Toronto Travel Guide


High Park
The park, over one-third of which remains in a natural state, is home to many species of wildlife, including birds, fish and animals. Recognized as one of the most significant natural sites within the City of Toronto, the park contains an outstanding concentration of rare plant species, including woodland fern-leaf, cup plant, shrubby St. John's Wort, and the wild blue lupine. The oak savannahs in the park, form one of the most famous and admires aspects of the site. These savannahs are the remnants of the sand prairie system that once covered much of the Ontario landscape. Easily accessible by public transit, High Park offers year-round attractions and amentities, including historic Colborne Lodge and the Coach House, a volunteer built playground, animal paddocks, sports fields, an outdoor ice rink, and the beautifully landscaped Hillside Gardens.
High Park is also home to the well-known Dream in High Park. This favorite open-air theatrical event has become a tradition for Torontonians and visitors alike, each summer.

St. Lawrence Market
Considered by Food and Wine magazine to be one of the world's 25 best food markets, the St. Lawrence Market is located in the heart of the historic Old Town Toronto neighbourhood at Jarvis and Front Streets. St. Lawrence Market The South Market houses more than 50 gourmet food vendors and over a dozen lunch counters. Upstairs, the Market Gallery shows archival art and photographs from the City's collection and the North Market is
home to the 200 year old Saturday Farmers' Market and Sunday Antique Market. Several celebration events are also held at the market throughout the year. Discover the market and surrounding area's past with local historians on walking tours filled with food sampling, a world of eccentric characters and amazing tales.

Air Canada Centre
Air Canada Centre is a state-of–the-art arena that is home to the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association and the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League.

Toronto Skydome and CN TowerSkyDome
Famous for its retractable roof, SkyDome is home to the Toronto Argonauts football team and the Toronto Blue Jays baseball team, 1992 and 1993 World Series Champions.

CN Tower
Recently nominated one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World, the CN Tower features glass floor observation decks, a revolving restaurant, and a Simulator Theatre. It is Toronto’s most recognizable landmark and as such, it receives almost two million visitors annually.

Canadian National Exhibition
For the past 120 years, the 18-day Canadian National Exhibition, which runs from mid-August until Labour Day weekend, has traditionally signified the end of summer to two million visitors from across Canada and throughout the world. The "Ex", as it is better known, is the largest annual exhibition of its kind anywhere.

Situated on the shores of Lake Ontario, the Ex is a 350-acre carnival of entertainment, rides, buildings, sports and agriculture. It is also the site of the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair held each November.

Ontario Science Centre
The Ontario Science Centre offers interactive and multi-media exhibits with live demonstrations and exhibits on topics that include sports, space, the environment and the information highway. The Science Centre entertains and educates more than 800,000 visitors each year.

Toronto Zoo
Divided into geographic regions, the zoo’s 710 acres feature more than 5,000 animals in their natural environments. Its new Africa Savanna exhibit includes a 32-acre walking safari through the wild lands of East Africa.

Paramount Canada’s Wonderland
Canada’s largest theme park was built in 1980 on 300 acres of land just north of Toronto. It features more than 180 attractions and 50 thrilling rides, including Canada’s only suspended roller coaster and the largest outdoor wave pool in the country.

Ontario Place
A 96-acre modernistic culture, leisure and entertainment parkland complex built on three human-made islands over the lake, Ontario Place features restaurants, a children’s village, an outdoor amphitheatre, a water play area, mini-golf, the Rush River Raft Ride and many other attractions. The highlight of Ontario Place is the Cinesphere – a six-story curved screen capable of showing not only regular 35 and 70 millimetre films, but IMAX films as well.

Like most big cities with a water’s edge, Toronto’s downtown waterfront has gradually been transformed into a lakeside people place. The heart of this revitalization is the award-winning Harbourfront Centre – the site of art galleries, theatres, craft boutiques restaurants, offices, hotels and marinas fronted by a waterside promenade. Harbourfront Centre attracts approximately 3.5 million visitors every year.

Toronto Islands
Only a 10-minute ferry ride from the foot of Yonge Street, the Toronto islands offer a panoramic view of the city skyline. Centre Island offers miles of parkland with beaches, barbecues and picnic tables, boat rentals, bicycle paths, a children’s farm and even an amusement park.

Cabbagetown, on the eastern outskirts of downtown, was settled by Irish immigrants fleeing the potato famine of 1841. The area was so called as the sandy soil proved ideal for growing cabbage. Today it has possibly the richest concentration of fine Victorian architecture in North America and is worth a stroll to peek at some of the beautifully restored houses and their carefully tended gardens. Gentrified 19th-century worker cottages with picket fences mix with bay and gable houses, Toronto's most famous architectural style, and a myriad other superb buildings.

Little Italy
One of the great pleasures of exploring Toronto is visiting the city's many enclaves of immigrant cultures. Little Italy, west of the University of Toronto, is chock-a-block with see-and-be-seen outdoor cafes, bars, bakeries and fine ristoranti. Further northwest of Little Italy is the less sceney, more authentic Corso Italia, with the real Italian cinemas, smoky espresso cafes and pool halls. North of Bloor St the area is mainly Caribbean, and to the west there's Koreatown and multi-ethnic Bloor Village. The one-room Ukrainian Museum of Canada and a Tibetan Buddhist temple complete the multicultural picture of this section of Toronto.

Once Toronto's smaller version of Greenwich Village or Haight-Ashbury, the old counterculture bastion of Yorkville has become the city's trés glamorous shopping and gallery district. Glitzy restaurants, nightspots and outdoor cafes feature, with a passing parade of Jaguars, Bentleys and classic convertibles to lift the general tone of things. The busiest streets are Yorkville Ave, Cumberland St and Hazelton Ave.

Niagara Falls
The roaring spectacle of Horseshoe Falls - Canada's half of Niagara Falls - makes the town of Niagara Falls one of Canada's top tourist destinations, drawing over 12 million people annually. Canada's falls are grander and more powerful than the US Bridal Veil Falls, plunging 56m (185ft) down into the Maid of the Mist pool and clouding views of the falls from afar. The equivalent of more than 1 million bathtubs full of water goes over the falls every second. Even in winter, when the flow is partially hidden and the edges frozen solid - like a freeze-framed film - it's quite a sight.

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