Things To Do In Toronto

Family-Fun Package, Adult Admission, or Child Admission to Family Fun Fest (Up to 50% Off)

Family Fun Fest

Downsview Park

Annual family-friendly festival delights guests with interactive entertainment, inflatable castles, a pirate-ship ride, and carnival mirrors

C$66 C$33

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$29 for 30 Days of Unlimited Boot-Camp Classes at Fit Factory Fitness ($250 Value)

Fit Factory Fitness - Toronto

Multiple Locations

Former Marine drill sergeant and his staff lead students of all fitness levels in daily one-hour workouts

C$250 C$29

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"Spring Awakening" on stage in Toronto, February 5–March 1 (Up to 37% Off)

"Spring Awakening"

Lower Ossington Theatre – Mainstage

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Critically acclaimed, multiple Tony-winning musical explores adolescence in a prudish and restrictive society set in 19th century Germany

C$61.74 C$39

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Lunch or Dinner Cruise, TGIF Cruise, or Halloween or Christmas Party Cruise from Jubilee Queen (Up to 51% Off)

Jubilee Queen

Downtown Toronto

Luxury riverboat entertains passengers with live DJ, buffet menu, and views of Toronto’s skyline, harbour, and surrounding islands

C$54.95 C$29

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Two Laps Driving a Ferrari F430, Lamborghini Gallardo, or Ferrari F458 Italia at ICAR Toronto (Up to Half Off)

Circuit ICAR

Multiple Locations

Experience includes 20-minute course, two discovery laps as a co-pilot, two laps behind the wheel, and a certificate of completion

C$249 C$129

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$31 for $70 Worth of Services — Toronto Academy of Contemporary arts

Toronto Academy of Contemporary Arts

Casa Loma

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

C$70 C$31

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Month of Fitness Classes or 20 Classes of Yoga, Zumba, or Boot Camp at MMA WORLD ACADEMY (Up to 89% Off)

MMA WORLD ACADEMY

MMA World Academy

Members build muscle and burn fat with gym access and classes in yoga, bootcamp, and Zumba

C$74.99 C$17

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$45 for a Two-Hour Painting Workshop at Amber Group School of Art ($89 Value)

Amber Group School of Art

Oakwood - Dufferin

Newcomers and experienced painters alike put brushes to a 16”x20” canvas, depicting budding flowers and quiet forests

C$89 C$45

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Two Months of Classes for One or Two at Capoeira Camará (Up to 86% Off)

Capoeira Camará

Toronto

This martial art blends acrobatics, self-defense, and music

C$100 C$15

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Room-Escape Challenge for Two, Four, Six, or Eight at NextRelic (Up to 56% Off)

Next Relic

Toronto

Participants work together to solve clues and puzzles using room elements to help them escape a room in under an hour

C$50 C$24

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$29 for One Month of Unlimited Classes at Seva Yoga ($110 Value)

Seva Yoga

The Annex

Yoga classes build strength and flexibility while also helping students focus and ease stress

C$110 C$29

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10 Bikram Yoga Classes or One Month of Unlimited Classes at Bikram Yoga Toronto East (Up to 84% Off)

Bikram Yoga Toronto East

West Rouge

Each session runs through the same 26 poses, building flexibility and strength as heat facilitates oxygenated blood flow

C$165 C$35

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5 Yoga, Zumba, Group Personal Training or Fitness Classes or One Month of Unlimited Classes (Up to 76% Off)

FitZonePLUS

Greektown

Yoga classes, lower-impact Zumba sessions, and personalized group personal training in a supportive, judgment-free environment

C$100 C$24

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One or Two Months of F2 Camp Functional-Fitness Classes at Fit with Ferguson (Up to 52% Off)

Fit with Ferguson

Toronto

Exercisers punch, kick, and lunge their way to fitness during classes that improve strength, endurance, flexibility, and mental toughness

C$60 C$29

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Hour in Flight Simulator for One, Two or Four at Flight Master (Up to 78% Off)

Flight Master

York University Heights

In flight simulations, clients helm virtual flights through their choice of weather in a cockpit outfitted with a full instrument panel

C$135 C$45

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$49 for 10 Hot Yoga Classes at Apollo Studio (A $165 Value)

Apollo Studio

Toronto

Build strength, shed pounds, boost coordination, and reduce stress during yoga classes

C$165 C$49

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5 or 10 Yoga Classes at Leveled Fitness (Up to 85% Off)

Leveled Fitness

Warden & St Claire

Increase flexibility, strength, and tranquility with classes such as aerial and anusara yoga

C$200 C$30

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Culinary Experience for 1, 2, 4, 8, or 16 at Bonnie Gordon College of Confectionary Arts (Up to 58% Off)

Bonnie Gordon College of Confectionary Arts

Caledonia-Eglinton

Classes taught by professional chefs and covering topics such as knife skills, making pizza from scratch, and baking basics

C$85 C$39

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Room-Escape Game for Two, Four, Six, or Up to Eight Players at Mission 45 Room Escape (Up to 50% Off)

Mission 45 - Room Escape

Scarborough

Up to 8 friends use their wits to solve puzzles in order to escape a locked room; mysteries include ghost and ancient-Mayan themes

C$40 C$25

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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

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 85 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 two other 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. Great Lakes Schooner Company rents out their fleet for corporate cruises, charter tours, weddings, and pirate-school reunions, all of which launch from the scenic downtown harbourfront.

235 Queens Quay W
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

Celebrity chef David Adjey tells it like it is, which might account for part of his popularity. He has, after all, shared his expertise on Food Network Canada shows such as Restaurant Makeover and The Opener. But his frank personality is only part of what has created his reputation. He's also earned accolades for his deconstructive cooking style, which distills the fundamentals of each ingredient into mouthfuls of intense, subtle flavours. His presentation is impressive, too; each dish is artfully arranged with an eye for colour and design. On his website, Adjey says, “If I wasn’t a Chef, I would have been a florist.”

After graduating at the top of his class from the Culinary Institute of America in New York, and spending a summer assisting chef Guiliano Bugialli in Florence, Adjey made his name at the Relais & Chateaux-accedited San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara, California. Now the ambassador for St. Lawrence Market, Adjey works as a restaurant consultant and host for lavish corporate events. He also teaches occasional cooking classes in between mornings spent chatting with local vendors, picking up fresh ingredients for his classes, and using kitchen cleavers for his morning shave.

95 Front Street East
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