10 Things to See While Traveling in Toronto
Toronto, the largest city in Canada, has much to offer anyone visiting from around the globe. From iconic landmarks like the CN Tower and the Hockey Hall of Fame to historic buildings and districts to world-famous art galleries to places where one can appreciate nature’s beauty, this city has something for everyone!
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So what exactly are the must-sees in Toronto?
Toronto’s CN Tower is just like Paris’ Eiffel Tower – an iconic landmark towering over everything else. Of course, the 553-meter tower is truly a sight to behold from the ground. However, what makes it especially remarkable is the view from above. Among other observation areas and restaurants inside the tower, the highest viewing area is 447 meters above the city at the Sky Pod, where viewers can see Niagara Falls and Lake Ontario on sunny days.
Hockey Hall of Fame.
The place containing the world’s vastest collection of hockey artifacts – including the original Stanley Cup – is a must-see for hockey fans around the globe. Located in downtown Toronto, not far from CN Tower, the Hockey Hall of Fame is where anyone can learn about the best hockey players, teams, and games.
Art Gallery of Ontario.
The Art Gallery of Ontario is one of the largest museums in North America and contains almost a hundred thousand pieces of art, ranging from Renaissance pieces to contemporary art. The beautiful glass building also houses work by Canadian artists like Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven. Visitors may also view temporary exhibitions throughout the year.
Royal Ontario Museum.
Over to the north of the city, the Royal Ontario Museum certainly stands out with its modern exterior looking like shards of glass. Inside, it contains more than 13 million artworks, cultural objects, and historical specimens, as well as a showcase of featured exhibitions. If you’re dropping by Toronto for a few days, the ROM is unquestionably a must-see!
Tourists can find this grand Gothic castle just up north of the Annex neighborhood. Originally built to be a personal palace in the 18th century by Sir Henry Pellatt, an eccentric Canadian multimillionaire, it now stands as a museum with a beautiful estate garden. The Casa Loma has almost a hundred rooms where visitors can temporarily travel back in time to witness how affluent Europeans lived. Aside from decorated suits, the castle also contains secret passages, towers, and stables.
After visiting the majestic Casa Loma, travelers can take a break in the world-famous food market found in the Old Town district. In the historic St. Lawrence Market, vendors sell a large variety of specialty items, flowers, and food products ranging from pierogi to Toronto’s very own peameal bacon.
Similar to the St. Lawrence Market, the Distillery District of Toronto is a restored historic area with cobblestones and red-brick warehouses. Here, tourists can find galleries, artists’ studios, boutiques, restaurants, theaters, and bars, so the place is lively no matter what time you visit. During December, the District is even more remarkable as it holds the Christmas Market yearly. Imagine this scene: the festive mood is almost palpable in the air despite the chill as jolly music plays, pretty lights, and Christmas trees surrounding you as you take a sip of hot chocolate.
Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada.
If you’re more into nature and animals, the Ripley’s Aquarium should be on your list of things. Just near the base of the CN tower, the facility contains tiger sharks, eels, jellyfish, and 450 other marine life species. Both kids and adults will love the bright jellyfish display, the hands-on touch tanks, and especially the underwater tunnel. A moving sidewalk allows you to observe marine life serenely.
For a breath of fresh air, High Park is the place to go. With over 400 acres of land, the second largest municipal park in Toronto contains swimming pools, playgrounds, dog parks, walking trails, picnic areas, tennis courts, gardens, streams, and the Grenadier Pond, and the High Park Zoo. You can spend days just experiencing everything the park has to offer, especially in the Spring when the cherry blossoms bloom, or the Summer when the Shakespeare in the Park performances liven up the place.
South of the city center, a ferry trip from Queen’s Quay Terminal, allows you to go to the Toronto Islands just a kilometer offshore. In the Centre Island, the Centreville Amusement Park has a variety of rides where your kids can play. In contrast, the other islands have opportunities for summertime outdoor activities like swimming, rowing, sailing, and even strolling around.
Bonus: A Day Trip to Niagara Falls.
Of course, while you’re in Toronto, you might as well visit the famous Falls. While going there may be a somewhat tedious 90-minute drive, the Niagara Falls are a must-see, and can easily be experienced within a day so you can make it back to the city by nighttime. There are various vantage points from where you can see Niagara Falls – above from the observation deck on the 520-ft tall Skylon Tower, below, and even in the middle with elevators taking tourists to a lower vantage point behind the falls.
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