Toronto, the capital of Ontario. A truly Canadian destination! Full of culture, life and expression. This densely populated city contains much more than meets the eye. As with many other major cities, there are certain districts and neighbourhoods each unique to its residents. You could spend easily one day in Toronto if not many more. Toronto is full of history! The city dates back hundreds of years with the scenic architecture around every corner.
Here are the 10 must see spots:
1) CN TOWER
A trip to Toronto is incomplete with a ride up in the CN Tower. Once the tallest free-standing structure in the world holding its record for 34 years, this observation tower is a symbol of Canada.
Tips: Try the glass floor to look straight down to the ground and view people as tiny as ants
Food: 360, a fine food restaurant, serves deluxe meals making it one of Torontos prime places to eat
Parking: Underground lots in close proximity
2) CASA LOMA
From the Edwardian era comes Casa Loma castle with mysterious passageways and secret gardens. Explore North America’s only full sized castle and explore the history of a former resident, Sir Henry Mill Pellatt. This is a great excursion for all ages.
Tips: Do not miss the 800-ft. tunnel located bottom floor which leads to the stables and the Hunting Lodge
Food: Two small cafeterias located on grounds, one indoor one outdoor, typical food items
Parking: Medium size lot on site
3) CENTRE ISLAND
Take a scenic ferry ride to Toronto Centre Island from downtown to relax and have fun. Not only is there Centreville loaded with rides but also trails, beaches, pools, boats, and so much more.
Tips: Take a canoe and paddle out to the edges of the island for a fantastic view of the city
Food: Small and big restaurants located around the island with a small variety
Parking: Lots of parking lot grounds near the ferry station downtown
4) ROYAL ONTARIO MUSEUM (ROM)
The Royal Ontario Museum is a great family fun destination for all ages. It stands as Canada’s largest museum of world cultures and natural history.
Tips: Go when there is a special exhibition, they pop up a few times a year and are worth the extra few dollars
Food: Small cafe inside museum, other fast food restaurants outside
Parking: A few lots in close proximity to the museum, but no official parking on grounds
6) ROGERS CENTRE for a Toronto Blue Jays Game
Home to the Toronto Blue Jays, this stadium which holds over 50,000 people debuts baseball games all summer long. Enjoy the fresh air in the large dome and make sure to sport your team gear for team support.
Tips: Sometimes after the game you can run on field like the pros do
Food: Typical stadium food: hot dogs, popcorn, etc.
Parking: A few underground lots in close proximity
5) TORONTO ZOO
Canada’s largest zoo contains zoogeographic regions: Indo-Malaya, Africa, Americas, Tundra Trek, Australasia, Eurasia, and the Canadian Domain, where you can find animals from all corners of the globe. Needs at least half a day to cover all the grounds and explore all the unique creatures found here. Great for all ages, but it can be quite a big walk.
Tips: Arrive early to beat the crowds
Food: Lots of small stands and restaurants in every section of the zoo
Parking: Large and convenient lots around the zoo
7) CANADIAN NATIONAL EXHIBITION
An annual event held at the end of the summer where you can find live concerts, games, shows and rides.
Tips: It’s $6 after 5pm during weekdays
Food: A huge food building pavilion with every type of ethnic food you can think of
Parking: Large parking lot on grounds or in and around
8) HIGH PARK
A beautiful park located just outside of the downtown core spanning 400 acres with gardens, playgrounds, a zoo and sporting facilities.
Tips: Pack a lunch and enjoy a scenic picnic on the lake
Food: Just the one major restaurant
Parking: Parking lots
9) RIPLEY’S AQUARIUM OF CANADA
Downtown Toronto’s aquarium has 5.7 million litres of marine and freshwater habitats from across the world. With 13,500 exotic specimens, this aquarium is organized into nine galleries: Canadian Waters, Rainbow Reef, Dangerous Lagoon, Discovery Centre, The Gallery, Ray Bay, Planet Jellies, Life Support Systems and the Shoreline Gallery. You could spend at least half a day here exploring, make sure to walk through the tunnel and see the marine life above you.
Tips: For a more interactive experience try the live show at Ray Bay and see scuba divers take a dive with sting rays
Food: One small cafe with little variety
Parking: Same parking lots as CN Tower and Rogers Centre
10) AIR CANADA CENTRE for a Toronto Maple Leafs Game
The Toronto Maple Leafs is an iconic symbol for not only Toronto but also Canada. Make sure to see a Leafs game to ultimately experience Canada.
Tips: Take the subway/ train to this stadium for easy access and no stress
Food: Typical stadium food and prices, little variety
Parking: Lots of lots nearby, same area as Rogers Centre and CN Tower
These are only 10 of Toronto’s treasures! This city has much more to explore and discover- consider also checking out Graffiti Alley, Distillery District or Sugar Beach.