Toronto things to do

By Aefa Mulholland, your Toronto expert

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Niagara Falls

Price guide: Free
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Expert overall rating:4.8 (out of 5)

The continent's most colossal cascade!

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Royal Ontario Museum

Price guide: Expensive
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Art, architecture, ancient animals and more

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Toronto Zoo

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The country's best zoo

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Music-themed waterfront park strikes the right notes

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Toronto Harbour Cruise

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Narrated tour round the Harbour

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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.

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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.

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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.