Toronto is located on Lake Ontario’s northwestern shores and is Canada’s economic capital. The city, born out of post-glacial alluvial deposits and bluffs has a rich history that can be traced back to the late 18th century when the British Monarchy bought the land. Now, the city is one of the top financial centers in the world, and ranks as the 10th most economically powerful cities in the world and one of the ten most-livable cities as well. Toronto is a cosmopolitan city and has a pretty diverse population with plenty of its residents born outside of Canada. The city has much to offer in terms of culture, history and tourist attractions.
If you’re planning a visit to Toronto, here are some sites you may want to visit:
The Art Gallery of Ontario-the Art Gallery of Ontario is Canada’s largest art gallery, featuring more than 68,000 artworks that date back to the 1st century. The gallery also boasts a remarkable collection of European art which includes Medieval and Renaissance art and works by renowned artists such as Pablo Picasso, Vincent Van Gogh and Andy Warhol.
The Spadina House; also called the Spadina Museum, is a historic mansion that has been preserved and reflects the art, décor and architecture of the house since the 1860s through the 1930s. The house’s interiors and its gardens primarily reflect Victorian and Edwardian styles.
The CN Tower is one of the world’s tallest free standing structures, which towers over 500 meters tall. Guests may ride a glass elevator to the observation deck to witness incredible views of the city. The tower also features a revolving restaurant, and attracts over 2 million visitors each year. The CN tower is considered one of Toronto’s must-see attractions.
The Scarborough Bluff, also known as ‘The Bluffs’ is group of glacial cliffs stretching out to 14-kilometers, and one which has been described as a geological wonder. The Scarborough Bluffs got its name from Elizabeth Simcoe back in 1793 who named it after the town in Yorkshire, England which was also known for its cliffs.
The McMichael Canadian Art Collection- is a gallery exclusively devoted to collecting and exhibiting Canadian art. The gallery has a permanent collection of around 6,000 artworks by Tom Thomson, the Group of Seven, the First Nations, Inuit as well as other artists who have contributed significantly to Canada’s artistic heritage.
The Allan Gardens Conservatory is one of Toronto’s oldest parks, which was founded in 1958. It has a conservatory, a playground and two fenced off areas for dogs. The conservatory features rare tropical plants from all over the globe, contained inside five greenhouses which cover 16,000 square feet. The plants are divided into groups according to the climate: arid, cool, and tropical.
The Beta Shoe Museum is a rather quirky museum devoted to shoes and footwear from cultures all over the world; it also features Napoleon Bonaparte’s socks. It has a pay-what-you –can admission every Thursday and is open until 5 PM