Toronto: what to see in the metropolis of Canada

What to see in Toronto, Canada from the city’s European flavor that combines museums and trendy shopping centers, visit the surrounding metropolitan.

Travel Guide Toronto

In a country dominated by the trackless wilderness and natural wonders, Toronto stands out as a beacon of culture and urbanization. More sophisticated Vancouver and most cosmopolitan city of Ottawa is a surprisingly European flavor. And ‘the largest metropolis of Canada but it is not the capital, although it would have all the characteristics to be.

Indeed in Toronto generates a large part of the national GDP, there are malls with designer stores, restaurants to eat with silver cutlery and a landscape that regenerates continuously reflected in the lake Ontario. The benchmark more representative of the city is the CN Tower which, with its 451 meters high, is one of the tallest towers in the world.

What to see and do in Toronto

CN Tower
At a height of 451 m, the CN Tower offers stunning views of up to 120 miles through the surrounding cityscape and Lake Ontario. Glass elevators take visitors to the main section which is 342 meters high, where the glass floor allows visitors to look down. A more quiet you can have going upstairs where there is a restaurant. Another set of elevators leads to Skypod, 33 floors up. At the base of the tower are leisure facilities which include a motion-simulator and a modern aquarium.

Fort York
As a colony, the city occasionally had to do with the revolutionaries in the south, for this in 1793 was founded Fort York to ensure British control of Lake Ontario. The construction of most buildings, however, dates back to a period subsequent to 1814, as during the war of 1812, the British evacuation blew the powder, causing the destruction of most of the buildings of the fort.

Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada
Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, next to the CN Tower, this aquarium is characterized by many species of exotic fish and can be visited for its 96m long with a treadmill only passing through a tunnel under the shark lagoon and barrier tropical coral.

Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)
The Roma is one of the most interesting museums in Canada, has collections that include nearly 6 million exhibits. The exhibits, representing the East Asia, including a renowned collection of Chinese art, wall paintings, bottles of tobacco and pillows with headrests ceramic. Other areas of the museum include the life sciences, the ancient Mediterranean and a collection of Canadian heritage.

Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)
Reopened after an expansion led by Frank Gehry, an architect originally from Toronto, the ‘Needle, Art Gallery of Canada, contains 110 galleries devoted to temporary exhibitions and a large permanent collection of international art. The European collection includes works from the Italian Renaissance, Flemish masters, French painting of the 17th century, impressionist and works by Chagall and Picasso. The main attraction of the gallery is the Canadian collection, with a section devoted to the Group of Seven, the first painters of the 20th century, whose work embodies the sublime beauty of Canada’s boreal wilderness. The gallery is also home to one of the largest collections in the world of Inuit art and the works of Henry Moore. It is worth reserving a bit ‘of time to visit the Grange, a renovated 19th-century building adjacent to the gallery.

Casa Loma
It is a castle consists of 98 rooms, completed in 1914 by Sir Henry Pellatt, a charismatic financier, industrialist and philanthropist, and intended to be his home. Subsequently to a financial crisis this castle was sold and since then has become the current popular tourist attraction. The castle has the exterior stone built in medieval style, with so many battlements and turrets, while the interior is decorated in 20th century style. Notable rooms beautifully carved, secret passages and the Great Hall, a living room with high ceilings 18 meters. The gardens are open from May to October.

Ontario Science Centre
The Ontario Science Centre was opened in 1969, with the intent to open minds to science arousing the curiosity, creating a place to find inspiration for new ideas to be implemented, motivating learning in science and technology . This difficult task was achieved successfully using over 800 fascinating exhibits. The themes explored in depth include the mysteries of the human brain and space travel. Interactive exhibits allow you to pilot a spacecraft.

Toronto Zoo
Spread over an area of 287 acres of wooded land near the Rouge Valley, in the suburb of Scarborough, the Toronto Zoo is one of the largest zoos in the world. The collection includes over 5,000 animal species International. The areas around the zoo are called the African savannah, the Americas, the Indo-Malaysia, Oceania, Eurasia and the Canadian domain.

Bata Shoe Museum
This museum is unique in its kind. Housed in a building shaped like a shoe box, the museum includes over twelve thousand items of footwear, dating back up to 4,500 years ago. The pieces present include moccasins of Elvis Presley, the slippers for the dance hall belonged to Queen Victoria and the leather shoes pointed Tudor. A semi-permanent exhibition showcases shoes of celebrities from the 20th century onwards.

Canada Wonderland
Located in the northern suburb of Maple, this amusement park has over 200 attractions scattered on its 121 acres of land and 8 hectares of water park. Includes 69 rides, including Drop Tower, Jet Scream, Scooby-Doo Haunted Mansion, Shockwave and Splashworks, a 20-acre water park.

Gardiner Museum
It is one of the most important museums of art pottery in the world, including Asian ceramics, pottery of the 19th century and contemporary ceramics studio, as well as collections of Italian Renaissance majolica.

Toronto Islands
Located in the Port of Toronto, in front of the downtown skyline, the Toronto Islands are a place of recreation and resort. They divennereo islands after 1858, when a storm caused a rift between the peninsula and the mainland. Are accessible only by ferry.