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    As one of the largest cities in North America, Toronto can seem overwhelming to newcomers. Read our guide of must-do things around the city.

    If you’re new to Toronto or planning on moving to the city, you have a lot to look forward to. Toronto is a multicultural city with vibrant neighborhoods, endless attractions, and unique experiences to offer. While there are many popular tourist hotspots worth visiting, there’s much more to discover in this city. To help you understand the city, we’ll be taking a look at some unique things to do in Toronto — as well as some old standbys. Read on to find out more!

    Related Read: A Beginner’s Guide to Toronto’s Public Transit System

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    Fun & Unique Experiences in Toronto

    Whether you’re looking for an adventure or a cultural experience, there are countless activities to explore during your stay in Toronto. Make sure to check out some lesser known gems like Little India or Chinatown, where you can enjoy delicious cuisine and experience the multicultural tapestry of this growing metropolis.

    • Find Hidden Treasures at St. Lawrence Market: Sample some delicious local favorites and pick up unique souvenirs while exploring this historic 19th-century market.

    • Check out Fashion Hotspots throughout Downtown Toronto: Discover some of Toronto’s trendiest fashion spots along Queen Street West or in the iconic Yorkville area.

    • Retreat to the Distillery District for a Relaxing Afternoon: Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city at this historical neighborhood filled with art galleries, cafes and boutiques.

    • Participate in the City’s Festivals & Celebrations: From the excitement of the Toronto International Film Festival to the artistry and culture of Luminato, Toronto offers something for everyone throughout the year.

    • Spend a Day at Canada’s Wonderland: This family-friendly amusement park is filled with dozens of thrilling rides and attractions for all ages.

    • Explore Canada’s Indigenous Culture: Learn about Canada’s First Nations people by visiting one of Toronto’s many museums or galleries showcasing indigenous art and history.

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    Treat Yourself to Some Local Cuisine

    No matter what type of cuisine you’re craving, Toronto has something for everyone. From unique fusion restaurants to traditional hometown favourites, this city is sure to delight any food lover with its abundance of flavourful dishes. Make sure to try some of the local craft beers too!

    • Sample International Street Food: From savory Caribbean jerk chicken and Jamaican patties to sweet Brazilian brigadeiros and Mexican churros, Toronto is a myriad of global flavors just waiting to be tasted. Head to the city’s many street food markets for an unforgettable culinary adventure that will tantalize your taste buds.

    • Visit Toronto’s Distinctive Food Markets: Head to a farmer’s market or grab a bite at one of the city’s eclectic food halls to discover more local and international dishes.

    • Taste Authentic Canadian Dishes: Dig into classic Canadian dishes like poutine and butter tarts, as well as regional specialties such as smoked meat sandwiches and peameal bacon.

    • Indulge in Fancy Fine Dining: Satisfy your appetite at one of Toronto’s many fine dining establishments offering a wide range of international cuisines. For really special nights out, be sure to check out the restaurants in Toronto with prestigious Michelin stars.

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    Discover Toronto’s Arts and Culture

    Toronto is home to some of Canada’s most vibrant culture — from its rich history to its lively contemporary art scene. Whether you just moved here or you’re looking to make the move, there’s no shortage of ways to explore the city’s remarkable culture. Make sure you also check out festivals and special events for an even more immersive cultural experience!

    • Visit a Museum: Buy a ticket or even just window shop at one of the city’s many museums, such as:

      • Royal Ontario Museum

      • Art Gallery of Ontario

      • Gardiner Museum

    • Check out Toronto’s Historic Sites: Take a stroll through the Distillery District to get a glimpse of centuries old architecture or visit one of Canada’s largest castles, Casa Loma.

    • Catch a Performance: Support local artists by attending an evening show at one of Toronto’s performing arts venues such as TIFF Bell Lightbox and Sony Centre for the Performing Arts.

    • Wander Through Art Galleries: Get lost in unique artworks at galleries like Whitespace Contemporary or explore public installations throughout the city.

    • Discover Japanese Canadian Cultural Center: Learn about the history and culture of Japanese Canadians in Toronto with exhibits, art gallery, library and research center.Visit Public Libraries for Free Activities: Enjoy free readings, lectures, workshops and more from your local public library to get a true sense of Toronto’s culture.

    • Learn Something New at the Aga Khan Museum: Visit Canada’s first museum devoted to Muslim civilization for incredible exhibitions featuring works from Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

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    Enjoy Toronto’s Natural Wonders

    While Toronto is known for its bustling downtown core, there’s also lots to explore just beyond the city limits. From hidden beaches to tranquil hikes in nature reserves, Toronto offers a wealth of opportunities for any outdoor enthusiast. Venture out of downtown to get away from it all and explore some of this amazing city’s most breathtaking sites.

    • Head to the Beach: Soak up the sun and take in stunning views at beaches like Hanlan’s Point, Sugar Beach, and Cherry Beach.

    • Hike Through Nature Trails: Discover nature trails that traverse through ravines, over rolling hills, and along Lake Ontario.

    • Explore Toronto Islands: Catch a ferry and enjoy some of the city’s most picturesque views from Centre Island or trek around Ward’s Island. Explore these islands by ferry for sandy beaches, picnic spots, lookout points and plenty of free activities.

    • Visit High Park: Wander around 188 acres of parkland full of gardens, green spaces, picnic areas and wildlife.

    • Take a Road Trip to Niagara Falls: Plan a day trip to one of Canada’s most spectacular attractions – just an hour away from downtown Toronto.

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    Explore Toronto’s Nightlife Scene

    From up-and-coming artists to international acts, there’s something for everyone when it comes to enjoying Toronto’s vibrant nightlife scene. Don’t forget to check out one of the many clubs scattered across downtown for an unforgettable night out. No matter what type of experience you’re looking for, you’re sure to find something that will keep you entertained.

    • Enjoy a Live Show at Roy Thomson Hall: Catch an evening show of your favourite artist or see a one-of-a kind performance at this iconic venue.

    • Visit Toronto’s Iconic Theatres: Check out some of Canada’s most beloved heritage sites, like the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres or the Ed Mirvish Theatre for a classic experience.

    • Experience the Local Music Scene: Discover some of Toronto’s best local music venues such as Hugh’s Room, Lee’s Palace and The Horseshoe Tavern.

    • Take in the View from the CN Tower: Visit Canada’s most popular tourist attraction to take in the beautiful view of the Toronto skyline – especially breathtaking in the evening.

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    Originally published April 6, 2023, updated September 7, 2023

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