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Toronto's Top Attractions

Art Gallery of Ontario
Toronto native Frank Gehry has completely redesigned the look of the home of Canada's premier art collection. In its galleries you will find an exceptional collection of Canadian and European art—both classic and contemporary. Discover works by Picasso, Modigliani, Guaguin and Chagall. The gallery is also home to the largest collection of Henry Moore sculptures in the world.

  •  317 Dundas Street West
  •  (416) 979-6660
  •  Closest Subway Stop:  St. Patricks
  •  Website:  www.ago.net

Chinatown
Toronto has a huge Asian population and at least three major Chinatowns. However, there is only one original which runs along Spadina Avenue from Queen Street to College Street and east along Dundas Street to Bay Street. Jammed in here you will find shops of every description, Asian food stores and some of the best Chinese restaurants in the city.

  •  Spadina Avenue and Dundas Street West
  •  Closest Subway Stop: St. Patrick

CN Tower
This is the world's tallest free standing tower at 1,815 feet. Visitors can stand on top of the world in one of the tower's two observation decks, or enjoy a meal as the world rotates beneath you in the revolving restaurant. The adventure begins as you ride the high-speed glass elevators to the top. From the observation decks you can enjoy views of over 100 miles to Niagara Falls in the south or Lake Simcoe to the north. Not a fan of heights? The base of the tower also has attractions including a film on its construction back in the 1970s.

  •  301 Front Street West
  •  416-868-6937
  •  Closest Subway Stop:  Union Station
  •  Website: www.cntower.ca

Kensington Market
If you could point to a single place that defines Toronto's multicultural character, it would have to be Kensington Market. A series of narrow streets lined with stores selling every type of food -- Asian, Portuguese, Caribbean, and Latin American. Along the way you will also discover restaurants, small clubs and shops selling everything from used CDs to vintage clothing.

  •  Spadina Avenue and College Street
  •  Closest Subway Stop:  Queen's Park
  •  Website:  www.kensington-market.ca

Royal Ontario Museum
When you pass through the visually stunning Michael-Lee Chin Crystal entrance to the museum, you have gained access to 40 galleries displaying over 6 million objects. Canada's premier museum of history contains one of the world's foremost collections of Chinese artifacts and an impressive group of Egyptian mummies. The newly expanded dinosaur gallery and the creepy Bat Cave are perennial favourites.

  •  100 Queen's Park
  •  Closest Subway Stop:  Museum
  •  Website:  www.rom.on.ca

Casa Loma
Visit Canada's only castle, which has proven to be one of Toronto's most popular attractions. This 98-room, medieval-style castle was completed in 1914, and looms on a hilltop overlooking the city's downtown. Its decorated suites, secret passageways, breathtaking towers, sweeping staircase, 800-foot underground tunnel, horse stables and 5-acre gardens excite all ages.

  •  1 Austin Terrace
  •  (416) 923-1171
  •  Closest Subway Stop:  Dupont
  •  Website:  www.casaloma.org

City Hall / Nathan Phillips Square
Your first impression of City Hall might be that a flying saucer has landed. However, this is the council chamber where Toronto's business is conducted. Surrounding it are two semicircular office towers. Nathan Phillips Square spreads south to Queen Street and is the site of many artistic and cultural events, including the annual New Year's Eve celebrations, free concerts, and the annual outdoor art show. During the winter, the skating rink is a free popular attraction

  •  100 Queen Street West
  •  Closest Subway Stop: Queen
  •  Website:  www.toronto.ca

Hockey Hall of Fame
Hockey is almost a religion to the people of Toronto, so it is appropriate that this shrine to the game is located here. Inside you can have your picture taken with the Stanley Cup, suit up as a goalie or walk through an exact replica of the Montreal Canadiens' locker room. Memorabilia here brings the history of the game alive.

  •  30 Yonge Street
  •  416-360-7765
  •  Closest Subway Stop:  King Street
  •  Website: www.hhof.com

Ontario Science Centre
Technology and science come to life here in each of the 12 exhibit halls that make up this interactive museum. Here you can listen to a heart murmur in the Human Body Hall or land on Mars in the Space Hall. This is not a passive museum experience, but rather a fully interactive, hands-on playhouse of science and nature.

  •  770 Don Mills Road
  •  416-696-1000
  •  Closest Subway Stop:  Pape
  •  Website:  www.ontariosciencecentre.ca

St. Lawrence Market
Discover Toronto's best breakfast -- back bacon on a bun -- at the market. The St. Lawrence Market is rated as one of the top 10 best indoor markets in the world. Vendors offer a huge variety of fresh baked goods, cheese, meats, fruits or vegetables -- making it easy to assemble a great picnic to enjoy in one of the nearby parks.

  •  95 Front Street East
  •  Closest Subway Stop:  Union Station
  •  Website:  www.stlawrencemarket.com

The Toronto Zoo
One and a half million people visit the Toronto Zoo annually. It is open year round and has over 5,000 animals representing 459 different species. The animals are organized into eight pavilions and outdoor areas and represent different regions including Africa, Indo-Malaya, Australasia, and the Americas. Gorillas, lions, tigers and, yes, bears are housed in a close approximation of their natural environment.

  •  Meadowvale Road, Scarborough
  •  Website:  www.torontozoo.com

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