Sights in Toronto

Toronto is on my “bucket list” of places I’d love to travel to and finding out more about what to do and see in Ontario’s capital and major city definitely aroused my curiosity. I hope that someday I will have the opportunity to check out Toronto for myself.

  • Art Gallery of Ontario—a glass and titanium exterior immediately draw visitors to this building that is known for its exhibitions of landscape paintings from the 19th and 20th centuries; a Canadian wing that has significant pieces by local artists such as Emily Carr, Cornelius Krieghoff, David Milne, and Homer Watson; and renowned artists like Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Picasso, Rodin, Degas, Matisse, and others; 317 Dundas Street
  • Bata Shoe Museum—a unique museum with 10,000 types of footwear from skydiving boots to iron-spiked shoes used for crushing chestnuts along with shoes worn by celebrities such as Elton John and Marilyn Monroe; 327 Bloor Street
  • Black Creek Pioneer Village—a recreation of a 19th-century village that consists of 40 buildings from the 19th and early 20th century including a town hall, weaver’s shop, printing shop, blacksmith, and school and featuring men and women in period clothing, farm animals, and a hands-on discovery center; 1000 Murray Ross Parkway
  • CN Tower—the tallest freestanding tower in the Western Hemisphere at 1,815 feet and 5 inches tall that serves as a telecommunications tower and has four floors including:
    • The Glass Floor Level—a high-altitude glass observation deck that allows you to take a picture from above
    • Look Out Level—another observation deck
    • 360 Revolving Restaurant—a nice restaurant
    • Sky Pod—the world’s highest public observation gallery
    • A ground floor marketplace with 12,500-square-feet of Canadian travel items and souvenirs including a shop that sells Inuit art; a café with seating for 300; the Maple Leaf Cinema that shows a 20-minute documentary about the construction of the tower; and the Themed Arcade with virtual experiences and a motion picture ride

Address: 301 Front Street West

  • Campbell House—the former residence of Sir William Campbell, the sixth chief justice of Upper Canada, that was moved to its current location in 1972 and includes early 19th century furniture and costumed guides that discuss the social lives of the upper class; 160 Queen Street West
  • Casa Loma—a castle that was commissioned by Sir Henry Pellatt, a soldier and financier, and has 98 rooms, two towers, secret panels, a large pipe organ, a mahogany stable, and five acres of gardens; 1 Austin Terrace
  • City Hall—a striking city hall that includes two curving towers of different heights, a circular council chamber, a large mural at the front entrance titled Metropolis, and a 9-acre square; 100 Queen Street West
  • Design Exchange—a modern building that was once home to the Toronto Stock Exchange and now features a permanent collection of more than 600 pieces of design including furniture, graphics, housewares, lighting, and tableware and an entertaining gift shop; 234 Bay Street
  • Dundas Square—Toronto’s version of Times Square with tables and chairs and 20 water fountains that shoot out of the floor as well as regular events from May to October; Yonge Street at Dundas Street
  • Fort York—an historic site where Toronto was founded in 1793 and where the Battle of York occurred in 1813 where Americans burned down provincial buildings; exhibits inside include restored barracks, kitchens, gunpowder magazines, and rotating museum displays; 250 Fort York Boulevard
  • George R. Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art—a collection of ceramic pieces such as 17th century English delftware and 18th century European porcelain as well as a pre-Columbian collection dating back to Olmec and Mayan times; 111 Queen’s Park Crescent
  • Hockey Hall of Fame and Museum—a museum dedicated to Canada’s beloved sport that includes on display the 1893 Stanley Cup, goalie masks, skate and stick collections, players’ jerseys, video displays of big games, and a replica of the Montreal Canadiens’ locker room; Brookfield Place, 30 Yonge Street
  • Kortright Centre for Conservation—located fifteen minutes north of Toronto, this conservation center has three aquariums, 10 miles of hiking trails through various terrains, and a renewable-energy cottage; 9550 Pine Valley Drive, Woodbridge
  • Mackenzie House—home to William Lyon Mackenzie, Toronto’s first mayor and the designer of the city’s coat of arms, this museum features an 1845 printing press and other period furniture and equipment; 82 Bond Street
  • Old City Hall—opened in 1899 and used until the new city hall was built across the street in 1965, this building is where provincial courts, county offices, and the marriage bureau are located and above the front steps are satirical gargoyles; 60 Queen Street West
  • Ontario Science Centre—a modern science museum that has three linked pavilions on the side of a ravine and allows visitors to explore space, technology, and communications with interactive exhibits and simulations as well as offering a 25,000-square-foot Weston Family Innovation Centre which allows for interactive exploration and hands-on activities, a children’s science area for children eight and under, Toronto’s only public planetarium, and daily demonstrations; 770 Don Mills Road
  • Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada—North America’s largest aquarium that is shaped like a shark and has more than 450 species of marine life in 45 exhibit spaces with simulated experiences such as a scuba diving experience; 288 Bremner Boulevard
  • Riverdale Farm—a living history 19th century farm with animals such as Clydesdale horses, cows, sheep, goats, pigs, and donkeys among others with a playground and wading pool for children; 201 Winchester Street
  • Royal Ontario Museum—Canada’s largest museum with over six million items and exhibits on science, art, and archaeology including a children’s learning center; the Crystal Court with dinosaurs, a modern culture display, and a bistro; a gallery of historical tribal pieces; a Chinese sculpture gallery with 25 stone Buddhist sculptures; a Korean gallery that is North America’s largest permanent Korean gallery; and a South Asian gallery; 100 Queen’s Park
  • Textile Museum of Canada—a museum with ten galleries that consist of over 12,000 artifacts such as men’s costumes from northern Nigeria and ceremonial masks from Papua New Guinea as well as rugs, cloths, and tapestries; 55 Centre Avenue
  • Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library—a library part of the University of Toronto with early writing such as a cuneiform tablet, an Egyptian papyrus, and 15th century European books; 120 George Street
  • Toronto Botanical Garden and Edwards Gardens—17 beautiful botanical garden areas along with an estate garden once owned by the industrialist Rupert Edwards and a garden for children to learn about nature; 777 Lawrence Avenue East
  • Toronto Police Museum and Discovery Centre—a museum dedicated to the police force in Toronto featuring a replica of a 19th century police station, a weapon collection, and interactive exhibits such as fingerprint analysis and quizzes as well as vehicles and videos; 40 College Street
  • Toronto Zoo—a 710-acre zoo with mammals, birds, reptiles, and fish in natural habitats; climate-controlled pavilions with botany such as a giant African baobab tree; a pair of Chinese pandas and a panda interpretive center; and an African savanna safari; Meadowvale Road, Exit 389 off Highway 401

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. raynotbradbury
    Feb 18, 2018 @ 00:28:54

    also on my list…awesome info! all in 1 post haha


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