Torontonians love their city, and they have a lot to celebrate. As the largest metropolis in Canada, Toronto is also one of the most multicultural cities in the world. From dynamic districts to natural wonders, historical sites and museums to malls and amusement parks, this city has certainly got a little something for everyone.
CN Tower and Edgewalk
Experience Toronto from dizzying heights! Listed as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World, the CN Tower stands at 553.2 meters (1,815 feet) tall and is the city’s most prominent attraction and remains an enduring symbol of the city. You can enjoy the cityscape and the view of Lake Ontario and beyond from the LookOut Level at 346 meters (1,136 feet), walk across the Glass Floor and outdoor SkyTerrace at 342 meters (1,122 feet), and check out the views from the very peak, the SkyPod, at 447 meters (1,465 feet) above the city. You can also eat at the 360 Restaurant, with its incredible revolving views of Toronto. The CN Tower experience now includes EdgeWalk, a thrilling hands-free “stroll” around the circumference of the tower – the world’s highest full circle hands-free walk.
Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada
Conveniently located at the bottom of the CN Tower in the heart of Toronto’s entertainment district, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is home to 16,000 of the city’s most beautiful and exotic inhabitants. With over 12,500 square meters (135,000 square feet) of interactive underwater exhibits, the aquarium features North America’s longest underwater viewing tunnel with more than 5.7 million liters of water and over 100 interactive demonstrations and exhibits. Acquaint yourself with giant lobsters, jellyfish, sharks, stingrays and wildly colorful fish from fresh and salt waters around the world – and get up close with the Touch Tank.
Hockey Hall of Fame
The Hockey Hall of Fame boasts the most extensive collection of hockey gear and memorabilia from around the globe and features interactive games, multimedia stations and exhibits on the game’s most iconic players. You can even take a selfie with the Stanley Cup, one of the most coveted prizes in professional sports. Or you can lace up and give Canada’s beloved sport a try yourself at one of the more than 50 outdoor ice rinks that open across the city during the winter, including Nathan Philips Square – the quintessential skating spot for generations of Torontonians.
The Distillery Historic District
Listed as a National Historic Site, the Distillery Historic District is one of Toronto’s most picturesque neighborhoods. With cobblestone lanes and Victorian-style shops and buildings, the site was founded as the city’s first distillery in the 1830s. Redeveloped in the early 2000s, the district now features high-end boutique shops, art galleries and studios, and restaurants. Located in the Old Toronto area, you can stroll the laneways and courtyards during the warmer months, or visit the lovely Toronto Christmas Market through December.
Built as a private residence in 1914 by Canadian businessman Sir Henry Pellatt, Toronto’s Casa Loma – Spanish for “House on the Hill” – attracts visitors from around the world with its lush gardens and elegant rooms, secret passageways, and buildings. It also hosts special events like escape games, concerts in the garden, and even creepy events for Halloween. For more of Toronto’s elegant historic residences, you can check out the nearby Spadina Historic House & Gardens.