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 unravelling 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 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.
Ripley's Aquarium has a lot to offer its visitors, with new marine life to discover and new things to see and learn. Easily accessible as it is situated in the heart of the city, the aquarium features over 16,000 specimens of aquatic animals and other forms of sea-life. Popular exhibits include the jellyfish displays and the Touch Tanks, where guests can interact with harmless sharks and rays. If you are in the city do not miss out on an adventurous day at the aquarium with your family and experience the life underwater.
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.
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 Heliconian Hall exudes a Victorian charm and a laid-back elegance. This concert hall at the Toronto Heliconian Club boasts of beautiful rose windows, vaulted ceilings and intricately decorated entrances. It can house a decent crowd, and is used for music concerts, dramatics and other performing arts. The grand piano at the hall is truly a delightful sight. Impeccable lighting and flawless acoustics, make any event at the Heliconian Hall a delight to watch. Occasionally, corporate functions are also held here. Call for more information.
Being housed in the historic Somerset House does not deter Wellesley Fox & Fiddle from embracing noveau concepts. Rather this pub offers a perfect blend of old world charm and new age trendiness. With 13 beer varieties to choose from, beer lovers will have no complaints; it also serves excellent food that is much better in taste and flavor than your regular pub fare. However, highlight of this place being its heated patio that is the best spot especially during winters. You can sit here and catch the latest sports matches on the large screen. And, before you tag it as a sports pub rethink! It has its own karaoke sessions, DJ parties and so forth. For event updates and other details, check website.
Built in 1931 and formerly known as Maple Leaf Gardens, the Mattamy Athletic Center is known as the Cathedral of Hockey. One of the largest arenas of its time, the centre has seen the likes of the Beatles, Elvis Presley, Muhammad Ali and even Winston Churchill thronging its doors. Presently, the multi-purpose sports facility is home to the volleyball, basketball and and hockey teams of Ryerson Rams. The site also houses an ice rink, a fitness club and a number of studios.