5 top must-see sights to visit in Toronto

Published March 15, 2012

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Toronto, the provincial capital of Ontario, is a chic and animated city. Whether you are looking for excitement, knowledge or relaxation, Toronto has the right activities for you. Here are places to go when you visit Toronto.

CN Tower
The CN Tower was the tallest tower in the world until the United Arab Emirates’ Burj Khalifa and China’s Canton Tower were completed. It is still the tallest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere. From high up in the CN Tower, at 1,122 feet, you can walk on the 2.5 inch Glass Floor to test your nerve. EdgeWalk, the first attraction of its kind, is an extreme attraction that requires a lot of courage. You walk outside along a five foot ledge atop the Tower’s main pod, 1168 feet in the air. EdgeWalk received the Guinness World Record for the highest external walk on a building.

The Sky Pod, at 1,465 feet, offers a panoramic view for one hundred miles, including the rest of Toronto, Lake Ontario and the surrounding area. You may even see the Niagara Falls if weather permits. The 360 is a restaurant in the CN Tower with a revolving view of Toronto from 1,151 feet in the air. Along with world-renowned food, 360 has an extensive wine selection. The 360 received the Guinness World Record for having the highest wine cellar in the world in 2006. The Horizons restaurant is another place to enjoy first-rate meal from up high.

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Hockey Hall of Fame
Hockey was first played in Canada, so it is fitting that the country’s largest city is home to the Hockey Hall of Fame. There is no better place to learn about the history of ice hockey than here. The museum is a thoroughly documented and entertaining look at this sport’s captivating past. The Hockey Hall of Fame boasts many exhibits with memorabilia, equipment worn by players and more. The Great Hall has portraits and biographical information of each inductee, as well as the active NHL trophies. One of the Hall’s most prized possessions is the original Stanley Cup bowl, which was awarded until 1970, on display in the vault room.

Toronto Islands
This chain of small islands is North America’s largest car-free community, notable since Toronto is North America’s fifth most populous city. You can reach the Toronto Islands by ferry. You can find simple pleasure like sports facilities, boat and bike rentals, pools and restaurants. A small community of 262 homes lives on the islands. The islands are home to the Gibraltar Point lighthouse, which dates back to 1808, making it the oldest stone building in Toronto. The lighthouse was in commission with a lightkeeper until 1958. Franklin Children’s Garden of Centre Island is a recreational area with learning activities. Franklin the Turtle features prominently in this kid-friendly reprieve from the hustle of downtown Toronto. The children will also love Centreville Amusement Park, which boasts over 30 rides and 14 food outlets.

Casa Loma
This impressive building was financed by Sir Henry Pellatt, a wealthy businessman from the turn of the century. Casa Loma (Spanish for “House on the Hill”) is Canada’s preeminent castle. The refined elegance of this structure showcases Gothic Revival elements and encapsulates a bygone era right in Toronto.

Chinatown
One of the largest Chinatowns in North America, this neighborhood is an exciting and vibrant place. The center of Chinatown is the intersection of Dundas Street West and Spadina Avenue. Try to visit Chinatown for the Chinese New Year, a massive celebration of Chinese culture and traditions in the streets. Chinatown is esteemed for its fine Chinese cuisine and casual dining options. Bright Pearl Seafood Restaurant serves fresh seafood all day. New Ho King Restaurant and Spadina Garden are also highly regarded.

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