Toronto is one mult-cultural city where over half of the residents were born outside Canada. But inspite of its diversity, Torontonians co-exist happily with each other. The Capital of Ontario is leading International center of business, finance, arts & culture and is regarded as one of the globe's most liveable cities.
Kick-start the tour by heading over to one of the iconic landmarks of Toronto, the stunning and magnificent CN Tower. Piercing as high as 553m (1,815ft), this looming tower is the emblem of this lakefront megalopolis. When the sky is clear, visitors can catch panoramic vistas of upto 120km (75 miles) of the glittering skyline and Lake Ontario. Its glass-fronted elevators have intimidating glass floors, which facilitate visitors to glance straight down for some 342m (1,122ft). Next to the majestic CN Tower is Rogers Centre, a colossal domed sports area with a unique architecture as it allows the flexible roof to be opened in desirable weather conditions. This massive sports hub has the capacity to seat thousands of spectators and the venue is suitable for any kind of sport, particularly baseball and football.
Popularly known as Toronto's answer to New York's Broadway, the Toronto Entertainment District is a bustling arena, especially in the evenings as the zone is packed with shows, musicals, concerts and other performing arts. The City Hall encompasses two arc-shaped steel-and-glass towers, 20 and 27 stories respectively, encased around a lower central building topped by a flattened cupola. During Christmas, the zone is beautifully adorned and the square is a man-made pond which then is converted into a skating rink.
Fort York is a historic site of military fortifications and associated structures housed on the west side of downtown Toronto. It was set up in 1793 to enable British control of Lake Ontario. Some of the highlights include blockhouses, barracks, officers' quarters, costumed staff and period demonstrations. Head over to Casa Loma, a delightful hybrid of medieval-style stonework exterior and an early 20th-century interior. The features of this castle includes the richly carved Oak Room, secret passageways and pseudo-Gothic Great Hall.
If travelling with kids, they would love to explore the sprawling 287-hectare (710-acre) Toronto Zoo. Renowned to be one of the biggest zoos in the globe, it has a collection of more than 5,000 animals and visitors are taken through the African Savanna, the Americas, Indo-Malaya, Australasia, Eurasia and the Canadian Domain. Children would love walking through Ripley's Aquarium of Canada which contains over 16,000 exotic sea and freshwater creatures. It also features an incredible 96m-long (315ft) moving walkway via a tunnel set under a shark lagoon and a tropical reef tank.
Take a trip to the beautiful and picturesque Toronto Islands, housed in Toronto Harbour, via a ferry, and have fun in the stunning outdoor environment. Have a relaxing stroll around the waterside, relish delicious meals at a cafe and enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the city's skyline. Some of the museums worth visiting are: Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) (Collections featuring artefacts representing East Asia, the ancient Mediterranean and Canadian heritage), Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) (premier art gallery encompassing 110 galleries exhibiting temporary exhibitions and a big permanent collection of International art), Gardiner Museum (collections ranges from ancient ceramics to contemporary studio ceramics) and Ontario Science Center (aim to foster and motivate learning in science and technology).
When it comes to shopping, there are several swanky and ultra-modern shopping complexes like the massive Eaton Center which is a fascinating maze of department stores, specialty shops, boutiques, restaurants,cafeterias, snack bars and so on. If you're looking for a traditional bazaar then the St Lawrence Market is the place for you. It is home to an array of vendors selling different food products, flowers and other local goods. While holidaying in Toronto, do try out some of their local specialties as it is not for no reason that the metropolis is regarded as one of North America's top food cities. Viewed as comfort food all over Canada, do dig into a mouth-watering Poutine, prepared with French Fries, cheese curds and topped with a light brown gravy.
The stay options in Toronto are abundant with the tourists having the choice to opt for the best luxury hotels, private apartments or cheap accommodations pertaining to their budget and taste. The city experiences humid-continental climate with warm humid summers and cold winters. The best time to visit the metropolis is during June to August, when the weather conditions are gentle and balmy.