City Guide, Tornoto
Canada's biggest city, Toronto is the capital of Ontario (ON) and is a lively
and exciting metropolis. Toronto is a major economic center and home to many impressive
skyscrapers and spectacular buildings, with are centered around Toronto's organized
downtown gridwork. It is the most ethnically-diverse city in the world according
to the U.N. and offers much to attract any visitor. Besides the harsh winters, Toronto
is one of the best places to live in the world. Perhaps its most well known landmark
is the CN Tower - the world's third tallest free-standing structure.
Toronto is an appealing Canadian city and comes with a series of noteworthy landmarks
and tourist attractions, a number of which will quickly become familiar sights and
useful reference points, as you get your bearings of the city's layout.
Once the world's tallest free-standing structure for more than 30 years and dating
back to 1976, the CN Tower resides within downtown Toronto, where it serves as both
an observation and communications tower. This attraction has become an integral
part of the city's skyline and a major tourist magnet, drawing in excess of two
million visitors every year.
Further landmarks in the city include the Casa Loma, an unusual fortified Hill
House built between the years of 1911 and 1914. Now serving as a museum-type attraction,
the Casa Loma was designed by local Canadian architect Edward James Lennox, who
was responsible for designing more than 70 of the city's buildings. Those still
standing today include the King Edward Hotel, the Massey Mausoleum, St. Paul's Anglican
Church, the Toronto Athletic Club and the Old City Hall, the latter of which now
functions as the provincial court house and opened in 1899, after some ten years'
worth of construction.
The New City Hall is also quite eye-catching, with its modern curving architecture
gracing Nathan Phillips Square, next to the Financial District and close to Queen
Station. Both the Harbor front and Ontario Place continue to draw tourists in large
numbers as well.
Culture and entertainment
The city of Toronto is the cultural, entertainment and financial capital of Canada.
Toronto is home to many of the area's sports franchises, including the Toronto Maple
Leafs, Toronto Argonauts, Toronto Blue Jays, Toronto Raptors and Toronto FC. Two
of the city's major sports venues, the Air Canada Centre and the Rogers Centre are
and the Ricoh Coliseum and BMO Field are some of the few. The Toronto Entertainment
District is home to world renowned theatres, performing arts centers, boasts four
major league sports teams at their home venues, an array of cultural and family
attractions, and is home to Canada's Walk of Fame.
Food and drink
The cuisine of Toronto reflects Toronto's size and multicultural diversity. Different
ethnic neighborhoods throughout the city focus on specific cuisines, such as authentic
Chinese and Vietnamese found in the city's six Chinatowns, Korean in Koreatown,
Greek on The Danforth, Italian cuisine in Little Italy and Corso Italia, and Indian
in Little India. Numerous other world cuisines are available throughout the city,
including Portuguese, Hungarian, Japanese, and Caribbean. Toronto's large Jewish
population has also ensured a variety of Jewish restaurants and delis, with varying
adherence to kosher rules. In addition to ethnic cuisines, Toronto is also home
to many fine dining establishments and chain restaurants ranging from fast food
to casual or upscale dining.
Toronto shopping is fantastic, whether you're looking for retro bargain finds
or upscale couture. Planning ahead to visit the best Toronto shopping locations during your trip will give you more time to spend shopping for
exactly what interests you most. No matter what your budget is or what your favorite
things to buy are, you're sure to enjoy at least one of the following locations:
Toronto Eaton Centre: If architectural beauty is just as essential to your experience
as the shopping itself, you'll regret not stopping by the Toronto Eaton Centre.
The fourth-largest mall in all of Canada, Toronto Eaton Centre has over 1.7 million
square feet of stores and gorgeous skylights that make shopping inside the center
almost as pleasant as spending the day outside--or perhaps even more so, when the
weather gets chilly.
St. Lawrence Market: Head to Old Town Toronto near downtown at Jarvis Street
and Front Street. A more relaxed atmosphere than the mall in a beautiful historical
location makes shopping at St. Lawrence Market the perfect alternative for those
who prefer boutiques, fresh goods and antiques. You'll have over 120 vendors and
shops from which to choose.
Chinatown: If you're looking for shopping in Toronto, you won't want to miss
your chance to visit the one of the largest Chinatowns in North America. Asian dining
and shopping are the highlights of the area, which is located near downtown Toronto.
You can also find great deals on clothing. Prices are fairly cheap, unless you want
to take home one of the larger pieces of Chinese and Asian-style sculptures or furnishings.