Toronto things to do - Our Expert's
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By Aefa Mulholland, your Toronto expert

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Niagara Falls

Price guide: Free
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Best for Romance -
Expert overall rating:4.8 (out of 5)

The continent's most colossal cascade!

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Toronto Islands

Price guide: Free
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Best for Escapists -
Expert overall rating:4.7 (out of 5)

Atmospheric archipelago in Toronto's harbour

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McMichael Collection

Price guide: Mid-range
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Expert overall rating:4.6 (out of 5)

Top Canadian Art Collection

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Royal Ontario Museum

Price guide: Expensive
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Best for Families -
Expert overall rating:4.6 (out of 5)

Art, architecture, ancient animals and more

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Art Gallery of Ontario

Price guide: Expensive
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Best for Culture -
Expert overall rating:4.6 (out of 5)

All in one art and architecture

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The Beach

Price guide: Free
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Best for Chilling out -
Expert overall rating:4.5 (out of 5)

Toronto's top beach

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Casa Loma

Price guide: Expensive
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Best for History -
Expert overall rating:4.5 (out of 5)

History on the hill

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Expert overall rating:4.4 (out of 5)

Charming ceramics gallery on museum row

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Bata Shoe Museum

Price guide: Expensive
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Expert overall rating:4.4 (out of 5)

Bata goes toe-to-toe with the top museums

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Hockey Hall of Fame

Price guide: Mid-range
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Expert overall rating:4.3 (out of 5)

Hockey Haven near the Harbourfront

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Best for Fun -
Expert overall rating:4.2 (out of 5)

Quirky market for shopping, eating and people-watching

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Best for Posing -
Expert overall rating:4.2 (out of 5)

Former Victorian Distillery-turned arts and restaurants complex

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Toronto Zoo

Price guide: Expensive
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Expert overall rating:4.0 (out of 5)

The country's best zoo

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CN Tower

Price guide: Expensive
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Expert overall rating:4.0 (out of 5)

The high point of your Toronto trip

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Expert overall rating:4.0 (out of 5)

Music-themed waterfront park strikes the right notes

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Chinatown

Price guide: Budget
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Expert overall rating:3.8 (out of 5)

Bustling Shopping and Restaurant District

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Expert overall rating:3.8 (out of 5)

A hall full of food and history

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Toronto Harbour Cruise

Price guide: Expensive
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Best for First-time visitors -
Expert overall rating:3.8 (out of 5)

Narrated tour round the Harbour

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Expert overall rating:3.8 (out of 5)

Brickworks turned market and park

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Expert overall rating:3.7 (out of 5)

Hip art haunt on Queen West gallery strip

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You can cross off the city’s top three museums within just a couple of blocks — the ROM, the Gardiner and the Bata are all really close to each other.

A number of museums don’t open on Mondays, but most do have a late-opening evening, which is almost always free of charge.

Toronto’s beaches are more for sunbathing than swimming, but there are a few — notably Toronto Island’s four beaches, Cherry Beach and the four beaches that comprise “The Beach” in the east end of town. Check whether your beach of choice is safe for swimming first - the city tests the water from June till August.

How I’ve picked my things to do: 

This is a smorgasbord of things that I loved on my first visit to the city, plus a selection of off-radar ones I’ve discovered over my years living here.

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This is a smorgasbord of things that I loved on my first visit to the city, plus a selection of off-radar ones I’ve discovered over my years living here.