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Explore Must-See Attractions in Toronto

Rediscover the classics—six Toronto icons and more with this three-day itinerary.

Hands up if you know Toronto’s must-see attractions but haven’t actually seen or done those activities yourself lately. This action-packed itinerary sets the stage to explore more quintessentially-Canadian sights beyond the city limits. Use the map to help you plan your own itinerary, or follow our curated guide below.

Day 1

Start your day at the epicentre of Toronto

Bright, electric, and humming with action, Yonge-Dundas Square is always “on.”  Check the programming schedule if you want to catch an event or just show up and take it all in. There’s free WiFi too!

Explore the only full-sized castle in North America

When you’re ready to continue your Toronto adventure, hop on the City Sightseeing double-decker bus and make your way to Casa Loma.

Hop off at the only full-sized castle in North America and use the Toronto CityPASS® for free entry. Built in 1914, its beautiful Gothic revival design, immaculate flower gardens, and overall opulence can’t be found anywhere else. 

Munch and mingle in Yorkville 

After enjoying your Downton Abbey moment, hop back on the bus and continue until you reach the Royal Ontario STOP# where you’ll hop off and enjoy lunch in Yorkville.

Historic buildings, high-end boutiques, and multicultural eats come together in this lovely part of Toronto.

An eclectic neighbourhood ideal for meandering, you can enjoy the scholastic vibes of the University of Toronto and designer shops along Bloor Street’s Mink Mile. 

Explore the Royal Ontario Museum

The tree-lined streets will have you stopping for a photo on every block and especially at the can’t-miss-it crystal of the Royal Ontario Museum.

Once inside (another free admission with Toronto CityPASS®), spend the afternoon hanging out with dinosaurs, travelling to ancient Egypt, and learning about Canada’s First Peoples.

Enjoy dinner and a show

They don’t call it the Entertainment District for nothing: the area just west of Toronto’s central business district is packed with food, drink, and spectacle. Choose from any number of tempting restaurants for your pre-theatre dinner. 

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For your night at the theatre, take your pick of a lively musical from Mirvish, a comedy show at The Second City, or a boundary-pushing production at CanStage.

If you’re not ready to call it a night, head over to the Rex, which is in full swing with jazz and blues bands nightly. 

Day 2

Take a boat tour around Lake Ontario

Use your City Sightseeing ticket to enjoy a free Toronto Harbour Boat Tour. Discover the tranquil side of Toronto as you glide around the scenic inner harbour and islands. Be sure to capture the breathtaking view of the city’s skyline from the water.

Enjoy panoramic views at the CN Tower

A short walk from the harbour gets you to the CN Tower (free with CityPASS®). If you haven’t visited in a while, you’ve probably not yet seen the floor-to-ceiling Window Walls that offer the most spectacular views EVER.

If you’re feeling daring, now’s the time to try EdgeWalk for an experience of a lifetime. 

Chill out with the jellyfish at Ripley’s Aquarium

Next door, view North America’s longest underwater viewing tunnel at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada. With over 20,000 aquatic animals to discover, you’re sure to make a new fishy friend. 

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Take a trip with your taste buds

It’s lunchtime! And where better to have a nosh than the mecca of multiculturalism, Chinatown, and Kensington Market. Go beyond Chinese cuisine here, as Vietnamese pho and Japanese sushi spots all play nicely together.

Or feed your Latinx craving with empanadas in Kensington. After, shop around this dynamic neighbourhood for vintage clothes, fresh produce, rare spices, and hard-to-find imported goods.

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Wander around the Distillery Historic District

As a pedestrian-only neighbourhood in Toronto, the Distillery Historic District was made for patio season, but if the weather isn’t cooperating, there are plenty of delicious options.

Maybe restaurant hop this evening and start with oysters at Pure Spirits, dive into French Onion Soup at Cluny and wrap yourself around tacos at El Catrin. End off with ice cream and a stroll around the stylish boutiques and galleries. 

Day 3 

As you head out of Toronto this morning, be sure to stop at either the Ontario Science Centre or the Toronto Zoo to redeem your remaining CityPASS® ticket. 

Visit the largest zoo in Canada

As the largest zoo in Canada, you can easily spend hours at the Toronto Zoo and not see all the 5,000 creatures, award-winning pavilions and interactive displays.

Learn something new at the Ontario Science Centre

The Ontario Science Centre will feed your curiosity with year-round special events as well as regular live science demonstrations and numerous permanent exhibits.

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