Things To Do In Toronto

Four-Hour Package for Two or Four with 100 Paintballs and Rental Equipment at Defcon Paintball (Up to 75% Off)

Defcon Paintball

Multiple Locations

Sprawling indoor courses laden with concrete cylinders

C$59.98 C$19

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Les Coquettes Cabaret Burlesque Presents "Bang" on Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. or Oct. 27 at 10:30 p.m. (Up to 43% Off)

"Bang" by Les Coquettes Cabaret Burlesque

Revival

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The dancers say farewell after an 11-year run with a “vampire chic”–themed spectacular that includes the return of former stars

C$17.50 C$10

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$120 for Eight All-Ages Group Swimming Lessons at Buckler Aquatics ($203.40 Value)

Buckler Aquatics

Multiple Locations

Adults and kids aged 6 months and up learn to swim in one of three Buckler Aquatics-owned heated pools

C$203.40 C$120

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$45 for a Detox Program with Five Yoga Classes and Kombucha Shots at Yoga Tree ($120 Value)

Yoga Tree

Downtown Toronto

Classes in a wide variety of yoga styles from vinyasa to hot yoga, followed by detoxifying kombucha shots

C$120 C$45

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4 Series Boot Camp and Personal Co-Training at The Motion Room (Up to 95% Off). Two Options Available.

The Motion Room

Runnymede - Bloor West Village

Personal trainers oversee tailored workouts and boot-camp classes elevate heart rates with cardio, core, and strength drills

C$340 C$29

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Hypnotist Dave Curran Show for Two or Four at The Revival Theatre (Up to 55% Off)

Hypnotist Dave Curran

The Revival Theatre

The "Bad Boy of Hypnosis" mesmerizes audiences with adult-themed comedic hypnosis

C$40 C$19

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5 or 10 60-Minute Women's Total Fitness Classes at Move N Improve (Up to 55% Off)

Move N Improve

Scarborough

Skilled instructor blends cardio, resistance training, yoga, and breathing exercises to improve strength, endurance, and confidence

C$50 C$25

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$15 for a Two-Hour "I Ain't Afraid of No Ghost!" Tour with Tour Guys ($30 Value)

Tour Guys

Downtown Toronto

Sage guides lead groups past purportedly haunted spots as they relay historical stories and the possible science behind the spookiness

C$30 C$15

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Four-Hour Lunch or Dinner Cruise from Christmas Party Cruise (Up to 68% Off)

Toronto Cruise Lines

Downtown Toronto

DJs spin hit tunes while revelers dance and take in the Toronto skyline; buffet is included and a fully stocked bar is available

C$90 C$29

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Abracadabaret Presents Magic@theCage for Two Through January 4 (Up to 50% Off)

Magic@theCage

The Cage 292

Card tricks, mind reading, and old-fashioned illusions

C$40 C$20

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$178 for a Michigan Football Experience with Transportation from Roundtrip Tours on November 1 ($299 Value)

RoundTrip Tours

Multiple Locations

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Catch the Wolverines’ homecoming game, take a photo on the field, and enjoy the comfort of a chartered bus there and back

C$299 C$178

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2.5-Hour or Four-Day Thai Massage Course at Still Light Centre (Up to 54% Off)

Still Light Centre

Toronto

In the four-day course, students learn a complete 90-minute massage; in both courses, students learn the passive stretching of thai massage

C$70 C$35

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Culture Club at Sony Centre For The Performing Arts on November 24 at 8 p.m. (Up to 44% Off)

Culture Club

Sony Centre For The Performing Arts

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Legendary new-wave outfit behind “Karma Chameleon” and “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me” tours ahead of their upcoming album

C$107.50 C$60

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"Evil Dead: The Musical" at the Randolph Theatre on October 31–November 9 (Up to 25% Off)

"Evil Dead: The Musical"

Randolph Theatre

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Campy stage musical lovingly tranforms Sam Raimi’s splatterfest with jaunty tunes and gallons of old-fashioned gore

C$46.95 C$35.21

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Canning Basics Workshop for One or Two at Fresh City (Up to 50% Off)

Fresh City Farms

Multiple Locations

Workshop teaches students how to preserve their produce with canning; includes a canning basics handbook and a jar of preserves

C$70 C$39

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Tony Award-Winning "Evita" On Stage in Toronto on October 16–November 13 (Up to 37% Off)

"Evita"

The Lower Ossington Theatre

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Tony-winning Andrew Lloyd Webber musical about the Argentinian First Lady who fought for the working class and poor

C$61.74 C$39

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VIP or All-Access Entrepreneurship-Expo Visit with Bob Proctor and Miki Agrawal on November 22 (50% Off)

SociaLIGHT Conference featuring Bob Proctor and Miki Agrawal

Downtown Toronto

Over 1,000 entrepreneurs, brands, and business owners convene at conference featuring speakers such as Bob Proctor and Miki Agrawal

C$299 C$149

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$42 for Eight Weeks of Parent and Tot Swimming Lessons at SwimSecure ($79 Value)

SwimSecure

Bathurst and Bloor - Central Toronto

Professional instructor shows parents how to teach their kids the fundamentals of swimming

C$79 C$42

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$15 for Movie for Two with a Large Popcorn and Two Sodas at Fox Theatre ($32 Value)

Fox Theatre

The Beaches

Canada’s longest-running cinema screens first- and second-run films to audiences cradled in rows of plush red seats.

C$32 C$15

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Canadian financier, industrialist, and business visionary Sir Henry Pellatt modeled the Casa Loma castle on the style of art and architecture he came to admire when touring similar castles throughout Europe. Today, the structure endures mainly as a testament to the culture and lifestyle of the Toronto elite during early 20th Century. Visitors can tour the grounds on their own or with a group while learning about the family, the Edwardian heritage, and?most importantly?the architecture and history of the landmark castle atop the hill.


The History of Casa Loma

  • 1859: Henry Pellatt was born in Kingston, Ontario

  • 1882?1902: Pellatt became a millionaire by investing in various mining, insurance, land, and electricity prospects

  • 1905: Pellatt was knighted for his military service by the Queen's Own Rifles

  • 1911: Working with Canadian architect E.J. Lennox, Pellatt helped design his dream home?a Medieval-inspired castle

  • 1914?1924: Economic hardships eventually forced Sir Henry and Lady Mary Pellatt to sell Casa Loma

  • 2014: After failed attempts to transform the residence into a hotel, a school, a museum, and an art gallery over the years, Liberty Entertainment Group chose to preserve the historic structure


The Sights of Casa Loma

Self-guided tours of Casa Loma and the surrounding area are available throughout the year. Here are some highlights worth seeing:

  • Great hall on the main floor: This room serves as a focal point within the castle, complete with 60-foot ceilings and sculpted figures adorning the pillars.

  • Sir Henry Pellatt's master suite on the second floor: Mahogany and walnut walls keep with the home's luxuriant spirit. This room also features a hidden compartment beside the fireplace where Sir Henry Pellatt would conceal secret documents.

  • Carriage House and Stables: Connected to Casa Loma by an 800-ft. tunnel which runs 18ft below Austin Terrace. The tunnel features an exhibit of Toronto?s Dark Side, which tells the story in archival photographs of Prohibition, The Depression, The Plague, The Great Toronto Fire, and Toronto?s first plane crash. The carriage house features an Automotive Exhibit featuring vintage automobiles from the early 1900?s.

  • Estate gardens: The five acres of lush flora surrounding Casa Loma showcase ornate sculptures and fountains as well as meticulously tended displays of perennials and a wooded hillside filled with wildflowers, ferns, rhododendrons, and decorative grasses.


The Pellatt Newsreel

To deliver more insight into the Pellatt family's optimistic construction and tragic loss of Casa Loma, the castle screens a 22-minute docudrama on the rise and fall of the estate. Narrated by Colin Mochrie, this docudrama adopts the tone of a 1939 newsreel as it tracks Sir Henry's resounding business successes, followed by his gradual financial undoing.

1 Austin Terrace
Toronto,
ON
CA

Toronto Dance Salsa's roster of instructors and more than 70 dance volunteers spin, twirl, and dip more than 5,000 students each year, from both its 1,600-square-foot main studio atop the North York Civic Centre subway and three other area locations. During lessons, instructors concentrate on teaching pairs and singles leading-following skills, as well as basic body movement and styling. While all instructors have their speciality, they all share a passion for dance that kicked-started their careers, and—for many of them—led to performing as well as teaching. An even male-female ratio is emphasized during classes, with experienced volunteers able to jump in and exude a level of comfort and knowledge usually reserved for sweatsuit-clad professors.

To complement the artistic side of the studio, Toronto Dance Salsa also features a full roster of strengthening, conditioning, calorie-burning fitness classes. With a flexible schedule that includes morning, lunchtime, and evening classes, the DayFit program grants students of any schedule with energizing workouts. Power yoga and hatha yoga classes boost flexibility while centering the mind, and Core Fusion melds the ancient art of yoga with the core benefits of Pilates. True to its dance roots, the studio also offers Zumba, a Latin-dance infused class designed to burn calories through invigorating music.

5095 Yonge St
Toronto,
ON
CA

In 2004, Warren Lee was a high-school teacher by day and a muay thai kick-boxing private trainer on the side. But demand for his private lessons grew, and eventually the one-man business blossomed into a full-time combat fitness business. Today, Lee runs Toronto Kickboxing & Muay Thai (TKMT) Academy at three locations, all of which provide friendly atmospheres for students to work up a sweat, shed stress, and learn self-defense. The staff credits its unintimidating and professional attitude with helping to draw an almost even split of male and female students—a rarity in martial-arts gyms.

All three locations feature pristine facilities and include men's and women's changing rooms and individual showers, as well as a boxing ring, grappling mats, thai pads, heavy bags, and an assortment of training equipment. The staff of committed instructors includes Ajahn Amnat Yodkwain, a former professional fighter and muay thai master who has trained in Thailand's combative arts since the age of 7. All of the academy's instructors possess CPR and first-aid certification and participate regularly in professional development. In order to join the team, they must also pass a series of rigorous tests designed to challenge their skills in muay thai, general fitness, and kicking cookie jars off the top shelf.

610 Queen St W
Toronto,
ON
CA

The Kajama's white masts billow in the wind as its sharp prow cleaves the waters of Lake Ontario. The three-masted, gaff-rigged 164-foot schooner casts the same striking silhouette as it did 80 years ago during its first incarnation as a trade ship that sailed from Spain to Norway. Today, Great Lakes Schooner Company has restored the German-built schooner to its maiden-voyage splendour. Though they've preserved the boat's 1930s charm, they also retrofitted the Kajama for its daily tours with such amenities as a licensed bar and galley where cooks bring selections from their menu of pub fare to life.

Though it serves as the crown jewel of the fleet, the Kajama is flanked by four other large and small ships. Panoramic lake views and a retractable top-deck roof characterize the Obsession III, whereas the Challenge boasts two LCD TVs and a full-service bar. Tall Ship Cruises Toronto rents out their fleet for corporate cruises, charter tours, weddings, and pirate-school reunions, all of which launch from the scenic downtown harbourfront.

235 Queen's Quay W
Toronto,
ON
CA

Reflecting on this childhood, Chris Keating sometimes feels as if he didn't exist. His parents' divorce left him with very little tangible evidence of his formative years, so he's spent his adult life as a photographer making sure children can look back fondly at warm family memories. Chris Keating and his Calgary staff have made this a reality for more than 3,000 families since opening the doors to Towne Photography in 2006. There, the professional photographic crew shoots posed and candid shots of families, children, couples, and babies at picturesque parks or against their studio backdrops, and they also snap triumphant graduate portraits, intimate prenatal shots, and provocative passport pics that make border crossing a breeze. Their ironclad guarantee allows unsatisfied clients to request reshoots, reprints, or resizing on all photographs, and they vow to remake or recapture any artwork that sustains damage over the years. Chris also takes his photographic knowledge on the road to conduct Betterphoto Workshops across the United States and Canada, teaching novice photographers how to artistically preserve their most precious memories.

2236 Queen St. E
Toronto,
ON
CA

Named after the word tula, which signifies balance, Tula was created to promote guests' inner and outer harmony and well-being. After a Pilates or Hatha- or flow-yoga class—available in a hot or temperate studio—patrons can indulge in spa treatments ranging from herbal body wraps to Ayurvedic facials and massages. Each location evokes a soothing, nature-inspired look, characterized by wood flooring and water fountains. The studios' radiant heating panels, natural cleaning products, and organic spa products also speak to a desire for balance with the earth.

Tula has built a loyal local following for both its yoga classes and spa services. The Tula West location made a list of Best Health magazine writer Kat Tancock's favourite yoga studios. Studio director Isabel Lambert's "meticulous approach" to sugaring was praised by Fashion Magazine in 2010, and the establishment was voted Best Hot Yoga by BlogTo in 2012, along with Toronto's Best Workout Studio by Now.

30 Duncan St
Toronto,
ON
CA