Perhaps Toronto is not the first name that arises when it comes to places to visit in Canada, however many may be surprised that the city of Toronto is a major tourist destination, attracting visitors from all over the world.
With World class infrastructure, restaurants, sporting teams, theaters, parks, beautiful beach fronts, arts and museums, is it any wonder that more than 8 million tourists visited Toronto in 2010. The city has something for every age group and for varying interests and tastes. Moreover many events are held through the year, such as the Indy car race, that augment the city’s beauty, boost its international profile and attract visitors from far and wide. The city’s multicultural community permit it to feature a large number of international cuisine restaurants, from Chinese to Italian, and from Ethiopian to Moroccan, you’ll find great ethnic restaurant to satisfy all tastes.
So what are the top destinations to visit in this great city? Come with me, and let us visit the Top 7 must-see places for anyone who wishes to experience this great city.
1. CN Tower
Standing 553.33 meters high, the CN Tower held the record for the tallest building in the world for many years, until recently overtaken by the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. It is a hub of entertainment, observation and toronto building permits learning to many who come to visit this marvellous structure that was nominated as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. With a glass floor, outdoor observation deck, a revolving restaurant and a Simulator Theatre, the CN tower is an absolute must-see for anyone visiting Toronto.
2. Eatons Centre
Premiere shopping destination in Toronto. It is a multi-levelled, glass roofed galleria with more than 320 shops, restaurants, theaters and hotels. The Eatons Centre boasts the highest retail sales per square foot in North America. It is the first major shopping centre built in North America and was modelled after the Galeria in Milan, Italy. Whatever you’re looking for, you are bound to find in at the Eatons Centre. And if you’re not shopping and just want to check out the restaurants, the shops and the people, it is the place to be.
3. Rogers Centre
Formerly known as the Skydome, The Rogers Centre is the home of the Toronto Blue Jays. It is world famous for being the first stadium in the world with a fully retractable roof that can completely close three moving sections to shelter fans and players from the elements. If you enjoy baseball, then a trip to Gate 9 will find affordable at-the-door tickets for the game. With capacity of fifty thousand fans, the Rogers centre offers as much in atmosphere and ambiance, as it does in exhilarating sports entertainment.
4. St. Lawrence Market
Located in the heart of old Toronto, St. Lawrence Market is a historical market that was home to Toronto’s first city hall and jail house from 1845 to 1899. Today, St Lawrence market houses more than 50 gourmet food vendors and more than a dozen lunch counters, and is considered one of the top 25 best food markets.
5. Toronto Islands
A short ten minute ferry ride away from downtown Toronto, the Toronto Islands are famous refuge for many migrating birds. The most famous of the islands is Centre Island which offers exhilarating panoramic views of the Toronto Skyline and is full of activities such as miles of parkland, picnic tables, barbeques, bike and boat rentals, a children’s farm and an amusement park. To many that visit the island, the ferry boat ride to and from is just as much of a highlight as the island itself.
6. Harbourfront Centre
Throughout 10 acres of sheer beauty, the Toronto Harbour Front centre is right at the waterfront. It is where you’ll find ice skating rink, a large boardwalk, a beautiful view of the lake and the island airport and a great number of ships on display including such ships as the 1812 War privateer of the North Atlantic.