Toronto, Canada

Toronto is not only the largest city in Canada, it is also the most visited city in the country. Toronto is also one of the most multicultural cities in the world.

The CN Tower is not only the tallest building in Toronto standing at 553 metres, it is also the tallest free standing building on the continent and one of the modern Seven Wonders of the World. It features the highest glass floor panelled elevator in the world, which lifts passengers up to its magnificent glass floored viewing deck at 342 metres. If you want an even higher view then try the SkyPod at 447 metres, which offers insanely spectacular views over the city. For those who are thrill seekers try the heart pumping SkyWalk, where you can stand on a hands free ledge towering over the city.

A visit to Casa Loma is like a trip back in time as this Gothic Revival Castle is one of the most unique pieces of architecture in the city. The Castle is now a Museum complete with decorated suites, towers, gardens, stables and secret passages. Self-guided audio tours are available to visitors in eight different languages. Casa Loma has been featured in many films including X-Men, The Pacifier and Chicago.

Kensington Market is a great place to visit for that authentic Toronto feel and taste. This National Historic Site used to be a Jewish Market, however today it has turned into a funky neighbourhood for artists, writers and foodies. You will also find some famous landmarks here including the Number 8 Fire Station and Bellevue Square Park.

The Distillery District has been designated as a National Historic Site of Canada, with its unique residential and commercial area that has recently been refurbished and built up. Many of the buildings here are stunning heritage buildings that have been converted into shops, restaurants, bars and lofts. It is a fantastic place for culture, dining and shopping where you will find some fantastic micro-breweries, art galleries, coffee houses and jewellery stores.

The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is one of the best Museums in North America and the best place in Toronto to surround yourself in its history. Housing a collection of over six million artefacts, many of which are displayed in its 40 separate galleries. In addition to having art and artefacts, the Museum also has an extensive collection of Dinosaur bones, minerals and fine arts, particularly from the Art Deco period.

Toronto has 13 small Islands in Lake Ontario that form part of the city, hence their name the Toronto Islands.

Centre Island is the most popular of the Islands, as it features a massive park with picnic areas, a beach, magnificent gardens and an amusement park.

Other sights not to be missed while in Toronto include the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), which is Canada’s largest. The gallery houses the largest collection of Henry Moore sculptures in the world. The European paintings exhibit is also quite a spectacular one to visit.

The Bata Shoe Museum has a unique collection of footwear from around the world. In fact, it displays over 13,500 items. This Museum is a great place to go to if you love shoes or want to know more about the history of footwear. It features four exhibits, one of which is a semi private gallery and three that change regularly. Some of the most famous shoes are ballroom slippers worn by Queen Victoria, Elton John’s monogrammed silver platform boots and a pair of Elvis Presley’s white and blue patent loafers.

The Royal Alexandra Theatre in the Entertainment district showcases the latest Musicals, Operas, Ballets and Symphonies. Toronto is home to the Canadian Opera Company, the National Ballet of Canada, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Canadian Stage Company and the Canadian Electronic Ensemble.

One of the biggest and finest events in Canada take place every September in Toronto. The Toronto International Film Festival is the most famous and attracts stars from all over the world. Pride Week, which coincides with Canada Day, is one of the largest LGBT festivals on earth. The Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival is also amazing, with the parade costumes being incredible. The Taste of the Danforth takes place in Greek town every August. It is one of the city’s largest festivals, celebrating Greek culture and cuisine.

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