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 Look Out Level of CN Tower grants spectacular view 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.
Built over three years beginning in 1911, Casa Loma was born of the lofty ambitions of the Canadian financier Sir Henry Mill Pellatt. Inspired by the castles of Europe, Pellatt sought to employ the formidable resources at his disposal to build for himself a grand chateau in the heart of Toronto; an abode truly befitting the aspirations of the magnate. Built in the Gothic Revival style, Casa Loma appears to have sprung from the pages of a fairy tale, replete with hidden passages and generously adorned with exquisite art. The castle features 98 lavishly decorated rooms and is surrounded by a beautiful estate complete with its own conservatory, gardens, and stables. The Great Hall's sculptured pillars, the Conservatory's stained glass ceiling, the Library's impressive cache of books, and the subterranean tunnel to the stables outside are just a few of the many treasures that define the estate. Pellatt's triumph was short-lived, however, his businesses buckling in the aftermath of World War I, forcing him to sell his home. Today, Casa Loma is a museum and popular event venue.
With thousands of animals in seven tropical pavilions spread over 220 hectares (544 acres), an African Savannah exhibit and a commitment to preserve world's wilderness and wildlife, it’s no wonder this zoo is rated among the best in the world. While committed to research and conservation, the Toronto Zoo promises to provide its visitors with a memorable experience along with educating them about wildlife and nature. With that in mind, it offers everything from rare and colorful fish to pygmy hippos. The last admission occurs one hour before closing. Prices vary according to season.
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 Austin family for more than a century, Spadina House is now operated as a museum by the City of Toronto Cultural Services. Although some restoration has taken place, the original feel of the 55-room mansion has been wonderfully preserved, giving visitors a glimpse into a time when immigration increased and tabloid journalism had its beginnings (1918-1939). Rooms are also available for hire. The tour guides will make sure that the experience is thoroughly informative and educational while still being fun.
Toronto Parks run the Allan Gardens, one of the oldest parks in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. This park area consists of a greenhouse, a playground and two fenced areas for unleashed dogs. The sections in the greenhouse are the Tropical House that has a waterwheel, rain tropical plants and exotic flowering plants. The Cool House has a waterfall, pond and citrus trees. The Palm House has bananas, bamboo, Screw Pine and the Cactus House. The garden is open all year round. Shows begin on the first Sunday of December when the garden has wagon rides, carolers, stands selling apple cider and cookies and the shows go on till end December. Spring brings in the blossoming season for several plants in the Cool House during Easter. The Fall show is held in the first weekend of November. Allan Gardens is a favorite spot for events like weddings and other celebrations.
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.
Built in 1860 and inaugurated by Edward VII, then erstwhile Prince of Wales, Queen's Park was built in honor of England's Queen Victoria. Visitors are reminded of England in this space that resembles a landscaped English Garden, guarded by an equestrian statue of King Edward. This historic park is replete with war memorials, statues of prominent politicians and little landmarks within it. Surrounded by gorgeous old buildings, Queen's Park should feature on the itinerary of every visitor to Toronto.
Home to the provincial legislative assembly, the Ontario Legislative Building stands as a stunning vision in rose in the heart of Queen's Park. The majestic structure was completed in 1893, its designs reflecting the American architectural ethos of its creator Richard A. Waite. Its asymmetrical and somewhat ornate architecture alludes to the Richardsonian Romanesque architectural narrative, a style found to be more American than Canadian by several natives. The building's rosy facade is the result of the pink sandstone and 10.5 million bricks that were manufactured by Central Prison inmates. The edifice of the building boasts of a staggering variety of carvings, while the east wing is the most dramatic and eye-catching, built with dark wood and lined with rich, white Italian marble. The courtyard that unfolds in front of the building is punctuated with statues of several historic figures, including those of Queen Victoria and John Macdonald, Canada's first Prime Minister.
Founded in 1827 and now home to over 75,000 students, this is Canada's largest and arguably most famous university. Some of the more interesting sites to visit are the main room of the University of Toronto Bookstore, the chapel and the dining hall at Trinity College, the great rooms on the second floor of the University College, Hart House and its art gallery, and the Sydney Fisher Rare Book Library. The university offers daily tours during the summer, starting at Hart House. The campus is right in the heart of the downtown core.
The Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library in Toronto, Canada is home to the largest collection of books and other reading material open to the public in Canada. The The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections opened in the library at the current location 1973. The library organises various exhibitions of rare books from time to time. The library premises can also be rented to hold seminars.
The Bloor Street United Church is a historic church of the United Church of Canada congregation. Located in Toronto, Ontario, the church was built in 1890 by William R. Gregg in the Norman Gothic style of architecture. The stone structure features several lancet style windows and a turret as well as a tower.