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Things to Do in Toronto

With over 140 different languages spoken, Toronto is one of the most multicultural and inclusive cities in the world. It’s also been coined the City of Neighbourhoods, which range from Little Italy to Greektown to Chinatown. With so much diversity, you’re bound to discover a district (or two) you’ll fall in love with!

Unlike other cities in Canada, Toronto’s seasons are distinctive and defined and as each season arrives, an assorted array of events are held to complement them.

High Park celebrates the beginning of spring with budding cherry blossoms that blankets the trails. Other popular trails and parks include Edwards Garden and the Royal Botanical Gardens. Indoorsy types can check out the CN Tower; Ripley’s Aquarium, Canada’s largest indoor aquatic zoo; Doors Open Toronto; and even the Dim Sum Festival.

Despite its reputation for harsh winters, Toronto is home to several popular beaches including Woodbine Beach, Bluffer’s Beach, Sugar Beach, and Hanlan’s Point, which is notorious for its clothing-optional policy. Summer also marks the opening of the country’s largest amusement park, Canada’s Wonderland, a popular destination for all ages. The 330-acre theme park includes everything from roller coasters to water parks to carnival games. Toronto also hosts a number of street fests, not to mention the popular price fixed dining event, Summerlicious. You can also opt for less hustle and bustle activities by taking a quick ferry ride over to Centre Island or tour Toronto’s very own castle, Casa Loma (also where parts of X-Men was filmed).

Despite the dropping temperatures that come alongside fall, Torontonians bundle up and brace the chills for a night of adventure at Nuit Blanche, a free event that runs from dusk till dawn that features hundreds of interactive displays created by contemporary artists. Warmer options include the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) as well as the International Festival of Authors (IFOA).

Torontonians need not travel very far for winter sports. Within the city are several ski resorts like Glen Eden, Dagmar, and Lakeridge. If you’re up for a drive, you can also head to the popular Blue Mountain, Horseshoe Resort, or Hidden Valley. For more low key activities, check out the Christmas Market in the historical Distillery District and Winterlicious.