Toronto has an array of outstanding attractions, charming neighbourhoods and beautiful natural scenery for expat residents to enjoy. There are always things to see and do in Toronto, no matter the weather. Popular attractions include the iconic CN Tower, museums such as the Gardiner and Royal Ontario, and the peaceful Toronto Islands.
Recommended sightseeing in Toronto
The landmark CN Tower stands at 1,815ft (553m) and is perhaps the most impressive contender on any list of things to see and do in Toronto. There are four observation decks on the tower and two phenomenal eateries.
The Gardiner Museum of Ceramics offers a glimpse into a collective art form spanning centuries, with over 3,000 historical and contemporary ceramic pieces on display. Visitors can also enjoy ceramic lessons and lectures, as well as a gift and coffee shop.
The Harbourfront Centre is a great place to spend the day visiting galleries, relaxing at a café or strolling along the waterfront. It also serves as the venue for numerous live theatre, music and visual arts shows.
Just off the city’s Lake Ontario shores are the Toronto Islands, a quiet natural haven where expats can spend time away from the city enjoying gorgeous views and lovely beaches.
Founded in the early 1900s by Jewish and Italian immigrants, the Kensington Market now hosts traders, artists and craftsmen from all over the globe, including China, East Africa, Vietnam and the Caribbean.
The Distillery District is a national historic site which often hosts film shoots, festivals and special events. This pedestrianised village is home to dozens of art galleries, restaurants, bars and live music venues for expat residents to enjoy. It's a definite favourite amongst locals and visitors alike.
Dating back to 1911, Casa Loma is an impressive medieval-style castle with secret passageways, a very long tunnel (244m) and beautiful gardens to explore. All together, they make for a wonderful attraction for expat families.
Royal Ontario Museum
Famous for its golden mosaic ceiling, the Royal Ontario Museum has over 40 separate galleries displaying art, archaeology and science exhibits. With dinosaurs, a bat cave and a jewel room, this is a very interesting place to visit.
Hockey Hall of Fame
Toronto's Hockey Hall of Fame, a shrine to Canada's national sport, showcases ice-hockey memorabilia and artefacts spanning decades. Not to mention, the interactive display is a great place to try one's hand at the game.