10 Most Popular Tourist Attractions in Toronto

Toronto may be one of the biggest cities in Canada but it’s also one of the most expensive. With this in mind, we’ve put together a list of things you can do for free so you can enjoy your time there without breaking the bank.

10 – Picnic in High Park

High Park
High Park – Chensiyuan [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Of course, a picnic isn’t a picnic without a few snacks and treats. However, in High Park, you have the perfect backdrop for a family outing and with 400 acres of green space, it costs absolutely nothing to frolic and enjoy nature in all its glory.

09 – Catch a Free Movie

For all the movie lovers out there, Tiff Cinematheque shows free experimental films all year round and tickets are released around two hours before a show on a first-come, first-served basis.

08 – Do a Walking Tour

Tour Guys run four different 90 minute walks free of charge from June to October which touch base at the waterfront and even delve into the city’s dark past. Tips are welcome but by no means obligatory.

07 – Evergreen Brick Works

This is a community project which runs a number of free events, markets and exhibitions all year round. There are also various free or pay-what-you-can activities including public skating rinks and yoga classes if you are so inclined.

06 – Free Museums

Most of Toronto’s world class museums offer one evening a week which is free of charge, with The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art and the Textile Museum of Canada both well worth a visit in particular.

05 – Hit the Beach

Woodbine Beach
Woodbine Beach – Benson Kua [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Kew and Woodbine beaches are both inviting and beautiful in equal measure and if you happen to be visiting in July, the Beaches International Jazz Festival near the latter is a great spot for a few beers on a sunny evening.

04 – Casino Offers

Not all of what Toronto has to offer requires you to venture out into the city. Anyone who already frequents online casinos will be well aware of the bonuses offered by a variety of platforms. However, some are free and exclusive to Canada and their relevant casinos, including generous no deposit free spin bonuses.

03 – Stroll on Scarborough Bluffs

The Scarborough Bluffs is a stretch of coastline which has been eroded by Lake Ontario over thousands of years. The results of this are stunning white-grey sand cliffs and the area has become well known for impressive views over the lake.

02 – Visit the Harbourfront Centre

For all things cultural in the city, the Harbourfront Centre is the place to be. Whether it’s a festival or theater performance you want, you’ll never be stuck for anything to do and the large majority of events are admission free.

01 – Visit Yonge-Dundas Square

Yonge Dundas Square
Yonge Dundas Square – Pedro Szekely [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The Yonge-Dundas square has been likened to Times Square in New York City. Although we’re not too sure about that comparison, it does have a number of free concerts, movies and other promotions which are well worth a visit if you’re in and around downtown Toronto.

Do Your Own Research

While we’ve given you plenty to think about, this list is by no means exhaustive and there are many more free things to do in Toronto. As long as you properly plan your trip, you should have no problem finding fun things to do without having to break the bank.