Offering numerous exciting and unique things to do with exquisite views and a lively atmosphere, Toronto is one of the most visited destinations by tourists in Canada. Whether you have planned a fun family tour or a romantic trip with your loved one, you are bound to have the time of your life in Toronto.
If you are a U.S. resident or a foreign national belonging to one of the Canada eta eligible countries, you can enjoy a vacation in Toronto as long as 6 months by simply getting an ETA. It’s an experience you wouldn’t forget. So, here are some of the top things to do in Toronto that you should definitely add to your itinerary.
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1. Catch a Bird’s Eye View from the CN Tower
This is a site that you shouldn’t miss. It’s one of the world’s tallest towers: the CN Tower. It offers a picturesque view of the amazing city of Toronto.
You can visit the LookOut, towering 1,136 feet above the ground, to experience a full 360-degree view of the city. You can take your pictures here or just enjoy the sights; no matter what, it’s a moment you’ll want to experience to jumpstart your vacation in Toronto.
Not only can you take in the view of the city from the LookOut, you can also walk on air on the glass floor and explore the city from the SkyPod, at 1,465ft – one of the highest observation platforms in the world.
If you are someone who lives for an adrenaline rush and extreme adventures are your thing, you won’t want to miss out on the iconic Edgewalk – a full-circle, hands-free walk around the SkyPod’s outer ridge. Your Toronto visit won’t be complete without it.
2. Witness the Beauty of Niagara Falls
A trip to Toronto is a good time to visit and witness Niagara Falls. You can take in the magical sight of the falling water from the Table Rock site, which allows you to stand very close to the edge of the Horseshoe Falls. There are exhilarating bike trails and self-guided cycle tours you can do around the falls, as well.
Plus, you can fill up your tummy at one of the Niagara Falls’ restaurants that rest alongside the raging fall, with a good view of its rushing current.
You can even go into the falls themselves with the Journey Behind the Falls, which allows you to stand right next to the pouring water. If this is not exciting enough for you, we are sure you would love a helicopter ride soaring over the falls. From fascinating views down towards Niagara Falls activity, we can say that this is by far the most exciting encounter you will never regret.
3. Enjoy at the Hockey Hall of Fame
Hockey is a big part of Canadian culture, so when you are in Canada, a dose of hockey is a must. If you are a hockey fan or a sports lover in general, a visit to the Hockey Hall of Fame is a thrill, with the largest collection of hockey memorabilia in the world.
Spread over a whopping area of 65,000 square feet, the Hockey Hall of Fame is a popular site that never fails to impress tourists. It is full of hockey information and memorabilia, but it’s also an interactive destination – with two movie theaters, a broadcast zone, EA Sports game kiosks, and NHLPA Game Time – a virtual experience that allows you to go one-on-one, with real pucks and stick, against a life-sized, computer-simulated versions of current hockey players.
You can also check out the Montreal Canadiens’ locker room and see the Stanley Cup. You can also see the Puck Wall which exhibits numerous pucks collected from different worldwide tournaments. The Hall of Fame is located right in the center of Toronto – a not to miss location.
4. Escape to the Toronto Islands
After exploring the city, consider taking a ferry to the alluring Toronto Islands – a chain of 15 islands in Lake Ontario, just off the coast of Toronto’s city center that are all inter-connected by paths and bridges. There is a lot to do on the islands.
You can take your bike for a ride, or even rent one when you arrive on the island. Or if you prefer taking a long walk, there are plenty of trails and pathways to explore. You can relax on one of the beautiful swimming beaches, or enjoy the water in a kayak or canoe. When you get hungry, there are a few cafes, restaurants and bars where you can stop for a coffee, beer, or meal.
5. Go Shopping
A trip to Toronto is a great time to shop until you drop. The city is filled with shopping sites, including Kensington Market, the CF Toronto Eaton Center, Bloor-Yorkville, Leslieville, and Queen Street West. No matter what you are looking for, Toronto has it all! From clothing and accessories to books, artworks, housewares, vintage items, or something for your kids or pets, you can find everything in good quality and at affordable prices.
With all of these great things to do in Toronto, it’s just the right destination for your next vacation. If you are a foreign national from one of the Canada eta eligible countries, you should apply for an ETA right away and start planning a trip to Toronto that you will not forget for years to come!