8 Fun Rainy Day Activities in Toronto

You’ve found the perfect spot for your favorite leather recliner. You’ve hooked up your electricity and got the internet going. You shook hands with your new neighbors and finally figured the best public transportation routes to the grocery store, to work, to your new favorite gym. There’s only one thing to do now that you’re feeling settled-in. Have some fun!

There’s only one problem: storm clouds have rolled in and Toronto is about to have the rainstorm of the year, dampening your plans for a relaxing picnic in the park a trip up north to one of the provinces beautiful provincial parks. Have no fear, Toronto is brimming with indoor entertainment, culture and adventure. Whether you’re with the whole family, planning a rainy-day date, flying solo, or looking for some fun with friends. We at Settle-in.com have a couple great suggestions that will help you beat those rainy day blues.

Rainy day activities in Toronto with the family:

  • Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada/ 288 Bremner Blvd.

Nothing gets a child’s imagination going quite like exploring mystical and diverse sea creatures and fish.  Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is sure to help your kids forget about the rain as they explore the Canadian Waters exhibit, which features animals from waters surrounding Canada; The Rainbow Reef, where colorful emperor angelfish swim around with unicorn surgeonfish; the Dangerous Lagoon, an underwater tunnel where you can see sharks, stingrays and green sea turtles; and much more. Don’t forget to check out live dive shows and special programming just for kids.


  • The Hockey Hall of Fame/  30 Yonge St.

If your children are sports fans, they will absolutely love the Hockey Hall of Fame. Not only is it a great way to show your kids some fabulous memorabilia like trophies, uniforms, and tributes to the best players, but if they aren’t familiar with hockey, it’s a great way to jumpstart their interest in Canada’s favorite sport. Kids can also have fun with interactive displays like the Source for Sports Shootout and the NHLPA Be a Player Zone. Here’s a little fun trivia: as of 2014, 263 players, 102 builders and 16 on-ice officials have been inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Rainy day date ideas:

  • TIFF Bell Lightbox/ 350 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 3X5

On a rainy day, trade a walk along the shores of Lake Ontario for two tickets to see a movie at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. This unique and charming movie cinema is the headquarters of the Toronto International Film Festival. It presents a carefully curated program of off-the-beaten-path cinematic stunners, including documentaries from all over the world, classic indie and hollywood movies, and some new releases. It’s perfect for an intellectually stimulating experience that’s sure to spark conversation afterwards. For true movie buffs, don’t forget to visit the fourth-floor gallery exhibitions.

  • Comedy Bar/ 945 Bloor Street W, Toronto, ON M6H 1L5

They say that a sense of humor is the fasted way into someone’s heart. Go ahead and test that theory at Comedy Bar! Comedy bar features a whole host of hilarious performances from sketch comedy to standup, from local comedians to national treasures. Shows are fairly inexpensive, too ranging from $5 to $50, and there are often multiple performances a night. The Comedy Bar also offers an array of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, so arrive early and have a drink before the curtain rises.


Rainy day activities in Toronto that are perfect with friends:

  • Castle Board Game Cafe/ 454 Spadina Ave.

Board games are a classic rainy day activity, but in Toronto, instead of staying home to play with your friends, head to Castle Board Game Cafe, where there’s great food and drinks, and hundreds of games to choose from.  You can either play a game you’re familiar with, or try out something new. It’s also relatively inexpensive, at $2.50 an hour per person. I can also tell you from personal experience that their food menu is seriously delicious.  The panini are delicious, and for dessert, try the wild berry cheesecake or cookies and cream cake. There’s also a great beer and cocktail selection. Game on!

  • Archery District/ 770 Birchmount Rd #22, Scarborough

Ever had dreams of battling Hunger Games-style, or shooting an arrow like Robin Hood? Archery District can give you and your friends a chance to turn fantasy into reality. This popular archery tag facility gives you a chance to experience survival-styple combat archery (don’t worry, it’s completely safe!) in a 6,000 square food area that includes a decked-out playing field, a shooting range for practice, and lots of specially crafted environments and scenes including an artificial grass landscape. Be sure to book your games ahead of time, as there are no walk-ins, and you’ll need at least eight friends to play with you. Prices are $24.80 per person, per hour.


Rainy Day Activities in Toronto when you’re flying solo:

  • Sherway Gardens/ 25 The West Mall

Sometimes, shopping can be fun in a group, but I much prefer solitude when searching for some fresh new items for my wardrobe. Shopping at Sherway Gardens is the perfect rainy day activity when you’re on your own. This contemporary, light-filled mall is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays.  You’ll find all the popular stores here, as well as some specialty food shops and restaurants, including Pickle Barrel Grand, Aroma Espresso Bar, and Godiva Chocolatier. Go ahead, treat yourself to a relaxing shopping experience on a rainy day.


  • Art Gallery of Ontario/ 317 Dundas St West.

When the natural beauty isn’t outside, you can find some exquisite man-made beauty in the exhibition halls of Art Gallery of Ontario. Not only is the building itself an architectural masterpiece (spend some time sipping expresso in the wood-and-glass Galleria Italia) but you’ll find a stunning array of collections from Canadian and European to Modern and Contemporary, and impressive temporary exhibitions. As one of my favorite rainy day activities in Toronto, I like akes some time to reflect, relax, and walk through the halls at a my own leisurely pace.


We at Settle-in.com hope this list gives you some great ideas for rainy day activities in Toronto!

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About Peter

As the child of a diplomat, I’ve had the opportunity to really see the world. Living in Algeria, Italy, Venezuela, South Korea, Ukraine and the Bahamas has taught me that diversity is a gift, not something to fear. When it comes to diversity, Canada is a special place. Its big cities attract high percentages of immigrants from every corner of the globe, and natives are welcoming and kind to them. Racial, gender and other forms of diversity are also largely accepted and even celebrated. Relocating is never easy. The stress of moving, and starting over when it comes to finding friend, can be discouraging. But I can tell you from experience that once you get through the tough parts, Canada is a fabulous place to live. // En tant qu’enfant de diplomate, j’ai eu l’occasion de vraiment voir le monde. Vivre en Algérie, en Italie, au Vénézuela, en Corée du Sud, en Ukraine et aux Bahamas m’a appris que la diversité était un cadeau et non quelque chose à craindre. Et quand il s’agit de diversité, le Canada est un endroit spécial. Les grandes villes attirent un pourcentage élevé d’immigrants provenant des quatre coins du monde. Les natifs sont accueillants et gentils envers eux, la race, le sexe et d’autres formes de diversité sont acceptés et même célébrés. La relocalisation n’est jamais facile. Le stress du déménagement et la nécessité de repartir de zéro quand il s’agit de se faire des amis peuvent être décourageants. Mais je peux vous dire par expérience qu’une fois les moments difficiles traversés, le Canada est un pays fabuleux pour y vivre.