What Are The Top Tourist Attractions in Each Ontario City?

By Bill Ordine
Fact Checked by Jim Tomlin

Many folks, when traveling, could use a little advice in making the best use of their time.

Visitors to Ontario are faced with an array of attractions and sights across the province, which is as large as France and Spain combined.

So, with such a large and rich sweep of places to visit in the province, OntarioBets.com is taking a break from reviewing the best Ontario sportsbook apps to offer some suggestions identifying the best tourist attractions in Ontario’s most populous cities.

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Best Tourist Attraction By Ontario City

Attraction City/Metro Stars (1 to 5) No. of reviewers
Niagara Falls St. Catharines Niagara Falls 5.0 31,778
CN Tower Toronto 4.5 25,325
Parliament Hill Ottawa 4.5 9,582
Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum Hamilton 4.5 1,110
Springbank Park London 4.5 474
Barrie Centennial Park Barrie 4.5 464
Victoria Park Kitchener 4.5 440
Parkwood National Historic Site Oshawa 4.5 415
Church of the Lady Immaculate Guelph 4.5 228
Caesars Windsor Casino Windsor 4.0 1,597

How Top Ontario Tourist Attractions Rate

Using TripAdvisor, OntarioBets.com found the best tourist attractions in the 10 most populous cities in the province by using the highest star rating for an activity. We broke ties by counting the number of reviewers.

1. Niagara Falls, St. Catharines/Niagara Falls. This attraction needs no explanation. The falls that help make part of the Canadian-American border became famous as a favorite honeymoon destination. A breathtaking natural wonder, Niagara was the scene for a string of death-defying, and occasionally deadly, stunts with daredevils riding over the falls in “barrels”. The falls were also the dramatic setting for a Marilyn Monroe thriller titled, well, “Niagara” in 1953.

2. CN Tower, Toronto. "CN" refers to Canadian National, the railway company that built the tower. It stands 1,815.3 feet. For 32 years it laid claim to being the tallest freestanding structure in the world and remains the tallest in North America, and 10th tallest in the world.

3. Parliament Hill, Ottawa. True to its name, it is the home of Canada’s Parliament. It attracts millions of visitors a year and features stately government buildings and statuary, including Queen Victoria and Queen Elizbeth II.

4. Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, Hamilton. On display are 47 aircraft, including World War II and the Cold War.  It has one of the only legendary Avro Lancaster bombers in the world.

5. Springbank Park, London. The park is 300 acres along the Thames and offers walking, biking, a playground and a picnic area.

6. Barrie Centennial Park, Barrie. The park is a waterfront area for passive recreation. It features a sandy beach and play area for children.

7. Victoria Park, 4.5 stars, Kitchener. This is an urban, downtown park. It has a walking path and its notable landmarks are a clock tower and a statue of Queen Victoria.

8. Parkwood National Historic Site, Oshawa. This is a sprawling 15,000-square-foot mansion with 55 rooms built between 1915 and 1917.

9. Church of the Lady Immaculate, Guelph. A Roman Catholic minor basilica, the building is done in Gothic Revival style. Its twin towers are more than 200 feet high.

10. Caesars Windsor Casino, Windsor. The casino is owned by the Government of Ontario but operated by Caesars Entertainment, which also operates the Caesars Ontario Sportsbook. Along with the casino, the property has two hotel towers. The casino has 85 table games and 2,230 slots. There is a range of restaurants from casual fare to fine dining in Neros Steakhouse.

And if staying home and playing casino-style games on your phone is more your speed, be sure to check out our reviews of online casino Ontario sites so you can do some comparisons before you play.


A longtime reporter and editor who began writing on casinos and gaming shortly after Atlantic City’s first gambling halls opened, Bill covered the world Series of Poker and wrote a syndicated column on travel to casino destinations for a decade.

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