Toronto is a fun-filled city, packed with great activities for any traveler. Whether you are shopping on Bloor Street, enjoying a cup of java at one of the many coffee shops throughout the city or seeing the sites, you will love spending time in the big T.O.
One of Torontos most visited sites is the CN Tower. Its full name is the Canadian National Tower and it proudly holds the title as the worlds tallest building and freestanding structure in the Guinness Book of World Records as well as being one of the modern Seven Wonders of the World. Although there is a staircase, which happens to be the tallest metal staircase on the planet, that goes to the top you wont have to subject yourself to that kind of pain. Word to the wise take the elevator. Towards the top of the structure there is the Glass Floor and Outdoor Observation Deck. Just above that are the Horizons Cafe and Indoor Observation Deck. Still further is the 360 Restaurant. It is a fantastic place to enjoy a bite to eat and see the entire city below. You really can see the entire city since the restaurant rotates a full circle about once per hour. At the very top is the Space Deck. Although there is a fee to get to the tip of this metal iceberg, it is one of the highest public observation decks in the world.
One of the citys oldest cathedrals is the stunning St. Michaels Cathedral. Built from 1845-1848 its home to one of Canadas largest English Catholic congregation. Another church worth visiting is the St. James Cathedral. Completed in 1844, it was one of the largest buildings in the city and one of the tallest churches in Canada. In fact, when immigrants first came to Toronto this church was one of the first sites they saw. Both of these beautiful churches can be found on Church Street. Go figure. One of the city's most popular tourist attractions is the Casa Loma, a castle overlooking downtown Toronto. The City Hall, a building worth exploring in it of itself, is home to the Nathan Phillips Square. The square hosts a variety of events such as farmers markets, art displays and concerts. During the winter there is also a skating rink. Close by is Dundas Square, which happens to be across the street from the Eaton Center. There are a great selection of parks throughout the Toronto area as well, one of which is the Queen's Park. This historic scenic park surrounds the Ontario's Legislative Assembly.
Although most of the higher end shopping can be found on Bloor Street, the Toronto Eaton Centre is also a great place to spend some of your hard earned cash. The building itself is quite remarkable. Built in 1979, its design has been used for shopping malls around the world. You will find lots of great stores inside since it is also the third largest mall in all of Canada.
The Toronto Islands are only a 15-minute ferry ride from the mainland and offer a unique getaway from the hustle and bustle in Toronto. The islands are the largest car-free urban community in all of North America giving you lots of room to go for a great walk or bike ride. There is also a beach, which is a great way to cool off from the hot summer sun. If you are looking at spending your time on activities you will find a great selection here. Enjoy the many playgrounds, or rent a boat and cruise the lake. There is also a farm and amusement park, perfect for the kids. Grab a bite to eat or bring your own picnic. The Islands are a wonderful way to spend a day and get away from the busy city life.
The Toronto Zoo covers over 700 acres of land, has six miles of walking trails and is home to over 5,000 animals. No wonder it is considered one of the largest zoos in the world. There are many other great adventures to be had when visiting Toronto as well. First up, Paramount Canadas Wonderland Amusement Park. Welcome to Canadas premier theme park. Enjoy over 200 attractions, 60 thrill seeker rides, and the 20-acre water park that includes 16 water slides, a lazy river and Canadas largest outdoor wave pool. Lets back up to the thrill rides though. This fantastic theme park has one of the greatest selections of roller coasters in all of North America. Now we are back at the water park. If you want to get soaked even more, make your way to the Wild Water Kingdom. There are lots of great rides as well as two miniature golf courses, restaurants and two huge hot tubs. Get ready for a great (wet) time.
Not mentioning Hockey in Canada would be like not mentioning Soccer in Brazil. As Canadas favorite sport, Toronto has the honor of having the Hockey Hall of Fame. Founded in 1943, the main goal (get it, goal?) is to honor great coaches and players as well as preserve the game itself. There is a fantastic collection of memorabilia and a few interactive games. If you are there at the right time you can get your photo taken beside the legendary Stanley Cup.
Toronto is home to a fantastic art and theater scene. There are many galleries that feature a wide selection of art. If you only have time to visit one, make your way to the AGO, the Art Gallery of Ontario. Located in Chinatown it is one of Canadas largest fine art museums. There are over 24,000 works of art as well as many exhibits that are showcased throughout the year. Although Toronto isnt that close to New York you can still catch a fantastic Broadway show. There is a great selection of musicals and plays available for you to enjoy. In fact, there are over 500 theater productions every year ensuring that you will find a show that suits what you are looking for.