Attractions in Toronto

Art Gallery of Ontario, Tu, Th-Sa 10AM-5:30PM, W 10AM-8:30PM (free admission after 6PM), closed Mondays. The largest art gallery in Canada, recently redesigned by architect Frank Gehry. The AGO has a great Canadian paintings exhibit and the world’s largest collection of Henry Moore sculptures. The European paintings exhibit has many key pieces and it has one of the world’s most expensive paintings on view (Ruben’s The Massacre of the Innocents). Adults $18, seniors $15, students and youth $10, children free.
Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park, ☎ +1 416 586-8000,
F 10AM-9:30PM, Sa-Th 10AM-5:30PM. One of the better and larger museums in North America. The original building was built in 1910, and is a handsome Romanesque revival, with many carvings of people and events and breathtaking original frescoes lining vaulted interior atria. The newer addition is a large deconstructivist crystal, made of steel and glass – the result is a striking, thought-provoking, and polarising juxtaposition of ancient and post-modern styles, an attempt to capture the unique modernity of Toronto’s culture. Thousands of artifacts and specimens are featured in over 20 exhibits; including dinosaurs, Ancient China, native Canadians, Canadian furniture, medieval Europe, art deco, ancient Egypt, textiles, Middle East, India and Pacific islanders. The world’s largest totem pole, which is over 100 years old, is also housed in a place of honour. In October of 2011 the museum drastically reduced admission prices (formerly $24 for adults). Adults $15, Senior/Student $13.50 Friday night half-price.
CN Tower The tallest free standing structure in North America, at over 500 metres tall. There is a glass elevator to the top. The view is incredible and there is a glass floor, which is very thrilling to walk on. There is also a revolving restaurant, which offers spectacular views as the sun sets over the city.
Casa Loma, 1 Austin Terrace (at the corner of Davenport Rd and Spadina Rd), ☎ +1 416 923-1171 (info@casaloma.org, fax: +1 416 923-5734), 9:30AM-5PM daily, until 1PM Christmas Eve, closed Christmas Day. Visit Casa Loma and step back in time to a period of European elegance and splendour. The museum is the former home of Canadian financier Sir Henry Pellatt complete with decorated suites, secret passages, a 250 metre long tunnel, towers, stables and beautiful 5-acre estate gardens. A self-guided digital audio tour in 8 languages (English, French, Japanese, German, Italian, Spanish, Mandarin and Korean) is available. $24
Spadina House 285 Spadina Rd. A historic mansion dating from the 1860s, the grounds contain a beautiful garden, which is free to walk around in. If you want to view the historic interior, you need to pay.
Hockey Hall of Fame 30 Yonge St. Dedicated to the history of ice hockey, it is both a museum and a hall of fame. It is housed in the historic Bank of Montreal building and dates from the 1880s.
Black Creek Pioneer Village, 1000 Murray Ross Pkwy ☎ +1 416 667-6295,.  A visit to Black Creek Pioneer Village is a step back in time to 19th-century Ontario. Forty authentically restored homes, workshops, public buildings and farms recreate the atmosphere of life in a rural Victorian community of the 1860s. Craftspeople and workers wearing period costumes demonstrate skills such as open-hearth cooking, bread-making, looming, milling, blacksmithing, sewing, printing and more.
Ontario Place, 955 Lake Shore Blvd W. A great place to take children in the summer with an Imax theatre inside.
Toronto City Hall 100 Queen St W, Toronto. Two buildings forming an apparent semi-circle (though in fact from overhead the circle hemispheres can be seen to be asymmetrically oblate) overlooking Nathan Phillips square, which has a very popular skating rink in the winter. Architecturally stunning, it is one of those few examples of 1960s-era ultra modernism that manages not to look dated decades down the line. Next door to Old City Hall (currently the court house) which has a more classical architecture. As a side-note, images of Toronto City Hall have played stand-in for many science fiction film and television locales, including consistently being used to represent Star Trek’s Federation Headquarters ever since the original Star Trek series.
Toronto Zoo 2000 Meadowvale Rd. A world-class facility, the Toronto Zoo is best accessed by car or GO Transit + TTC bus as a day-trip as it is located at the eastern reaches of the city. The zoo is divided into zones (such as Africa, South America and North America) and features both indoor and outdoor displays. Open daily except for Christmas Day, and worth a visit in both the winter and summer months.
Rogers Centre formerly known as SkyDome, is a multi-purpose stadium, situated next to the CN Tower near the shores of Lake Ontario. Originally opened in 1989, it is home to the American League’s Toronto Blue Jays, the Canadian Football League’s Toronto Argonauts, the site of the annual International Bowl American college football bowl game, and as of 2008, the National Football League’s Buffalo Bills’ second playing venue in the Bills Toronto Series. While it is primarily a sports venue, it also hosts other large-scale events such as conventions, trade fairs, concerts, funfairs, and monster truck shows. The stadium was renamed “Rogers Centre” following the purchase of the stadium by Rogers Communications in 2005.
The Distillery District The former Gooderham & Worts distillery lands have been rejuvenated into a pedestrian-only village dedicated to the arts and entertainment. It has fantastic restaurants, festivals, and art galleries.

Theatre

Toronto has a great theatre scene for every taste and budget. Check out the big theatres on Yonge Street for the big splashy shows, such as. Small theatres in the Annex and elsewhere offer smaller productions that range from original Canadian works, avant-garde, experimental theatre, small budget musicals to British murder mysteries. A variety of theatre festivals such as the New Ideas, Rhubarb and Fringe festivals are the seed for many commercial success such as The Drowsy Chaperone. Also try to check out the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, the new home of the Canadian Opera Company and the National Ballet of Canada. The Toronto Symphony plays in the recently acoustically renovated Roy Thomson Hall. TO Tix, located in Yonge-Dundas Square, is the best place to get both full-price advance and day-of discounts on shows across Toronto. They also offer theatre and dining packages, partnering Toronto’s theatre, dance and opera companies with local downtown restaurants and cultural attractions.

Film

Toronto has a very important film scene. Every September Toronto hosts the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), one of the most important film festivals in the world. It is also home to a wide variety of independent and cultural important cinemas. The TIFF Lightbox on King Street hosts most premieres for the festival, but also has year round programming including screenings of independent movies, historically important films, and director and artist talks. Other important venues include the Bloor Hot Docs cinema, which hosts Toronto’s international documentary film festival, Hot Docs, every spring. Like the TIFF Lightbox, the Bloor cinema screens films year round that would not be found in most commercial cinemas. Additionally there are historic repertoire cinemas located around the city that screen second run and independent movies. These include The Revue and The Royal in West Toronto and The Fox in East Toronto.

Neighbourhoods

Little Italy/Portugal Village. Centred at College and Grace, this is the spot to get a sense of the Western Mediterranean. Sit at one of the many coffee shops and watch the world go by on the weekends. A great time to visit is during the men’s FIFA World Cup competition (in football / soccer), regardless of where in the World it is actually being held as both communities face off and rivalries reach a fever pitch. Recently the rivalries have begun to infect adjacent communities and it is now getting to the point that the entire city is being draped in a mind numbing variety of flags once every four years.
Chinatown, is an ethnic enclave in Downtown Toronto with a high concentration of ethnic Chinese residents and businesses extending along Dundas Street West and Spadina Avenue. First developed in the late 19th century, it is now one of the largest Chinatowns in North America and one of several major Chinese-Canadian communities in the Greater Toronto Area.
Little India on Gerrard Street between Greenwood and Coxwell. If you want to get a sense of Toronto’s vibrant South Asian community, this is where you want to be.
Koreatown is composed of the retail businesses and restaurants along Bloor Street between Christie and Bathurst Streets in the Seaton Village section of The Annex.

Eating Options in Toronto

The Harbord Room

A highly acclaimed restaurant in Harbord Village. An eclectic Restaurant with varied global dishes & boutique wines in a cozy exposed-brick venue with a bright seasonal patio.

89 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S 1G4
(416) 962-8989

Snakes & Lattes

Café. Lively cafe with a huge collection of board & card games, plus sandwiches, salads & drinks.

600 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G 1K4
(647) 342-9229

Maroli Indian Restaurant

Indian Restaurant. Casual spot serving dishes from India’s Malabar coast, with signature spicy fried chicken.
630 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G 1K7

Insomnia
Restaurant. Spot known for brunch & late-night eats mixes global comfort food & 50 martinis, plus nightly DJs.

563 Bloor St West, Toronto, ON M5S 1Y6

(416) 588-3907

Sushi on Bloor

Japanese Restaurant. Popular neighborhood spot serving a wide variety of sushi rolls & other Japanese eats.

515 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1Y4

(416) 516-3456

360 The Restaurant at the CN Tower

The CN Tower may be a top destination for visitors, but the stunning 360 restaurant is not your usual get-em-in-and-get-em-out tourist trap. From your table 351 meters above the city, take in the breathtaking kaleidoscope of Toronto and beyond (on a clear day Niagara is visible) as the restaurant gently rotates a full 360 degrees in 72 minutes. Underpinned by a top notch menu, classy ambience and professionally executed service, this is a quintessential Toronto must-do.

Auberge du Pommier

This tiny French restaurant—set in two carefully restored 1860s woodcutter’s cottages—is hard to find. Auberge du Pommier is tucked away amongst the skyscrapers of North York’s business district. Once you find it, though, you’ll understand why so many hunt the place down. The kitchen creates some of Toronto’s most delectable French food in an atmospheric space that smells of woodsmoke and charms completely. Reservations recommended.
Auberge du Pommier, 4150 Yonge St., 416-222-2220, oliverbonacini.com

Palais Royale

Immerse yourself in the ambience of the ’20s and ’30s on the waterfront patio of Toronto’s original jazz venue. Every Wednesday evening from July 3  to September 4, the 4,000 square-foot patio is transformed into a glittering, canopied al fresco jazz, dining and dancing space. There are cool lake breezes, an impeccable menu, impressive views (pictured) and the sun setting over the lake to the west.
Palais Royale, 1601 Lake Shore Blvd. W., 416-533-3553, palaisroyale.ca