- By Kevin
- On May 5, 2017
- North America
- Travel Tips
Top 5 must-see attractions in Toronto may help your trip there. Whether you prefer to explore different cultural aspects of a location and learn about it's past and the heritages that influence it, you want to spend all of your time in the great outdoors checking out all the parks, paths and gardens or you're a sports fan who wants to learn more about the Toronto Maple Leafs, Blue Jays or Toronto FC, you'll find it all here.
As the largest city in Canada, it's no surprise that Toronto is a favourite destination about both national and international travellers. Throughout the city proper and the Greater Toronto Area, visitors on holiday will find a plethora of activities, attractions and events to keep them occupied throughout their stay.
Toronto is a fascinating city where you can find both modernity and history, stunning architecture and beautiful, natural outdoor space, education, entertainment and so much more.
In addition to seeing the amazing attractions the city has to offer, there are tons of cool cafes and delicious restaurants where you can enjoy a tasty meal and your travel companions company.
Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto
Continue the art tour with a visit to the famous Art Gallery of Toronto, a must-see during your holiday. With more than 80,000 masterpieces here from the first century through the present day, you'll find quite a unique collection of paintings, photographs, sculptures and other works from Canada and around the world. In the Thomson Collection you'll see works of European art from the Italian Renaissance through the mid-1900s centering around Peter Paul Rubens' Baroque painting "Massacre of the Innocents."
Other pieces include Medieval enamel and ivory works, Medieval and Renaissance diptychs, prayer beads and rosaries, goldsmith pieces, Egyptian antiquities, Chinese snuff bottles and more. The Canadian Collection features art from around the country with an emphasis on Toronto and Ontario. It holds one of the world's most important collections of Inuit art as well as new works expressing the current state of affairs in the far north of the country.
Casa Loma was originally built by Sir Henry Pellatt, a successful Canadian businessman who founded the Toronto Electric Light Company in 1883. On the main floor you'll find the great hall, library, conservatory, billiard room and Sir Henry's study with mahogany panels concealing a secret door on either side of the fireplace. The second floor features Sir Henry's suite, Lady Pellatt's suite decorated in her favourite colour of Wedgwood blue and the Windsor Room.
Step back in time and marvel at one of Canada's most stunning castles. The Gothic Revival-style estate dates back to the beginning of the 20th century, and you can explore the suites decorated in the period style, secret passages, stables, towers and give acres of stunning gardens.
The castle also features a third floor, lower level and the surrounding grounds. Take a self-guided tour of this elegant and amazing home, or if your group has 10 or more, you can opt for one of the guided tours.
Hockey Hall of Fame
You'll find an amazing collection of hockey artifacts from around the world as well as 15 exhibits covering everything from the history of hockey through present day. One of the most popular is the Be a Player exhibit where you can try your luck taking shots against a computerized goalkeeper.
Sports lovers, especially those who appreciate hockey, can't miss this next must-see: the Hockey Hall of Fame. With more the 60,000 square feet, there's tons to do and see here.
See a replica of an NHL dressing room, larger-than-life statues and see the actual Stanley Cup. In the state-of-the-art TSN Theatre you can watch the original 3-D film, "Stanley's Game Seven," which tells the story of the pursuit of the iconic trophy the Stanley Cup.