What to See in Toronto


Many Toronto locals will say the best way to experience the city is by exploring as many of its distinct neighbourhoods as possible, with Parkdale, Trinity Bellwood, Queen West and Chinatown all boasting their own unique charms.

For a more obvious tourist destination, you simply cannot ignore the CN Tower, which at 553 metres is one of the tallest freestanding structures in the world. While its official function is a communications tower, this huge hypodermic needle-shaped building is best known for its great views, glass elevators and glass floor, which allows those feeling brave enough to look down to the city below.

If you’re looking to rub shoulders with the locals head to the St Lawrence Market, an Old York landmark that has been a popular hang out for more than two centuries. Here you’ll find the South Market, packed with specialty food stalls, the arty Market Gallery and the North Market, which hosts a Saturday farmers market and a Sunday antiques market.

Alternatively, for a shopping experience that truly represents Toronto’s multicultural mix, visit Kensington market. Known as the Jewish Market in the 1920s, these days you’ll find goods on sale from almost everywhere, including Europe, the Caribbean, the Middle East, South America and Asia and a good selection of vintage shops and independent eateries.

Another of Toronto’s popular downtown attractions is the Distillery District, which centres around the 1832 Gooderham and Worts distillery, once the largest in the British Empire. Many of the area’s Victorian-era industrial warehouses have now been converted into cool studios and galleries, as well as trendy boutiques and cafes, making it a great place to while away an afternoon or evening.

The city is also known for its great selection beautiful outdoor spaces, including the central High Park (good for walking, cycling, swimming and picnics), Toronto Island Park (a great spot to get away from the bustle of the city for a day) and the sandy Rogue Beach, a popular summer destination for many locals.