Toronto is the provincial capital of Ontario, Canada and is home to over two and a half million residents. Toronto covers an area of two hundred and forty-three square miles and is situated on the northwestern shore of Southern Ontario. Toronto’s name is derived from the Iroquois word meaning “land where the trees stand in the water”. Toronto originally began as a French trading post until the British purchased more than a quarter million acres in 1787.
Toronto is a cosmopolitan city that has a whole host of attractions available to tourist. One of the most popular is Ontario Place, an amusement park that has been in operation since 1971. This venue is situated on ninety six acres and features over thirty rides and attractions. There is also the first permanent IMAX theater in the world named Cinesphere located here.
Another popular Toronto attraction is the CN Tower. This is the cities most prominent and tallest landmark reaching over sixteen hundred feet in the air. It was originally built as a transmission tower to solve the problem of poor reception caused by the cities many skyscrapers. It was completed in 1976 and has since become one of the most visited landmarks in the greater Toronto area. The CN Tower features a glass floor that gives visitors an unparalleled experience as they travel across it 113 stories high. The glass floor is only about two inches thick but it has a tensile strength that is stronger than most conventional floors with the ability to carry over eighty-five thousand pounds. At the top of the CN Tower is the 360 Restaurant offers an exceptional view of the city with some of the finest dining in Toronto. At the base of the tower is a ten thousand square foot marketplace.
For hockey fans, Toronto has the Hockey Hall Of Fame. This building spans over fifty thousand square feet and has the largest collection of hockey artifacts in the entire world. There is also an interactive ice rink and many other types of interactive games. The Hockey Hall Of Fame is also home to the NHL’s merit trophies, including the Stanley Cup.
Located in Queens Park is the Royal Ontario Museum. This museum originally opened in 1914 and contains a massive collection with over six million objects and over forty galleries of art. Objects in its collection include such things as dinosaur bones, costumes and other such objects. Another attraction not to be missed in Toronto is the Ontario Science Centre. This centre first opened its doors in 1969 and has entertained over forty million visitors since then. It contains hundreds of exhibits in categories such as the Human Body and the Living Earth. There is also an OMNIMAX theater located here.
For unparalleled excitement visitors can check out Woodbine Racetrack. This is the premier racetrack of Canada and features three exciting tracks. Visitors can also try their luck at one of the seventeen hundred slot machines located on site. And if all the gambling makes you hungry, there are plenty of eateries located here as well.
While in Toronto, visitors can check out what many people consider to be the birthplace of modern comedy, Second City. Many famous comedians have come up through the ranks by performing at this club. These include such greats as Dan Aykroyd, John Candy and Michael Myers.
The Distillery Historic District of Toronto offers visitors a unique experience. This district was a huge manufacturing district and the largest distillery in the entire British Empire. The distillery operations has since ceased operations and was unveiled in 2001 as a pedestrian only village. A fascinating note about the district is that it was one of the top filming locations during the nineties. Movies such as X-Men and Cinderella Man have been filmed here.
Animal lovers visiting this city should check out the Toronto Zoo. This zoo is located in the northeast region of Toronto and features over five thousand animals. It also has guided tours, interactive exhibits and educational and conservation activities all located on its seven hundred acre site. In the midst of Toronto’s entertainment district is the Princess Of Wales Theatre. This theater is almost one hundred years old and is privately funded.
Black Creek Historic Brewery offers Toronto visitors an interesting glimpse back into brewing history. Here visitors can find an authentic working brewery from the mid nineteenth century. Visitors can also sample a stein of ale and try a meal at the restaurant located on premises. Tourist can also check out the Black Creek Pioneer Village and experience how settlers lived during the nineteenth century. Heritage houses, shops and gardens dot this authentic and operational village.
For a truly luxurious experience visitors can check out the Cosmopolitan Toronto Centre Hotel And Spa. This hotel features twenty seven stories of rooms with ninety six luxury suites done in an Eastern inspired motif. Visitors can also enjoy the premium spa facilities and get a much needed rest and relaxation after a busy day in Toronto.