Toronto has an attraction for everyone, all year long. When planning your visit to the convention, we encourage you to also enjoy some of the best sightseeing, cultural events, sporting and shopping that our city has to offer.

Below are some of the must-see attractions in the city during August. Make some time to explore our beautiful city and surrounding regions!

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CN Tower

Toronto’s most prominent attraction is the CN Tower, the tallest free-standing structure in the western hemisphere, now including EdgeWalk, a thrilling hands-free walk around the outside ledge of the tower. Standing at 1,815 feet tall and designated as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World, this engineering marvel is not only a top-notch dining and entertainment venue, it’s a Canadian icon and an enduring symbol of Toronto.

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Centre Island

Centre Island comprises 600 acres of parkland off the shore of downtown Toronto.  Just a few minutes away by ferry, Centre Island is home to Centreville Amusement Park and other family-friendly attractions, loads of green space, bicycle paths, eateries and more. The island also is also known as Toronto Island and home to more than 250 residences. Centre Island is a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, especially so for families with children 12 and younger.

Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

Located at the base of the CN Tower in the heart of the entertainment district, Ripley's Aquarium of Canada welcomes nearly 16,000 beautiful and exotic inhabitants to Toronto. The country’s largest indoor aquarium is home to stunning jellyfish, ancient giant lobsters, sharks, sting rays and every type of colourful fish you can imagine.

Distillery Historic District

Recognized as a National Historic Site, the Distillery Historic District is one of Toronto’s most picturesque sites with its cobblestone laneways and Victorian era buildings. It was Toronto’s first distillery – which produced almost half of Ontario’s total spirit production in 1871 – and is now home to high-end boutiques, art galleries and restaurants. Located in the Old Toronto area, you can take a tour or just stroll the laneways and courtyards and get a feel for Toronto’s history and heritage.


Canada’s Wonderland

For thrills and chills Canada’s Wonderland is an amusement park just outside of Toronto featuring 70 rides and the 20-acre Splash Works water park. Home to legendary rides like Behemoth, Vortex, Leviathan (Canada’s longest wooden coaster) and Yukon Striker – the world’s fastest, longest and tallest dive coaster – there’s no shortage of high-flying adventures to be had at Canada’s premier amusement park. Just hold on tight!



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Eaton Centre

Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, The Eaton Centre is one of the city’s most popular attractions. With over 250 retailers in fashion, furniture and electronics, the selection here is unbeatable. Upscale boutiques mingle with casual clothiers. There’s something to satisfy every style and taste at Toronto’s premier shopping destination. 

St. Lawrence Market

Great picnic fare and edible souvenirs can be discovered at The St. Lawrence Market, ranked by National Geographic as the world’s best food market. Set in Old Town Toronto, take your taste-buds on a stroll through its famous produce and food stalls, restaurants, art exhibits and cooking classes. 

Kensington Market

This part of Toronto is a walkable bohemian neighbourhood that draws artists and tourists to its indie shops, vintage boutiques and arts spaces. The Market is also home to a wide array of specialty grocers, bakeries and cheese shops. Hipsters frequent trendy bars, cafes and international restaurants that range from casual to fine dining. Students and families populate Victorian houses along tree-lined streets.



Yorkville is a top destination neighbourhood for high end shopping, boutiques, galleries and design studios. This area is home to chic cafes, polished bars and fine-dining restaurants. The neighbourhood is well known for hosting Hollywood insiders during Toronto's International Film Festival. Side streets are lined with picture-postcard Victorian homes with ornamental gardens.




Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)

The Art Gallery of Ontario is among the most distinguished art museums in North America. From the vast body of Group of Seven and signature Canadian works, to the African art gallery, to cutting-edge contemporary works and masterpieces of European art, the AGO offers an incredible experience with each visit. 

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Canadian Opera Company

The Four Seasons Centre, home to the Canadian Opera Company, is the largest opera company in Canada and one of the largest producers of opera in North America. Visit the website to view their current season's opera offerings.

Ontario Science Centre

The Ontario Science Centre is home to more than 500 interactive experiences, spread across eight exhibit halls. It also boasts Ontario’s only IMAX® Dome theatre, a state-of-the-art planetarium, an authentic rainforest environment and a discovery area just for kids eight and under. Explore special exhibitions on a range of topics, take in larger-than-life films, travel to the farthest reaches of space and experience live science demonstrations. The Science Centre offers a variety of activities — whether you dabble in science or prefer to delve deep. 

Mirvish Productions

Mirvish Productions is a Canadian theatre management and production company, based in Toronto's entertainment district. 

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Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)

The Royal Ontario Museum is Canada’s largest museum of world cultures and natural history. Extensive galleries of archaeology, art and natural science featuring six million objects await your visit to the country’s premier museum. With plenty of hands-on and interactive exhibits – from dinosaurs to ancient Egypt to gems and minerals – history comes to life at this world-class museum, right in the heart of Toronto.



Hockey Hall of Fame

Hockey Hall of Fame

Featuring the most elaborate collection of hockey memorabilia and gear from across the globe, as well as interactive games, multimedia stations and exhibits on the game’s greatest players, there’s something for everyone at the Hockey Hall of Fame. Be sure to visit one of the most coveted prizes in professional sports, the Stanley Cup.

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Toronto Blue Jays (Baseball)

For baseball fans of all ages, Toronto’s professional baseball team, the Blue Jays, play out of the Rogers Centre, which is steps away from the convention venue. Get a glimpse of some of the best baseball players in the world competing in the top professional league in North America.

Toronto Argonauts (Football)

The Argos are Toronto's professional football team competing in the East Division of the Canadian Football League (CFL). The team was founded in 1873, and is the oldest existing professional sports team in North America still using its original name. The Argonauts played their home games at Rogers Centre from 1989 until 2016 when the team moved to BMO Field, the fifth stadium site to host the team.

Toronto FC (Soccer)

Toronto Football Club is a professional soccer club. It competes in Major League Soccer as a member of the Eastern Conference. The team plays its home matches at BMO Field, located at Exhibition Place on Toronto's shoreline.


Toronto Wolfpack (Rugby)

The Toronto Wolfpack are a professional rugby league club competing in the England-based top-level Super League. The team began playing in 2017 in third-tier League 1 and finished first, winning promotion to the second-tier RFL Championship at the end of its inaugural season.



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Muskoka (180 km)

Consistently named as one of the best places to visit in Canada and the world by publications such as National Geographic, Frommer's and Reader's Digest. This region, referred to as " cottage country" , is populated with several villages and towns, farming communities, and lakeside vacation hotels and resorts. Muskoka remains a popular summer destination for Toronto residents and international visitors.

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Niagara Falls

Located about an hour and a half drive from Toronto are the picturesque Niagara Falls. One of the seven natural wonders of the world, the falls have the highest flow rate of any waterfall in North America and are truly spectacular to see in-person. Several tourist attractions surround Niagara Falls make it a popular stop in the summer months.

Stratford Festival 

theatre festival which runs from April to October in the city of Stratford, Ontario, Canada. Founded by local journalist Tom Patterson in 1952, the festival was formerly known as the Stratford Shakespearean Festival, the Shakespeare Festival and the Stratford Shakespeare Festival

Prince Edward County

municipality located in southern Ontario, Canada. Its coastline falls on Lake Ontario’s northeastern shore is known for Sandbanks Provincial Park, which has sandy beaches and towering limestone cliffs. The area is growing popluar for it's local wineries and quaint local shops. The Regent Theatre, a restored Edwardian opera house, sits at the heart of the town of Picton on the Bay of Quinte. Nearby Macaulay Heritage Park highlights local history through its 19th-century buildings.


Shaw Festival

A world renowened theatre in Niagara wine country. The theatre has become a Canadian cultural icon, runing 14 productions, to more than 250,000 from April to December plus countless events & activities. Shaw Festival is a contemporary theatre that features a smart, provocative, potent and diverse mix of plays from the past and present, performed by our celebrated repertory theatre ensemble. The result is theatre that is challenging, surprising, often funny and always entertaining.