Toronto has to be one of the friendliest and cleanest cities in the world. The people in Toronto say ‘Have a nice day’ and genuinely mean it, and if you ask a native person from Toronto directions, you’re more than likely to be given a lift to your requested destination than just the directions. Toronto is a pretty safe city too, although you should always be wary when visiting any foreign place. And one other point, as Toronto is such a huge, expansive place, you should know that no one walks anywhere, so be prepared for an hours trip to a shopping mall, a couple of hours on the bus for a lunch date, as distances are far greater here than in the UK and people are used to travelling much further.
The CN Tower
No visit to Toronto would be complete without a visit to the CN Tower. Classified as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers, you’ll see why as you ride the elevator at breathtaking speeds whilst watching the ground disappear from under your feet! Since the Tower opened in 1975, Canadians and tourists from around the world have made the trip to Toronto to celebrate this marvel of modern civil engineering. The Tower serves as a telecommunications hub, it also provides world-class entertainment and a wide range of unique attractions, exhibits and food and beverage venues. You have to eat at the 360 Restaurant which slowly revolves as you are dining. A once in a lifetime experience.
The Eaton Centre
For serious shoppers, set aside at least a week for the premier shopping destination of Toronto, the Eaton Centre. Set on many levels, this glass roofed galleria comprises of more than 320 shops and restaurants, 17 cinemas, and a 400-room Marriott hotel. It was built in 1979 and boasts $746 of sales per square foot of retail space – the highest in North America! It is also the number one tourist attraction in Toronto with one million visitors a week. Modelled after the Galleria in Milan, Italy, the Eaton Centre was among the first major downtown shopping centres constructed in North America. Be careful though because you can spend some serious cash here and lose yourself in shopping heaven.
Animal lovers will be drawn to Toronto Zoo, one of the largest zoos in the world. Set in the beautiful Rouge Valley, the Zoo has over 5,000 animals representing over 500 species, and if you love to hike, you’ll be pleased to discover that there are over 10 km of walking trails. Toronto Zoo features a Kids Zoo, which is a dynamic, interactive children’s wildlife experience, Splash Island, an exciting two-acre water play area and the Waterside Theatre, home of exciting family entertainment. Divided into seven zoogeographic regions: Indo-Malaya, Africa, the Americas, Australasia, Eurasia, Canadian Domain and the Tundra Trek, the animals are displayed indoors in tropical pavilions and outdoors in naturalistic environments, with viewing at many levels. The must sees are the 10-acre Tundra Trek featuring an amazing 5-acre Polar bear habitat complete with underwater viewing area, the Gorilla Rainforest home to our Western Lowland Gorilla troop and newest addition Nassir, the Great Barrier Reef, and Zellers Discovery Zone* featuring Kids Zoo, Splash Island and Waterside Theatre.
The Ontario Science Centre
For science buffs, you can do no wrong with the amazing Ontario Science Centre, in downtown Toronto. The OSC seeks to engage people with the science of local, national and global relevance. They are the public centre for innovative thinking and provocative dialogue in science and technology. In June 2008, the Science Centre hosted the 5th Science Centre World Congress in Toronto. This was first time the event was held in North America. There are always exhibitions running, such as Star Trek, Eyes on the Skies, Always Evolving, Born to be Wild, Under the Sea, To The Arctic and much more.