Toronto area, Canada
Activities in Toronto Ontario, Canada: What to Do and Where to Go
To speak of Canada is to speak of immensity. Being the second largest country in the world, it covers more area than the entire European continent. Toronto, Canada is one of the most important cities in Canada and, consequently, on the planet. That's right! An absolute must for world travelers. What are you looking for in a vacation? Nature? The city? Shopping? Hockey? If you like, you can walk for hours and hours down the longest street in the world. Maybe you want to go dancing, or even stroll along subterranean paths underneath the city streets.
Or are you looking to try delicious food? Enjoy the reds, oranges and yellows of autumn? Maybe ride a boat on a visit to the famous Niagara Falls! Bend over backwards to take a picture of a skyscraper? Challenge your mother-in-law or your husband to a snowball fight? Say no more! Toronto offers many amazing things to see and do for every traveler, from a couple on a romantic getaway to sightseers vacationing with friends or family.
Toronto offers some of the most amazing sights in the world, whether created by nature or by human hands. One of the world's tallest structures, the CN Tower, stands magnificently like a tall needle pointing towards the cosmos, set in a veil of futuristic lights mirrored in the enormous Lake Ontario. To the north of the city you will find Canada's most important biological reserve: Algonquin Park. One of the largest and most visited malls on the planet, the Eaton Center, is situated on the street with the most bars and coffee shops in the world: Queen Street, a nice and fancy avenue to walk, to go shopping and relax.
Toronto also boasts the world's longest street, Yonge Street. How long is it? Longer than you thought! 1,178 miles. No, that's not a typo. 1,178 miles. Spend some time exploring the artistic Distillery District. This growing part of town exhibits North America's largest and best preserved collection of Victorian Industrial architecture, now converted into modern restaurants, shops, concert venues, and art galleries.
Or better yet, just relax, grab your tickets, and head over to one of the most important film festivals in the world, the TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival), where thousands of movies from all over the world enter to compete in different categories. This film festival is second only to the Cannes Film Festival and takes place during the month of September, when you're sure to bump into a few celebrities on the street.
Toronto is also one of the most multicultural cities on the planet. Don't forget to stop by Portugal Villa, Chinatown, Little Budapest, Little Italy, Little Poland, Greektown, Little India, Koreatown, the Caribbean Barrio and the Latin Barrio, to name a few. Delicious cuisines and restaurants vary from neighborhood to neighborhood. Also you will find a great array of products and stores from all over the world.
Downtown and the CN Tower
The Downtown area is home to all of Canada's tallest skyscrapers, including some of the tallest on the American continent. The CN Tower is a must-see. At 1,814 feet tall, it was the world's tallest manmade structure, until recently. (The new Burj Dubai in the United Arab Emirates now stands at 2,624 feet.)
The Tower has a three-story lookout where you will find restaurants, shops, a great view and a glass floor to stand on while looking down onto the city landscape. Toronto holds second place to New York as the city with the most buildings over 300 feet, with more than 1,600 buildings over this height.
Next to the CN Tower sits Rogers Centre Stadium, formerly known as the Sky Dome, and home to the Toronto Blue Jays. The stadium boasts the world's largest retractable roof and the second largest TV in the world, and holds a mall, a bar and restaurant, and a museum that you can visit during the day. You won't want to miss a game in this amazing venue!
Downtown you will also find many other landmarks. Make a visit to Nathan Phillips Square, for example, the plaza that houses Toronto City Hall. Close by is Eaton Center, the mall that brings in the most visitors in Canada, and Dundas Square, another important plaza and meeting point.
"PATH", the Underground City
Toronto is also well known for its enormous system of underground passageways, which also happens to be the largest underground shopping center in the world, with shops, restaurants, and all sorts of businesses right under the city's surface. Here you can walk by the entire Downtown area without even seeing the street. The Underground or "Path", as it's known in Toronto, allows pedestrians to easily transit Downtown while avoiding the crowded city sidewalks and the harsh winter weather. Upon exiting the Path, a fascinating world of towering skyscrapers will surround you.
If there's anything in Canada, it's nature. Algonquin Park, one of the world's largest nature reserves, houses almost 3,000 square miles of lakes, woods, waterfalls, rivers, and amazing wildlife. Leaves turn to stunning shades of yellow, orange, red, and rust in autumn, the park's most beautiful season. Spend a few unforgettable days in a rented cabin or chalet at this amazing reserve just over an hour from the city of Toronto.
You can also visit one of the many beautiful parks inside the city, such as High Park, the oldest park in Toronto. You can also take a boat tour to the islands of Lake Ontario, which offer a fascinating view of the city skyline.
If you find yourself in Toronto, you have to make a trip to the famous Niagara Falls, just an hour outside the city. They straddle the border between Canada and the United States, with a height of up to 172 feet and more power than any other falls in North America. Through Niagara Falls flow the waters of the Great Lakes, which form the largest group of freshwater lakes in the world. During the day, the boat "Maid of the Mist" will take you to the center of the falls, and at night you can enjoy a beautiful light show. Don't miss out on this incomparable sight!
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