Toronto is filled with an exceptional array of world-famous attractions. While it may be a global commercial hub, its tourism sector is also incredibly strong, with plenty to see and do for those lucky enough to visit.
That being said, not all attractions are created equal, and it helps to have the opinion of those in the know to guide you. That’s why we’ve pulled together this article! Sharing all of our favourite spots from the perspective of Toronto’s most discerning residents, here are four local treasures that should be at the very top of your to-do list.
Museum of Illusions
If you’re looking for Toronto’s most famous landmarks, you’ll find a thousand lists that cover the leviathan grace of the CN tower and the primal might and beauty of Niagara Falls. What you’re less likely to stumble across is the handful of less well-known attractions in this article, such as the wonderful Museum of Illusions. Offering a contemporary take on eccentric old fairground funhouses, this minimalist space opened in 2018, and offers far more than magical mirrors and shrinking hallways. What you’ll discover inside its walls is an exquisite marriage of artistry and trickery – one that’s sure to leave you enthralled.
Looking for something a little different? Then visit Casino Woodbine! Offering a shuttle bus service that makes access easy, the casino is famed for its fabulous food and thrilling action. Sitting on the same site as the racetrack it shares a name with, it’s the perfect place to enjoy some on-track fun before heading inside and experiencing everything from live table games through to slot machines. If you want to get a taste for your options beforehand, you can do so online. With dozens of different providers to choose from, you have two choices: free mode or when playing for real money. While the latter carries an increased risk, it does have the advantage of coming without gameplay restrictions, meaning the experience more closely resembles the reality of gambling in a land-based casino.
Toronto is known for its bustling downtown area, but it’s worth remembering that it’s a big city with lots of different aspects to it. One area that’s not particularly well known is the small enclave of islands that lie just a short ferry ride from the mainland, but these are somewhere we’d definitely recommend you visit. The perfect place for a day trip, they have lots to keep you occupied, from a quaint amusement park through to sandy beaches and picturesque biking trails. Regular boats backward and forward make access easy, and they offer plenty of Instagram-worthy scenery for snap-happy tourists.
Allan Gardens Conservatory
If you asked visitors to describe Toronto in three words, most would use adjectives such as ‘bustling’, ‘modern’, and ‘cosmopolitan’, but one hidden gem which is none of those things is Allan Gardens Conservatory. Built in the Victorian era, this beautiful glass building has a delicate façade, but inside its doors lies lush and abundant foliage. Bursting with color and delightfully warm and balmy, its interior is home to plants from all around the world. Offering a picturesque place to escape from the outdoors, it’s a wonderful spot to visit all year round.
Tell us, if you’re lucky enough to be traveling to Toronto this year, which of these local treasures will you be adding to your itinerary?