't much happening. So it's important to note that some sights and things to do in Toronto are dependent on the season you visit as Toronto gets pretty intense winters! I really noticed a difference in the vibrance of the city once with weather warmed up!

Centre Island

A trip to Centre Island is a MUST for anyone visiting Toronto and my favourite thing to do in the city. Centre Island is home to over 600 acres of parkland, beaches, eateries and even an amusement park and is just a stones throw away from downtown Toronto. Getting to Centre Island is easy and cheap - ferries leave for Centre Island from the Toronto Ferry Docks every 15 minutes in summer (less frequently the rest of the year) and tickets are only $7.25 return for adults!

My favourite thing about Centre Island is the awesome view of the Toronto skyline!

View of the Toronto Skyline from Centre Island

View of the Toronto Skyline from Centre Island

Beaches on Lake Ontario

Try Tim Hortons

Tim Hortons is a Canadian fast-food / coffeeshop chain known for its coffee and donuts. There is pretty much one on every corner in Toronto! Iced Capps are like an iced coffee crossed with a slurpee and are super yum, but very sweet! Their Timbits are a must-try as well - my favourite flavour is birthday cake!

Iced Capps are the best!!

Blue Jays Game

I'm not a particularly big sports fan but I really enjoyed catching a Blue Jays baseball game while in Toronto. The Toronto Blue Jays are Canada's only team in the Major League Baseball and play very regularly during the season. The Blue Jays' home games are played at the Rodgers Centre in Downtown Toronto and tickets are cheap! We were able to grab fairly decent seats for less than $10.

Catching a Blue Jays game at the Rodgers Centre

Kensington Market

Kensington Market is essentially a melting pot of all of Toronto's diverse art, culture and food! Eclectic vintage stores, wacky graffiti art and trendy bars, cafes and restaurants line the streets of the market village. It's a great place to spend the afternoon wandering around!

Kensingnton Market

Kensington Market

Check Out the Graffiti Alleys

The stretch of back-alley between Spadina and Portland Streets in downtown Toronto is home to a one-kilometre 'gallery' of graffiti street art. A great spot to get some cool photos!

Graffiti Alley

Graffiti Alley

Graffiti Alley

Shop and Eat at Queen Street West

Queen Street West is a downtown hub for shopping, eating and nightlife. One of my favourite backpacker-friendly spots in this trendy area is the Queen Street Warehouse. All food on the menu is $5.96, there's always a line up (so you know it's good) AND a friend on mine saw Margot Robbie there once!

While you're in Toronto why not try Poutine? A famous Canadian snack of french fries, cheese curds and gravy originating from Quebec.

Trying Poutine!

Queen Street Warehouse Menu

Day Trip to Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls is located around 2 hours from Toronto and makes for a great day trip. The area around the falls is super touristy but the falls are really incredible! We caught the Hornblower boat underneath the falls which was so much fun - at one point we could barely see anything, we were completely engulfed in the spray from the powerful waterfall!

After visiting Niagara Falls, we also visited the quaint nearby town of Niagara by the Lake for lunch afterwards which was lovely!

Niagara Falls

The Hornblower underneath the falls!

Niagara Falls!

Niagara Falls!

Day Trip to Canada's Wonderland

Canada's Wonderland is Toronto's major theme park and makes for a fun day trip from the city. You will be certainly left with a rush of adrenaline after conquering Wonderland's major attractions - the Behemoth and Leviathan rollercoasters!

Getting there from downtown Toronto by bus is relatively easy and entrance tickets are cheaper if you buy online beforehand!

Canada's Wonderland

Canada's Wonderland!

Canada's Wonderland!

Visit the CN Tower

Many tourist websites cite the CN Tower as the number 1 must-see attraction in Toronto. However, in my opinion it is overpriced at you get a better view of the city from the Toronto Islands!

The CN Tower!

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Check out my other adventures in Canada here!

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