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Whether it’s historic or modern, “Queen City” as it’s often referred to, has so much culture to experience, it’s hard to fit it all in one trip. Here are a few of the more memorable attractions in the area you’ll certainly want to add to your itinerary.
Certainly one of Toronto’s more unique attractions, this medieval-style castle seems to jump out at you on the street. Casa Loma was built by Sir Henry Pellatt, who had always dreamed of living in a castle. However, Canada didn’t have any historic castles so he simply built his own, full of secret passageways, towers, and a sweeping staircase. There are also over 5 acres of incredible gardens. Later Pellatt faced some financial misfortunes and his dream home was seized by the City of Toronto, and now is open to the public for tours or can be rented for events such as weddings.
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A great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, the many Toronto Islands have something to offer everyone. Whether it’s lounging on the beach, an outdoor picnic, or a cool swim that draws you, the islands are a nice way to spend a lazy afternoon. The largest of the islands, called Centre Island, also has a carnival-style park with several rides and places to eat. There are also concerts and events on Centre Island depending on the season. A ferry takes you to and from the islands, which is another fun experience for the kids.
Royal Ontario Museum
Canada’s largest and most expansive museum, the Royal Ontario Museum attracts over a million visitors per year. It boasts over 6 million historical items and constantly has about 40 galleries and exhibits to tour. Besides the cultural and historical antiquities, the museum showcases incredible architecture. From the ceiling mosaics and stained glass windows of the original building to the modern entrance known as “the crystal”, the museum’s architecture also demonstrates its historical span.
Known to some as “Canada’s Disneyland”, Wonderland boasts over 60 rides ranging from small child’s rides to large rollercoasters. Though not as large as Disneyland, they are constantly adding new rides, and now have a large water park and an area called Dinosaurs Alive where over 40 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs interact in an outdoor Jurassic era environment. Admission is $50 for adults, which seems to offer quite a lot of value with such a variety of activities. Be aware that the park is only open in the spring and summer months.
Distillery Historic District
The old distillery now turned shopping district is a great place to go in the evening. Though most come to sample the drinks, there are also plenty of other things to do in the District. There are art galleries, a live theatre, shopping, and cafes to experience while you’re there as well. While you’re there you can also take a Segway tour of the distillery, offered by the Segway store located in the District. There are also walking tours available for the slightly less adventurous.
Toronto can be a wonderful and unique experience. Whether you visit Toronto for a day or for an extended period of time, enjoying the local sights and trying the local food is a must. So, when you are looking for different attractions to see, check out these places and everything else that Toronto has to offer.
Dan Patterson works for CityPASS. If you’re planning to visit Toronto, make sure to see the list of tourist attractions in the Toronto CityPASS. You’ll save on admission to Casa Loma, the Toronto Zoo, the Royal Ontario Museum, and more.