Toronto is a city rich in attractions. Residents and visitors will find it difficult to run out of places to go and things to see.
The Toronto list of attractions can range from shopping to theatre, sports events to theme parks, and museums to zoos. For quick reference many options are listed here in alphabetical order and related articles will be added for each category.
Toronto Amusement Parks - A variety of amusement parks can be found in Toronto ranging from the permanent home of Canada's Wonderland in Vaughan, to Ontario Place down at the Toronto Harbour, both of which are of course seasonal.
As Toronto is a four season destination, outdoor amusement parks are only in operation from late spring to early fall. Toronto boasts a plethora of amusement parks in various settings throughout the warmer months as Conklin visits and sets up in parks and parking lots throughout the city.
The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) is an annual Exhibition/Amusement park as such that runs for a couple weeks every year from mid-August to Labour Day. The Toronto Island is also host to Centre-Ville that is also amusement to toddlers and up, running from June to early September.
Art Galleries - The Art Gallery of Ontario is not only a famous landmark in the City of Toronto; it houses many beautiful works of art that no one should miss. Smaller art galleries are scattered throughout the city including the works of Canada's own Group of Seven on display in Bolton at the Kortright Centre.
The Power Plant art Gallery at the Harbourfront houses much innovative and contemporary artwork.
The Gardiner Museum includes lectures, films and events along with drop-in clay classes.
Toronto Events - Throughout the year there are many events happening all over the city of Toronto. Among such events are parades such as Caribana, the Gay Pride Parade, many walk, bike, run challenges, pet events and other organized group activities.
The Harbourfront hosts a calendar of events running throughout the entire year with cultural fairs every weekend during the summer and many art and book readings at the Harbourfront Centre throughout the year. For you and your pet PAWSway offers obstacle courses and training sessions to enhance a pet/owner meet and greet.
At the Beach there is another calendar of events including a Jazz festival in July. Ontario Tennis Association Junior Provincials in July along with local artists displayed each year in early fall.
Toronto Museums - From the well known Royal Ontario Museum to the collection of ceramics at the Gardiner Museum at Queen's Park, Toronto houses many interesting exhibits to set your sights on. A Textile Museum on Dundas, the Bata Shoe Museum, Colborne Lodge Museum among others make up an interesting array of museums throughout the city.
Toronto Parks and Nature Attractions
- High Park
- Christie Allen Park
- Moss Park
- Riverdale Park
- Trinity Bellwoods Park
- Saint James Park
- Allan Gardens Conservatory
- The Beach Skateboard Park
- South Stanley Park
- Oriole Park
- June Callwood Park
- Music Gardens
- H2 O parks
- Humber Bay Butterfly Habitat
All parks in Toronto enjoy a no smoking policy and the Private Tree By-law is in effect. This is a by-law that protects trees in public areas from intentional human harm.
Shopping in Toronto
- Dragon-boat races
- Volley ball
- Swim Meets
Riding / Running Trails
- Humber Arboretum and West Humber River Valley
- Lambton House Hotel & Lower Humber River
- Western Ravines and Beaches
- Garrison Creek
- Downtown Toronto
- Uptown Toronto
- Central Ravines, Belt Line and Gardens
- Northern Ravines & Gardens
- Don Valley Hills & Dales
- Eastern Ravine and Beaches
With over 10 theatres or playhouses, Toronto and the GTA also boasts close to 75 movie theatres. Ranging from Cineplex, AMC and SilverCity to smaller screens, Cinesphere options and drive-ins the Toronto moviegoer has many options to choose from.
Plays and/or musicals can always be found playing at any of the following:
- Princess of Wales
- Theatre Passe Muraille
- Factory Theatre
- Second City Theatre
- Elgin & Winter Garden
- Hart House Theatre
- Tarragon Theatre
- Tourist Attractions
Also to be included in Toronto attractions would be the SkyDome, the CN Tower, Hockey Hall of Fame, St Lawrence Market, the Flat Iron Building. Ontario Science Centre and of course Union Station.
With over 710 acres and 5,000 animals the Metro Toronto Zoo is a must see. Often featuring dynamic displays of exotic animals, there is a continuous timetable of feedings and seminars throughout the zoo.