Canada is one of the most beautiful country in the world to visit and Canadians one of the nicest people you’ll find anywhere in the world. Tourism is one of the major industries in Canada with the city of Toronto alone generating about $10 billion in revenue each year from tourism. The country has some of the most famous tourist places in the world and is a major tourist hotspot.
In the past decade, Toronto has become a leading tourist destination in the country and welcomes around 50 million tourists every year and has a number of tourist attractions and has a rich cultural life. Here is a list of 6 Toronto attractions and you must see when you visit the city Toronto.
The CN tower is the icon of the city of Toronto and instantly recognizable around the world.The 533m tall tower dominates the city skyline and attracts a staggering 2 million international tourists annually. The tower the held the record for the tallest free standing structure in the world for 32 years before being surpassed by the BurjKhalifa in 2007. One of the modern 7 wonders of the world, the tower has been an ever present destination for Toronto sightseeing tours in the city and can be attested to be the major reason of making the city a tourism hotspot in the country.
St. Lawrence Market
The St. Lawrence market was declared the world’s best food market in April of 2012 by National Geographic. The market is one of the earliest in the city and has deep historical roots in the city and the country and is a silent observer of the passage of time in the city. The market has been rebuilt and renovated a number of times but its significance in the culture and history of the city solidifies further with each passing day.
The distillery district is located to the east of downtown Toronto and is a residential-cum-commercial district. The buildings of the former Gooderham and Worts Distillery have now been given a heritage status and house numerous houses, shops, cafes and restaurants making it an museum of sorts of the Victorian era. The entire district occupies a space of 13 acres and houses a total of 40 heritage buildings making it the largest collection of Victorian buildings and architecture in the whole of North America.
The district was given a national heritage status in 1988 and is now an important piece of the history and culture of Toronto and an important part of Toronto tourist attractions.
The Toronto islands are a chain of small islands in the western part of Lake Ontario. The islands house the Toronto harbour and are located just offshore to the Toronto city centre.The Toronto City airport, several yacht clubs, amusement park, parkland are located on the islands, making it one of the busiest and important parts of the city. The islands are also home to beaches which are a huge tourist attraction.
The islands are known for being the largest urban car-free community in the continent and the transportation within the islands is done either by walking or cycling. Ferries and water taxies transport people to-fro from the islands to the mainland. The islands are a major tourist destination with plenty of recreational options available for both locals and tourists which have made it a hub of Toronto attractions offering a number of things to do in Toronto.
The ‘Hill House’ is a garden and mansion right in midtown Toronto made in the Gothic Revival style. The mansion houses a museum and is itself a landmark in the city. Designed and built as a residence for Sir Henry Pellatt, the mansion sits at a height of 140m from the sea level.
The mansion is rented for filming purposes throughout the year and is a popular wedding destination. Artisans were brought from Europe to design the furniture and other features of the mansion that is surrounded by 5 acres of gardens making it one of the most beautiful tourist places in Toronto.
Royal Ontario Museum
One of the largest museums in the continent, the Royal Ontario Museum is one of the best places to visit in Toronto.The museum is visited by a million tourists every year making it the most visited museum in the country. The museum was a part of the University of Toronto before becoming an autonomous crown agency of the govt. of Ontario.
The museum is Canada’s largest field-research institution and houses more than 6 million exhibits in its 40 galleries. The museum has a notable collection of fossils, art and almost all of world history and art. The museum is one of the greatest attractions of Toronto tourism.
Tourism in Toronto has reached a level where more and more people are getting interested to visit the place and enjoy the cultural and natural heritage to its fullest.