Canada is known for many things, some of which are located in its largest city, Toronto. As one of the world’s most culturally and ethnically diverse cities, Toronto has a lot to offer visitors.
Some Must Visit Toronto Tourist Attractions
Like all major cities in the world, Toronto has some not to be missed tourist attractions. In fact, when it comes to deciding on which Toronto tourist attraction to see, it is difficult to make a choice. The picks for any visitor’s ‘must see list’ will vary depending on taste.
Some of these attractions include:
- The CN Tower
With well over two million visitors annually, this Toronto landmark has earned its place among the modern wonders of the world. In fact, it was once the world’s tallest free standing building. Visitors flock to its observation decks at 1,222 feet above the ground to get an unbelievable view of the area. For anyone who wants to experience eating in a revolving restaurant, this can be done at the CN Tower, 360 Restaurant.
Interestingly, there is more than one Chinatown in the city, but visitors will be guided to ‘the Chinatown’. This one, located in Downtown is the busiest and by far largest of them. Here is the place to experience authentic Chinese food. Beautiful oriental souvenirs can also be purchased in the area.
- Toronto Waterfront
Whether or not you love water and the ocean, the sheer beauty of this spot is worth the trip. It also provides a perfect photo opportunity to serve as a memento of your time in Toronto. To top it off, this scenic spot provides the perfect background for other attractions in the area. These include the CN Tower and the Ontario Place. Depending on the timing of your visit, you may also be able to attend events such as Caribana, the Toronto International Film Festival and WinterCity. These are just a few of the events held at the Waterfront.
- The Toronto Zoo
Sure there are zoos all over the world, but each is unique in its own way. When it comes to Toronto tourist attractions this zoo is right up there with the most popular ones. With over 5000 animals representing at least 500 different species, the Toronto Zoo is worthy of note. There are exhibits from every region of the world.
Unlike many other zoos, here there are walking trails and an interactive zone where kids can have fun while learning about animals. One of the most attractive features is the Tundra Trek where one can see Polar bears in action. The Gorilla Rainforest will also be a hit.
- Toronto Islands
The Islands are accessed only by ferry. No cars are allowed which makes this a nice change from the mainland or the bustle of city activities. There are walking and bicycle trails, picnics areas, amusement parks and of course beaches.
- Canada’s Wonderland
For family fun in Toronto, few places if any, beat Canada’s Wonderland. Here visitors can choose from over 60 rides to provide thrills as they build holiday memories. There are also shows for all age groups so kids will never feel bored.
If you are looking for great shopping opportunities then the Eaton centre is where you want to be. With in excess of 250 stores shopaholics will have a field day as there is a wide selection of international retailers in one place. To fully experience this setting may take an entire day.
Toronto Tourist Attractions: The Paths Less Traveled
Like many other places where tourists flock, Toronto has a lot that will thrill visitors and locals alike, but some are not on the beaten path. These attractions can be called Toronto’s hidden gems for want of a better term.
Lovers of great historical architecture will want to take a look at Casa Loma. In fact, this formerly private home is really not so hidden, but it may be overlooked in a city full of wonders. The tour takes visitors through most of the rooms in this magnificent castle, as well as the gardens.
Of course, these are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Toronto. As with any large metropolis, Toronto tourist attractions run the gamut from the breathtaking to laid-back, simple pleasures.