Unique Vacation Attractions in Toronto

Posted by on Nov 13, 2012 in Canada, Toronto | 10 comments

Toronto Island
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Whether it’s historic or modern, “Queen City” as it’s often referred to, has so much culture to experience, it’s hard to fit it all in one trip. Here are a few of the more memorable attractions in the area you’ll certainly want to add to your itinerary.


Casa Loma

Certainly one of Toronto’s more unique attractions, this medieval-style castle seems to jump out at you on the street. Casa Loma was built by Sir Henry Pellatt, who had always dreamed of living in a castle. However, Canada didn’t have any historic castles so he simply built his own, full of secret passageways, towers, and a sweeping staircase. There are also over 5 acres of incredible gardens. Later Pellatt faced some financial misfortunes and his dream home was seized by the City of Toronto, and now is open to the public for tours or can be rented for events such as weddings.

Casa Loma

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Toronto Islands

A great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, the many Toronto Islands have something to offer everyone. Whether it’s lounging on the beach, an outdoor picnic, or a cool swim that draws you, the islands are a nice way to spend a lazy afternoon. The largest of the islands, called Centre Island, also has a carnival-style park with several rides and places to eat. There are also concerts and events on Centre Island depending on the season. A ferry takes you to and from the islands, which is another fun experience for the kids.


Royal Ontario Museum

Canada’s largest and most expansive museum, the Royal Ontario Museum attracts over a million visitors per year. It boasts over 6 million historical items and constantly has about 40 galleries and exhibits to tour. Besides the cultural and historical antiquities, the museum showcases incredible architecture. From the ceiling mosaics and stained glass windows of the original building to the modern entrance known as “the crystal”, the museum’s architecture also demonstrates its historical span.


Canada’s Wonderland

Known to some as “Canada’s Disneyland”, Wonderland boasts over 60 rides ranging from small child’s rides to large rollercoasters. Though not as large as Disneyland, they are constantly adding new rides, and now have a large water park and an area called Dinosaurs Alive where over 40 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs interact in an outdoor Jurassic era environment. Admission is $50 for adults, which seems to offer quite a lot of value with such a variety of activities. Be aware that the park is only open in the spring and summer months.


Distillery Historic District

The old distillery now turned shopping district is a great place to go in the evening. Though most come to sample the drinks, there are also plenty of other things to do in the District. There are art galleries, a live theatre, shopping, and cafes to experience while you’re there as well. While you’re there you can also take a Segway tour of the distillery, offered by the Segway store located in the District. There are also walking tours available for the slightly less adventurous.

Toronto can be a wonderful and unique experience. Whether you visit Toronto for a day or for an extended period of time, enjoying the local sights and trying the local food is a must. So, when you are looking for different attractions to see, check out these places and everything else that Toronto has to offer.



Dan Patterson works for CityPASS. If you’re planning to visit Toronto, make sure to see the list of tourist attractions in the Toronto CityPASS. You’ll save on admission to Casa Loma, the Toronto Zoo, the Royal Ontario Museum, and more.


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  1. Ah, my ex-city. 🙂

    • I never lived in Toronto, but worked for companies that had their head offices in the city. I always enjoyed spending a week or two there, a couple of times a year.

  2. Toronto is really an interesting place to visit. I wish I could go back there this coming holiday.

  3. I grew up in Toronto so of course I’m gonna say it’s nice 🙂 I’ve been to all these places and loved it. My favourite is Canada’s Wonderland. Been there more times than I can count.

    • I’ve never been to Canada’s Wonderland. If I ever get back, I’ll have to make it a point of going.

  4. I will be in the T dot for TBEX next year – will bookmark this for later!

    • Maybe I’ll make a point of being in Canada at the same time. I can always make a stop on my way to Nova Scotia.

  5. Ah! I was supposed to head to Canada next week, but was difficult to arrange an itinerary with the tourism board I was working on, so had to go to Mexico instead (not that I’m complaining).

    Still, I need to make some time and finally visit Canada + this fascinating city! So much to do, plus I have some trouble blogger friends there that will sure show me the good time ;D great attractions on this post!

    – Maria Alexandra

    • Hi Maria,

      Well, Mexico is definitely warmer than Canada this time of year. When you do go, try and head East to Nova Scotia. You will be amazed!

  6. Loving the look of that castle haha! I would like to build one of my own one day as well, but would likely fall on financial hardship afterwards too (I can’t imagine they’re cheap :P)

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