As Canada's largest city and the capital of Ontario, the vibrant city of Toronto attracts hundreds of visitors every year from all over the world, and it's easy to see why. The city's varied list of tempting tourist attractions includes something for everyone with shopping centers, world-class dining options, museums, and much more for visitors to enjoy. Here are seven of Toronto’s best tourist spots.
1. The Eaton Centre
The Eaton center began as a department store back in 1869 and has since grown into an enormous shopping center. Try not to get lost as you navigate the maze of over 350 shops, restaurants, and services. This vast complex is located right in the city center and attracts around 1 million visitors per week, making it the most popular attraction in Toronto.
2. Royal Ontario Museum
The Royal Ontario Museum is one of Canada’s leading museums. Combining natural history with world cultures, the outstanding range of exhibits includes dinosaurs and prehistoric people, as well as extensive collections from a variety of countries and cultures, including China, Africa, and the Middle East. This mix of cultures reflects the multicultural nature of Toronto.
3. CN Tower
In the heart of downtown Toronto is Canada’s most recognizable icon, standing at 553.33 meters and defining the city’s skyline: the CN Tower. The breathtaking structure can be seen from almost anywhere in Toronto, and visitors can take an elevator to the top, where they can enjoy unrivaled views of the city.
4. Casa Loma
Surrounded by immaculate estate gardens is the extraordinary Casa Loma – a beautiful castle featuring intricate architecture in a Gothic Revival style not seen anywhere else in the city. The stunning structure is now a museum, where visitors can take a step back in time to a period of European elegance and splendor as they explore beautifully decorated suites, towers, and secret passages.
5. Distillery District
Visitors can enjoy wandering through this unique pedestrian-only village, marveling at the most extensive and best-preserved collection of Victorian architecture in this restored historic area. Lining the streets are one-of-a-kind galleries and stores, charming boutiques, artist's studios, and restaurants. The Distillery District also hosts a range of entertainment events for visitors to enjoy, including art shows and music festivals.
6. St. Lawrence Market
St. Lawrence market offers one of the top culinary shopping experiences in the world, showcasing the multicultural diversity of Toronto throughout its 120 stores. Visitors can also enjoy regular themed food and drink festivals to taste and learn about food from a variety of cultures.
7. Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada
This relatively new attraction is home to 16,000 aquatic animals including sharks and stingrays in a large tank, which can be observed from an underwater viewing tunnel with a moving sidewalk. Visitors can watch sea life swimming alongside and above them, watch live shows featuring the animals at the aquarium, and learn about marine life from over 100 interactive exhibits.