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5 exciting things to see and do in Toronto

As IREM's partner, the Real Estate Institute of Canada (REIC) has contributed this guest blog to share features of the amazing host city of Toronto as we prepare for the meeting Oct. 9 – 12. Don’t miss the chance to save $100 – make sure to register by Sept. 1.

Toronto is not only the biggest city in Canada, it’s also one of the world’s leading business, cultural, restaurant, and finance centers. Nicknamed “The Six,” Toronto is continuously rated as one of the most liveable cities on the planet by Mercer and the Economist - but Drake certainly helped us out a little, too.

It’s known for some awesome things to do, things to see, places to eat – but here are five must-visit places in Toronto you won't want to miss! From beautiful landmarks to unforgettable experiences, discover the best Toronto has to offer with this ultimate bucket list. We cannot wait to welcome you to Toronto this fall.

The St. Lawrence Market

The St. Lawrence Market is undoubtedly one of Toronto's top places to visit. It's a vibrant and bustling market that showcases the rich culinary culture of the city. Visitors can find everything from fresh produce, meats, and cheeses to baked goods, specialty items, and crafts. St. Urbain Bagel and Buster's Sea Cove are a must-try! The atmosphere is lively and welcoming, and there’s always something new to discover. Whether you're a foodie looking for new flavors or a unique shopping experience, the St. Lawrence Market is worth a visit.

Kensington Market

This eclectic neighbourhood is bursting with unique shops, delicious food, and vibrant street art. In Kensington Market, you'll find everything from vintage clothing stores to fresh produce markets, and the diverse mix of cultures makes for a truly immersive experience. Plus, the laid-back atmosphere and friendly locals make Kensington Market a must-visit destination in Toronto. Special mention to Seven Lives, Moonbean, FIKA Cafe, and Courage My Love – don't miss out on this energetic and colorful neighborhood!

The Historic Distillery District

With its historic brick buildings and cobblestone streets, the Distillery District is a step back in time to Toronto's industrial past. But it's not just about history - the area is now home to a unique arts and culture scene, with galleries, shops, and restaurants to explore. El Catrin and Balzac's are worth a visit. And of course, the distilleries themselves are a highlight - offering tours and tastings of their delicious spirits. The Distillery District is a must-see destination for anyone visiting Toronto.

The Art Gallery of Ontario

Located in the heart of downtown, this world-class museum is home to an impressive collection of Canadian and international art. From Canadian landscape “Group of Seven” paintings to contemporary installations, there's something for everyone to enjoy. The gallery also hosts a variety of special exhibitions throughout the year, showcasing works by some of the most exciting artists working today. And, with a range of programs and events, including lectures, workshops, and film screenings, there's always something new and exciting to discover at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

The AGO is free for those 25 and under. If you’re older than 25 but would still like a free visit – Wednesday nights are free for all visitors as long as you book ahead of time and tickets are available. So, whether you're a seasoned art lover or just looking for a fun and inspiring day out, be sure to add the AGO to your Toronto itinerary.

The Royal Ontario Museum

The world-renowned Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is home to a vast collection of artifacts and specimens from around the globe. From ancient Egyptian mummies to rare dinosaur fossils, there's something for everyone to marvel at. Visitors can also enjoy interactive exhibits and programs, including hands-on workshops, guided tours, and special events. Whether you're a history buff, a science enthusiast, or simply looking for an educational and entertaining day out, the ROM is sure to delight and inspire.

Toronto serves as the perfect backdrop for the 2023 IREM Global Summit, offering a blend of culture, innovation, and stunning landscapes, sure to provide attendees with unforgettable experiences. Read on for more information about the events during the meeting.


Hockey Hall of Fame - The Hockey Hall of Fame is home of the Stanley Cup and the finest collection of hockey artifacts in the world. CN Tower - The CN Tower held the record for the world's tallest free-standing structure for 32 years, from 1975 until 2007.


Hi Mark! The Opening Premier Party will be held at the Hockey Hall of Fame Tuesday, October 10 at 7:00 pm. One ticket is included with registration. We hope to see you there!


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