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ATTRACTION AND SIGHT-SEEING
Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)
The renowned Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) occupies a pleasing modern building on the west side of the city center. A whole series of temporary exhibitions are mounted throughout the year by this exceptionally well-endowed gallery. There are three main collections - Canadian art, European art and sculptures by Henry Moore. Adult CAD5; Senior (65+) CAD4; Student CAD4; Child (6-15) CAD3; Child (5 and under) Free
The view isn't the only far-reaching aspect of Canoe. The contemporary Canadian menu may take its cue from fresh regional produce, but preparation and flavor combinations are globally inspired. From appetizers such as seared bluefin tuna with wasabi caviar, straight through to desserts like ricotta-hazelnut blintz accompanied by lindenberry preserves and maple-chai ice cream, the international influence is unmistakable. Traditional steaks and chops are also excellent, and sides are always inventive and flavorful.
The Islands boast a lovely boardwalk, tennis courts, picnic areas, an amusement park, beaches, yacht club, restaurants and much more.It exist just a few minutes from the busy downtown of city. Centre Island offers bike rentals for those who wish to cover plenty of ground in only a few hours; even tandem and quadricycles are available to tour the world of the its own. It is also home to the Island Marina, Queen City Yacht Club, The Royal Canadian Yacht Club, Island Yacht Club, Island Sailing Club
For history or architecture buffs, Casa Loma is an interesting visit. Built by wealthy businessman Sir Henry Pellatt in the early 1900s, Casa Loma, similar to Hearst Castle in Calfornia, represents one man's architectural dream. In the case of Casa Loma, however, Pellat's dream went awry and contributed to his downfall. Notable for its location proudly overlooking the city, the "House on the Hill" boasted many modern-day conveniences, such as central VAC and an elevator. The building also was used as a location shoot for the 2002 movie Chicago.Adult CAD16; Senior (60+) CAD10; Child (14-17) CAD10; Child (4-13) CAD8.75; Parking CAD2.75 - CAD8.25
Campbell House Museum
Built in 1822 by Judge William Campbell and his wife Hannah, Campbell House is the oldest remaining house from the original site of the Town of York. The house is one of the few surviving examples of Georgian architecture left in city. Later the house was offered to anyone who could remove it from the property was moved to its present location at the corner of Queen and University in 1972. It now maintains the house and operates a museum within the building for the purposes of educating the local and tourist community. One can only take guided tours of the house! Opening Times - Tues to Fri: 9.30am - 4.30pm (May - Oct also opens Sat & Sun Noon - 4.30pm) Closed in January 2009 Prices - $4.50.
Calling all history buffs! Visit Fort York and you’ll see the site of the 1813 Battle of York and the birthplace of modernised city. Fort York is home to Canada's largest collection of original War of 1812 buildings, which now house exhibits and restored period room settings. This National Historic site is open year-round and offers seasonal guided tours, musket, and music demonstrations. Historic Fort York offers many opportunities for children to immerse themselves in 19th century military life. Fort York is located at 100 Garrison Road.
Take a trip to the top of the world. The CN Tower is cities and Canada's most recognizable and celebrated icon. Over 550 meters (1800 feet), it's the tallest building in the world. Each year, around 2 million people take the elevator ride to the top of the tower to hang out at the top of the world and take in the breath-taking view. Built in 1976, the CN Tower seems to inspire a sense of pride and inspiration for Canadians and a definitely a sense of awe for tourists.
Hazelton Lanes opened in 1976 with 60,000 square feet of retail space. It was positioned as a luxury shopping centre and attracted some of the world's most prestigious retailers. Hazelton Lanes became so well-stocked with luxury retailers that it became known as one of the most prestigious and comprehensively stocked luxury shopping areas in North America. It is a short walk away from five star hotels and the city's best restaurants, museums, and galleries
North 44 is fine dining at its absolute finest. The menu changes frequently, of course, but starters might be oxtail ravioli with scallops and pancetta, or seared foie gras with Riesling braised apples, toasted brioche, chocolate veal reduction, sage fritters and praline. Mains show an international influence: roasted beets, or grilled yellowfin tuna with crisp sesame noodle cake. To end on a sweet note, opt for the Canadian butter nut tart with caramelized bananas, or chocolate torte with orange scented crème fraiche.
This is city's best sketch comedy theatre for group and private functions. The Theatre, lobby and restaurant are all available for special events and business meetings. This Canadian sibling of the famous Chicago comedy workshop is where many famous comedians (Dan Akroyd, Gilda Radner, Mike Meyers, John Candy, Catherine O'Hara and Martin Short) started or continued their careers. Mon-Fri 8pm; Sat 8pm, 10:30pm; Sun 7pm Contact for Specific Dates and Times
World-renowned chef Susur Lee creates truly stunning seven-course tasting menus comprised of a delightful variety of Asian-Continental dishes. The menu changes daily and is completely dependent on what fresh ingredients are available at the local markets, so every dining experience here is an adventure.
Royal Ontario Museum
The ROM (rhymes with "tom"), as it's affectionately called, is Canada's largest museum, with more than six million objects in its collections. The C$200-million project has added six new galleries after the generous donor who pledged C$30 million to build it -- the galleries are encased inside an übermodern palace of jutting crystal prisms.
Bata Shoe Museum
There's more to footwear than you would ever imagine and city is home to the incredible Bata Shoe Museum. With over 10,000 shoes housed throughout the museum with a history dating back 4,5000 years it is truly North America's most unique shoe museum which allows visitors to browse through four-stories of style, function and fun.
The Bata Shoe Museum is a centre of knowledge about the role of footwear in the social and cultural life of humanity. It is also an award-winning building housing a wide-ranging collection of footwear from all walks of life.
FUN PLACES FOR KIDS
High Park is a popular spot for locals and tourists in city year round. Recognized as one of the best parks in the city it provides a safe heaven for relaxation and recreation. High Park successfully combines the wilderness within the urban city with discovery trails, wildlife species, rare plant species, pond, playgrounds and lawns for picnics.
Established in 1860 and bordered mostly by the buildings of the University (formerly Queens College), the park was named in honor of England’s Queen Victoria. Edward VII, then the Prince of Wales, was present at the inauguration of the park. The park is designed in the style of an English landscaped garden, albeit more structured. Trees are abundant and footpaths are in a hub pattern, radiating from the center of the park to the street that circles it. In the center of the northern section of the park is an equestrian statue of Edward VII.
African Lion Safari
Within an hour’s drive from city, holds all the wonders of Africa. A one-hour drive through the reserve takes families past grazing giraffes, playful monkeys, exotic birds and majestic lions. African Lion Safari also provides picnic areas, the "African Queen" boat tour, the "Nature Boy” railway, and Misumu Bay water play area for the kids.
OTHER PLACES OF ATTRACTION
From May to October, the place to be on the harbourfront is Ontario Place, a huge, futuristic theme-park built on stilts and small islands. Located a couple of miles east of downtown of city, the park features an IMAX theatre and a concert theatre (Molson Amphitheatre).
Harbourfront is a popular tourist destination in city that sits right at the bottom end of the downtown area along Lake Ontario just south of the highways leading in and out of city. Harbourfront is located on Queen’s Quay which is the street running east and west along the lakeshore.
Royal Botanical Gardens
It’s hard to pinpoint the most impressive aspect of this garden. Is it the dizzying perfume of the world’s largest lilac dell? The thrilling sight of Great Blue Herons flipping fish into their beaks in the marshes of Cootes’ Paradise? The brief, breath-taking explosion of 100,000 tulips in the Rock Garden every spring? Or just the surprising fact that such a natural sanctuary and beauty spot survives here, in the industrial heartland of Ontario, on the soft green border of that rock-hard town, Hamilton? Make a visit and find out for yourself!
St. James Cathedral
The Cathedral Church of St. James is the oldest congregation in the city. Established in 1797, the current structure was completed in 1844 and was one of the largest buildings in the city. The church is listed as an Ontario Heritage Property and a National Historic Site and is the seat of the Anglican Church of Canada’s diocese.
Yonge-Dundas Square is a large pedestrian square in the middle of the city's vibrant commercial district. Nearby attractions include the Eaton Centre, Massey Hall, the Elgin Winter Garden Theatre Centre and the Canon Theatre. The many neon lights and large video screens on buildings have earned it the nick-name of ' Times Square.' The square regularly hosts many public events such as theatrical events, film screenings, concerts, promotions etc.
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