With towering skyscrapers set against the lush landscape, Toronto is one of Canada’s most visited cities. Amazingly, it is also the world’s most multicultural city with 140 languages spoken and over half of the residents born outside of the country. Despite this, the city is a shining example of how multiculturalism can work as it continues forge ahead as one of the world’s most popular places to live.
Remember, if you are coming into Canada from abroad, you should check the Canadian Eta website for travel information. Here are just some of the sights you will want to see on a visit to this very special city.
An iconic skyscraper amongst the others that make up the heart of Toronto’s city centre, the CN Tower literally towers above everything else at 1,815 feet. A trip to the top provides panoramic views across the city and way beyond as well. You can shoot up to the summit in less than a minute, where you can enjoy a meal at the restaurant or stare out of one of the highest observation decks in the world. The original design was for practical purposes to allow TV and radio transmission, which was being distorted before its construction in the 1970s.
Simply hop on a ferry and you’ll be whisked away from all the hustle and bustle of the city centre to a collection of green islands that feel a world away from the skyscrapers. Each of the different islands of Centre, Ward’s and Algonquin offer something totally different. As is fitting for the name, Centre is the busiest of the three and offers everything from beaches and nature trails to an amusement park. The other two are more low key but are largely car free so are perfect for a leisurely stroll with the family.
If you are looking to catch a glimpse into Toronto’s past, this is the place to come. Many of the Victorian houses and cobblestone streets have been preserved, while the area has now become a vibrant cultural hub full of cafes, performance centres, and, as the name suggests, a brewery. The area regularly hosts festivals and other types of outdoor exhibition which are perfect to enjoy over a recently brewed beer or two!
St Lawrence Market
In the heart of the historic Old Town stands St. Lawrence Market, a place where you can pick up all kinds of trinkets, food and drink. Travellers and foodies alike have named it one of the best markets to eat at in the world – and it is all fairly reasonably priced which is always a bonus! It was first constructed in the 17th century so history buffs will also get a kick out of wandering around the stalls.
Hockey Hall of Fame and Museum
What trip to Canada would be complete without a little bit of hockey? This museum features everything you could possible want to know (and a whole lot more) about the national pastime.