Our top 10 Toronto attractions
1. CN Tower: Over 553 meters high, this iconic landmark soars above Toronto’s skyline and is the Western Hemisphere’s tallest freestanding tower. High-speed elevators, observation decks and a revolving restaurant offer sweeping views and for those with a head for heights, take a stroll around the tower at 356m on the thrilling Edgewalk.
2. Art Gallery Of Ontario: Boasting an impressive glass and titanium facade designed by Toronto-born super architect Frank Gehry, the gallery is home to a wonderful collection of works ranging from the old masters to modern Canadian artists.
3. Toronto Zoo: Home to more than 5,000 animals, this expansive zoo boasts many must-see exhibits including the Gorilla Rainforest, Xie Shou Giant Panda Experience and the award-winning Tundra Trek. There is also the Discovery Zone which features interactive wildlife experiences and Splash Island, a huge child-friendly water park.
4. Royal Ontario Museum: Known as the ROM, the gallery features the magnificent Lee-Chin Crystal, five interlocking, self-supporting prismatic structures that link to the original building by a series of bridges, and houses an impressive collection of historic artifacts, galleries and permanent exhibits.
5. Casa Loma: Sir Henry Pellatt’s dream to create a medieval castle began in 1911 and took 300 men almost 3 years to complete. Today visitors can be immersed in European splendor as they explore the castle’s extravagant suites, secret passages, imposing towers and beautiful formal gardens.
6. Toronto Islands: Jump on a ferry and enjoy a refreshing break from the city on these picturesque islands just 15 minutes away. Offering stunning skyline views as well as peaceful lake panoramas discover walking trails, cafes, an amusement park, beaches and a historic lighthouse said to be haunted.
7. Rogers Centre: Since opening in 1989, this huge domed stadium, famous for its fully retractable roof, has been the venue for sporting events, rock concerts and a variety of entertainment extravaganzas. Gain behind-the-scenes access on a fully guided tour and discover how the stadium swaps between baseball, football and concert configurations.
8. Ripley’s Aquarium Of Canada: This underwater world is home to 16,000 aquatic animals and features stunning marine galleries, interactive dive shows and a range of one-of-a-kind experiences. Swim with the inhabitants of Ray Bay, have a sleep over with sharks in the Dangerous Lagoon or bliss out with a yoga session at Rainbow Reef.
9. Hockey Hall Of Fame: Toronto’s love affair with the country’s national sport is evident at this shrine to all things ice hockey. Home to the Stanley Cup and the largest collection of hockey memorabilia in the world, visitors can also go one-on-one with animated, life-size images of today’s superstar players.
10. Nathan Phillips Square: This open urban space sits proudly in front of City Hall and is the scene of outdoor exhibitions, a weekly farmers market and a variety of performances during the summer. In the cooler months the square is transformed into a winter wonderland with the reflection pool becoming a magical ice-skating rink surrounded by the city’s sparkling lights.