Unforgettable Romantic Things to Do in Toronto for Couples

July 20, 2019

Thinking about jetting off to Toronto with your sweetheart for a romantic international getaway? Love is in the air!

Once you cross the Canadian border, a bustling multicultural scene characterized by competitive ice hockey, sweet ‘n’ sticky maple syrup, and breathtaking views awaits. A mix of tourist attractions and local favorites in Toronto means there’s no shortage of romantic things to do for you and your significant other to fill your one-on-one time!

Fun Fact: Canadian rapper Drake popularized Toronto’s nickname, “The Six” when he used it in a song title. Before Toronto became Toronto, it consisted of six different municipalities!

Toronto has so many romantic things to do, whether you’re going on a first date or out for a Friday night date night with your long-time beloved. Year-round, Toronto also makes a great honeymoon destination!

Pro Tip: If you’re deciding between Toronto and Montreal, here is some guidance as to what makes Toronto special. Toronto is more modern and situated on the shore of one of the Great Lakes, which means you have opportunities to spend time at the beach (more on that later!). Additionally, Toronto is English-speaking, while Montreal is French-speaking.

Explore lively downtown Toronto or escape into nature on a hiking trail at one of the city’s parks. From strolls in rose gardens to sweet surprises high in the sky, there're romantic things to do for every couple in Toronto. Here are our top picks!

A bright red brick wall with a giant heart and the word "LOVE" spelled out in locks with a brick road in front of it at Distillery District Heart in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

photo credit: David Williams via Facebook

Take pictures at the Distillery District Heart

The Distillery District is the happening place in Toronto. Creative shops, mouthwatering restaurants, cultured art galleries, and inspiring theaters all work together to make this district one of the best date night spots around. 

If you’re scouting out a photo op so you can show off your boo, take this to heart. The Big Heart art installation in the Distillery District is a prime location to capture your night! 

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See the city from CN Tower

The iconic CN Tower is the perfect place for lovebirds to perch. With incredible city views, heart-stopping heights, and an award-winning restaurant, it’s hard to beat a date night here!

Surprise your sweetheart with reservations to 360 Restaurant before heading up to the LookOut Level, SkyPod, or Glass Floor observation areas. True daredevils will want to secure spots for the EdgeWalk to literally walk around the outside edge of the building from 1,168 feet off the ground!

Visit Casa Loma

Did you know there is a real-life castle in Toronto? It’s a tale as old as time.

Construction of Casa Loma wrapped up in 1914 and it opened its doors to the public in 1937. The historic landmark was designed and formerly owned by Sir Henry Pellatt. Today, it’s used for a variety of occasions such as weddings, conferences, and parties.

Tourists can get the royal experience by touring the castle to learn about its history, notable tenants, and more.

Photo Alert: The picture-perfect castle grounds will transport you to another time period altogether. Find your favorite spot and strike a pose to capture the classical beauty!

While at Casa Loma, tour the various exhibits, grab a coffee at the onsite cafe, and make reservations for dinner at the BlueBlood Steakhouse to celebrate your timeless love story at the castle.

View looking up at Casa Loma Castle, a large castle made out of brown and grey stone, with white clouds behind it in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

photo credit: Casa Loma via Facebook

Embark on a Delicious Tour of Toronto

If you and your better half are foodies, a Toronto food or drink tour is right up your alley! Sample some of the best tastes of the city with your soulmate.

A few of the top food and drink tours in the area include:

Pro Tip: Make your tour reservations as soon as possible. Certain tours fill up far in advance!

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Stroll through the Toronto Botanical Gardens

There are few things to do in Toronto as romantic as strolling through this garden. It bursts with life under the final golden rays of sunset. Live your Secret Garden daydreams at the Toronto Botanical Gardens! During its open hours from dawn until dusk, browse the numerous gardens and outdoor art installations hand-in-hand with your honey.

Pro Tip: The Toronto Botanical Gardens are among the many romantic free things to do in Toronto. No one said a day in Toronto has to be expensive.

See a show

If you and your flame love live entertainment, Toronto has that too. From touring Broadway productions to live music venues, you’re bound to find a performance to rave about.

A few of the city’s top theaters and music venues include:

Be sure to check the listings for upcoming performances ahead of time to ensure you get great seats for the show!

Browse the Art Gallery of Ontario

Don’t miss Toronto’s exciting art culture while you’re there. Woo your beloved with an artistic experience that will leave you both inspired! At the AGO (Art Gallery of Ontario), you’ll find a myriad of art installations and exhibits displaying all types of artwork.

The AGO also hosts a full calendar of workshops, programs, and events. See which events or workshops are happening during your Toronto visit and snag spots for two! 

Indulge at SOMA Chocolatemaker

Chocolate is a Valentine’s Day staple, but don’t let that stop you from enjoying the cocoa goodness no matter the time of year! Take a trip to the chocolate factory for an experience that would make Charlie himself envious.

SOMA Chocolatemaker is located in Toronto’s Distillery District and is home to some of the world’s most delectable chocolates, cookies, candies, and more. Watch as the artisan chocolatiers craft mouthwatering treats. 

Fun Fact: SOMA spins its own gelato every day during the summer. We recommend trying the seasonal flavors, which use fresh fruit from the Niagara fruit belt!

If you’re visiting in the winter and need to warm up with a hot drink, the ultra-rich and smooth drinking chocolate at SOMA is a must!

Bring your sweetheart to the sweetest place in Toronto for a day filled with tasty treats. Beware -- you just might walk away with a box (or two) of chocolate.

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colorful Toronto skyline at nightCheer on Toronto’s teams

Are you both sports fans? Get tickets to cheer on Toronto’s teams together! Whether you like hockey, baseball, basketball, or another sport, there’s a team for you to root for:

  • Maple Leafs (NHL)
  • Blue Jays (MLB)
  • Raptors (NBA)
  • Toronto FC (MLS)

Due to the popularity of each team, you’ll want to get tickets as far in advance as possible for the best seats!

​​Hike the Scarborough Bluffs

The great outdoors is one of the best places to rekindle your love. Scarborough Bluffs boasts 9 different parks, including one with a beach! Each park offers a variety of outdoor activities for couples to enjoy, including:

  • Hiking trails
  • Biking
  • Scenic overlooks
  • Swimming at Bluffer’s Beach
  • Picnicking
  • Wildlife spotting
  • Sailing
  • Paddleboarding

​​Go Shopping at the Markets

If the outdoors isn’t really your scene, perhaps you’ll feel more at home mingling among the shelves of treasures in Toronto’s shopping scene! Hopefully one of you is a saver and the other a spender to balance things out.

Both St. Lawrence Market and Kensington Market are wonderlands of unique products. Grab a gift for your sweetie or some souvenirs for whoever you left at home!

Close up of the corner of the St Lawrence Market building, a large brick building with a green roof and light poles on the outside with flowers on then in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

photo credit: St Lawrence Market via Facebook

​​Have a Beach Day

As it turns out, you don’t need the ocean to spend the day at the beach! Lake Ontario is one of the Great Lakes and it’s so large that its waves are reminiscent of the ocean. Pack up your beach bag and head to The Beaches, a Toronto neighborhood featuring four beaches.

The chill vibe of this neighborhood is the perfect setting to beach bum it for a couple of days. Catch a sunset over the waves, side by side with your sweetheart to get the sparks flying. 

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​​Play Boardgames

Strike up a little friendly competition with your partner! Boardgame cafes are sprinkled throughout the city so you can sip on a tasty drink while rolling die and shuffling cards.

Here are some great board game cafes in Toronto if you’re up for the challenge:

Explore a Museum

History buffs, this one is for you! Add to your arsenal of trivia facts when you wander through a Toronto museum with your significant other by your side.

The Bata Shoe Museum showcases thousands of shoes and the history that goes along with them. This museum is unlike any other, showing the unexpected ways footwear is woven into history. Talk about stepping into someone else’s shoes!

As the largest museum in Canada, the Royal Ontario Museum makes a big statement about the world around us -- including art, world culture, and natural history. 

aerial view of tour boat at bottom of niagara falls during the daylightStand in Awe at a Waterfall

When in Toronto, the famous Niagara Falls is one stop you can’t afford to miss. There’s nothing to do more romantic in Toronto than stand before this magnificent natural wonder.

To experience this misty spectacle like never before, take a boat ride tour on the Maid of the Mist! Stop at exciting locations like Goat Island and Cave of the Winds on your tour. If you want to get wet, the front of the boat is the place to be.

Photo Alert: This iconic landmark is a must-photograph. If you decide to go on the boat tour, re-enact the famous scene from the Titanic! You know, the one where Jack and Rose stand at the front of the ship and Rose famously exclaims, “I’m flying!”? Swoon.

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Explore Toronto Together

However you choose to spend your lovey-dovey time in Toronto, you’re guaranteed an unforgettable experience you’ll be talking about for years to come.

Roam through castles, art galleries, towers, markets, and parks to add countless new pages to your love story, set in the beautiful city of Toronto.

What Things to Do Will You Add to Your Romantic Toronto Getaway?

Let us know in the comments below!

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Written By Michaela

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  1. Bruce Powell says:

    Toronto population has been larger than Montreal since 1977.

    It was pre named the six before drake because it has 6 boroughs
    Scarborough, East York, North York, Etobicoke, York, and Toronto.

    • Bruce, thank you for letting us know! We have updated the article.👆 Appreciate it!

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