About Toronto

by SmarterTravel Staff
Toronto skyline at dusk (Photo: iStockphoto)

The city of Toronto is a center of history and culture, and its European roots can be found around every corner. Many of Toronto's attractions center on the area's heritage, such as the Historic Zion Schoolhouse built in 1869 for the L'Amaroux community. The birthplace of modern Toronto is Fort York National Historic Site, which today holds the nation's largest collection of War of 1812 buildings.

Modern-day Toronto is a multicultural smorgasbord of shopping, dining, and attractions. In the Entertainment District, visitors can see the tallest free-standing structure in the world, the CN Tower. This architectural and engineering feat is known as one of the Wonders of the Modern World, and guests can even stop for a bite in its rotating 360 Restaurant. For designer souvenirs, tourists should head to Yorkville, where boutiques, antique shops, and art galleries line the "Mink Mile" on Bloor Street. Culinary travelers can sample a dish at one of the more than 7,000 restaurants in the area, or shop for fresh ingredients at St. Lawrence Market Complex, a farmers' market located in the center of Old Town. And the Art Gallery of Ontario holds more than 79,000 works representing everything from Inuit to European to contemporary art.

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For an authentic Canadian experience, visitors to Toronto can enjoy the country's official national winter sport, hockey. The Toronto Maple Leafs is one of the hottest tickets in town, but even if you can't score a seat, there is plenty to do at the world's only Hockey Hall of Fame, which has interactive exhibits and provides the opportunity to take a photo with the Stanley Cup.

Flights to Toronto touch down at Toronto Pearson International Airport, which is easily accessible via bus and subway service.

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