Province/Territory: Ontario

See why our largest city is a design lover's delight

  • 553m CN Tower
  • 80,000+ works of art at the Art Gallery of Ontario
  • 200 City-owned pieces of outdoor public art

Discover the coolest architecture and design trends in Canada’s megacity, bursting with immensely creative projects that are redefining the cityscape.

Feel the creative pulse inside the TIFF Bell Lightbox, where film lovers gather. Absorb world-renowned architect Daniel Libeskind’s radical redesign of the Royal Ontario Museum with its mesmerizing glass and steel Michael Lee-Chin Crystal. Wander through Jack Diamond’s Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts and feel the energy of opera and ballet. Then appreciate how Frank Gehry brought his unique vision to the redesigned Art Gallery of Ontario.

Step outside and marvel at the new designer lightshow on the CN Tower. Or inside one of the world's finest shoe museums. Take a stylish stroll down Designers’ Walk. Check out the Ontario College of Art and Design’s student galleries to see what design’s future looks like. And the Design Exchange, Canada's Design Museum, for a fascinating take on our colourful past.

Why you should visit
  • Go Cubist at a two-story building-above-a-building—nicknamed the “Flying Tabletop”—the Sharp Design Centre balances on stilts 26 m (85 ft) above the ground.
  • Dine at the Distillery Historic District, boasting some of the best-preserved Victorian industrial architecture in North America.
  • Hit Queen Street West for retro and lovingly refurbished furnishings and gadgets.
  • Admire the stunning designs of II By IV Design Associates Inc at the Royal Ontario Museum’s c5 Restaurant Lounge, Maple Leaf Lounge and Trump International Hotel & Tower.
  • Meet local designers like environmentally friendly twin Brothers Dressler, who waste almost nothing as they create ultra-sleek, limited-edition furniture.
  • Go on an architectural walking tour of the megacity.
  • Wrap your head around the graceful shapes, dramatic figures and unusual materials found in the Canadian Sculpture Centre, the only gallery dedicated entirely to promoting sculpture in the country.
  • Join the Toronto Society of Architects’ guided walking tours and learn about some of the city’s best contemporary architecture.
  • Appreciate artistry on display – from ancient to contemporary with an extraordinary European collection – at the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art.

Weather

  • Toronto enjoys four full seasons. Summer (June to September) sees warm and dry weather, with increased precipitation in the spring and fall and snowfall during winter (December to March). Sometimes winter weather can slow down transportation and activities in the city for a day or two.
  • Discover local weather information. Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada's Canadian Climate Website.
Visitor information
When to go
  • Most buildings, museums and architectural attractions are open year-round.
  • Shoulder spring and fall seasons are an excellent time to visit, as attractions are less busy and accommodation and dining options more readily available.
Need to know
Getting Here
  • Most attractions are located in the heart of downtown Toronto.
  • The subway is an inexpensive and convenient way to get around town.
  • Access via public transit on a GO bus or GO Train.
  • Taxis are available to and from just about anywhere.
  • Near-by parking is usually available.