Happy Friday everyone!! I hope everyone is having a great week! Today we have something a little bit new around here. A few Friday’s over the next few months I will be featuring some guest bloggers showcasing some of their talents!
Today I bring you Lindsay from The Flynnigans–she has quite possible become one of my best blogging friends over the past few months, so I am very excited that she is here today!! Lindsay lives in Canada so I thought her ideas on Toronto would be perfect! So without further ado…
5 Must See Attractions in Toronto
Toronto hails as the most populous city in Canada and the fourth largest in North America. Toronto has a population of 2.79 million people spanning across 641 sq. kms and is heralded as one of the most multicultural cities in the world. We welcome over 25 million visitors annually and this summer are privileged to be hosting the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games so the city will be a busy one!
Whether you happen to be visiting in the sweaty hot summer sun or thick in the throes of a deep freeze mid-winter, there is something surely for everyone.
I’ve lived in Ontario all my life, being born in the big ol’ city of Toronto and living there for the first six years of my life. Even though I’m a local, I still read and gathered some facts that I didn’t know about, so that was fun!
- The CN Tower:
You haven’t seen Toronto if you haven’t made a stop at The CN Tower:
The CN Tower stands at 1,815 feet tall and as of 2010, is the world’s tallest tower. It took 1,537 workers 40 months to complete the build in 1976 at the cost of $63 million.
In 58 seconds you will find yourself at a height of 346m (1,136 feet). The LookOut level offers breathtaking views and the Horizons Restaurant. One level down you will find the Glass Floor and the SkyTerrace, which is an open observation area 1,122 feet above ground. If you’re feeling adventurous, there is something called the “360 Edge Walk”. It is the world’s highest full circle, hands-free walk on a 5 ft (1.5 m) wide ledge encircling the top of the Tower’s main pod at 356m/1168ft (116 storeys) above the ground. Visitors walk in groups of six, while attached to an overhead safety rail via a trolley and harness system.
Another must-see while visiting the CN Tower is the aptly-named restaurant, “The 360 Restaurant”. It makes a complete rotation every 72 minutes, giving diners a changing view of City of Toronto more than 1,000 feet below.
On a clear day, visitors to the observation deck can see over 160 kms (100 miles) – all the way to Niagara Falls and across Lake Ontario to New York State.
- Hockey Hall of Fame:
The world’s one and only, Hockey Hall of Fame, spans over 60,000 sq. feet in an interactive and innovative space, offering something for everyone: collections of artifacts, themed exhibits, interactive games, replica NHL dressing room and not to be forgotten, many of NHL’s merit trophies, most notably, the Stanley Cup.
The Hockey Hall of Fame is located in the Brookfield Place building just minutes away from Union Station and boasts over 300,000 visitors annually.
- Ripleys Aquarium of Canada:
Ripley’s Aquarium opened in 2013 and is conveniently located in the downtown core and it contains nine curated galleries showing a variety of saltwater and freshwater environments from around the world, with some 16,000 aquatic animals and organisms. Its mission being fostering education, conservation and research, while providing entertainment and fun for all ages.
The Aquarium features North America’s longest underwater viewing tunnel with over 5.7 million litres of water and over 100 interactive displays that allow you to get up close and personal, including three touch exhibits featuring horseshoe crabs, sharks, and sting rays.
- Museums and Art Galleries:To name a few: The ROM, The AGO, The Bata Shoe Museum, The Science Centre
Whether you like history, science, art or even fashion, Toronto has it all. The City of Toronto owns 10 museums and hold 147,000 artifacts and 1 million archaeological specimens in their historical collections. Pretty impressive, right?
If you like history and artifacts, The ROM is up your alley. The museum contains notable collections of dinosaurs, minerals and meteorites, Near Eastern and African art, Art of East Asia, European history, and Canadian history.
If you like to be engaged and enjoy sciences, try The Science Centre.
If you like art, try The Art Gallery of Ontario (or AGO). Its collection includes more than 80,000 works spanning the 1st century to the present day.
And well if you like shoes and fashion, The Bata Shoe Museum is where it’s at. They collect, research, preserve, and exhibit footwear from around the world, boasting a collection of over 13,000!
- Toronto’s Centre Island:
A refreshing escape from the downtown city life, Centre Island is Toronto’s island getaway, just a short ferry ride from downtown and nestled Ward Island and Hanlan’s Point. Visitors can rent bikes by the hour (standard, tandem and quad cycles, pictured above) to explore the many bike trails throughout the island and during the summer months, you can even rent a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddle board (SUP). The island boasts great beaches, a lighthouse (see above), gardens, Centreville Amusement Park (popular kids’ attraction) and a small petting zoo/farm.
The beaches on the island’s south side are supervised in July and August and for the daring, there is a clothing-optional beach on the western side at Hanlan’s Point. There also happens to be Billy Bishop Airport on the island and if you’re a photographer or you enjoy taking pictures, you can catch a glimpse of the planes coming in for a landing.
Lindsay is 31 and lives just north of Toronto with her husband and two fur-kids, Charlie and Baxter. She writes about life, fitness, food, travel, marriage and her love of animals. She works in a stressful corporate job in the legal field so in her down time, she pet sits and dog walks to give back. When she isn’t working or blogging, Lindsay loves to travel, read, SCUBA dive, take photographs, spend time with her family and indulge in far too much reality television. You can find her over at www.theflynnigans.com.
I hope you enjoyed this post!! It sure made me want to visit Toronto!! Have a great day and weekend lovelies!!