5 Things to do in Toronto Before You Die

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Canada's largest city has never been more appealing, and BUNAC's team of travel experts have highlighted just five of the top things to do in Toronto before you die. Read on, get excited and start planning your trip North.

Casa Loma

Covering over 64,000 square feet and sitting 460ft above sea level, Casa Loma is one of only 12 castles in Ontario. It was fully constructed in 1914 and is an 18th century Gothic Revival castle. Now hugely popular for weddings, its fascinating museum and grounds are open to the public.

Top tip: Go on a warm day and spend hours enjoying the grounds in the sunshine! Keep an eye out for discounted tickets for young people.

High Park

Toronto’s largest park entirely within the city is a hub of cultural and sporting activities - over one third of High Park remains in its natural state! Visitors can enjoy baseball games and Shakespeare plays in the park’s amphitheater during the summer months, and ice skating in the winter months.

Top tip: The park is a beautiful location during the whole year, but do keep an eye out for notable events that are happening there – 2017’s Invictus Games cycling events were held here!

Distillery District

Nestled east of downtown, the district was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1988 and comprises more than forty heritage buildings and is the largest collection of Victorian-era industrial architecture in North America. It was recently refurbished and here you can find plenty of cafes, restaurants, chic boutiques and art galleries!

Top tip: Enjoy the food and surroundings, but participating in a historic tour of the district will provide great context to the modernized, millennial haven.

Art Gallery of Ontario

The AGO has been open since 1900 and includes more than 90,000 works, holding the largest collection of Canadian art. In addition to art pieces, it houses an extensive library and student spaces, as well as gallery workshops, cafes, a theater and a high-end restaurant.

Top tip: Keep an eye out for discounted tickets for young people - and for cool upcoming exhibitions.

Queen Street West

Often described as Toronto’s answer to NYC’s Soho, Queen Street West is a creative strip and home to over 300 art galleries and some of Toronto’s most hip bars, restaurants and vintage stores. Vogue recently named it as one of the coolest neighborhoods in the world, so it’s definitely not a place to be missed.

Top tip: Spend your whole day enjoying the strip. You can eat, browse book stores, eat, shop, drink and eat some more! (Try Queen St. Warehouse for super cheap meals and cocktails – it’s definitely a scene for the ‘gram)

Fancy experiencing all of these things for yourself and starting your own Canadian journey? With help from our Work Canada program, Toronto could be your new home for the next 12 months. We'll even sort you out with a job! Give us a call on 866-220-7771 or drop us an email at info@bunacusa.org and let's start planning your next adventure.

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