Things To Do In Toronto
Toronto is Canada’s largest city. As you might imagine there is no shortage of reasons to visit.
One of the most striking things about Toronto is its architecture and skyline. For years the iconic CN Tower was the tallest structure in the world – and it remains the tallest tower anywhere in the Western Hemisphere. This colossal tower was built for communications purposes – but includes a custom built viewing deck. With over two million annual visitors, the CN Tower is a leading tourist site.
If course the CN Tower is not the only tall building in downtown Toronto. It is a city scraping the sky, with over 2000 buildings that are greater than 300 feet in height. These contrast with the neighbourhoods of ‘Old Toronto’. Terms of sightseeing though there are some true architectural treasures, among these the stunning Frank Gehry designed Art Gallery of Ontario.
Located in the Grange Park district of Toronto the Art Gallery of Ontario is a vision in titanium and glass that is every bit as much of a work as art as the pieces that it exhibits. In fact the building as it stands now represents an integration of the buildings of different era that previously made it up.
Those that are into art will also appreciate the Royal Ontario Museum. With it prominent location on Bloor Street it is hard to miss – and neither should you. This museum is a truly massive treasure trove. AS well as art from every inhabited continent, there is much, much more. The museum is known for its collections relating to dinosaurs, which are some of the world’s most comprehensive.
If you prefer your animals not to be fossilised then you should check out the Toronto Zoo. With over 500 different species housed across 710 acres, the scale of what there is to be seen cannot be overestimated. Make sure you arrive early and set aside a full day if you want to make the most of what is on offer. All kinds of animal habitats are represented – from tundra to tropical.
Particularly suited to children, another top Toronto destination is the Ontario Science Centre. With the emphasis firmly on the interactive there is much here to spark curiosity and stimulate and entertain young minds.
Science may not be your thing, but there is one subject that certainly engenders obsession in at least half of the population. We are talking about shoes here of course. For the footwear fanatic a trip to the Bata Shoe museum will be sure to inspire them to hit the boutiques and improve their own collection.
For the sports fan Toronto is definitely in the big leagues. Ice Hockey, Major League Baseball and NBA Basketball are all played here. Fun fact: the Toronto Blue Jays are the only team from outside the USA to have won the World Series of baseball.
Getting to the city is easier than ever before. Direct flights to Toronto are a viable option as far as flights to Canada go, with a modern airport that can cope in most weather conditions.