Toronto is the cultural, entertainment, and financial capital of Canada. For those wishing to experience the best that Toronto has to offer in a thrifty way, you have come to the right place.
The HI-Toronto Hostel at 76 Church Street is a bright, comfortable accommodation in a perfect location for travelers to get the most out of Toronto’s dynamism and attractions. Located directly across from the beautiful St. James Cathedral, built in 1853, and the historic park around it, guests at the hostel can enjoy the great outdoors with a great view, only steps from their room. The hostel itself also boasts its own newly liquor licensed café, the Cavern Bar & Bistro, where fun activities and a laid back atmosphere are always prevalent. At $22 a night for members, and endless packages and discounts for all ages, this is the most frugal accommodation in the downtown core of Toronto you will find.
There are many historic and architecturally fantastic places to see in Toronto, and you can view all of the following for free. Don’t forget to take your camera!
OCAD – The Ontario College of Art & Design, located at 100 McCaul in the Grange Park neighbourhood, consists of a black and white box four storeys off the ground supported by a series of multi-coloured pillars at varying angles. Some describe it as a tabletop, others as an eraser propped up by pencil crayons. Take a look at this exquisitely creative building and decide for yourself!
Nathan Phillips Square – Home to Toronto’s City Hall, an interesting building all on its own, with two curved towers rising on either side of a UFO shaped main building. It’s said that from above, it looks like an eye between two eyelids. The square is a popular site for free entertainment, concerts, festivals, and exhibitions, as well as a gathering place for citizens. During the spring and summer months, the large fountain in the square is active, while in the winter months it is converted to a beautifully lit up ice rink, right next to the City Hall Christmas tree. In late October, the Toronto Zombiewalk commences from the Square, which is free to participate or spectate. There are often ever changing art installations displayed in the square as well.
Eaton Centre – This shopping mall is a place like no other. The glass ceiling galleria is home to a flock of 60 life-sized sculpted geese. The famous fountain in the center of the mall is also a popular attraction, as it shoots water upwards of 85 feet.
Toronto is full of amazing cultural institutions, museums, and entertainment centres, and if you know where to look, you can get free admission to many of them or for a discounted price.
AGO (Art Gallery of Ontario)
Completely free on Wednesdays! Check out this gallery adjacent to OCAD while you’re visiting.
ROM (Royal Ontario Museum)
Among the world’s leading museums of natural history and world cultures, the ROM is a must-stop and another architectural wonder of Toronto, located on Bloor Street. An adult ticket is discounted down to $10 on Fridays.
COC (Canadian Opera Company)
The free concert series takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre. Admission is first come, first served so don’t be late to hear the musical styling of vocal, piano, jazz, dance, chamber, and world music.