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.
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 museum 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.
What do Dan Aykroyd, John Candy, Mike Myers, and Gilda Radner have in common? Aside from being great comedians, they all got their start at Second City in the Old Fire Hall. Laugh at impromptu wit and cutting satire at these sensational shows. And don't miss the post-show improvement when audience suggestions influence the hilarious direction of the show. The club also has merchandise for sale and club facilities can be rented as well. Various dinner packages can be availed at the club prior to the show. This is one of the most famous comedy clubs in Canada!
At a dizzying height of 553.3 meters (1,815.3 feet), the slender form of the CN Tower rises high above the city skyline. One of the world's tallest towers, unmatched by any freestanding structure in the Western Hemisphere, this stunning landmark was built in 1967 by the Canadian National Railway to serve as a communications and observation facility. At that time, this man-made pinnacle was unsurpassed by any other across the world and remained as such until 2007. The LookOut Level of CN Tower grants spectacular views of the city for miles around from a height of 346 meters (1,136 feet), while the SkyPod sits an additional 33 storeys above for a unique perspective of the world. The EdgeWalk, another of the tower's attractions, is the world's highest hands-free walkway. Not for the faint hearted, walking along the open-air walkway is an experience like none other. The EdgeWalk is perched on the roof of the 360 Restaurant where dinner is served in full view of Toronto's twinkling skyline.
Occupying an entire block in the heart of Toronto's cultural district is the famous TIFF Bell Lightbox which boasts a cinema, studios and galleries which display works of art related to cinema. Visitors here are often astonished by the mammoth collection of world cinema that is screened.
With more than 5000 animals in seven tropical pavilions spread over 220 hectares(544 acres), an African Savannah exhibit and a commitment to preserve the world's wilderness heritage, it’s no wonder this zoo is rated amongst the top ten in the world. While committed to research and conservation, the Toronto Zoo understands that most people come out to be entertained. With that in mind, it offers everything from rare and colorful fish to pygmy hippos. Last admission occurs one hour before closing. Prices vary according to season.
Chic shops and posh restaurants like Sassafraz and Yamato Japanese Restaurant, and the perpetually crowded sidewalk cafes make Bloor-Yorkville a quaint spot for those with expensive tastes. During the evening, wrought-iron lampposts light your way as you dip into art galleries, cocktail lounges and tiny boutiques selling haute couture. The area is frequented by celebrities, so you never know whom you will bump into next.
Cineplex Odeon Varsity and VIP Cinemas promises a great movie-going experience. Take your pick from twelve screens. For a good time, sit back and relax with popcorn and a soda from the refreshment stand. Private screenings are also possible. For party room rentals, show times, ticket prices, concessions, and bookings call or check the website.
The Toronto Reference Library is a part of the Toronto Public Library system, and is one of the largest public reference library in Canada. Operating since 1977, the library provides all the modern amenities expected from a library such as wireless internet, computer use etc. It also includes an art exhibition area, special programs for children and event spaces.
Located on Yonge Street which is home to a number of theaters, The Panasonic has had its name changed quite a few times but still has the same charm. This state of the art concert and theater has been home to a number of traveling acts who come to this great city to entertain crowds. Its convenient location makes its a good option to catch a show after dining or shopping. Parking is easily available too and it has a capacity of around 700 odd people.
George Hislop played a pivotal role in the development of Toronto's gay community. He was the first candidate for the municipal office, who was openly gay. In 2005, he received the International Lesbian and Gay Law Association's Karl Heinrich Ulrichs Award for his efforts and contribution in developing and striving for the equality of LGBT community in Canada. After his death in 2005, a park in Toronto's Church and Wellesley neighborhood was named after him, as a tribute to his contribution towards the community. It is a beautiful park surrounded by lush green trees and colorful flowers. It also has many benches where visitors can sit and read or just admire the beauty of nature.