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Free things to do in Toronto

Five Free things to do in the City of Toronto

Five Free Things to do in Toronto:


2.6 million residents makes Toronto the fifth most populated city in North America. It is also the cultural, financial and entertainment capital of Canada.

Probably Toronto’s most famous landmark is the CN Tower. It was built in 1995 and was classed as one of the seven modern wonders of the world by the American Society of Civil Engineers. It is even visited by almost 2 million people each year!

With all that in mind we present to you our list of the top five free things to do in Toronto:



5. Riverdale Farm


Riverdale farm is one of the five free things to do in Toronto
Riverdale farm in Winter‘ taken by Kenn Chaplin is licensed under CC by 2.0


Up first on our list of the top five free things to do in Toronto is Riverdale Farm. Taking up 7.5 acres of Ontario countryside, Riverdale Farm was originally the site of a zoo. In 1978 the zoo moved and became Toronto Zoo. Riverdale Farm remained here and became more focused with less exotic animals.

Open all year round from 9am to 5pm, Riverdale Farm is completely free to visit!

There are butterfly gardens, wooded areas, ponds and butterfly gardens. You can see all the farm animals you could imagine and even chat to the farmers on their daily chores.

Riverdale Farm is located 3 blocks east of Parliament Street along Winchester Street.



4. Art Gallery of Ontario


Art Gallery of Ontario is one of the free things to do in Toronto
Art Gallery of Ontario‘ taken by Owen Byrne is licensed under CC by 2.0


On Wednesday nights between 6 – 8:30 pm, you can visit the Art Gallery of Ontario’s permanent collection for free!

The Gallery has a vast collection of historic Canadian, African and Oceanic art along with modern and contemporary art, photography and prints and drawings.

It is also home to the the largest collection of artworks from the British Sculptor Henry Moore.



3. Watch a Film at Harbourside


Sail in Cinema is one of the free things to do in Toronto



Toronto has introduced the world’s first “two-sided floating movie experience”. That may sound strange but essentially it is a large outdoor cinema buoyant on the water so that you can watch a film from the harbourside. For free!

You have a choice of watching the film from land (bring a cushion!) or from your own boat out on the water.

The Sail-in Cinema has won numerous awards and in 2013 more than 6500 people and 90 boats came to watch the films.



2. Take a Walking Tour


Started by two friends, the Tour Guys free walking tour – number 2 on on our list is a great way to learn about the city of Toronto.

At Five Free Things we love walking tours. Depending on the tour guide, they can be extremely fun and informative, sometimes you can even learn things from a local that wouldn’t appear in any guidebook.

You can choose whichever tour you would prefer to go, see which ones are available on their website here.



1. Museum of contemporary Canadian Art


The final activity on our list of free things to do in Toronto is visiting the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art or MOCCA.

The mandate of the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art is to:

exhibit, research, collect, and promote innovative art by Canadian and international artists whose works engage and address challenging issues and themes relevant to our times

There are new exhibitions regularly throughout the year to see what exhibits are on for you visit click here.




That concludes our list of the top five free things to do in Toronto, if you have anything to add feel free to leave a comment!




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