Everything about Toronto is worthy and world-class. Our favorite attractions include the Toronto Zoo, the CN Tower, St. Lawrence Market and the Steam Whistle Brewery Tour. For those that want to indulge in some hockey, a Maple Leafs game or a trip to the Hockey Hall of Fame are both excellent choices.
Sitting complacently across Lake Ontario from the Empire State is the largest city in our neighborhood to the north. Toronto, the provincial capital of Ontario and epicenter of Canada's Golden Horseshoe region, is one of the most cultured cities in the world and for good reason. With nearly half its population born on the other side of the Canadian border, Toronto has been a rising star on the international stage for decades. From athletics to architecture, breweries to bakeries, and museums to marketplaces, Toronto's streets are constantly intersecting at the junction of innovation and imagination.
In a metropolitan area of more than 5.5 million residents, finding activities, events, and attractions that please the masses can seem a difficult task. But here at Ettractions, one person's difficulty is our pleasure. So we've compiled a list of the top 10 fun things to do in T.O. You're welcome.
1.Toronto Maple Leafs Game
Sure it's been more than 40 years since the Leafs won a Stanley Cup, but they're still the second winningest team in the league with 13 banners hanging from their rafters. Head on over to the Air Canada Centre and pull up one of its 18,800 seats to watch one of the NHL's most valuable franchises tear up the ice. Enjoy one of the greatest rivalries in sports when fellow "original six" member and heated adversary Montreal Canadiens come to town.
2. CN Tower
Think Seattle's space needle. On steroids. The CN Tower was once the tallest freestanding structure in the world. At 553.33 meters tall (1,815.4 ft for those of us south of the 49th parallel), the CN Tower is still the tallest structure in the Americas, though that's expected to change during 2013. If you're willing to put that fear of heights aside, check out the revolving 360 Restaurant, boasting an award- winning wine list and spectacular view of the cityscape. Those even braver should try the EdgeWalk, an amusement in which thrill-seekers can walk on and around the roof of the main pod of the tower while tethered securely to an overhead rail system.
3. Toronto Zoo
The world-class Toronto Zoo features one of the best and most diverse collections of animals in the world. With over 500 animals representing 5,000 species, the Toronto Zoo is divided into seven zoogeographic regions for the benefit of the animals and the pleasure of the visitors: Indo-Malaya, Africa, Americas, Tundra Trek, Australasia, Eurasia and the Canadian Domain. A great place for families with young children, the Toronto Zoo attracts more than 1.3 million visitors per year.
4. Steam Whistle Brewery Tour
What do you get when a brewery gets bought out by a corporate foe and forces the brewery to close its doors? Steam Whistle Brewery and its signature pilsner. Enjoy a brew tour of Steam Whistle where you'll meet the staff, try a sampling, and learn about the making of Canada's premier pilsner. Tours are conducted on first-come-first-serve basis so be sure to book your reservation in advance.
5. Prairie Girl Bakery
Toronto is about more than just hockey and beer. Prairie Girl Bakery is one of the city's many hidden gems. Since 2011, PGB has been pleasing the appetites and cravings of Toronto residents in spectacular fashion. Now with two locations, this local favorite will cater your weddings and birthdays, enhance corporate branding, and of course cater to your everyday sugar fix. Visit them at their Victoria Street location and at First Canadian Place.
Dubbed the #1 market in the world by National Geographic, the St. Lawrence Market combines a rich history with culinary expertise. From fresh fruits and vegetables to antiques and specialty goods, the St. Lawrence Market is a great place to enjoy spending an entire day with family and friends. Look into renting space for private events and parties as well.
Often considered one of the top 10 shopping destinations in the world, Bloor-Yorkville is a neighborhood in Toronto full of fashion and fun. Boasting world-renowned labels such as Prada, Hermes, Gucci, and Holt Renfrew, Bloor-Yorkville has an electric atmosphere located in Toronto's premier shopping, dining and entertainment quarter, and is just minutes from the business district.
8. Hockey Hall of Fame
The Hockey Hall of Fame celebrates one of the greatest team sports in the world. The 60,000 square foot complex has a little something for every kind of fan, from the most dedicated diehard to the whimsical fair-weathers. Take shots at real-time goalies, stop the shots of Gretzky and Messier, do your best Jack Edwards and call the play-by-play of some of hockey's greatest goals, view hockey flicks in one of our two theatres, get up close and personal with the Stanley Cup, and explore the largest collection of hockey memorabilia in the world.
9. Distillery Historic District
A once decrepit collection of Victorian era industrial buildings is now one of the most vibrant and diverse neighborhoods in all of Canada. Toronto's Distillery Historic District, as the name implies, was once home to one of the largest distillers of whiskey in the world. Though no longer steeped in fermented grain, it is now an internationally acclaimed village of one-of-a-kind stores, shops, galleries, studios, restaurants, cafes, theatres and more.
10. Casa Loma
The previous home of famed financier Henry Pellat, Casa Loma (Spanish for "Hill House") is a Toronto landmark. The castle architecture is Gothic Revival style and took three years to build. Take a tour and discover decorated suites, secret passages, an 800-foot tunnel, towers, stables and stunning five-acre estate gardens.