Is it electrifying entertainment you’re craving, or
browsing art galleries, or sipping a lattés at unique
cafes, or cheering on a national team at an exciting sporting
event, maybe endless shopping? All these, plus the lakes and
forests of the great Canadian outdoors can be experienced in
Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Toronto, located on the shore of Lake Ontario, the easternmost
of the Great Lakes is Canada’s financial, cultural, and
entertainment capital, a clean city that in the past decade has
emerged as one of the great metropolitan cities of North America.
It attracts visitors from all over the world with its feel of
a large, hustling city, always on the move, and its unique friendly
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Places Rated Almanac
has rated the city, whose motto is “Diversity our Strength,” both
one of the most multicultural cities in the world and the safest
large, metropolitan area in North America. More than 100 languages
and dialects are spoken in Toronto, and 49 per cent of its
population was born outside of Canada.
The CN Tower, standing 1,815 feet tall, is the world’s
tallest freestanding structure, and one of Toronto’s
pride and joys. Built in 1976, the company Canadian National
to demonstrate the strength of Canadian industry. It towers
over the city, giving visitors a 360-degree view of the city
Two million people visit the tower every year, not only to
stand on the glass bottom observation deck located 1,122 ft
but to also to tantalize their taste buds with the fine dining
offered by an award-winning rotating restaurant at the top
of the tower. Diners complete a circle once every 72 minutes.
Just east of the CN Tower is the SkyDome, the world’s largest
entertainment complex with the world’s largest retractable
roof. It is home to major league baseball’s Blue Jays
and it frequently hosts concerts and other special events.
Toronto has endless nighttime entertainment possibilities.
The theater district has many beautiful, turn of the 20th century
theaters that present Broadway hits including current productions
of Mamma Mia, The Producers, Hairspray, and The Lion King.
to mention the Canadian Opera Company, The National Ballet
of Canada, and the Toronto Orchestra and Symphony. Restaurant
bars surrounding the theater district make it a convenient
location for pre-show dining. Many restaurants will offer a
dinner package. Quicker service, and discounted meals are regular
perks for theater ticket holders.
A few blocks north of the theater district is the fashion district
of Queen Street West, also known for its nightlife. A trendy,
funky area where streets are lines with cool cafes, bistros,
bars, contemporary art galleries and edgy boutiques displaying
the latest, hippest fashions. Rob Lukas, a 26-year-old Torontonian
said, “Toronto has amazing nightlife for anyone, of any
age. Whether it’s pubs, clubs, or a martini bar, there
is always some place to go that fits the mood your in.”
Toronto’s Younge Street is the longest street in the world.
It meets Queen street west and there sits the Eaton Center, which
has 285 stores to browse through, and numerous restaurants to
choose from. Be sure to pick up a “Tourism Card” at
the information booth to receive discounts at participating
stores and restaurants.
If shopping at exclusive, one of kind chic boutiques is more
your style, then a few blocks north is the area called Yorkville,
located off of Bloor street. What was once the Bohemian center
of Toronto is now the swanky exclusive area, much like 5th
Avenue in New York City.
If walking from store to store turns you into an icicle (temperatures
average below freezing during the winter months), walk through
Toronto’s underground city in comfort. PATH is downtown
Toronto’s underground walkway linking 27 kilometers of
shopping, services and entertainment.
Follow PATH, and you’ll
reach your downtown destination in warmth. Routes are simple
to follow thanks to the color coded signs.
Most daily commuters take PATH during the winter months to
hide from the harsh weather. Some, however embrace the cold
in fun winter activities such as ice-skating. Mel Lastman Square,
located at the intersection of Bay and Queen streets turns
into a large outdoor skating rink every year for Torontonians
tourists. Skates can be rented on site for a small fee, and
the rink is open daily from 10 to 10. Hot chocolate and coffee
can warm up chilly bones.
During the summer months, temperatures average
around 25 degrees Celsius (80 degrees Fahrenheit), and everyone
comes out of
hibernation to enjoy Toronto’s numerous parks and outdoor
summer activities. Since the city is right on Lake Ontario,
sailing is a convenient
and popular way to get away from the hustle and bustle of the
city .The Toronto Islands are popular sailing destinations
attracting visitors with their small town, lakeside charm and
to bicycle and picnic in. Instead of renting a sailboat, relax,
take a load off, and catch the ferry for $6. It departs every
15 minutes from Queen Quay.
Summer, or winter Toronto offers an array of sights to see
and activities to do. With great nightlife, wonderful attractions,
fabulous shopping, delicious dining, exhilarating entertainment
and friendly people, what more could you ask for in a city.