Sightseeing in Toronto
The capital of Ontario, is the largest city in Canada
The CN Tower at 553-meters is its most famous landmark. You can get fantastic views from the top and there are restaurants to dine in.
The Sky Pod at 447 meters is the highest viewing area on the CN Tower. The next level LookOut is t 346 meters with floor-to-ceiling windows and the Glass Floor offers bird-eye views directly down over the city.
For the adventurous there is the Edge Walk. This is a hands-free walk on a 1.5-meter-wide ledge. Participants are attached by a safety harness and rope.
The revolving 360 Restaurant is at 351 meters with fine dining and spectacular views.
Near the base of the CN Tower is Ripley's Aquarium. It has a huge underwater tunnel with a moving sidewalk. You can watch sharks glide by.
The Royal Ontario Museum ROM has an outstanding collection that covers natural history, art, and culture.
In 2007 came the expansion Michael Lee-Chin Crystal. This is a modern wing with glass and sharp angles.
Art Gallery of Ontario AGO is one of the largest museums in North America. It has a collection of over 95,000 artworks from around the world. The collection includes European masterpieces, contemporary art and an impressive collection of Canadian art.
The Toronto Zoo is located in northeast of the city center on the Rouge River and is home to 5,000 animals. You can see pygmy hippos, lions, tigers, giraffes, penguins, orangutans and so much more. The zoo is divided into several sections, each representing a major region of the world.
Among the highlights are the Gorilla Rainforest, the Tundra Trek, and the Great Barrier Reef.
The St Lawrence Hall was built in 1850 and is home to the St Lawrence Market selling food products, flowers, and specialty items. The interior has a grand staircase and a gas-lit chandelier.
The Distillery District is a restored historic area that has become a shopping and entertainment district. There are boutiques, galleries, and restaurants.
Casa Loma is a building that resembles a medieval castle. It was constructed in 1914 for eccentric Canadian multi-millionaire Sir Henry Pellatt. There are 100 rooms and today it is a museum. There are decorated suites, secret passages, an 800-foot tunnel, towers, stables, and beautiful estate gardens.
Nathan Philips Square is a modern square with fountains.
The the bronze sculpture The Archer by Henry Moore is on the square.
The square is dominated by the new City Hall consisting of two arc-shaped high-rise blocks, 20 and 27 stories high, wrapped around a lower central building with a flattened cupola.
Here you can find the most photographed Toronto sign.
Eaton Center is a huge mall located at the north end of the Central Business District. This ultra-modern shopping complex has its own subway station. There are many department stores, specialty shops, boutiques, restaurants, cafeterias, and snack bars at different levels including a below ground level.
The mall is connected to the Hudson Bay store via a skywalk.
Yonge Dundas Square is fashioned after Times Square in New York City. It has seating areas, dancing fountains, and a concert stage for summer concerts. In the evening the flashing neon signs come to life. It is a great place for people watching.
The Aga Khan Museum is devoted to Islamic Arts in North America. The modern building has large reflecting pools. The permanent collection was started in the 1950s by the late Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan and the Princess Catharine Aga Khan. On display are manuscripts, ceramics, and textiles.
High Park is a large green space with sunken gardens, hanging basket gardens, natural trails, ponds, and streams. High Park has picnic areas, playgrounds, and gardens. There is a scenic train tour. In the spring it is lovely to see the sakura cherry trees burst into bloom.
The High Park Zoo is home to animals like bison, reindeer, llamas, and wallabies.
It is also home to the city's famous Capybara's, Bonnie and Clyde. They escaped from their enclosure and became famous and started their own social platforms in 2016.
You can enjoy a ferry trip from the Queen's Quay Terminal to the Toronto Islands. The islands offer lovely walks and you can enjoy rowing, sailing, and swimming. The islands are home to some of the best beaches.
The Centreville Amusement Park is located on Centre Island offering a variety of children's rides.
The Ontario Science Center offers many interesting exhibits for children. The modern building sits overlooking the Don Valley and is the creation of virtuoso architect Raymond Moriyama. There are 12 permanent exhibitions, a planetarium, and an IMAX OMNIMAX Dome.
Little Italy is an ethnic neighborhood lined by Dundas and Harbord Streets and Ossington and Bathurst Avenues. The main retail area here is along Collect Street. There are Italian restaurants with patios. Along the Italian Walk of Fame you can see statues of famous Italian Canadians. You can purchase imported food and cooking supplies from Italy.
The Danforth or Greektown is located along Danforth Avenue from Chester Avenue through to Dewhurst Boulevard. There are many Greek restaurants and shops.
It is home to the famous Taste of the Danforth when is mid-August this areas becomes a giant outdoor restaurant.
Harbourfront Centre is a performance venue with artistic programming all through the year at its waterfront campus. The surrounding area is a popular place to get access to the waterfront, There are walking trails along the seawall with many restaurants and shops. Many of Toronto's lake cruises leave from this area.
Black Creek Pioneer Village will take you back to village life in the 1860s. Along with historical buildings there are costumed interpreters that show visitors how life was 160 years ago. There are also more than 70 animals here.
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