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Toronto Attractions

Visitors to Toronto frequently wonder why the city is sometimes called Hogtown by local residents as well as those who visit often. The nickname derived from Toronto's past as an agricultural center that routinely processed an abundant amount of livestock.

At one time in Toronto's history, the city's William Davies Company was the biggest pork processor in the entire British Empire. Another of Toronto's historical nicknames is the Queen City.

Many modern visitors and residents of the city of Toronto refer to it as Hollywood North because of its heavy involvement in the film industry. Toronto's cityscape is dominated by high rises, so urban aficionados will love participating in Toronto excursions throughout the city's business and downtown districts. The Old City of Toronto is a popular tourist destination and contains many historical landmarks. The Toronto Public Library is also in this district.

Although you can get around Toronto's main neighborhoods without a map, having one on hand makes navigating the city streets much easier, particularly if you plan on adventuring in the various eclectic neighborhoods in the city. As guests of the largest city in Canada, you won’t run out of entertainment options for yourself and for your travel companions.

Things to do in Toronto include exploring the city's many well-kept public parks, visiting the Toronto Zoo, the Ontario Science Centre, shopping in the Yorkville neighborhood, and stopping by the Eaton Centre, which is the largest of the tourist attractions in Toronto. Founded in the 19th century, this Toronto shopping mall receives an average of one million visitors a week. The Canadian National Exhibition, which takes place annually every August, is the largest fair in Canada and attended by over 5 million people. Toronto also hosts a Caribbean fair every summer.

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Free Things to Do in Toronto

A vacation in Toronto doesn't have to hurt your hip pocket. You can leave your wallet at home if you check out:

Design Exchange - Round up the entire family and set out on an intriguing adventure through history with each other.

401 Richmond - Plan a visit and gain a better understanding of the artistic and cultural side of the region.

Toronto City Hall - Swing by this local landmark and be inspired by its unique design.

Osgoode Hall - If you're interested in the days of old, this is one attraction you ought not to miss.

Nathan Phillips Square - This is a lively place where you can soak in the ambiance and immerse yourself in the local way of life.

Grenadier Pond - Slow things down and enjoy some time out near the water.

Toronto-Dominion Centre - Dig out your guidebook and find out why this place deserves a spot on your must-see list.

Church of the Holy Trinity - Work on your spiritual side or simply savor the tranquil ambiance at this religious site.

Hanlan's Point Beach - Breathe in the ocean air and watch the waves splashing against the shore at this stunning coastal spot.

Martin Goodman Trail - Let the natural beauty restore your mind.

Cloud Forest Conservatory - Work on your green thumb and admire the many and varied plants on display.


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Frequently asked questions

What to do in Toronto on a sunny day?
What to do in Toronto on a rainy day?
If it’s pelting down during your visit, hang up your umbrella and try your hand at a couple of these excellent indoor activities:

What is Toronto famous for?
No trip to Toronto is truly complete without touring CN Tower and Canada’s Wonderland.
What should I not miss in Toronto?
If you’d like to see the best of this place, add these attractions to your itinerary:

  • Rogers Centre
  • Scotiabank Arena
  • Royal Ontario Museum
  • Toronto Zoo

Are there cheap things to do in Toronto?
What can you do in Toronto for free?
You’ll barely have time to fetch your wallet out of your bag with so many wonderful free attractions:

  • University of Toronto - St. George Campus
  • York University
  • Toronto Eaton Centre
  • Vaughan Mills Mall

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