Best Things to Do

The most populous city in Canada and one of the most diverse, Toronto is brimming with sights and activities.

Toronto is a city of diversity and culture. With 5.5 million inhabitants from all over the globe, colorful pockets of ethnic groups create a world within the city. The seventh biggest metropolitan area in North America, Toronto is also a city of fashion and fancy. Several top-of-the-line hotels have recently opened, and more are coming. Venues like the Canadian Opera Company, the Art Gallery of Ontario and Ed Mirvish Theatre give lovers of the arts many places to go. Among the ever-expanding sea of condominiums, vibrant, hip neighborhoods are springing up with cool eateries and galleries.

In the Entertainment District, edgy clubs and wild behavior are part of the fun, yet the streets are safe to walk all hours of the night. Parks dot the city, while major ravines run through neighborhoods, providing green spaces for residents and visitors to enjoy. Bikers, walkers and joggers use the ravine paths, a treasure of nature that many visitors miss. City streets feature more designated bike lanes and BIXI rental bikes are available for all to use.

Annual events like September's Toronto International Film Festival, the largest public film festival in the world, draw A-list celebrities and discerning international audiences. The Distillery District, The Brickworks and other former industrial zones have become cherished areas where locals and visitors can hang out, eat and enjoy various activities throughout the year. Noted architects have built and transformed cultural venues such as the Jack Diamond-designed Four Seasons Centre for Performing Arts, Daniel Liebeskind's Crystal addition to the Royal Ontario Museum and Frank Gehry's graceful remodel of The Art Gallery of Ontario. Also adding to the vibrancy of the city are the completely new looks of The Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, Canada's National Ballet School and the Royal Conservatory of Music.

Toronto's many distinct ethnicities add their diverse traditions, faith and cultures to the mosaic of the city. With more than 130 languages and dialects spoken, neighborhoods such as Corso Italia, Greektown, Little Poland, Via Azores and Gerrard India Bazaar reflect the diversity of the locals through bilingual signs, global restaurants and foods imported from different countries.

Navigate the city with GAYOT's travel guide and discover the Best Things to do in Toronto.

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