Toronto: the main sights and attractions
On the northern shore of Lake Ontario sits Canada’s largest city, Toronto. It is the administrative, economic and cultural center of Ontario province with a population of 2.8 million people.
A little about the city
Toronto’s climate is favorable enough to travel at any time of the year. Winters are not cold but snowy, summers are not overly hot, and the dry and warm autumn is the best time to visit the city.
Getting around Toronto is easy:
- For the convenience of residents and visitors, Toronto has an extensive transportation network, the TTC (The Toronto Transit Commission), which includes Subway, Bus, and Streetcar.
- Two international airports, Toronto Island (YTZ) and Pearson (YYZ), provide air links.
What to see?
The large number of attractions in and around the city attracts more than 40 million people to Toronto each year. Let’s get acquainted with the main and the most interesting places and sights.
Toronto’s National Tower (CN Tower) is the most recognizable landmark and symbol of the city of Toronto.
Tourists can climb to the height of 341 meters and visit the revolving restaurant located here. The 342-meter observation deck has a unique heavy-duty glass floor and the 447-meter SkyPod Observation Deck is the highest point where visitors can reach the tower.
- Address: 301 Front St. West (& John St.).
- Open 8:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day except December 25.
- Ticket price: under 4 years old free, 4 to 12 years old $28, 13 to 64 years old $38, over 65 years old $34.
- Visiting the tower with SkyPod climbing: ages 4 to 12 – $43, ages 13 to 64 – $53, over 65 – $49.
Royal Ontario Museum
In addition to the 6 million exhibits in its rooms, the museum attracts visitors with its unusual architecture: after the reconstruction, the old museum building was transformed into an incredible crystal structure, making it one of the seven architectural wonders of the world.
- Address: 100 Queen’s Park, Toronto, ON, M5S 2C6
- Opening hours: 10:00 am to 5:30 pm every day except December 25.
- Ticket prices: under 4 years old free, 4 to 14 years old $14, 15 to 64 years old $20, over 65 years old $17.
The House on the Hill, or Casa Loma, is a majestic neo-Gothic castle built as a private home. It was completed in 1914.
The castle is surrounded by a garden and has nearly 100 rooms, including one of a kind at the time, showers, a large library and even an organ.
- Address: 1 Austin Terrace, Toronto, ON, M5R 1X8
- Open: 09:30 to 17:00 every day except December 25.
- Ticket prices: under 4 years old free, 4 to 13 years old $20, 18 to 64 years old $30, 14 to 17 years old and over 65 years old $25.
The largest zoo in Canada is interesting because it is divided into natural areas, each with its own unique animals, birds, mammals and reptiles as wildlife.
The zoo has a four-car train, the “zoomobile,” for easy movement around the large grounds.
- Address: 2000 Meadowvale Rd, Toronto, ON, M1B 5K7
- Opening hours: 09:00 to 19:00.
- September 4 to December 31, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Day off December 25.
- Ticket prices: under 3 years old free, 3 to 12 years old $14, 13 to 64 years old $23, over 65 years old $18.
Tourists can stay in the hotels of your choice, visit theaters, museums, art lovers open the doors of exhibitions and galleries, as well as cafes, restaurants, bars and nightclubs.
At the center of the Entertainment District is Toronto’s picturesque waterfront with beautiful views of Lake Ontario.
The neighbourhood is home to CN Tower, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada and the Rogers Centre sports and entertainment complex.
The address is Toronto Entertainment District BIA, 100 Simcoe St., Toronto.
On the world’s longest street, Young Street, the Eaton Centre is the perfect place for shopping fans. It features about 300 clothing, footwear, accessories of different brands as well as cafes and fast food restaurants.
The shopping center is designed in the spirit of unity with nature, the central composition is a sculpture of flying geese under the roof of the building.
- Address: 220 Yonge Street, Toronto
- Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10:00 am to 9:30 pm, Sat 9:30 am to 9:30 pm, Sat 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.
Despite the name, it’s not just a place to produce alcoholic beverages but also Toronto’s historical and cultural center. The restored Victorian-era industrial buildings house galleries, cafes, cultural events and exhibitions and there’s always something to see.
Address: 9 Trinity Street, Suite 200, Toronto ON M5A 3C4
High Park, or High Park, is located within the city limits, so it’s easy to get to. The name of the park comes from the fact that the park is located on the hills.
In the park, visitors have access to sports and cultural facilities for family recreation, organized areas for picnics and activities with dogs. Within the park is also preserved part of the untouched nature. In spring, tourists are attracted to the park by the blossoming of the sakura trees.
- The park is open to visitors 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Entrance is free.
- Address: Colborne Lodge Drive, High Park, Toronto.
Hockey Hall of Fame
Hockey fans should not miss the Hockey Hall of Fame where you can see the most important awards of the game including Stanley Cup, pieces of hockey equipment of famous athletes, pictures of the brightest moments from the history of hockey and much more.
- Address: Brookfield Place, 30 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M5E 1X8
- Opening hours: Mon-Fri 09:30 to 18:00, Fri 10:00 to 18:00.
- Ticket prices: under 3 years old free, 4 to 13 years old $11, 14 to 64 years old $17.50, over 65 years old $13.
Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada.
It features one of the world’s most extensive collections of jellyfish. The movement of jellyfish in the color-illuminated aquariums is a truly mesmerizing spectacle.
Visitors are offered the interesting service of spending the night in a room with sharks swimming over their heads. Some of the inhabitants of the aquarium you can even touch with your hands.
- Opening hours: from 09:00 to 23:00 every day.
- Ticket price: ages 3 to 5 – $12, ages 6 to 13 – $24.25, ages 14 to 64 – $35, over 65 – $24.25.
St. Lawrence Market
St. Lawrence Market welcomed its first visitors in 1803. It has survived almost unchanged to this day.
At the market, locals and tourists can purchase quality farm products, visit restaurants and bakeries on the south end of the market, and antique and jewelry stores on the north end.
Address: 93 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E 1C3
From the waterfront in Toronto you can take a ferry to the Toronto Islands, a favourite vacation spot of Canadians. In summer, the Islands offer tourists and Toronto residents alike a chance to stroll through the parks and take small boat rides between the islands. There are opportunities to visit the local beach and swim in the lake.
There are no cars throughout the Islands, and visitors travel only on bicycles and scooters.
From the ferry linking the Islands to the mainland, you can take beautiful photos of the beautiful views of the city, the TV Tower and the skyscrapers of Toronto.
- Address: 9 Queen’s Quay West, Toronto, ON, M5J 2V3
- Ferry ticket price: $7.87.
Fort York is a testament to one of the most important and tragic events in the war between the British and Americans – the Battle of York in 1812 during which the fortress was destroyed and then rebuilt with maximum precision.
Today visitors can learn how soldiers lived in the fortress, taste local cuisine and witness military parades.
- Address: 250 Fort York Blvd, Toronto, ON M5V 3K9
- It is open on weekdays from 10:00am to 4:00pm and on weekends and public holidays from 10:00am to 5:00pm.
- Ticket prices: under 5 years old free, 6 to 12 years old $6, 13 to 18 years old $8, 19 to 64 years old $14, over 65 years old $10.
Ontario Science Centre
The Ontario Science Centre attracts visitors with interactive exhibits where everyone can take a virtual trip into space, play board games with a robot, visit the planetarium, interact with astronauts, and watch documentaries in the IMAX cinema.
- Address: 770 Don Mills Road, Toronto, ON, M3C 1T3
- Opening hours: Fri – Fri 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Sat 10:00 am to 8:00 pm.
- Ticket price: under 2 years old free, 3 to 12 years old $19, 13 to 17 years old $22, 16 to 64 years old $28, over 65 years old $12.
Niagara Falls is located 150 km from Toronto and is the main and most famous attraction around the city.
You can enjoy the views of the falls from the water with the Voyage to the Falls Boat Tour, the Skylon Tower lookout platform, a helicopter ride to view the falls from the air or a 45-meter descent to the platforms located behind the falls.
Niagara Falls can be reached by car from Toronto by taking the Gardiner Expressway West, then the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) to the ON-420 turnoff. GO Transit, Greyhound and Megabus buses and GO Train run between Toronto and Niagara Falls.
Ticket prices: the Voyage to the Falls cruise is $25.95, the Skylon Tower viewing platform is $17.50, and the Journey Behind the Falls tour is $19.95.
In reviews about visiting the city of Toronto, tourists note the variety of architecture, which, however, does not cause negative emotions.
- Vitaly F., Novosibirsk
In Toronto you feel equally comfortable among skyscrapers and open squares and near Victorian houses.
- Marik72, Moscow
- larkis, Togliatti
The Casa Loma is a unique place because not only the original buildings of the castle have been preserved but also the entire interior down to the smallest detail.
- Maksim_Starostin, Saint Petersburg
Niagara Falls … It is really very beautiful. There is an amazing view of Niagara Falls, the best place in the world for sightseeing without even taking a helicopter tour.
Toronto, Canada’s largest city, attracts travelers with its variety of activities, quirky modern architecture, preserved old buildings, breathtaking cityscapes and corners of unspoiled nature. No matter the time of day or night, no matter the season, Toronto is a city not to be missed.
Useful maps and videos
View an interactive map of sights in Russian on Toronto: