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Toronto has often been described as New York City being run by the Swiss, and any other description of the city could not come closer to describing its nature and character. For such a huge city, Toronto is relatively easy to understand and easier to explore. Most travellers are known to feel at home and the friendly locals are also known to go out of their way to help the tourist population in the city.

Toronto is not known to be popular among those who prefer non-stop activities and attractions. The true beauty and magic of Toronto is hidden in slowing things down, strolling through the unique neighbourhoods, checking out a variety of sights and soaking up the various cultures that have defined the Torontonian way of life. Toronto is also known to be a city which is driven by its seasons. The dramatic shifts in weather conditions also lead to dramatic differences in the attitudes and lifestyles of the locals. The summer months witness overflowing patios, crowed pubs, jovial locals and pleasant surroundings. On the other hand, the city gets a haunted look by the time the October arrives. Empty parks and deserted streets are common all over the city. However, this does not mean that the locals stop venturing outside during the winter months. To catch all the action and excitement in the winters, all you need to do is walk down some stairs and get into the underground PATH system, the main refuge of Torontonians during the winter months. Snowy streets might not be worth spending your time in during the winters, but the cosy pubs, galleries and coffee shops are definite lifesavers.

The best place to start your day tours of Toronto are from the very top – the iconic CN Tower – which is known to offer some of the best views of the city. Next up is the Kensington Market, a bohemian neighbourhood that is known for its colourful cityscapes and unique lifestyle. Other areas such as Greektown, Cabbagetown, Yorkville, Chinatown and the Beach are also worth a watch. One of the most unique sights in the city can be found in the PATH system – a humongous network of underground shops, cafes and eateries that run under the streets of the city. Tourists can also explore the wilder side of Toronto at one of its many beaches and natural getaways. Don’t forget to go for a day trip to the magnificent Niagara Falls, known to be one of the most romantic places on earth for decades.


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Toronto holidays - Top Places To Go

 
1. Casa Loma
1 Austin Terrace
www.casaloma.org
What is it? Canada's own castle, Casa Loma, is today owned by the City of Toronto and draws plenty of interest standing in medieval splendour on its hilltop site. The castle was formerly the home of Canadian financier, Sir Henry Pellatt, who engaged the noted architect E J Lennox to help him realise a life-long dream of building a castle. Construction started in 1911 and it took 300 men nearly three years to complete the impressive Casa Loma. Inside visitors can see the magnificent decorated suites, secret passages, and 800ft (244m) long tunnel, while outside it is possible to stroll through the beautiful five-acre estate gardens. Self-guided audio tours are available and the castle is open every day. Hours of Operation: Daily 9.30am to 5pm Phone:(416) 923 1171

 

 

2. CN Tower
301 Front Street West
www.cntower.ca
What is it? Standing 1,815ft (553m) high, Toronoto's landmark CN Tower is the world's tallest building, a celebrated icon, an important telecommunications hub and the centre of tourism in Toronto. About two million people visit the tower each year to take in the panoramic view and enjoy all its attractions. The tower was built in 1976 by the company Canadian National, who undertook the project simply to prove the strength of Canadian industry and solve the city's communication problems. Since then tourist attractions and facilities have been added, and the revitalised tower opened to the public in 1998, proving a hit with locals and visitors alike. The tower has four look out levels. At the first at 1,122ft (342m) is an outdoor observation deck with a spectacular glass floor; somewhat higher at the next level is an indoor observation deck and the Horizon's café, offering light meals high in the sky; at the 1,150ft (351m) level is a revolving restaurant, which rotates once every 72 minutes, allowing a stunning view of the city below while dining on the award-winning fare; finally comes the top level, at a dizzying 1,465ft (447m), known as the Sky Pod. At the top of the CN Tower visitors stand on the world's highest public observation deck. The tower is situated in the heart of Toronto's entertainment district, on the north shore of Lake Ontario. Hours of Operation: 10am to 10pm daily in season. Phone for other seasonal hours Phone:(416) 868 6937

 

 

3. Royal Ontario Museum
100 Queen's Park
www.rom.on.ca
What is it? Pride of place in this large and varied museum is held by the golden mosaic ceiling inside the main entrance to the building in Queen's Park, Toronto. The ceiling is adorned with patterns and symbols representing cultures from around the world throughout the ages, and is made from cut squares of imported Venetian glass. The museum consists of three buildings housing 200,000 square feet (18,581 sq m) of galleries and exhibitions. The more than 40 galleries showcase art, archaeology and science exhibits. Among the most popular are dinosaurs, galleries of Chinese Art, a bat cave, a gem and gold room, exhibits about Ancient Egypt and Nubia, and the Samuel European Galleries. Hours of Operation: Monday to Sunday 10am to 6pm, late opening until 9.30pm on Friday Phone:(416) 586 5549

 

 


Toronto holidays - Top Events

 

1. Toronto Pride

From 2007-06-01

To 2007-06-30
 

What is it? Toronto Pride is the third largest gay and lesbian celebration in the world, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors in the last week of June to participate in hundreds of events. The Pride week has a different theme each year which sets the tone for the hundreds of activities and events on the programme, culminating in the massive pride parade with its floats and performers, and the 'Dyke March'. The main event of the week is 'Unity', a non-stop all-night dance party featuring spectacular stage shows, billed as one of the best parties in the northern hemisphere. Where is it? ?Unity' takes place at the National Trade Center; the Pride Parade follows a route down Yonge Street; the Dyke March route is north on Church to Bloor, west on Bloor to Yonge, south on Yonge to Wood and east on Wood to the South Stage. Other events take p

 

 

2. Festival of Fire

From 2007-06-30

To 2007-07-07
 

What is it? Easily the most spectacular event during the summer in Toronto is the annual fireworks extravaganza that lights up the sky over the city's waterfront, watched by an estimated two million people. The show is set to music and the fireworks are set off from barges in Lake Ontario. For more information phone (416) 314 9900. Where is it? Paid for reserved seating available on Ontario Place pier or on Mariposa Harbour cruise boats, otherwise watch from anywhere on the lake shore

 

 

3. Cavalcade of Lights

From 2006-11-25

To 2006-12-25
 

What is it? Toronto's festive season officially kicks off at the end of November each year with the brilliant illumination of Nathan Phillips Square with more than 100,000 lights and a massive Christmas tree, heralding a month of merry-making and fun events in the city centre. Events include 'Designs in Ice' exhibition, outdoor concerts, street theatre and skating parties. For more information contact Toronto Special Events on (416) 395 0490 or email spevmktg@toronto.ca Where is it? Nathan Phillips Square

 

 

4. International Children's Festival of the Arts

From 2007-05-01

To 2007-05-31
 

What is it? Children from all over the world come together at the Toronto International Children's Festival of the Arts to make each other happy. Top class child entertainers are identified worldwide by the Festival's talent scouts and invited to take to the stage to perform for their peers in a feast of theatrical, musical and physical entertainment that in previous years has included dance troupes, gymnastic champions, violinists, acrobats and jazz ensembles. Where is it? Harbourfront Centre

 

 

5. Contact

From 2007-05-01

To 2007-05-31
 

What is it? Taking photography far beyond the realms of the snapshot, Contact is the most important annual photographic event in the Americas, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors and exhibitors, highlighting the enduring significance of photography in modern life. About 140 different exhibitions make up Contact, sited in various locations throughout the city. The theme for 2007 is the constructed image. Where is it? Various galleries, museums, art centres and other public places in Toronto

 

 



 

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