5 romantic things to do in Toronto for gay couples – Canada

Stefan Arestis

Toronto is an exciting city in Canada to visit. It has over 40 million visitors each year, and is home to 8,100 restaurants and bars. This is one of the most diverse places on our planet, with over 180 languages and dialects spoken.

Toronto is also a very fun place to come as a couple. We loved discovering the many touristic sites here, especially the CN Tower and the massive aquarium. Following our visit, we've put together our 5 favourite  romantic things to do in Toronto to inspire your trip.

Romantic dinner at the CN Tower

The CN Tower is one of the most iconic buildings in the city. It is one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World, and when adding in the height of its antenna on top, it's the tallest freestanding structure in the western hemisphere, standing proud at 553m/1,815ft. It was built in the 1960s by the Canadian National Railway (CN) because they wanted a communications tower tall enough so that any radio or TV communications from it would not be obstructed by the many other high-rise buildings in the city.

As well as being able to visit the tower for the best views across the city, it also has a revolving restaurant to dine at. We had one of our favourite romantic meals here at the tower's 360 The Restaurant. The food is delicious, with a mix of fresh sea food, steaks and other local classics. Definitely one for a special occasion.

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A romantic meal at the 360 restaurant of the CN Tower

Visit the world famous aquarium

The Ripley's Aquarium of Canada is located just round the corner from the CN Tower and is one of the best we've been to. It has more than 20,000 exotic sea and freshwater specimens from more than 450 species. We love the underwater world a lot, especially after all our scuba diving experiences in Koh Tao in Thailand, and the Komodo National Park.

Since it opened in October 2013, the aquarium has become one of the most popular attractions in the city. The marine life here has plenty of space and are treated very well, which is very satisfying to see.

Look out for the chance to touch a stingray in the “Touch Tanks” – they are carefully supervised to ensure visitors don't stress or harm the rays in any way.

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Stefan lost in the world of Toronto's huge aquarium

Ward Island for sunset views of the city

Toronto has a group of small islands just south of the mainland in the western part of Lake Ontario. Ward Island is our favourite for the best views of the city. You can come here with a public ferry from downtown Toronto, which takes around 15 minutes each way.

We loved it here – we came in the afternoon with a few drinks and sat by the beach watching the sun setting over the big city. You also get the best night views of the city skyline here, with the planes crossing every few minutes as they land at the nearby Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. Definitely one of our favourite romantic spots.

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Night view of the Toronto skyline from Ward island

Shopping in the Distillery District

The Distillery District is one of our favourite neighbourhoods of Toronto. It is named after the large whiskey distilleries that used to be based here.

Today the area is mainly lined with restaurants, bars, outdoor markets, sculptures and stage performances, all along small cute cobblestone streets. In December, the annual Toronto Christmas Market takes over the entire area.

Look out for the giant heart sculpture here, which is a must for your Instagram gallery:

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Love the giant heart sculpture in Toronto's Distillery District

Catch a drag show in the gay village of Toronto

Toronto has one of the best gay scenes in North America, with one of the largest gay pride festivals in the world. It's a lot of fun here, and even has its own permanent rainbow crossing installation at the intersection of Davie and Bute streets.

We loved coming here for a fun night out, especially watching the drag shows at Woody's and also at Crews & Tango bar, then dancing at Fly on a Saturday night. To read more, check out our 5 favourite gay hangouts in Toronto and also gay events happening in Toronto.

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5 romantic things to do in Toronto
Stefan Arestis

Stefan is the co-founder, editor and author the gay travel blog nomadicboys.com. As a travel nerd, he has explored more than 80 countries across 5 continents. What he loves the most about travelling is discovering the local gay scene, making new friends and learning new cultures. His advice about LGBTQ travel has been featured in Gay Times, Gaycities, Pink News, Gay Star News, Attitude and Towleroad. He has also written about gay travel for other non-gay specific publications including Lonely Planet, The New York Times, The Guardian and The Huffington Post. Stefan is also a qualified lawyer, having practised as a commercial property litigator in London for over 10 years. He left his lawyer days behind to work full time on Nomadic Boys with his husband Sebastien. Find out more about Nomadic Boys.

2 thoughts on “5 romantic things to do in Toronto for gay couples – Canada”

  1. We planning a road trip in Canada this summer through Ontario, Toronto, and Montreal. I love the giant heart sculpture shot. I want to do one of those too. Thanks for the idea.


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