Downtown Toronto

Lined with modern skyscrapers and historic buildings, Downtown Toronto is a major cultural, commercial and transportation centre. This vibrant urban district is situated along the beautiful Lake Ontario. From the CN Tower and Air Canada Centre to the CF Toronto Eaton Centre and Union Station, Downtown Toronto is home to some of Toronto's most important landmarks.

Entertainment

Downtown Toronto
Downtown Toronto is home to the Entertainment District, which has the largest concentration of nightclubs, theatres and other cool venues in Ontario. As you walk through this hip neighbourhood, you'll easily find some awesome spots to hang out, party, watch live shows or listen to music. Featuring more than 2,000 seats in a traditional layout, the Princess of Wales Theatre is nested in the heart of the Entertainment District. Having a contemporary facade and interior design, the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts is one of Canada's top venues for theatrical shows, concerts and other live events.

Sports

The Air Canada Centre is one of Toronto's premier indoor venues for professional sports and other exciting events. You can watch the NBA's Raptors and NHL's Maple Leafs at this arena that has just more than 20,000 seats. Situated only steps away from the Air Canada Centre, the Hockey Fall of Fame honours the greatest players and coaches in professional ice hockey. This attraction has plenty of items relating to legendary Canadian players, such as Wayne Gretzky and Guy Lafleur. Located within the shadows of the iconic CN Tower, the Rogers Centre hosts games between the Toronto Blue Jays and other teams from the MLB. When this ballpark opened in the late 1980s, it was the first venue of its kind to have a fully retractable roof.

Shopping

Since opening in the late 1970s, the Eaton Centre has been one of the top shopping hubs in the province of Ontario. More than 250 businesses are based in this massive retail complex that has four levels on more than 2 million sq feet. Some of Toronto's largest department stores have official anchor status at this retail mecca. Most portions of the Eaton Centre are connected by extensive underground tunnels and halls. This premium shopping centre also has dozens of dining options ranging from ethnic cuisine to quick casual bites. During major holidays, the Eaton Centre is decorated with dazzling installations, such as massive Christmas trees and other illuminated figures.

Waterfront

Downtown Toronto occupies dozens of blocks along the tranquil shores of Lake Ontario. The Harbour District has plenty of promenades that lead to great shopping, dining, entertainment and lodging options. From Harbour Square Park to the Harbourfront Centre, you'll find plenty of great waterfront venues in Downtown Toronto. You can also go to the observation deck at the famous CN Tower to get better views of Lake Ontario and the surrounding area. Additionally, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is appropriately situated in the lakefront district.

Transportation

Centrally located in Downtown Toronto, Union Station is the most important transportation hub in the city and the metropolitan area. This massive rail complex is served by Via Rail and Go Transit trains that provide commuter and long-distance services. The Union Pearson Express line conveniently links Union Station with Toronto Pearson International Airport, the busiest airport in the Toronto metro region. Offering mostly regional and charter flights, the smaller Bill Bishop Toronto Airport is located just outside of Downtown Toronto. The Toronto Transit system (TTC) operates several subway lines that run through the heart of Downtown Toronto. You can also use multiple streetcar lines to quickly navigate the streets of this vibrant district. Additionally, you could ride TTC buses to most points in this major neighbourhood.

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