Toronto is the largest city in Canada, nestled within the northern shores of Lake Ontario near the US border. It is the capital of the province of Ontario, a major cultural and financial hub for the country. More than six million people reside in the greater Toronto area, which continues to attract many foreign visitors because of its diversity. A visit to Toronto would not be complete without visiting the must-see tourist attractions listed below.
The CN Tower
Toronto boasts of its iconic CN Tower, considered as one of the seven wonders of the modern world. It is easy to catch a glimpse of this magnificent edifice from the city’s famous tourist areas. If you’d like to climb up the tower by foot, it would take you 1,776 steps to reach its peak at 1,815 feet and 5 inches!
The Art Gallery of Ontario
This museum is a beautiful space where art and architecture converge. It was designed by famous Toronto architect, Frank Gehry, who visited the original gallery frequently as a child. The art museum is home to over 90,000 works of art and bears a reputation of being one of the most distinguished museums in North America.
Hailing from a different era, the Casa Loma boasts of its elegant unfading beauty. The castle is over 100 years old and is Canada’s largest private home. It was built by the late Henry Pellatt who earned his massive wealth through unethical manipulation of the stock market. In the end, he was evicted from his own home and died with just $85 to his name. It may be a sad story, but this Canadian landmark cannot be missed in any Toronto tour.
Torontonians are known for their work focus, which explains why Toronto is also called “The City That Works.” Where there’s work, you will also find relaxation and recreation. The Edwards Gardens is a popular estate garden that bursts with perennials, roses, and wildflowers! The park also has expansive areas of rockery near the valley. There are more than 20 themed gardens within the estate, abundant space just for everybody who wants a taste of greenery.
The Distillery Historic District
You will find Toronto’s Distillery District near the waterfront. This is a tourist destination where the old meets the new. Cafes and restaurants are built into the old heritage structures of the Gooderham and Worts Distillery. More than 40 heritage buildings stand proud and strong in this quaint commercial-residential neighborhood.
The Royal Ontario Museum
This is probably one of the most eye-catching landmarks is the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM). Its facade features an interesting design twist on a historical building. The galleries in the ROM showcase various artifacts of Canada’s aboriginal peoples, numerous artworks from across the globe, and nature exhibits.
There are many more must-see attractions in the city of Toronto, but the list above shows you the top six landmarks you shouldn’t miss on your next trip to Canada. Happy traveling!