Attractions in Toronto
This article is written like a travel guide rather than an encyclopedic description of the subject. (August 2008)
- 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.
- Ripley's Aquarium of Canada
- Sports stadium
- 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). 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 Toronto FC of Major League Soccer and the Toronto Argonauts (Canadian 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 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 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 is the only full sized castle in North America, one of Toronto’s major historic attractions. It has Edwardian decor, secret passageways, elaborately decorated rooms with authentic period furnishings, and a scenic view of Toronto.
- The five acre grounds contains ornate sculptures and fountains as well as perennial flowers, and a wooded hillside with wildflowers and grasses.
- The stables and carriage house are connected to Casa Loma by an 800-ft. tunnel which runs 18ft below Austin Terrace. The tunnel features an exhibit of Toronto’s Dark Side, with archival photographs of Toronto’s darker days such as Prohibition, The Depression, The Plague, The Great Toronto Fire, and Toronto’s first plane crash. The carriage house features an Automotive Exhibit featuring vintage automobiles from the early 1900s.
Other popular attractions
- The Royal Ontario Museum
- The St. Lawrence Market
- Hockey Hall of Fame
- The Panorama Lounge (on the 51st floor of Manulife Centre)
- St. Michael's Cathedral
- St. Paul's Basilica
- The Art Gallery of Ontario
- The Ontario Science Centre
- The Leslie Street Spit
- Toronto Zoo
- Little Glenn
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. Jim Steinman's Bat Out Of Hell the Musical is presently making its North American debut in Toronto, through the end of 2017.
- Historic Unionville in Markham is one of the other Toronto attractions which attracts many tourists because of its beautiful environment and its very old buildings.
- Canada's Wonderland in Vaughan is Canada's largest theme parks.
- Niagara Falls in a city of the same name is also considered one of Toronto's attractions, although it is some 50 miles away on the Ontario-US border.
- Art Gallery of Ontario
- Bata Shoe Museum
- Black Creek Pioneer Village
- Canada's Wonderland - Located a few kilometres north of Toronto, in Maple
- Canadian Air and Space Museum
- Canadian Broadcasting Centre
- Canadian International Air Show
- Canadian National Exhibition
- Caribana - One of North America's largest street festivals
- Casa Loma
- Chinatown - including old Chinatown, Dundas-Spadina, East Chinatown at Gerrard-Broadview and Scarborough-Agincourt
- CN Tower - World's ninth tallest freestanding structure; fourth tallest observation deck at 447 metres (1,467 ft)
- Exhibition Place
- Fort York
- Harbourfront Centre
- High Park
- Hockey Hall of Fame
- Jersey Boys - Toronto production
- Little Italy
- Ontario Science Centre
- PATH, a 30 kilometres (19 mi) network of underground pedestrian tunnels
- Pride Week
- Rogers Centre
- Royal Ontario Museum - fifth-largest museum in North America
- St. Lawrence Market
- The Danforth- Home of Greektown
- Toronto Islands
- Toronto Zoo - Among the largest of zoos
- World's Biggest Bookstore