Toronto is the largest city in Canada and is one of the top livable cities in the world. It is also attracts many tourists every year. If you are one of them, don’t forget to hit these top 10 spots.
#1. CN Tower and Rogers Centre
The two buildings that standout in the Toronto skyline are the CN Tower and Rogers Centre. Experience city views from a height of 553 m at the CN Tower. The glass floor is not be for the weak hearted. If you are a baseball fan, Rogers centre is the place for you.
#2 Royal Ontario Museum
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The Royal Ontario Museum or ROM is one of the largest museums in North America and has over six million items and forty galleries. This museum is well-known for its dinosaur, meteorites and fossils from Burgess Shale exhibits.
#3 Toronto Islands
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The Toronto Islands are a popular destination for family picnic during the summer. There are three beaches Centre Island Beach, Ward’s Island Beach and Hanlan’s Point beach (a clothing optional beach).
Other activities you can do here are : cycling, boating, island tour and visit Centreville amusement park for children.
#4 Casa Loma
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The Gothic Style house of the Late Sir. Henry Mill Pellat is now a notable landmark of Toronto. It has many exquisite rooms specially the Oak room. It is also a popular filming location for many recent movies.
#5 Ripley’s Aquarium
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The Ripley’s Aquarium is close to the CN tower. The Dangerous Lagoon exhibit is the most loved exhibit. It is an underwater tunnel featuring sharks, stingrays and green sea turtles.
#6 The Beaches
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The Beaches, the Woodbine beach and Kew beach are east of downtown Toronto and are often overlooked by tourists. These beaches are quite popular among the locals and can be accessed by the streetcars which run from downtown Toronto towards Queen Street East.
#7 St. Lawrence Market
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This public market has been named the world’s best food market by National Geographic in April 2012. It is best visited during weekends when fresh farm produce, bakers and antiques are available.
#8 Art Gallery of Ontario
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The Art Gallery of Ontario is a must-see for any tourist who visits Toronto. It houses some of the original pieces of the Tom Thomson, Group of Seven, Emily Carr and Georgia O’Keeffe to name a few among the 80,000 permanent exhibits.
#9 High Park
“Toronto’s High Park” (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) by Maia C
The High Park has it all ravines, gardens, playgrounds, ponds, woods and a zoo. It is particularly beautiful during early spring (late April or early May) when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom.
#10 Eaton Centre
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Located in downtown Toronto on the intersection of Dundas and Yonge Street, this shopping mall has many shops that range from popular brands to high end brands. If you are after high end designer brands, the neighboring Saks Fifth Avenue and The Bay can be accessed by a pedestrian bridge. You don’t need to go anywhere else to shop.