Yonge & Dundas
Often referred as “Toronto’s Time Square,” the Yonge-Dundas square is the unofficial center of downtown. Yonge Street is the longest street in the city, so if you are walking down the street, make sure to know exactly where you are going as it can take you through some not-very-safe parts of the city, especially after dark.
YorkvilleYorkville is there la crème de la crème shop and dine, but it is also home to one of the city’s best attractions: the Royal Ontario Museum, the largest history museum in Canada.
Harbourfront & CorktownThe heart of tourism is here with the CN Tower, Rogers Centre stadium, and Ripley’s Aquarium. If what you are looking for is a more authentic view of Toronto, head to Corktown where you’ll find the oldest architecture as well as the St. Lawrence Market, galleries, boutiques, and cafés.
Entertainment DistrictAs its name states it, this is where you’ll find the entertainment: from Toronto’s theaters, nightclubs, and restaurants, to the Bell Lightbox cinema – home of the Toronto International Film Festival. This district can get a bit messy after midnight with the drunken people leaving bars and clubs.
*Areas to AvoidAlthough Toronto is a safe city, you should consider avoiding the following areas: Jane & Finch area, St. Jamestown, Regent Park & Moss Park, Cabbagetown (after dark), Kipling & Albion area, Neilson & Finch, and the Malvern area.
Warnings & Dangers
OVERALL RISK : LOW
Toronto is ranked as one of the top safest major cities in the world.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM
There have been some pickpocket reports in Toronto, especially at restaurants and cafés. A few simple precautions will minimize your chances of being pick pocketed.
MUGGING RISK : LOW
Toronto is a safe city regarding mugging and kidnapping risks, although some urban areas are best to be avoided at night.
SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM
There are some virtual scams reported for bargain hunters. When buying discounted tickets online, make sure the website you are using is secure or your credit card information can be stolen. It is recommended to always call the website selling the tickets to make sure the site is legitimate. Also, secure websites that protect your personal information often have a URL that begins with HTTPS. The added “S” means that the website is secure.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW
Transports and taxis are generally very safe in Toronto.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW
Natural disasters risks are rare.
TERRORISM RISK : LOW
Possible but unlikely.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW
Toronto is generally very safe for women travelers. However, it is preferable that you do not walk alone after dark around Parliament and Jarvis Sts.