Attractions in Toronto

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada is known for its many attractions. Some of these attractions are notable worldwide.

In Toronto[edit]

Main attractions[edit]

  • Canadian National Tower
Toronto's most famous landmark is the CN Tower, a 553 metre- (1,815 foot-) tall steel and concrete transmission tower and observation deck, which is one of the tallest structures in the world.
The Rogers Centre (formerly SkyDome) is the world's first sporting arena to feature a fully retractable roof. It is currently home to the Toronto Blue Jays (baseball) and the Toronto Argonauts (Canadian football). Nearby, the Air Canada Centre is the home of the Toronto Maple Leafs (ice hockey), the Toronto Raptors (basketball), and the Toronto Rock (box lacrosse). It was built to replace the legendary Maple Leaf Gardens. Additionally, there is BMO Field, which the home to the MLS team Toronto FC (association football).
  • City Hall
Toronto's City Hall is one of the city's most distinctive landmarks. Built to replace its predecessor — now known simply as Old City Hall — its modernist style still impresses today (it has been used as a backdrop in American films to depict a city of the future). Directly in front of City Hall is Nathan Phillips Square, a public space that frequently houses concerts, art displays, a weekly farmers' market, and other public events. It is also the site of a reflecting pool that, during the winter, becomes a popular skating rink.
  • Yonge-Dundas Square
Yonge-Dundas Square is the city's newest and flashiest public square, located across the street from the Toronto Eaton Centre, a large, popular shopping mall long enough to have Toronto Transit Commission subway stops at both the northern and southern ends of the mall. Another upscale shopping mall with subway access is the Yorkdale Shopping Centre, although this mall sits outside of the city centre at the intersection of two highways, Allen Road and the 401. Queen's Park, an historic scenic park and public space, surrounds Ontario's Legislative Assembly.
  • The Toronto Islands
The Toronto Islands form part of the largest car-free urban community in North America. Accessible by ferry, "the Islands" include a public park and a children's amusement park, Centreville. The city has several large forested urban parks, the best known being High Park to the west of downtown. The city is crisscrossed by a network of ravines that have remained almost wholly undeveloped. The Martin Goodman Trail also traverses the entire lakeshore from one end of the city to the other, a section of this trail runs as a Boardwalk through the Beaches area, from Ashbridges Bay to Victoria Park Avenue. The Scarborough Bluffs are majestic cliffs along much of Scarborough's shores.
  • Toronto's oldest cathedrals
The Roman Catholic St. Michael's Cathedral and the Anglican St. James' Cathedral are both on Church Street.
  • The Distillery District
The Distillery District is a collection of old and restored industrial buildings from the 19th century which now feature artworks and historical artifacts from Toronto's early industrial past.
  • Casa Loma
Casa Loma, Spanish for "Hill House", is a castle overlooking downtown Toronto, it is one of the city's most popular tourist attractions.

Other popular attractions[edit]

Theatre is a big draw to the city as well with many theatre festivals and eclectic blend of small, medium and large scale productions going on at any given time. Recent large-scale productions to play Toronto include national tours of Avenue Q, The Drowsy Chaperone, Spelling Bee, My Fair Lady and Happy Days. Jersey Boys is the current big hit in the city beginning as a tour and transforming into a sit-down production with a mostly Canadian cast due to audience demand.

Outside Toronto[edit]

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