Toronto is the vibrant, multi-cultural capital of Ontario, one of the ten provinces in Canada. Sitting alongside Lake Ontario’s northwestern shore and located in Southern Ontario, this dynamic metropolis is the place to go in Canada for fun, entertainment and culture. The city is a mass of soaring skyscrapers and abundant green spaces and is now the fourth largest city in North America.
The demographic mix in the city is huge, with 50% of the city’s population coming for other countries outside of Canada. There are over 160 different languages spoken throughout Toronto, though English is still the primary language and the city is regarded as one of the world’s most multicultural and cosmopolitan cities. A trip to Toronto is to experience a microcosm of the world, many different nationalities and cultures all living side by side in a harmonious and engaging way.
Toronto’s history has always been one of different cultures, the native people who first lived on the site that was to become Toronto ten thousand years ago were there until the French came, a man called Etienne Brule was the first European to reach the area. The French had control until the seven years war between 1756 – 1763 when the control of Canada was passed to the British. In April 1813 the American’s captured Toronto but they soon withdrew and by 1815 many British immigrants were coming into the area. Many immigrants poured into Toronto during the 19th Century and the city has continued to grow and flourish into what it is today.
For anyone visiting Toronto, there are many things to see and do in the city but timing your arrival is very important. During the Spring and Fall months the weather is wonderful with good temperatures and during the Fall months wonderful colours. The summer gets hot but this does mean that here is great alfresco dining with lots of festivals to be had so it’s a good time to go to experience wonderful
outdoor living and entertaining. The Winter months can be very harsh so it is best to avoid at this time of the year. Whenever you go there is one thing you will know for sure and that is Toronto will accept you with open arms and will give you the time of your life.
What To Do In Toronto.
The famous CN Tower in Toronto is for many people the symbol of Canada. This huge construction that was completed in 1976 is a communications tower by design but for many people it is a major tourist attraction that brings in two million visitors every year.
Located in downtown Toronto, this whopping structure that stands at 553 meters high can be seen from all over the city. For 34 years it held the record for the World’s tallest free-standing structure and although it has now been usurped of this title, it is still the tallest free-standing structure in the Western hemisphere. As well as this accolade, in 1995 it was named as one of the modern Seven Wonders of the world and it also belongs to the federation of great towers ranking at number 2. Plenty of reasons then to go and visit this amazing feat of engineering when in Toronto.
One thing that you just have to do whilst here is ride the glass elevators to the top of the tower and experience Toronto from this amazing vantage point and on a clear day the views are amazing. Bear in mind though that queues can be very long sometimes a couple of hours so it’s worth booking on line in advance. At the top of the tower is the 360° restaurant and if you are going to eat in this revolving restaurant then your elevator ride cost will be waived.
For the very brave there is now the Edge of the Tower walk where you can take a 20 minute walk around the main pod without any railings on the perimeter, this is not for the faint hearted by any means but for those with a strong stomach it’s a once in a life time experience. Even if you don’t want to pay to go inside the Tower, you can still experience the light show of a night that it put’s on, this is free and is an all year round experience and the city has some great vantage points in which to view it.
Casa Loma is Toronto’s only castle and although royalty has never lived here it has all the splendour and grandeur of many castles were Royals have resided. Built between 1911 and 1914 for Sir Henry Pellat who was a very wealthy financier who eventually lost all of his money, the castle is in a gothic revival style complete with turrets and balconies and looks like something that has come out of a
fairy tale. The castle is now open to the public and is a main tourist attraction in Toronto and a main hospitality venue.
In its history the Castle has had many uses from private residential to a popular night spot in the 1920s. It has also been a hotel but was turned into a tourist attraction in 1937 which has continued ever since.The castle boasts a large number of rooms, a staggering 98, and there is a romance and grandeur about the place that was beloved by Sir Henry and which influenced the architecture and decor. Sir Henry’s dream was to create a medieval castle on a hillside overlooking Toronto and that was certainly created for him.
When you visit the castle it is like stepping back in time to a long gone era, where there are high ceilings and grand pillars, marble and panelling adorning the rooms.
There are four levels of the castle to explore as well as the grounds and gardens. The estate gardens have an elegance and formality about them with many perennial borders offering the visitors a stunning experience. Walk through the beautiful planting of annuals in all their seasonal colour and glory with many shrubs and foliage adding a huge array of texture.
As well as the 5 acre estate gardens, the castle also has a 800 foot tunnel, secret passages and towers all to explore. There are guided tours available for visitors, or if you prefer you can just wander around independently soaking up the atmosphere of this magnificent castle.
Day Trip To Niagara Falls
Whilst in Toronto it is definitely worth taking a day trip to Niagara Falls to experience one of the best wonders of nature in the world. This top tourist attraction draws 12 million visitors a year and although it is not the tallest waterfall in the world, it doesn’t even come close landing at number 50 in the ranking, it is the sheer volume and majesty of the falls that draws people in from all over the world.
A huge volume of water cascades over the edge of the falls every second, 567,811 liters it is estimated with a drop of 21.3 meters although the actual length of the falls is 53.6 meters, the rocks at the bottom of the falls lessen the drop.
Niagara Falls is actually the name given to three falls that lie between the borders of Canada and America, the province of Ontario and State of New York to be precise. Their names are the Horseshoe Falls, the Bridal Veil Falls and the American Falls. The American Falls as their name suggests lies completely on the American side, whilst the Horse Shoe falls lie mainly in Canada and the two falls
are separated by Goat Island. The Bridal Veil falls which also lie totally in America are separated from the other two falls by Luna Island.
Nothing can prepare you for the roar and power that you experience at the Falls and the rush of excitement that this creates. For those wanting to experience even more of an adrenalin rush then boat trips such as the Hornblower Niagara Cruise will let you experience up close the majestic waters and mists of this stunning natural wonder. This is certainly one of those life time experiences not to be missed and whilst staying in Toronto it is worth taking time out to go and visit these amazing falls.
What to do In Toronto- Final Words
Toronto is a city that will offer you plenty of great experiences and many amazing things to do and see. From wonders of nature to spectacular architecture, Toronto has it all. In this exciting, vibrant city you will be spoilt for choice of what to do and whether you want to just have a relaxed time shopping and eating or are looking for more adventure you are sure to find it here.