Vaughan, often referred to as the “city above Toronto,” is popular among visitors to Canada’s Wonderland and Vaughan Mills.
To learn more about all there is to see and do in Vaughan, scroll down or visit the city's tourism website.
Where is Vaughan?
Vaughan is in the Regional Municipality of York. North of Toronto, it is the fifth largest city in the Greater Toronto Area. You can get from Toronto to Vaughan in 30 minutes by train, bus or taxi. It’s only ten minutes away from Toronto Pearson International Airport (IATA: YYZ, ICAO: CYYZ).
Things to Do in Vaughan
When in Vaughan, you have to go to Canada’s Wonderland, if only because everyone will ask you whether or not you did. The antique carousel is serene while the 70 metre Behemoth is perfectly terrifying. Pick the experience that suits you best, we don’t judge. Would you prefer going just 24 metre into the air? Get aboard Dragon Fyre instead, and no one has to know you skipped Behemoth. If you need a little cooling off after all of the excitement, just hop over to Splash Works and enjoy the slides. Then, of course, you can enjoy amusement park food and beverages like beavertails, hotdogs and slushies.
If you're a fashion aficionado or a shopping fiend, you can’t miss Vaughan Mills, home to outlets and specialty stores including Nordstrom Rack, Best Buy, Adidas Outlet, MAC Cosmetics and the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre. Pick up gifts for friends, something for the loved ones and an extra special item for yourself. Maple Nature Reserve Nature Walk
In Vaughan, there’s always a green space nearby. The Sonoma Heights neighbourhood walk is an easy 2.6 km and the Maple Nature Reserve Nature Walk is 3.2 km of easy to moderate terrain. The City of Vaughan also has 146 soccer fields, 130 tennis courts, 12 indoor pools and lots of other facilities to keep you active.
Looking for nightlife? Choose a dance floor with hip hop, reggae, soca or club anthems. Or maybe the Posh Supper Club is more your style.
Vaughan Neighbourhoods & Districts
The City of Vaughan is made up of a collection of suburban towns that offer visitors plenty to see and do.
This suburban area enjoys excellent walkability and bikeability. It's also home to the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, the largest publicly funded art gallery in Canada that focuses exclusively on Canadian and Indigenous art.
Woodbridge is renowned for its large Italian population. Head to Market Lane Shopping Centre for some authentic pizza, pasta and gelato. Buon appetito!
The home of Canada's Wonderland, Canada's largest amusement park with over 200 attractions on 300 acres, Maple also offers plenty of slower-paced activities along the trails of the Maple Nature Reserve and North Maple Regional Park.
Things to Know About Visiting Vaughan
Whether you’re still in the planning stages or you’re already on your trip to Vaughan, you'll appreciate what the locals recommend.
Where to go skateboarding
Head on over to Vellore Village Skate Park in Woodbridge if you’re in the mood to hit some ramps and rails.
Where to snap a great Instagram pic
Capture the beauty of the pristine woodlands at Kortright Centre for Conservation and document their popular maple syrup demonstrations. Or share a close up of a scaly creature at Reptilia, Canada’s largest indoor reptile zoo.
Don’t forget to pack
A bathing suit if you’re visiting Canada’s Wonderland, comfortable walking shoes for long walks or shopping excursions, and hiking boots for discovering something new on one of Vaughan’s many trails.
Last updated: May 26, 2021