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What You Should Know More About Toronto
· Do not trust the strangers blindly.
· Make sure you are always alert and aware.
· Do not go to secluded places alone in the night.
· Make sure you have a map handy whenever you are traveling to a new destination.
· Acquire enough information before making a travel to the new destination.
· Do not drink more than you can handle.
· Keep your passport safely.
· Make sure you avoid traveling alone in the hidden trails.
· If needed, hire a guide. Make sure that the guide hired by you is only from a registered agency.
· Do not leave your important documents carefully.
· Never leave your documents in the hotel room.
· Enquire about the availability of the room safe.
· Do not get involved in any type of fights with the locals here.
· Make sure you follow the traffic rules of the country if you have rented a vehicle.
· If you are traveling in a public transport, do ensure that you have negotiated the fare before traveling.
· Never film or shoot in any public place without taking a legal permission.
· Keep touts at bay.
· Avoid consuming street food.
· Do not be rude to any local or co-travelers.
· Make sure you conduct yourself in the best manner possible.
In Toronto the legal age for consumption of alcohol is 19 years.
One of the most iconic landmarks of Toronto is the CN Tower. It is a magnificent 553-meter tower which is indeed one of the best places to see. You simply cannot miss out on this tourist attraction. Towering the downtown, you can see the tower from just about every part of the city. Visitors have an option of either appreciating the building from the ground or actually taking a tour to any of the observation areas or any café or restaurant which will present to you the most attractive views of the Lake Ontario and the city. Built between the period spanning from 1972 to 1976, this once happened to be the tallest free-standing structure of the world. However, now it has long been surpassed.
Lying just adjacent to the CN Tower is the Rogers Centre. It is a huge domed sports complex or an arena. Its unique structure comprises of a roof that slides back and allows it to be opened in only favorable weather. The giant structure was finally completed in the year 1989 and it is seen as the Toronto’s answer to the ambitious Olympic Stadium that was built by the arch rival, Montreal. This centre is capable of accommodating thousands of spectators in a venue for just about every type of sport, mainly football and baseball. A number of pop and rock concerts are also held here. You can also take up a guided tour which offers behind the scenes look of the facility.
Standing tall in the beautifully maintained grounds, Casa Loma is one extraordinary building. It is more like a reminiscent of a medieval castle. The castle was initially constructed for Sir Henry Pellatt who is multi-millionaire from Canada. He was also one of the first individuals to recognize and further exploit the money-making potential of the Niagara Falls. Given its over 100 rooms and three dozen bathrooms, the house is today a museum. This museum is a great time travel which will take you back to the European grace, splendor and elegance.
It’s a multicultural hub
Toronto is a home to almost every culture group of the world. Half of the population of Toronto is born outside Canada and more than 180 dialects and languages are spoken here. This leaves you with no element of surprise that Toronto is one of the most multicultural cities in the world. Given the vast cultural diversities and disparities, the neighborhoods as well as the communities of Toronto have largely developed around these cultures. Right from Little Italy to Chinatown, when you walk past the streets of Toronto, you may sometimes feel like walking in the and out of pockets of what may feel like a completely different country or territory. This can be an added advantage for someone who loves to travel as you can feel like exploring a completely new country without even leaving. Besides the humongous tourist attractions, there are also a number of festivals and cultural events conducted each year to keep you busy and engaged. In the summer months, you can find at least one festival happening somewhere in Toronto every weekend. However, when it comes to cultural events, some of the festivals hosted by the city include:
· Festival of India
· Taste of the Danforth
· Taste of Little Italy
There’s a diverse (and yummy) food scene
For most of the travelers, if a destination serves phenomenal food, it becomes a must visit. The Canada food is massively influenced by an array of cultures. Every neighborhood of the city is lined with restaurants and food stalls big and small. However, if you are out searching a specific type of craving, there is no doubt that you can find a place here that will satiate your craving very well. Right from the local market vendors at one of the best food markets here to the incredible Thai food at the Khao San Road or Pai, there is something for every type of foodie. Trying the vast range of delicacies is the most important thing to do here.
The arts and culture
Toronto is brimming with galleries and museums keeping in view people of distinct interest. Further, you can also catch some of the most incredible performances happening here. To explore the art and culture scene of Toronto you can plan a visit to the:
Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO): It boats of a vast permanent collection of art pieces. A number of rotating exhibitions are also conducted to keep the art lovers out their engaged.
Royal Ontario Museum (ROM): The museum features permanent galleries and temporary exhibitions. You can also avail free walking tours that will help you learn and explore the different parts of Toronto.
In case, you are searching some more unique and charming, there is:
The Bata Shoe Museum that has more than 1000 shoes on display from the different eras.
The Hockey Hall of Fame which lies in the heart of Downtown. It is a home to the Stanley Cup.
The Textile Museum of Canada that takes you back to 2000 years via the displayed fabrics, clothes and garments.
A few years ago, an impressive aquarium was started by Ripley’s right in the heart of the city. If you come on a holiday with kids, this can be a great place to see. In some sections, you’ll notice that the floor is moving and will transport you via a tunnel of sharks, fish, and the other sea urchins.
Lastly, if you do not settle with this much entertainment, Toronto has more on offer for you. You can catch some of the best performances of Canada.
For ballet: Visit the National Ballet of Canada
For cherishing musical wonders: Visit Toronto Symphony Orchestra
For Broadway shows: Visit any of the Toronto theatre which puts up incredible performances.
The great local breweries and beer
One thing that you’ll really love about Toronto is its beer. Torontonians not only love the craft beer but also dedicatedly support the local breweries. The bar scene in Toronto is great. There are a variety of bars and pubs spread all across the city which offers a vast selection of brews not just from Toronto but also from the other surrounding regions.
For beer lovers in Toronto some of the must see places include:
Steam Whistle Brewery:
Steam Whistle Brewery is nestled in the 17-acre park of the Downtown core. The brewery is located on the grounds of the former railway which is also regarded as one of the best sightseeing spots of the city. You get just one type of beer here and you will also enjoy taking a tour to this incredible facility.
Amsterdam Brewhouse is a home to some of the finest beer in Toronto. Located right on the water, no matter what beer preference you have, this brewery has something on offer for your taste. Do try out few of the seasonal hits here. The best part about the brew house is that it has one of the best patios in the city which are located right on the water.
Mill Street Brew Pub:
Last but definitely not the least is the Mill Street Brew Pub. Located in the Distillery District, the Mill Street beer has today become a Toronto staple. You can find it at most of the pubs, bars or the restaurants of the city.
Besides, these incredible breweries, Toronto also hosts a series of extraordinary beer events. You can try and coincide your holiday with any of these festivals just for the love of the beer. This include:
Winter Craft Beer Festival:
Held in January annually
Toronto Festival of Beer:
Held in June annually
Roundhouse Craft Beer Festival: Held in August annually
Besides this, there are a several other smaller events that happen round the year to keep the beer lovers engaged.
There’s something for everyone
Another reason why you’ll really love to visit Toronto is that it has legitimately something for everyone, irrespective of the age group, interests and gender. Whether you love shopping, seek adventure activities, enjoy water sports or wish to enjoy nightlife, plan a visit to Toronto, and you’ll not be disappointed even a bit.