The 10 Best Things to Do in Vaughan, Canada

August 19, 2017 Natalie Tallman

Vaughan (/vɔːn/ VAWN; 2016 population 306,233) is a city in Ontario, Canada. It is located in the Regional Municipality of York, just north of Toronto. Vaughan was the fastest-growing municipality in Canada between 1996 and 2006, achieving a population growth rate of 80.2% according to Statistics Canada having nearly doubled in population since 1991. It is the fifth-largest city in the Greater Toronto Area, and the 17th-largest city in Canada.
Restaurants in Vaughan

1. Ripley's Aquarium Of Canada

288 Bremner Boulevard, Toronto, Ontario M5V 3L9, Canada +1 647-351-3474
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4.5 based on 15 reviews

Ripley's Aquarium Of Canada

Explore the Waters of the World at Ripley's Aquarium of Canada. Located in the heart of downtown Toronto at the base of the CN Tower, the aquarium is Toronto's newest must-see attraction for tourists and locals of all ages.

Reviewed By Shinzo9 - Dublin

I would recommend a trip to his aquarium if you haven’t been to an aquarium before.
The travelator walkway that goes around is good, they have a good number of sharks to see and I liked the “ray bay”. But I’ve been to the Monterey aquarium and it had a better, more diverse selection, which this place wasn’t on par with.

2. Exclusive Sport Rentals

8575 Keele St, Concord, Vaughan, Ontario L4K 3P4, Canada +1 855-917-7678
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5 based on 103 reviews

Exclusive Sport Rentals

Exclusive Sport Rentals is your one-stop shop for all of your sports equipment rental needs in Ontario. No matter where your adventure leads you - on water, snow, land, or maybe even catching some air, we'll get you there with the latest equipment. Whether you're water skiing, jet skiing, mountain or road biking, skiing or snowboarding, we will make your next adventure unforgettable!

Reviewed By Sairaphais - Toronto

I've rented twice from Exclusive sports now from groups of 8+ to a group with just 3 sets - Exclusive Sport Rentals has always come through and was quick, knowledgeable and extremely friendly throughout the whole experience. All the gear was in great shape and they were able to answer many questions I had about the sport itself. Will definitely be renting from here again :)

3. Rattray Marsh Conservation Area

50 Bexhill Road, Mississauga, Ontario L5H 3L1, Canada +1 800-367-0890
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4.5 based on 218 reviews

Rattray Marsh Conservation Area

Reviewed By Canadasunny53 - Mississauga, Canada

A wonderful spot for a walk...lovely vegetation, wildlife and very peaceful. So nice to have this area that is away from the noise of the city...Especially beautiful in the fall with the vibrant colours.
Put away the cell phone and take a walk on your own or with others for some back to nature time...

4. McMichael Canadian Art Collection

10365 Islington Ave, Kleinburg, Vaughan, Ontario L0J 1C0, Canada +1 905-893-1121
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4.5 based on 384 reviews

McMichael Canadian Art Collection

Canadian art and stories - through a distinctly Canadian art experience.The McMichael Canadian Art Collection offers its visitors a unique and truly Canadian experience. From the art within the gallery on its walls to the surrounding landscape, the McMichael is the perfect gallery for an introduction to Canada's art, its peoples, their cultures and their history.Renowned for its devotion to collecting only Canadian art, the McMichael permanent collection consists of almost 6,000 artworks by Tom Thomson, the Group of Seven, their contemporaries, and First Nations, Inuit and other artists who have made a contribution to Canada's artistic heritage.The gallery welcomes on average 100,000 visitors annually.Intriguing. Inviting. Inspiring.The McMichael Canadian Art Collection is a major public art gallery devoted solely to collecting Canadian art. The gallery offers visitors the unique opportunity to enjoy Canadian landscape paintings in the woodland setting that inspired them. Plus the McMichael brings internationally acclaimed touring Exhibitions to its audience, providing a broader context for the collection and also reflecting today's audience's higher demand and interest in art. The McMichael's goal is to bring visitors diverse, creative, high-quality, thought-provoking Exhibitions, in order to continually keep its audience engaged and interested.Built of fieldstone and hand-hewn logs, the McMichael houses thirteen exhibition galleries and is situated amid 100 acres of serene conservation land. Floor-to-ceiling windows enable visitors to enjoy marvellous views of the densely wooded Humber River Valley.Through a network of outdoor paths and hiking trails, visitors can discover outdoor sculptures and wander the McMichael Cemetery where six Group of Seven members and gallery co-founders Robert and Signe McMichael have been laid to rest.See. Do. Discover.The McMichael displays a wide range of Exhibitions each year, and offers a stimulating array of programs and events for people of all ages. They include curators' lectures, tours, music Performances, kids' camps, workshops, school programs and hands-on art activities.Experience Canada in a day at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection.

Reviewed By Bruno S

Really enjoyed this visit to see the special exhibits of the Directors Cut and the Group of Seven guitar project. It is a worthwhile trip just for the regular collection but it is best to experience the impact of the attentions of curators. Highly recommended!

5. St. Lawrence Market

92-95 Front St. E., Toronto, Ontario M5E 1C4, Canada +1 416-392-7219
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4.5 based on 10 reviews

St. Lawrence Market

Once housing city hall, this Victorian building is surrounded by other historically significant architectural gems.

Reviewed By Trapper J - Lakeside, Ohio

Well established market catering to all foodies with a need for cuisine. Try to get to the market early in the morning to beat the crowds. Weekends offer a unique experience to a local flea market adjacent which has many vendors and countless items to pick though

6. Port Credit

Lakeshore Road West, Mississauga, Ontario L5H 1G3, Canada +1 905-278-7742
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4.5 based on 828 reviews

Port Credit

Mississauga Ontario's entertainment hub for shopping, events, music and dining on the waterfront. Our beautiful community offers something for everyone, with a wide array of restaurants, retail stores, services and cafes, all within easy walking distance from each other. We are only 26 km away from Downtown Toronto. The Port Credit Go Station will drop you off right into the heart of our town. Port Credit is always on and always electric!

Reviewed By lizwilsonciconte - Mississauga, Canada

Port Credit has many beautiful parks with free parking and cool restaurants. The Marina has a lovely walking trail and lighthouse. Check out their arena, library and picturesque stores.

7. CN Tower

301 Front St W, Toronto, Ontario M5V 2T6, Canada +1 416-868-6937
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4.5 based on 19 reviews

CN Tower

The CN Tower is a National icon, engineering Wonder, a Toronto must-see attraction and award winning dining and entertainment destination. Rocket to the top aboard the Tower's glass fronted and glass floor paneled elevators which take you to the top in only 58 seconds. Take in spectacular views of up to 160km (100 miles) away from four observation areas on three levels, including the LookOut, world famous Glass Floor with outdoor SkyTerrace and the SkyPod, the highest of them all. Experience the thrill of EdgeWalk at the CN Tower, the World's Highest Outdoor Walk on a Building. Enjoy award-winning Canadian cuisine and breathtaking revolving views at 360 The Restaurant at the CN Tower, family friendly fare at Horizons Toronto celebrating the multicultural flavours of Toronto neighbourhoods, or grab and go fare from Le Café. Plus, visual displays, KidZone play area and 8,000 square feet of unique Canadian artisan and souvenir shopping in the Gift Shop. Don't miss the architectural illumination of the CN Tower each night from dusk with top of the hour light show.

Reviewed By Em B - Nottingham, United Kingdom

We came here one evening to view the sights of the city, you can see for miles and miles. You can get an amazing view of you go up to the sky pod, we watched the sun setting it was such a great sight. The sky pod is very small and van be cramped when there are a few people in it, there is also only one lift that takes you up and down to it.
The main viewing deck shows you full views of the city, but was under construction when we went , so their was limited space and couldn't walk all the way round to see the full views.
The lifts up from the ground have see through floors and doors.
There is also a glass floor level so you can view the sites below you.

8. Jack Darling Memorial Park

1180 Lakeshore Rd W, Mississauga, Ontario L5H 1J4, Canada +1 905-615-4100
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4.5 based on 394 reviews

Jack Darling Memorial Park

Reviewed By Lyra G - Mississauga, Canada

Came here with friends for our annual prayers group get together. We used to come here as a family to enjoy summer picnic & the beach to swim. It has been upgraded. Kids can enjoy the water features & park to play. Parking is a premium. It's easily gets full. You have to come early in the morning or late afternoon to get the spot you like or closer to the park otherwise you have to walk a long way. The Bbq area is better maintained.
Highly recommended & surely go back to enjoy the summer.

9. Mississauga Central Library

301 Burnhamthorpe Rd W, Mississauga, Ontario L5B 3Y3, Canada +1 905-615-3500
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4.5 based on 155 reviews

Mississauga Central Library

Reviewed By Birdlady43 - Mississauga, ON

Hi everyone. Huge library that I visit 3-4 times per week. Enjoyable glass elevator ride as well. Helpful staff.

10. Royal Conservatory of Music

273 Bloor St W, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1W2, Canada +1 416-408-0208
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5 based on 221 reviews

Royal Conservatory of Music

Classical, jazz, pop, opera, and world music are right at home in Koerner Hall. Its high ceiling and first-rate projection and communication technology make it perfect for films, lectures, and educational or corporate conferences. With its layered ribbon of wood forming a floating ceiling canopy, integrating an acoustic reflector, performance lighting, and technical Bridges, Koerner Hall provides a dramatic yet intimate ambience between the audience and performers. The spectacular glass lobbies welcome guests to Koerner Hall and offer an extraordinary view of the city.

Reviewed By Mike K - Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada

I sit inside Koerner Hall, its attractive wooden framework seemingly woven in an intricate embrace from ceiling to floor, the resulting acoustics amplifying the tenor soloist’s rich opening lyrics, “Comfort ye, comfort ye my people”, and I wonder, can Christmas get any better than this ‒ listening to Tafelmusik’s take on Handel’s Messiah?
I have enjoyed Boston, Chicago and Niagara’s version of Messiah as well as that of the Toronto Symphony along with the formidable Mendelssohn Choir adding up to a chorus of 100 plus, but Koerner Hall, just west of the ROM, is much more intimate an experience than that of rival Roy Thomson Hall. The size of the chorus and orchestra is much smaller, but Tafelmusik’s chamber choir and baroque orchestra, directed by Ivars Taurins, are equally amazing to behold. They pack a powerful punch.
The soloists are superb, but the chorus is equally gifted, and when they launch into, For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given I am swept away almost to tears with their beautiful harmony and recitative repetitions. I’m also captivated by Taurins who energetically employs his entire body to cajole, encourage and incite hypnotic sound sculptures that he frames with his artistic hands.
We all rise as one for the Hallelujah Chorus transfixed by Charles Jenners’ libretto which accompanies Handel’s striking music. I am impressed by Rufus Muller, an English-German tenor with attitude, Joanne Lunn, one of Britain’s leading baroque sopranos and Brett Polegato, a powerful baritone who performs all over the world including La Scala. But, it’s the talented chorus that keeps one magically attuned throughout as they sing enchanting lyrics from He shall purify to All we like sheep.
At the intermission, I notice that former Governor General Adrienne Clarkson and husband John Ralston Saul, former International President of PEN International, are in the sold-out crowd. This is amusing as they were also at a performance we shared of The Well-Tempered Clavier in Parry Sound. My spouse and I will have to stop hob-knobbing with VIPs.

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