Welcome to Toronto!

From ballet to baseball, gardens to galleries, markets to musicals … you will never run out of things to do in Toronto — we guarantee it! Here’s a short list of city attractions, both in the downtown area and beyond. Everything is arranged by category, with Web sites provided wherever possible. So take a little time to scroll through our list — and stroll through our beautiful city while you’re here. We think you’ll come back for a return visit!
To get the most out of your visit to T.O., please make sure to visit all of our city pages: Restaurants, Shopping, Neighbourhoods, and Architecture. Our Getting Around page includes information on airport transit connections, taxi service, subway routes and schedules, the Downtown PATH system, and streets and highways.

Toronto Tips: Remember to dial the area code for all phone numbers, even local ones. Toronto adopted the 10-digit dialling system when a new area code, 647, was added within the city limits.Also of note: The Smoke-Free Ontario Act came into effect on May 31, 2006, “prohibiting smoking in all enclosed workplaces and enclosed public places in Ontario.” Enclosed public spaces include open-air restaurant patios that are roofed or protected from the elements in any way (through the use of awnings, for example, or of patio umbrellas placed side by side to form an overhead covering).

Quick Links

  • Arts events (June 14-18, 2006)
  • City of Toronto (official Web site)
  • Currency conversion (XE.com)
  • Gas prices
  • OnStage Toronto (June 2006)
  • Parking
  • PATH (underground pedestrian system)
  • Restaurant reviews (Toronto Life)
  • Toronto.com (Toronto Star Web portal)
  • Tourism Toronto
  • Transit
  • Transit – Subway map
  • Transit – Subway schedules
  • Weather
  • Weather – Temperature conversion
  • Wikipedia entry on Toronto

Toronto Trivia: Where does the name “Toronto” come from, anyway? For many years, it was believed that “Toronto” meant “meeting place” — an interpretation of the Huron word toronton suggested by historian Henry Scadding. It is now believed that the name originated in the Mohawk word tkaranto, which means “where there are trees standing in the water.” The name originally applied to the area where the city of Orillia is now located, but travelled south over time all the way to the mouth of the Humber River, where a French fort was identified as “Fort Toronto.”

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Modern Attractions

  • Canadian National Exhibition (Please note: Closed during conference period, but some venues on the grounds remain open.)
  • City Hall (for Old City Hall, see Historic Buildings below)
  • CN Tower
  • Harbourfront
  • Ontario Legislature, Queen’s Park (also listed under Historic Buildings below)
  • Ontario Place
  • Ontario Science Centre (North York)
  • Paramount Canada’s Wonderland (Please note: located just north of Metro Toronto in Vaughan)
  • Toronto Zoo (Scarborough)
  • University of Toronto (see also Historic Buildings below)

Historic Buildings, Structures, and Venues (all are of architectural significance as well)

  • Black Creek Pioneer Village (Jane St. at Steeles Ave. W., North York)
  • Campbell House (northwest corner of Queen St. and University Ave.)
  • Casa Loma (1 Austin Terrace, Spadina Rd. at Davenport Rd.)
  • Colborne Lodge (High Park)
  • Enoch Turner Schoolhouse (106 Trinity St., just east of Parliament, south of King)
  • Fort York (100 Garrison Rd. – off Fleet St., just west of Bathurst St.)
  • Gibraltar Point Lighthouse (Toronto Islands)
  • Gibson House (5172 Yonge St. at Park Home Ave., between Sheppard and Finch Aves., North York)
  • Gooderham Building (the famous “flatiron” building – Wellington St. E., just west of Church St.)
  • The Grange (317 Dundas St. W., immediately south of the Art Gallery of Ontario)
    (Please note: closed to the public during AGO renovations; to reopen in 2008)
  • Mackenzie House (82 Bond St. at Shuter St., just east of Yonge)
  • Montgomery’s Inn (southeast corner of Dundas St. and Islington Ave., Etobicoke)
  • Old City Hall (northeast corner of Bay and Queen Sts.)
  • Ontario Legislature, Queen’s Park
  • Osgoode Hall (130 Queen St. W., immediately west of City Hall)
  • R.C. Harris Filtration Plant (end of Queen St. E. at Nursewood Rd., The Beaches)
  • Spadina House (285 Spadina Rd., immediately north of Casa Loma)
  • St. Lawrence Hall (157 King St. E. at Jarvis St.)
  • Todmorden Mills Heritage Museum (67 Pottery Rd., east of the Bayview Ave. Extension, just west of Broadview Ave.)
  • Toronto’s First Post Office (260 Adelaide St. E., one block east of Jarvis St.)
  • University of Toronto – St. George campus buildings: U of T’s main campus is home to many historic and architecturally significant buildings, including University College, “Old Vic” (Victoria College), Trinity College, the former Knox College, Hart House, and Convocation Hall.

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Tours and Walks

  • City Hall — take a virtual tour, or print the self-guided tour and visit in person!
  • Discovery Walks (self-guided walks throughout Toronto designed by city staff)
  • Heritage Toronto Walks (April to October each year)
  • ROM Walks (similar to the Heritage Toronto Walks, hosted by the Royal Ontario Museum)
  • Ontario Legislature tours
  • University of Toronto campus tours

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Museums and Galleries

  • Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas St. W., west of University)
     Now on exhibit: Culture City: New Toronto Buildings 
  • Bata Shoe Museum (327 Bloor St. W. at St. George)
     Now on exhibit: Icons of Elegance: Influential Shoe Designers of the 20th Century 
  • Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) Museum (Canadian Broadcasting Centre, 250 Front St. W.)
  • Design Exchange (in the former Toronto Stock Exchange building, 234 Bay St. south of King)
  • Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art (Please note: closed to the public during Royal Ontario Museum renovations)
  • Hockey Hall of Fame (in BCE Place – 30 Yonge St. at Front)
     Recently opened: The NHL Zone exhibit area, featuring NHL legends, dynasties, milestones, and more 
  • Inuit and Native Gallery (Guild Shop, Ontario Crafts Council – 118 Cumberland St., in Yorkville)
  • J.M. Barnicke Gallery (Hart House, U of T)
  • Market Gallery (South St. Lawrence Market, 95 Front St. E. at Jarvis, second floor)
  • McMichael Canadian Art Collection (Please note: located just north of Metro Toronto in Kleinburg, Ontario)
     On exhibit until June 18: The Festive North: Depictions of Traditional Inuit Games 
  • MZTV Museum of Television (CHUM-CITY Building, 277 Queen St. W., second floor)
  • Redpath Sugar Museum (95 Queen’s Quay E., on the harbourfront)
  • Royal Ontario Museum (southwest corner of Bloor St. and University Ave.)
     Now on exhibit: Déco Lalique and Korea around 1900: The Paintings of Gisan 
  • Textile Museum of Canada (55 Centre Ave., off Dundas St., just west of Bay)
     On exhibit until June 25: Dance of Pattern 
  • Toronto Aerospace Museum (in Downsview Park, at Keele St. and Sheppard Ave. W.)
  • Toronto Dominion Gallery of Inuit Art (Toronto Dominion Centre, 79 Wellington St. W., ground floor)
  • Toronto Police Museum and Discovery Centre (in Toronto Police Headquarters, 40 College St., west of Yonge)
  • University of Toronto Art Centre (in University College, U of T)

For information on small galleries in Toronto, please see the Art Dealers Association of Canada Web site.

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Performing Arts


  • Canon Theatre (formerly Pantages Theatre – 244 Victoria St., south of Dundas)
     On stage May 27-July 2: Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me 
  • CanStage Theatres
       • Bluma Appel Theatre (in St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, 27 Front St. E., east of Yonge)
     On stage until June 17: Hair – the original 1960s rock musical 
    • Berkeley Street Theatre (“the Gas Works” – 26 Berkeley St. at Front)
    • The “Dream in High Park” (Shakespeare under the stars at the ampitheatre in High Park)
  • Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres (189 Yonge St., north of Queen)
  • George Weston Recital Hall (Toronto Centre for the Arts)
  • Hummingbird Centre for the Performing Arts (formerly O’Keefe Centre – southeast corner of Yonge and Front)
  • Isabel Bader Theatre (93 Charles St. W., on Victoria College campus, U of T)
  • Massey Hall (Shuter St., south of Dundas, one block east of the Eaton Centre)
  • Princess of Wales Theatre (300 King St. W., between Spadina and University)
     Now playing: The Lord of the Rings, in its world stage premiere 
  • Royal Alexandra Theatre (260 King St.W., between Spadina and University)
  • Roy Thomson Hall (60 Simcoe St. at King, west of University)
  • Second City (51 Mercer St., south of King St., east of Spadina)
  • St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts (includes the Bluma Appel Theatre; 27 Front St. E., east of Yonge)
  • Toronto Centre for the Arts (includes the George Weston Recital Hall; 5040 Yonge St., north of Sheppard, in North York)


  • Canadian Opera Company (227 Front St. E.,west of Parliament)
  • Famous People Players (110 Sudbury St., south of Queen St., east of Dufferin)
  • National Ballet of Canada (470 Queen’s Quay W. at Spadina)
  • Soulpepper Theatre Company (Distillery District – Young Centre, Mill and Cherry Sts.)
     On stage June 3-Sept. 5: Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest 
  • Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir (Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St. W., west of Spadina)
  • Toronto Mendelssohn Choir
  • Toronto Symphony Orchestra

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Public Art

Toronto is home to a great many works of public art, both individual pieces and groupings or installations. Some of the more notable places at which to view public art are government and institutional settings, including City Hall, Queen’s Park, and the University of Toronto — not to mention the Toronto subway system. Public art is also on display in park or garden settings such as The Guild and the Toronto Sculpture Garden (listed under Parks and Gardens below), as well as High Park and smaller venues, or “parkettes,” such as the Frances Loring / Florence Wyle Parkette located at the corner of Mount Pleasant Rd. and St. Clair Ave.

Selected examples of public art in Toronto are listed below (alphabetically by title, subject, or venue):

  • The Archer (Henry Moore) – sculpture in Nathan Phillips Square
  • The Audience (Michael Snow) – sculptures portraying fans at the northeast and northwest corners of the Rogers Centre (formerly SkyDome)
  • Flatiron Mural (Derek Besant) – famous trompe d’oeil mural on west side of Gooderham Building
  • Flight Stop (Michael Snow) – Canada geese flying high in the atrium of the Eaton Centre
  • Garden of the Greek Gods (Elford Bradley Cox) – grouping of figures from mythology located on the CNE grounds
  • Glenn (Ruth Abernethy) – sculpture of Glenn Gould in front of the CBC Broadcast Centre
  • Ned Hanlan Monument (Otto Emanuel Hahn) – Hanlan’s Point, Toronto Island
  • Helix of Life (Ted Bieler) – sculpture in front of Medical Sciences Building, U of T
  • Hockey Knights in Canada (Charles Pachter) – murals at College subway station depicting the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens
  • Metropolis (David Partridge) – nail mural inside City Hall near the main entrance
  • Queen Elizabeth Monument (Frances Loring) – formerly located at the entranceway to the QEW, the “lion monument” was later moved to Sir Casimir Gzowski Park
  • The Seven Lively Arts (York Wilson) – mural in Hummingbird Centre lobby
  • Spadina Summer Under All Seasons (James Sutherland) – mosaic at Dupont subway station depicting a flower in cross-section
  • St. Anne’s Anglican Church interior (including work done by members of the Group of Seven)
  • Al Waxman statue (Ruth Abernethy) – salute to the “King of Kensington” in Bellevue Park, Kensington Market

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Parks and Gardens

There are some 1,500 parks and almost 20,000 acres of parkland in the city, as well as 187 km (116 miles) of bike paths, 7.8 km (4.8 miles) of pedestrian paths, and 3 million publicly owned trees. High Park, stretching over almost 400 acres in the west end, is one of the city’s natural treasures, but there are other unique parks and ravines throughout the city, including lands along the Humber and Don River floodplains — the legacy of Hurricane Hazel. Historic Mount Pleasant Cemetery in midtown Toronto also serves as an arboretum in which many rare species of trees have been planted over the years. An interactive map of Toronto’s waterfront allows you to take an online tour of lakeside attractions, from Marie Curtis Park in the west to the Rouge Beach Park in the east.

Toronto Trivia: Toronto is located at latitude 43:40:12N, longitude 79:22:12W — as far south as the French Riviera. In gardeners’ terms, this is plant hardiness zone 6.
  • Alexander Muir Memorial Gardens – beautiful formal garden located just south of the Yonge-Lawrence intersection and dedicated to the composer of “The Maple Leaf Forever”
  • Allan Gardens – historic downtown park famous for its Palm House conservatory and horticultural collection
  • Ashbridge’s Bay Park – waterfront park in the Beaches named after early area settler Sarah Ashbridge
  • Centennial Park (Etobicoke) – features a conservatory in addition to its many recreational facilities
  • Don Valley Brick Works – natural heritage site located in historic area of city
  • Downsview Park (North York) – large federal park located on former Armed Forces base; site of major events such as two open-air masses celebrated by Pope John Paul II and Toronto’s SARS benefit concert
  • Earl Bales Park (North York) – noted for its recreational facilities, it is also a cultural gathering place that includes a Holocaust memorial and 1,500-seat ampitheatre
  • Edwards Gardens (North York) – beautifully landscaped park located just east of the affluent Bridle Path residential neighbourhood; home to the Civic Garden Centre
  • The Guild (Scarborough) – unique park celebrating art and architecture within a natural setting; famous for its sculpture garden and architectural fragments saved from historic buildings
  • High Park – crown jewel of Toronto’s parks system; home to Colborne Lodge, Shakespeare under the stars, a small zoo, recreational facilities, and more
  • Riverdale Farm – a working farm built on the site of Toronto’s original zoo, the Riverdale Zoo
  • Rosetta McClain Gardens (Scarborough) – beautiful formal garden located near the Scarborough Bluffs
  • Rouge Park (Scarborough / York Region / Pickering) – one of the world’s largest natural parks in an urban setting; created in 1995 to protect the Rouge River watershed
  • Royal Botanical Gardens (Please note: located west of Toronto in Burlington, Ontario) – a 1,100-hectare (2,700-acre) venue famous for its themed gardens, natural sanctuaries, and an arboretum that includes the world’s largest collection of lilacs
  • Toronto Island Park – a wide variety of recreational facilties, park areas, trails, and historic structures on Toronto’s islands
  • Toronto Music Garden – a unique garden on Toronto’s waterfront inspired by the music of Bach; designed in collaboration with cellist Yo-Yo Ma
  • Toronto Sculpture Garden – a small, unique public park created in 1981 and located opposite St. James’ Cathedral in the old Town of York
  • Trinity Bellwoods Park – large urban park in a historic neighbourhood, stretching from Dundas to Queen Sts. between Bathurst and Ossington

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  • Air Canada Centre – home of the Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL), Toronto Raptors (NBA), and Toronto Rock (lacrosse)
  • Hockey Hall of Fame
  • Rexall Centre, York University (home of the annual Masters tennis tournaments)
  • Ricoh Coliseum – home of the Toronto Roadrunners (AHL)
  • Rogers Centre (formerly SkyDome) – home of the Toronto Blue Jays (MLB) and Toronto Argonauts (CFL)
  • Woodbine Race Track – home of the Queen’s Plate, Canada’s premier Thoroughbred horse race



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