by Carissa Hickok
Toronto is Canada’s most populated city and the capital of the province of Ontario. Toronto’s most famous attraction is arguably the CN Tower. Atop the once tallest freestanding structure in the world, you can get a panoramic view of Toronto. If you are feeling adventurous, you can now enjoy EdgeWalk – this is a spot where you walk hands-free along the outside ledge of the CN Tower. But don’t worry if the idea of falling frightens you… you will be given a special walk suit and strapped so you don’t fall down. At night, the CN Tower puts on a free light show.
Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is located at the base of the CN Tower. Ripley’s is the largest indoor aquarium in Canada and definitely worth a visit. Here you can see creatures from all over the world in their fresh or saltwater habitats. The exhibits include stingrays, jellyfish, giant lobsters, and a myriad of colorful fish. You can enjoy the Touch Tank Gallery and walk through the acrylic viewing tunnel as aquatic creatures swim over and around you.
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Another must see attraction in Toronto is the Royal Ontario Museum, which includes permanent and temporary exhibits. The permanent exhibits are divided into two main galleries: the World Culture Galleries (Chinese temple sculptures, Gallery of Korean Art, Jamaican bat cave replica, Egyptian mummies, etc.) and the Natural History Galleries. Children love the dinosaur rooms (really who doesn’t?).
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Other top attractions in Toronto include the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), the Toronto Islands, Centreville Theme Park, St. Lawrence Market, the Hockey Hall of Fame, Ontario Science Centre, and Toronto Zoo. AGO offers a range of galleries from Canadian art to African art to European art. Take a short scenic ferry ride to the Toronto Islands for a view of the city skyline. Across the islands, you can find beaches and rent canoes and kayaks for some water exploration. Spend some family time and have a blast at the Centreville Theme Park while you are on the islands. Stroll through the St. Lawrence Market and try the famous peameal bacon sandwich from Carousel Bakery. There are plenty of food stalls and restaurants to satisfy everyone’s cravings.
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You can also purchase souvenirs to take home to friends and family (or for yourself). At the Hockey Hall of Fame, you can take a selfie with the Stanley Cup as well as see a large collection of hockey gear and memorabilia. There are multimedia stations, interactive games, and exhibits on Hockey’s greatest players.
The Ontario Science Centre has activities for the whole family from the interactive hair-raising electrical ball to simulated Rain Forest to a planetarium to an OMNIMAX theatre to a discovery playground for children. Come learn about the wonders of science and technology while having fun.
As an international hub and a mixing pot of many different ethnicities and cultures, Toronto is the perfect place to eat authentic ethnic cuisines like you would enjoy in the respective country. Due to a large population of Chinese immigrants and descendants, Toronto is known for its real Chinese and Cantonese food. Lai Wah Heen is a high-end Chinese restaurant that seeks to offer an authentic Chinese dining experience. Lai Wah Heen also serves dim sum, which is Cantonese dishes prepared on small plates or in bite-size portions usually enjoyed with tea. Patois is a fusion of Jamaican and Chinese cuisine. Patois is inspired by the chef’s Jamaican and Chinese heritage. The menu offers dishes such as edamame, Jamaican coleslaw, juicy jerk chicken, O.G. fried chicken & watermelon pickle, double down patties, pineapple burger, and coconut panna cotta.
Toronto is certainly worth a visit!
Carissa enjoys traveling so much that she left the corporate world to work as a freelancer, which allows her to up and go on a regular basis. She lives with her dachshund, Daphne in central Florida.