The Distillery District
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Ripley's Aquarium of Canada
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Caribana Parade
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Yonge-Dundas Square
Yonge-Dundas Square / iStock / Andres Garcia Martin
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Hockey Hall of Fame
Hockey Hall of Fame / iStock / Andres Garcia Martin
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Our Review
Deal Expert / Travel Blogger

This is Canada's largest city, so it's no surprise there's lots to see and do here. It's a center of commerce and government, and the diverse population means a wide variety of restaurants and cultural attractions. The large cruise terminal is a quick cab ride from downtown and hosts big ships as well as smaller ones gearing up for Great Lakes sailings.

What We Love

Casa Loma: Built by financier Henry Pellatt, this ornate Gothic Revival landmark was completed in 1914. Tour the period rooms and explore the hidden tunnels before strolling the 5 acres of gardens.

Distillery District: Although there isn't a distillery here anymore, this historic neighborhood has pedestrian-only streets with galleries, restaurants, and shops. It's perfect for a lazy afternoon of wandering and exploring.

Best Known For

CN Tower: The most iconic building on the Toronto skyline has four observation decks, including the Glass Floor Level, which towers 1,122 feet above the ground. The truly brave can do the EdgeWalk, in which you're tethered to the building for a walk along the ledge.

Centre Island: This is where city dwellers get away from it all and escape the urban landscape for one with wide open spaces. You should consider taking the ferry over for the amusement park and beaches.

Who It's Best For

Shoppers: International and Canadian brands have flagships in this large city, and it's easy to spend an entire afternoon at the enormous Eaton Centre shopping mall. Just hope the Canadian dollar is in your favor.

Families: With a world-class zoo and aquarium, and attractions like the Hockey Hall of Fame, there's enough to do here to keep kids of all ages entertained.

Don't Say We Didn't Warn You

Beware of Urban Issues: Remember Toronto is a big city with big city problems, including a large number of panhandlers and petty crimes, so it's important to stay alert.

Festivals Are More Than Just Festive: The city hosts numerous events, including film and jazz festivals, throughout the year. These can jack up hotel rates — and cause traffic jams.

Danielle Contray
Deal Expert / Travel Blogger