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Top 12 Things to Do in Toronto and Niagara Falls, Canada

Updated: Dec 4, 2023

Previously, when I thought about Canada, what came to mind were nice people with an accent, maple syrup, moose, donuts, and hockey. Most of my knowledge of Canada came from Robin Scherbatsky from the show, How I Met your Mother - if you are a fan, yes, I did go to a mall in Canada and sing Robin Sparkles' famous song! However, from our visit to Canada, I learned there is more to it than just those few things, and sadly, I did not see a real moose. This article will dive into the top 12 things you should do when visiting Toronto and Niagara Falls, Canada. Keep in mind certain attractions are seasonal.


Toronto Skyline with Lake Ontario in the foreground
To simplify it, Toronto is a small New York in Canada with its towering skyscrapers, busy streets, sports teams, and lots of food or entertainment on every corner. They all make exploring Downtown Toronto a great place to spend your time. Here are some cool things you can do there.

Sporting Events

Various Locations
Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Building
Within Toronto, you will find the home stadiums and arenas for the Toronto Blue Jays, the Toronto Raptors, the Toronto Maple Leafs, and the Toronto FC. Keep in mind each sport has a different season, so they may not be playing when you visit. However, some of these locations are also used for concerts or festivals, so be sure to check that out when you head over.

Toronto Railway Museum

Address: 255 Bremner Blvd, Toronto, ON M5V 3M9, Canada
Across the street from the Blue Jays' Stadium and CN Tower is the Toronto Railway Museum. It is an indoor and outdoor museum about railroad history featuring vintage locomotives and an unconventional train ride.

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

Address: 288 Bremner Blvd, Toronto, ON M5V 3L9, Canada
Next to CN Tower, you will find Ripley's Aquarium of Canada. It is home to Rainbow Reef, Dangerous Lagoon, and Ray Bay. Perfect spots to see colorful/patterned fish, sharks, and stingrays!

CN Tower

Address: 290 Bremner Blvd, Toronto, ON M5V 3L9, Canada
The CN Tower is a 1,815-foot tower created as a communications and observation tower by the Railway Company, Canadian National. It offers beautiful views of Downtown Toronto and the waterways that outline the city.

Niagara Falls

View of Niagara Falls from Skylon Tower
Approximately an hour and a half away from Toronto by car, you will find Niagara Falls. This place is known for its breathtaking views of the famous Niagara Falls, but little did we know that this area is full of entertainment options from slow-paced to fast-paced and nature to thrill. If I were to simplify this city, I would compare it to Orlando, Florida but with gorgeous waterfalls.

Clifton Hill

Address: 4960 Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3N4, Canada
This area has a ton of attractions like Go-Karts, a Ferris Wheel, a huge arcade, bowling, and many other fun activities. There are also many restaurants like Kelsey's Restaurant, Tim Hortons, Benihana, etc. This place is ideal for a day of fun and food, and at night it lights up with bright and flashing lights!

Grand View Observation Deck to Horseshoe Falls

Address: Niagara Falls, ON, Canada to 6650 Niagara River Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON L2E 6T2, Canada
View of Niagara Falls, Canada and Niagara Falls, New York from Skylon Tower with Rainbow International Bridge in the middle
Grand View Observation Deck is south of Clifton Hill, the northernmost portion of the Niagara Falls area, and Horseshoe Falls, the southernmost part of Niagara Falls. These two spots and in between (Fallsview Trail) are great for admiring the Falls in all their glory! During the summer, they have a firework and light show each night. Of the two, Horseshoe Falls is my favorite. It is next to Table Rock Welcome Centre, which has a food court, souvenir shop, attraction entrances, and a restaurant. However, if you want to see all of Niagara Falls at once, visit Skylon Tower! It's an observation tower with a revolving restaurant.

Voyage to the Falls Boat Tour

Address: 5920 Niagara River Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON L2E 6X8, Canada
View of The American Falls and The Bridal Veil Falls from the Canada side of Niagara Falls with the Voyage to the Falls Boat Tour Boat in the water
It is the only boat tour in Canada where you get to enter the water right below the Falls. It is a 20-minute voyage that takes you to the middle of Horseshoe Falls. On your tour, you will feel the roar and power of the falling water crashing down below and will be given a poncho to protect you from the mist. They also offer sunset tours; however, this is a seasonal attraction.

Journey Behind the Falls

Address: 6650 Niagara River Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON L2E 6T2, Canada
Located in Table Rock Centre, this attraction is year-round but less immersive in the winter. During the summer months, you explore below and behind the Falls (the lower observation deck is closed during winter). You will get a poncho at this attraction as well (during the summer months) since the below part gets a lot of mist/rain from the crashing of the water.

WildPlay Niagara Falls Zipline to the Falls

Address: 5920 Niagara River Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON L2E 6X8, Canada
This attraction allows you to zipline along Niagara Falls giving you an amazing panoramic view. It is open year-round, day and night. If you enjoy rope courses, they also have Whirlpool Adventure Course near the next attraction we are going to talk about, but it is seasonal.

Whirlpool Aero Car

Address: 3850 Niagara River Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON L2E 3E8, Canada
A drive away from the other Niagara Falls attractions, the Whirlpool Aero Car is a cable car that takes passengers over the Niagara Whirlpool. The water below is a beautiful turquoise at the other end of the trip you will see Whirlpool Adventure Course, as mentioned above. However, you will not stop there as the cable car comes back after it reaches the end. Whirlpool Aero Car is also a seasonal attraction.

Both Toronto and Niagara Falls

These next two places needed their own section and lucky for you they are found in both Toronto and Niagara Falls.

Tim Hortons

Various Locations
Tim Hortons is a coffeehouse and restaurant chain mostly found in Canada. They serve donuts, coffee, and other fast food items for breakfast, lunch, and snacks. It is the largest quick-service food chain in Canada, and rightfully so, as it is delicious and perfect for your breakfast run, lunch spot, or mid-day snack.


Various Locations
If you are looking for an iconic Canadian dessert, go to BeaverTails! They sell fried dough pastries that are hand-stretched to look like a beaver's tail. They come as is or with various delicious toppings. My favorite was the strawberry cheesecake beaver tail, but the apple pie one was good too!

The Falls are Waiting

Canada is a beautiful country and we cannot wait to go back and explore more of it! These 12 things are only a few of the various activities you can do in Toronto and Niagara Falls. Have you been to Canada before? Let us know in the comments below! If you haven't, when you do, make sure to share your experience on social media and tag us on our Dale, Let's Travel! pages. Speaking of social media... don't forget to follow us! 😊

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