Things to do in Toronto
This bustling metropolis – the most populous in Canada – is one of Vinnie Van GO’s all-time favorites to visit, for business or with the family! From the many parks to the soaring skyscrapers, there’s plenty to do while you’re in Toronto – Vinnie has made a guide laying it all out for you.
From festivals to sports to great restaurants, Toronto has a little bit of everything. Check out our Toronto city guide or book a Toronto shuttle if you're ready to see it for yourself.
Toronto Fringe Festival
Toronto’s largest theatre festival takes place every year in July. Attracting world class talent and drama fans from all over the world, this multi-day theatre extravaganza is a great way to catch a few shows while you’re in town. There is also live music and contests, such as the 24-hour playwriting contest where contestants write a play around objects chosen by Fringe – and the winner is performed on the last day in front of everyone! Check out the website for more information.
Afrofest, North America’s largest African music festival, draws huge crowds every year for a celebration of the continent’s culture, art and music. This event is free admission for all, and hosts several activities for visitors of all ages. Check out the website for lineups and the event calendar.
North America’s largest street festival, showcasing Caribbean and West Indian culture every late summer, draws annual crowds of more than two million visitors. Showcasing the art, music and food of the Caribbean Islands, such as Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Grenada and Antigua, is a colorful must-see – especially the final parade! Caribana’s website has more information.
Originally called the SkyDome, this multi-use venue in downtown Toronto is the place to go to catch a baseball game. Home to the MLB team, the Toronto Blue Jays, this stadium also hosts sporting events for baseball and football, carnivals, trade fairs, conventions and monster truck shows.
Air Canada Centre
The Air Canada Centre is the best place to take in Canada’s most beloved sport – ice hockey! Home to the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs, this multi-use indoor arena also hosts basketball, lacrosse and more. Concerts, political conventions and even video game competitions take place here throughout the year.
This more than 500 meter tall tower is the most famous part of Toronto’s skyline. Located in downtown, the tower was built in 1976, making it at the time the world’s tallest freestanding structure and world’s tallest tower. It has since been declared one of the modern Seven Wonders of the World. Every year, more than two million visitors venture to the top to take in the panoramic views.
301 Front St W
Toronto, ON M5V 2T6
Did you know Toronto had a castle? Vinnie didn’t either, and it’s now one of his favorite places to visit! This Gothic Revival style house and gardens in midtown is now a landmark museum. Originally built in the early 20th century for financier Sir Henry Mill Pellatt, the castle is one of Toronto’s best sites to visit.Address:
1 Austin Terrace
Toronto, ON M5R 1X8
Hockey Hall of Fame
We all know Canadians love their hockey, so while you’re visiting why not go to the Hockey Hall of Fame? Established in 1943, this is the place to learn about the history of the sport, the National Hockey League, and famous players and coaches and more.
30 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario M5E 1X8
This classic sightseeing double decker hop-on hop-off bus tour will give you the rundown of all the sites and everything you need to know about Canada’s most populous city. This is a great option for families.
Toronto Heli Tours
Looking for something more thrilling? These tours give you a new view of the city – the bird’s eye view. The fantastic and knowledgeable tour guides will take you up in the air and give you a rundown of all you’ll want to know about Toronto.
Niagara Falls Tours
One of Canada’s most famous landmarks is without a doubt Niagara Falls. This stunningly massive waterfall is also only a short bus trip from Toronto! Take a shuttle there by yourself or take one of the many guided experiences to the Canadian side of the waterfalls.
This Syrian restaurant is one of the best in the city. Affordable and delicious, Reyan is a favorite among locals. If you’re looking for a special dining experience, call ahead for the traditional Islamic dish, aqiqa.
75 Dundas St W
Mississauga, ON L5B 1H7
This is a truly unique seafood experience in Toronto’s eclectic Junction neighborhood. Both restaurant and retail fishmonger, Honest Weight has one of the best lunches around. This restaurant doesn’t take reservations, so plan ahead and get there early!
2766 Dundas St W
Toronto, ON M6P 1Y3
For some of the best Mexican food around, Grand Electric is the stop for fancy tacos. The restaurant is hip and packed, perfect for lunch or dinner.
1330 Queen St W
Toronto, ON M6K 1L4