Last Updated: 16th Feb 2011
Toronto is the largest city in Ontario and the largest city in all of Canada.
The city’s claims to fame are the CN Tower (reputed to be the tallest free-standing structure in the world), the Toronto Maple Leaves and arguably the most happening theater scene in North America.
by – Jordan Allen, Tour Manager, North America
Toronto has shopping available in almost district of the city with each district you go in the city having a different kind of shopping.
The Eaton Centre has classic mall shopping right in the heart of downtown with a good variety of stores. Kensington Market and Chinatown are fun because you can find so many different kinds of stores there. Vintage clothing, surplus military gear, funky hats, Toronto souvenirs, music, and art can all be find in these eclectic districts.
For those who have a serious day of shopping on the mind, the big name fashion, jewelry, and boutique stores can be found on Bloor. Once travellers have quenched their thirst for shopping, Toronto plays host to variety of fun activities that you can expect from a city of its size. The CN Tower, Jays baseball at the Rogers Centre, art and cultural museums, and the beaches of the Toronto Islands are always a hit.
For those departing their trip from Toronto, a day trip down to Niagara Falls is a must do activity.
by – Drew Walker, Tour Manager, USA
Toronto offers some of the best nightlife in Canada. It is a major capital for English language theatre. Also, there is a lively bar scene in the city as well as some 1st class “ultra-lounges” that would fit right in with some Las Vegas hotspots. If the Blue Jays are in town, one should definitely visit the Rogers Centre for some baseball, hot dogs, and beer. Tickets are very inexpensive. Also, Toronto has a very vibrant music scene. It is not uncommon to catch big-name acts at the city’s various music festivals during the summer.
One of the little known centres of world theatre, Toronto is on par with the West End of London and Broadway in New York. The heart of the Toronto theatre district is Dundas Street in downtown Toronto.
Hockey Hall of Fame
Visiting the Hockey Hall of Fame is a must for any fan of Ice Hockey or general sports nut. A whole array of uniforms from the NHL and International game is on display as well as relics from the members (such as Wayne Gretzky and Brett Hull) of the Hall of Fame. Some of the many highlights include interactive slap shot games, a replica of the Montreal Canadians locker room and the Stanley Cup.
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I live in the suburbs but I was a student in Toronto for 4 years and I’d suggest to check out the Eaton Centre for shopping, or just to take a walk along Queen Street. Much Music is there so you might come across them doing interviews of bands and artists (you can usually look in the windows), or just check out the shops, or grab a crepe at Cafe Crepe (it’s a favourite hangout of mine). If you want to check out some of the nightlife you can go club hopping in the club district. One of my favourite clubs is Circa. It’s a wicked venue… Also if you go during the summer check out Dundas Square (N/E corner of the Eaton Centre) there’s always something going on there. Just thought I’d give some suggestions… Toronto is a fantastic city!
As Canada’s largest collection, the Royal Ontario Museum boasts exhibits ranging from paleontology to African Art to Canadian history. If you’re looking for more history with a backdrop of extravagant luxury, visit Casa Loma a castle built by one of Toronto’s robber baron elite.
A fan of vertigo? Be sure to stand on the glass floor of the CN Tower observation deck, the world’s tallest freestanding structure (at least for the time being).