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Everything You Need to Know About Toronto CityPASS
There is a lot to see and do in Toronto, from under-the-radar gems to iconic must-sees you don’t want to miss. If you’re trying to fit it all into one visit, whether you’re here for a weekend or an extended stay, the Toronto CityPASS can streamline your planning and save you time and money on some of the best sights in the 6ix.
What you get with CityPASS
Toronto CityPASS gets you into the CN Tower, Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), Casa Loma, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada and your choice of either the Toronto Zoo or Ontario Science Centre, all at nearly 40% discount. You also get to skip the ticket lines at each attraction and you have nine whole days to see each of the five included attractions.
So how does the Toronto CityPASS work, what other benefits does it get you, and what can you see with one in your purse or pocket? We have all the details on how to simplify your vacation with one of the best deals in Ontario.
Where to get CityPASS
You can pick up a CityPASS online and have your tickets emailed straight to your computer to print or your smartphone or tablet to present digitally at each attraction. Don’t forget to make reservations for each attraction after purchasing your CityPASS — many required timed and ticketed entry due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For destinations like the Toronto Zoo that don’t offer reservations in advance, CityPASS holders will be given priority.
How to use CityPASS
Once you arrive at the first attraction you plan on visiting, they will scan your CityPASS tickets and activate them for your four other stops. You have nine consecutive days to visit the five included attractions and can visit them in any order you choose. If you are travelling as part of a group, you don’t have to visit the attractions in the same order or at the same time.
What you’ll see with CityPASS
One of the most recognizable pieces of architecture on the Toronto Skyline, the CN Tower is an engineering marvel that for decades reigned supreme as the tallest tower in the world, and is still the tallest freestanding structure in the western hemisphere. There’s a restaurant at the top that rotates 351 m in the sky. There are also several other attractions where you can test your fear of heights, though some of them may have an extra admission fee.
Open since 1976, the CN Tower boasts several levels from which you can take in the 6ix. The Lookout Level sits at 346 m high with panoramic views of the surrounding city, and now a glass floor looking down on the two stories below.
The 447-metre high SkyPod gets you even closer to the top of the CN Tower’s spire, with views far beyond Toronto — on a clear day, you might be able to see as far as Buffalo and Rochester, New York!
For real thrill-seekers, the CN Tower also boasts EdgeWalk, an attraction between the Lookout Level and the SkyPod in which visitors can strap into safety harnesses and walk without railings on an outdoor platform 356 m above the earth.
Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada
Close to the base of the CN Tower, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is the premier place to learn about marine life in Ontario, and certainly the country. The Canadian Waters exhibit is a chance to learn more about the critters endemic to the country, from the Pacific to the Great Lakes.
There are also tanks replicating aquatic ecosystems from around the world with 450 species on display and some 16,000 animals waiting to meet you.
Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)
Canada’s premier natural history and international culture museum has over 13 million artifacts and works of art in its collection, with a little something for everyone.
From exhibits on textiles and fashion to massive dinosaur skeletons to Chinese architecture to Indigenous art and even a special kids learning zone, the ROM takes you around the world and across time. It does all that from just off Bloor Street to the north end of Queens Park in Toronto’s bustling Yorkville neighbourhood.
Talk about lifestyles of the rich and famous — the grand Casa Loma was originally built in 1914 by financier Sir Henry Pellatt not just as a private home, but the most palatial residence in North America.
Just 10 years later, however, Pellatt lost not just his fortune but also Canada’s Gilded Age castle. It spent a few years during the Roaring Twenties as a luxe hotel before opening to the public as a tourist attraction in 1937. Today millions of visitors tour its Gothic Revival halls and conservatories, as well as exhibits on a variety of topics from antique cars to the Girl Guides scout group.
A family favourite for almost 50 years, the Toronto Zoo fits a wild 5,000 critters from 500 different species into a gorgeous 283 hectare facility in Rouge Park designed to recreate seven different ecosystems.
Focused on conserving vulnerable and endangered species from around the world, the Toronto Zoo has seen successful births of animals from Komodo Dragons to Sumatran tigers, snow leopards to giant pandas. One of the most popular exhibits is the African Rainforest, home to a troop of gorillas as well as hippos, zebras and African penguins.
Ontario Science Centre
The Ontario Science Centre is the other option for CityPASS holders who don’t choose the Toronto Zoo for their fifth attraction. It’s also a fun place for all ages to learn about a wide variety of scientific subjects, from Ice Age megafauna to outer space, from IMAX movies to the planetarium.
There are places to learn indoors and out including the Cohon Family Nature Escape, which gives visitors a chance to explore Toronto’s fascinating ravine system in an educational, playground-like setting.
Toronto’s very own castle on a hill
Explore Canada’s largest indoor aquarium with 20,000+ marine animals.
Marvel at the magnificence of Ontario Science Centre, Canada’s shining beacon to science.
Connecting people, animals and conservation science since 1974.
Welcome to Canada’s largest museum of world cultures and natural history.