Canada's largest city is an exciting destination with its big city panache and blend of different cultures. There's always something to do in Toronto!
Rising high above the city, the CN tower is one of the most recognizable and popular tourist attractions in Toronto. Head up to the sky pod, the highest observation deck in the world, for breathtaking views of the city. Head to the outside observation deck, then go indoors to stand on the glass floor and look down over 1000 feet to the ground below!
Head out to Chinatown, along Dundas Street, for great restaurants and a fun shopping experience. Shops sell a variety of fun trinkets as well as traditional Chinese items like beautiful silk robes, figurines and chopsticks.
Art Gallery of Ontario
The Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St. W, is one of the earliest art museums in the country, drawing important exhibitions. The gallery's impressive permanent collection includes many works by top Canadian artists as well as European greats like Picasso and Van Gogh.
Royal Ontario Museum
Another popular and educational destination is the Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen's Park, the largest museum in Canada. The museum's collection is a unique blend of art, science and archaeology. There are natural history exhibits which include specimens of different creatures from around the globe, as well as cultural exhibits that show the tools, textiles and art of people from different regions of the world, like Greece and China. The Dinosaur Collection is a favorite and is popular with visitors of all ages.
Visit Casa Loma, 1 Austin Terrace, the mansion built in the early 1900s for Sir Henry Pellatt, a financier. Completed in 1914, the home had 98 rooms, a great hall, a conservatory, a huge pipe organ, secret passes and more. Unfortunately, Pellatt began experiencing financial difficulties and was forced to leave the home by 1923. In 1937 the Kiwanis Club of Toronto opened Casa Loma to the public.
Toronto has a vibrant theater district with a variety of plays, musicals and other shows. Opera lovers can see a production by the Canadian Opera Company, while ballet enthusiasts can sit back and enjoy the graceful movements of the dancers of the National Ballet of Canada.
Shoppers will not be disappointed with Toronto's offerings. Queen Street West is a favorite shopping district featuring popular chain stores as well as unique boutiques. The Eaton Center, 220 Yonge St., is a shopping center located in the downtown area. For luxury goods, head to the upscale Hazelton Lanes shopping mall at 55 Avenue Rd.
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