How To Explore Toronto on a Budget

Yonge and Dundas Square
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When visiting Toronto, there are so many fun, exciting and affordable things to do with friends or family. With a large variety of free activities, this culturally rich hub is a fantastic place for anyone to attend. A large variety of free activities means that there is something for everyone, with options of parks, farms, performances, museums, shows, art galleries and more. Make the most of your day by experiencing the best of what Toronto has to offer.

View a Free Performance at Yonge-Dundas Square

Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto attempts to evoke the vibe of Times-Square in New York, and always has something happening for free which spectators can enjoy. There are often a wide variety of free events, performances, shows, movies and even concerts. This lively place is the epicenter of activity, and the hustle and bustle of downtown Toronto. The Toronto College of Art & Design is also next to the square and is worth a visit too. After a performance, why not stop over at one of the many bars and cafes.

Enjoy a Free Performance by The Canadian Opera-Company

The Canadian Opera-Company in Toronto, founded in 2006, is one of Canada’s best locations. Enjoy the Canadian Opera-Companies lunch hour performances, which are offered for free to the public. This public participation program is open to all, and performances are held at the amphitheater located at the Four-Seasons Centre. Watching the Opera on a sunny day can be a wonderful experience. While you’re in the area, why not explore Queens Park and enjoy a picnic pre or post the lunch-hour performance.

Visit One of Toronto’s Many Free Museums

Many different free and well-known museums are open to the public. The Museum of Contemporary-Canadian Art offers the pay-what-you-can-afford option. The Bata-Shoe Museum also allows visitors to offer a voluntary donation. The Art-Gallery of Ontario has free admission between 6:00pm-8:30pm on Wednesdays and was designed by Frank Gehry. The textile-museum of Canada is a fantastic option for those interested in the fashion industry. With so many different Toronto museums to choose from, there is something for anyone who enjoys art and design culture.

Take a Ferry

Taking a trip to the Centre Island is a great way to enjoy the day in one of the world’s most scenic cities. Catching a ferry only cost $4, and is a fantastic way to immerse yourself in nature for the day. There are three different ferries that all go to the Centre Island, and the ferries frequently operate throughout the day. The Centre Island has many different amusement attractions as well as an over 500 acres of park, which is ideal for enjoying a picnic. Taking a ferry is perfect for a fun day out and is something the whole family can enjoy!

Visit Riverdale Farm

Riverdale Farm is a fantastic initiative set in downtown Toronto that has been running for over 35 years and is a much-loved family-run project. With inspiration from the 20th century, the farm is filled with a variety of farm animals such as chickens, cows, horses, goats, and pics. It’s a wonderful place to take children and allows families to walk among the grounds and enjoy farm life for the afternoon. With bespoke homemade items available for purchase, it is a fun and exciting trip that the whole family can appreciate

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