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Free Things to do in Toronto

When folks are booking a trip to Toronto, the temptation to just “do as the tourists do” means that you’re missing out some of the hidden gems that may be within reach of your budget.

Here are 10 Free Things to do in Toronto

St Lawrence Market

Wandering around the market is a great way to experience the sights and sounds of the Toronto food scene. From fresh fruit to fish and everything in between!

Remember the market is open 5 days a week for very specific hours, so be prepared by researching things before you plan.

Harbourfront Centre

Most folks think that the Harbourfront Centre is just a single thing. It’s not!

From weekend festivals to daily programming, you’ll be able to find something to do throughout the year.

Oh, and this is definitely one of my fav spots because it’s on the water and gives you great photo opportunities.

Nathan Phillips Square

Toronto City Hall has the potential to be hustling and bustling, but can also be a hit or miss. Even if there’s nothing going on, you’re able to check out the infamous Toronto sign, which was recently upgraded and made permanent. The old sign was actually only supposed to be temporary for the 2015 Toronto Pan-Am games!

Evergreen Brickworks

Nature is within walking distance of the Downtown Core, but most folks find a shuttle to head down to the Evergreen Brickworks. Lots of programming, with farmers markets, winter and summer events…and so much more.

Kensington Market

Free people watching is fun, but know where the samples are.

We tend to visit the Toronto Popcorn Company, as they have a huge selection of flavors (and lots of potential to sample).

Ice Skating

Toronto has an abundance of outdoor skating locations throughout the city.

  • Nathan Phillips Square
  • Harbourfront Centre
  • College Park

The official list is here

Dog Watching

We love dogs! We love seeing dogs hanging out with other dogs, so pick one of the official off-leash dog parks (or unofficial, wink wink) and you’ll realize what kind of happiness “free” can give you!


Toronto has a huge number of annual events that are either free or pay-what-you-can.

Our favorites are:

  • Doors Open Toronto
  • Taste of the Danforth
  • Nuit Blanche
  • Santa Claus Parade
  • Canada Day
  • Open Streets TO

Free Walking Tour

Check out Tour Guys for their free walking tour of downtown Toronto.

We’re also a huge fan of self-guided walking tours, which can be planned through various online sources OR pick up the Toronto Street Art Strolls book

Lots of options! Hope this was helpful:)

Written by Dustin Fuhs

I’m Dustin Fuhs, a theme park fanatic, blogger, travel influencer and corgi lover! This platform was created to showcase my passion, tools and opinions to create a fun and interactive experience for everyone who visits. My goal is to help you and your family have the best possible information. In reading my articles and ideas, I hope that you can find some fantastic ways to bring your dreams into reality!

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