City Guide: Toronto, Celebrate Canada's 150th birthday 

Experience Toronto

Celebrate Canada's 150th birthday

As Canada’s most culturally and artistically diverse hub, Toronto offers something
for everyone. Whether you visit the Georgia O’Keefe exhibit or take a hike in scenic High Park; relax at a rooftop bar or dine at a celebrity chef’s restaurant – Canada’s Downtown is unrivaled.




  1. See the animals. With panda bears and polar bears and hundreds of other creatures to see, the Toronto Zoo is a year-round must for animal lovers. A deep sea adventure awaits at Ripley’s Aquarium and the Bat Cave at the Royal Ontario Museum is a fun way for kids to discover the real stories behind these mysterious creatures.
  2. Try out a new food. Toronto is home to many different ethnicities and the restaurants and food that kids around the world have been enjoying for years. How about Middle Eastern tabule or Chinese dim sum or even Canadian bannock?
  3. Get outside. The Harbourfont area always has something going on whether it’s boat cruises in summer or skating in winter. And the ferry to the Toronto Islands runs all year round and gives you the best view of the Toronto skyline and the chance to stroll around in a car-free environment.
  4. Be hands-on. Take a Master Builder workshop or check out the dozens of other bricktacular activities at LEGOLAND or try tile painting and clay modelling at the Gardiner Museum.
  5. Dig into history. The Fort York National Historic Site was the scene of a major battle in the War of 1812 and its fortified buildings and real cannons bring history alive. Or visit the Aga Khan Museum for a window into ancient worlds and Muslim civilization from the Iberian Peninsula to China.



  1. Go live. Seven nights a week, and some afternoons too, live music can be heard all around Toronto. Roots music at The Dakota, swingy jazz at The Reservoir or Latin at Lula are just some of the myriad options at intimate, affordable venues.
  2. Play on the edge. Axe throwingknife throwingdarts throwing – these are just a few of the games people play in Toronto. For an even bigger thrill, try walking on the edge of the CN Tower 116 stories up. Be sure to look down.
  3. Enjoy a really great meal. Whether that means trying some amazing new ethnic food or a taste of local or dining with an exceptional view, indulge yourself at one of thousands of remarkable restaurants in Toronto.
  4. Have a big league encounter. Toronto is home to 6, count ‘em, 6 professional sports teams, all with downtown venues. That means on any given day throughout the year you have the option of having a thrilling major league experience right in the heart of the city.
  5. Get outdoors. A quick ferry ride from downtown at the foot of Bay Street over to Ward’s Island will reward you with one of the most stunning views of the skyline of Toronto. In the warmer months, stay for a meal at the quaint, historic Rectory Café and stroll the boardwalk that overlooks Lake Ontario. Here during the winter? Go for a skate lakeside at scenic Harbourfront or go urban at iconic Nathan Phillips Square.