It goes without saying that there is plenty to keep you occupied when it comes to culture and leisure activities in Toronto. From shopping and sightseeing to taking in the local culture and supporting the sports scene, there is never a dull moment.
Arguably, the best way to get acquainted with your new city is to see it through the eyes of a tourist; after all, that’s how you’ll see yourself until you’ve settled in completely, so you might as well make the most of it!
Toronto is a hive of cultural activity. Aside from art, entertainment is a highly nurtured industry. The city’s domestic and foreign film and television production centre is the third largest in North America and is celebrated annually in the form of the Toronto International Film Festival. Aside from that, you might like to visit several of the city’s other entertainment outlets:
Top cultural and leisure activities in Toronto
- The Royal Ontario Museum is one of the city’s leading museums and definitely worth a visit if you’re interested in world culture and natural history.
- If it’s art you’re after then the Art Gallery of Ontario is also worth a visit. Home to a large collection of contemporary artwork from Canada, Europe and Africa as well as cultural artefacts from across the world. And if you like this, then you’ll probably want to take a trip to the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, too.
- With over 5,000 animals to see, the Toronto Zoo provides a great day out for animal lovers.
- If science is more your thing that art or animals, then take a trip to the Ontario Science Centre.
- Once a year you can also enjoy the Canadian National Exhibition, the oldest annual fair in the world.
- Performing arts is a big deal here; with over fifty ballet and dance companies (including the National Ballet of Canada), six opera companies and a host of theatres, there’s plenty to experience.
- For a music fix, there’s the Canadian Opera Company, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Canadian Electronic Ensemble and the Canadian Stage Company. Open-air music concerts are regularly held at the Molson Amphitheatre in Ontario Place.
- For a cheap night out, Ontario Place is also home to the world’s first permanent IMAX movie theatre and the Cinesphere.
- The annual Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival is another experience not to be missed. Held between July and August every year, it’s one of the largest events in Toronto’s calendar.
- If taking a walk or picnicking in the park is your idea of a perfect weekend then you’re in luck; there are an abundance of parks to choose from here. Some of the most popular include Queen’s Park, Grange Park, Riverdale Park and Allan Gardens. Alternatively, take a stroll through the Harbourfront Square located on Toronto’s waterfront.
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