It's tough to make new friends in Toronto, whether you're a newcomer or not. Even seasoned Torontonians who have lived in the city for years still find it difficult to meet people.

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But it's not impossible. Torontonians may seem intimidating, but in reality they're typically friendly and easy to socialize with. You just need to go to the right places.

Here are 8 spots to meet people in Toronto that aren't bars:


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Dog Hill at High Park 

1873 Bloor St W

If love dogs and are looking to find other dog lovers in the city, you should definitely hit up a dog park! High Park has a particularly popular fenced off area just for dogs that is appropriately named Dog Hill. With "dogs" as be the ice breaker topic, you're sure to make like-minded friends in no time.


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401 Richmond

401 Richmond St

401 Richmond is a haven for artists and industry creatives. There are several things to do within the building complex, from touring galleries, browsing through shops, creating your own artwork or participating in various workshops. Tons of group activities means you'll have the opportunity to meet some fellow artists in the city.


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The Power Plant

231 Queens Quay W

Don't be fooled by its name -  The Power Plant isn't actually a power plant, but instead a contemporary art gallery that's filled with the amazing artwork of several notable Canadian artists. Art itself is a great ice breaker - the line "What do you think it means" might just land you some new friends.


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Ashbridges Bay Beach

1561 Lakeshore Blvd E

Ashbridges Bay Beach is a great place to meet new people because of all the engaging activities available to do there. Beach volleyball, in particular, is a really popular activity in the area, and people tend to get really into it. Ask to join a game and get to know some players - they won't judge you if you're a newbie!


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Toronto Public Library Book Clubs

Various Locations

If you love books, you'll definitely enjoy being part of a book club!  The Toronto Public Library holds book club meetings across various locations in Toronto. Join a book club today and meet other people in the city who share the same love of literature as you.


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Boulderz Climbing Centre

80 The East Mall

Rock climbing isn't meant to be an individual activity, it's meant to be enjoyed in the company of others! Boulderz Climbing Centre has a great social atmosphere for meeting new people. Whether you're new to the sport or not, you'll definitely have a good time at Boulderz.


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Terrarium Workshop at Peter Paul's Flowers

319 Danforth Ave

At Peter Paul's Flowers, you can learn to make your own terrariums, which are essentially miniature gardens you can grow within the confines of a glass vase or bowl. Not only is terrarium-making relaxing, it's also a social activity!  Drop in for a laid back session at the Danforth location.


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Improv at Bad Dog Theatre

875 Bloor St W

Those new to improv may have to muster a bit of courage to try out Bad Dog Theatre's drop-in workshops, but I promise you that they're totally worth it. You don't need any experience, and the environment is always friendly and welcoming. Don't be shy - drop-in and show us what you've got!


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