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Royal Ontario Museum incorporates a unique mix of galleries that showcase art, archaeological objects and scientific specimens. The museum, which sees more than a million visitors annually, houses a collection of over six million objects on three floors. This is the only place in Toronto where you can enjoy unraveling the mysteries of the Egyptian mummies, watch and hear an active beehive and view inspiring artwork from many different countries. When you leave, you take along memories of a unique experience.
If you like shoes, you'll love this museum devoted entirely to footwear; see shoes from various cultures and all parts of the world, from ancient times to the present. Fancy shoes and basic ones, boots and sandals, they are all in the Raymond Moriyama building, located north of the University of Toronto campus. You can view more than 10,000 pairs in all. Celebrity shoes include Queen Victoria's ballroom slippers, Elvis's blue patent loafers and Karen Kain's ballet pointes.
The new and renovated Art Gallery of Ontario holds permanent collections of art in different mediums, be it paintings, sculpture or collections of historic artifacts. This art gallery in the Chinatown district is one of Canada's largest fine art museums. You can view exhibits, including the 19th-century Impressionists, Henry Moore and an exclusive Canadian collection of paintings by the famous Group of Seven. In all, there is a permanent collection of over 24,000 works representing 1,000 years of European, Canadian and contemporary art. Facilities include a gift shop, restaurant and a family-oriented activity center.
A visit to Toronto's grand castle estate, the former home to financier Sir Henry Pellatt, is like stepping back into the Edwardian era. At Casa Loma, you can tour 98 richly decorated rooms, secret passages, towers, and an 800-foot (243-meter) tunnel connecting the castle to its magnificent stables. Outside, you will find a five-acre (two-hectare) estate, with gardens offering dazzling colors, sculptures and water fountains. The on-site cafe and gift shop offers delightful food, souvenirs and breathtaking views.
Known in the 1930s as the Jewish Market, Kensington today is an awesome display of the city's multi-ethnicity. Here you will find shops packed with products from Europe, Middle East, South America, the Caribbean, Africa and Asia and you will hear dozens of languages spoken. A visit to this market is like taking a trip around the world! With more than 100 shops in all selling everything from second-hand clothing to fresh produce, from exotic pastries to art objects and furniture, you won't go away empty-handed.
Although there are several Chinese districts in the Greater Toronto area, including the Don Valley Chinatown East, purists still refer to this one as the main Chinatown. On wide streets lined with bright lights, shops sell everything from medicinal herbs to take-out kung po gai ding. While some of the small shops hold form to more traditional ways, the Dragon City Shopping Mall at Dundas and Spadina is the ultimate East meets West shopping experience. The district is also restaurant rich and although some of them may look daunting to the uninitiated, the food is invariably excellent. Payment method varies by store.
Located in the Canadian Broadcasting Center, the CBC Museum traces the history of broadcasting in Canada. Listen to the vintage radio clips, memorabilia and videos. Take a look at the old equipment, such as a black and white TV camera, a cloud machine, and a microphone, among the artifacts. The Spry Theater section of this museum screens old TV shows and videos.
At 553.3 meters (1815.4 feet), the CN Tower is one of the world's tallest buildings. Since its spectacular opening in 1976, the CN Tower has hosted close to two million visitors a year. One of the most exciting ways to see the world is from the exterior glass-floored observation deck, located 342 meters (1122 feet) above the ground. Or you can go up to the Space Deck at 447 meters (1467 feet), the world's tallest observation deck with a 160-kilometer (99-mile) view. The revolving 360 Restaurant and Horizons Bar complete the dizzying picture. Entry fees and timings vary according to which of the CN Tower's attractions you wish to enjoy.
At Ripley's Aquarium of Canada, there is no shortage of new creatures to discover and new things to see. This aquarium boasts a central location right in downtown Toronto near CN Tower and features more than ten thousand specimens of sealife. Popular exhibits include the jellyfish displays and the Touch Tanks, where guests can interact with harmless sharks and rays. The aquarium is usually open till 11p everyday, but the timings may vary due to the frequent events that take place here.
Located near the city center in Toronto, the Distillery Historic District is a prominent area of the city where the Gooderham and Worts Distillery used to operate until 1990 CE. The distillery was touted as one of the biggest facilities in the world. After its closure, the Victorian-era buildings of the property became the Distillery District of today. Today, it houses many shops, restaurants and commercial complexes. However, the historic facade of the distillery is still intact and can be seen.
Home to the Toronto Blue Jays since the 1989 season, as well as the Toronto Argonauts Football Team, this CAD 500-million-plus architectural marvel is the first stadium to have a fully retractable roof. Rogers Centre facility's versatility allows it to accommodate a variety of events suited for an arena, a domed stadium and an open-air facility. Seating more than 50,000 for baseball, the stadium boasts the world's largest JumboTron scoreboard, a 346-room Renaissance Toronto hotel with some suites facing the field, and a Hard Rock Café with field-view seating. Come late Autumn, Rogers hosts the wildly successful annual Canadian Aboriginal Festival.
Used primarily as the city's industrial docklands for decades, the Harbourfront area has been developed over the last 30 years into a recreational and cultural attraction that now draws more than three million visitors per year. Harbourfront's attraction is many things to many people. Some shop at the Queens Quay Terminal and the others take in an outdoor concert at Concert Stage or attend a festival at the York Quay Centre. While others turn out for the annual book reading events. A place buzzing with diverse activities!