Downtown Toronto Attractions You Shouldn't Miss

It's drizzling and traffic is crazy when we visited the city of Toronto due to a high-profile hockey game. We didn't stop or park anywhere, hence we did our sightseeing inside the car. It's convenient that way with our sleeping toddler on his car seat.

I did not have a definite list of the places I wanted to see when we came. In my mind, I only wanted to catch a glimpse of what's in downtown. That's all! (I'm simple after all.) For obvious reasons, it's not something I'd recommend. It's clearly a waste of time. Toronto is a huge city!

What areas will we be seeing then while doing the tour inside the car?

Downtown Toronto Attractions You Shouldn't Miss

Actually, it's not impossible to do so. We've managed to see the key areas in downtown Toronto doing so. It's thanks to the internet, I was able to do an on-the-spot-research during our visit. Here they are:


CN Tower

This is definitely, definitely is a must-visit in the list. After all, the CN Tower is a signature icon in Toronto's skyline. As of writing, it currently holds the 9th tallest free-standing structure in the world.

Downtown Toronto Attractions You Shouldn't Miss

You can enjoy spectacular views of the city from the tower's observation deck or dine with a magnificent revolving view of Toronto more than 351 meters (1,151 ft) below. Check out their website to find our more. 


Old City Hall Building

Situated next to the new City Hall Building, is Toronto's architectural treasure. The Old City Hall building was build in the 1800s in the Romanesque Revival style. It was the home of the Toronto City Council from 1899 to 1966 and remains one of the city's most prominent structures. It is a beauty to behold.

It is currently used as a courthouse and is open to the public from 8:00 a.m to 6:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. 
   Downtown Toronto Attractions You Shouldn't Miss
Downtown Toronto Attractions You Shouldn't Miss
Downtown Toronto Attractions You Shouldn't Miss
Downtown Toronto Attractions You Shouldn't Miss


CF Toronto Eaton Centre

After all that walking and posing, it's time for some retail therapy. Yay for Shopping and Food! The CF Toronto Eaton Centre is a shopping mall and an office complex in the heart of Toronto. This mall is a short walking distance from the Old City Hall Building.
  Downtown Toronto Attractions You Shouldn't Miss
Downtown Toronto Attractions You Shouldn't Miss


St. Lawrence Market

Bustling and interesting! The St. Lawrence Market is a major public market building in Toronto. There is so much to see and take in as there are many things sold from different varieties of foods, fresh meats, cheese, baked goods, and vegetables. Don't forget to bring a huge shopping bag during your visit. ;)

Downtown Toronto Attractions You Shouldn't Miss


Hockey Hall of Fame

Hockey fans this is for you. The Hockey Hall of Fame is an ice hockey museum located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is dedicated to the history of ice hockey. It holds exhibits about players, teams, National Hockey League (NHL) records, memorabilia and NHL trophies, including the Stanley Cup. To find out more like operating hours and admissions fees check out their website here.

Downtown Toronto Attractions You Shouldn't Miss


The Gooderham Building

Charming location for an Instagram photo. :) The Gooderham Building is also known as the Flatiron Building built in the 1800s. It is a focal point of one of Toronto's most iconic vistas. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to take a good picture since the car is moving. Nay! 

Downtown Toronto Attractions You Shouldn't Miss


Other Key Areas of Interest

  • St. James Cathedral (photo below)
  • Kensington Market
  • The Distillery Historic District
  • Art Gallery of Ontario
  • Toronto Sign in front of the New City Hall Building
  • Ripley's Aquarium of Canada
  • Royal Ontario Museum
  • Casa Loma
  • The Toronto Islands

Downtown Toronto Attractions You Shouldn't Miss
Downtown Toronto Attractions You Shouldn't Miss
Downtown Toronto Attractions You Shouldn't Miss
Downtown Toronto Attractions You Shouldn't Miss

The mixture of old and new architecture in Canada's cities: from Montreal, Toronto to Ottawa is charming. It's modern with an old-world flair. I wonder what discoveries we will encounter next here in Canada? Hmm... I'm excited! Talk to you soon then.