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Toronto Tourism Ideas
There is something for everyone to enjoy in Toronto, both indoors and out!
Classified in 1995 as one of the Seven Wonders of the World by the American Society of Civil Engineers, the CN Tower offers a wide range of attractions and a great restaurant. If you’re brave, try standing on the glass floor with a view 342 m (1,122 feet) straight down. If you’re even braver, try EdgeWalk, “the world’s highest full circle, hands-free walk on a 1.5m (5 feet) wide ledge,” which encircles the top of the Tower’s main pod, 356 m (116 storeys) above the ground.
Toronto City Hall
Built in the 1960s, this is one of Toronto’s most well-known landmarks. A unique complex, made up of a short, round building surrounded by two tall, semi-circular buildings, City Hall still feels as modern and current today as it did when it was built.
Harsh winters in Canada can make viewing sports outdoors rather uncomfortable. To solve this problem, the Rogers Centre (then called the SkyDome) was built in 1989 with a retractable domed roof. Ever since, it’s been as distinctive a part of the Toronto skyline as the CN Tower, and has been host to many sporting events and concerts.
Edward James Lennox Buildings
Known as the “Builder of Toronto,” architect Edward J. Lennox (1854–1933) designed over 70 buildings in Toronto, including a few of its most notable landmarks:
Nature & Recreation
“Toronto has more than 1,600 public parks and 600 km of trails. The parks system covers 8,000 hectares, or roughly 13% of the city’s land area. It includes about 40% of Toronto’s natural areas, many of which lie within the ravine system and along the Lake Ontario shoreline. City parks also feature beaches, playgrounds, sports fields, gardens, conservatories, ice rinks, special events and much more for you to enjoy.”
Festivals and Events
June 19 to 28. Every June, artists take over the streets, theatres, and galleries of Toronto in a vibrant celebration of creativity.
Year-round waterfront centre with art galleries, outdoor exhibits and performances, festivals and family programming.
NXNE: North by Northeast Music and Film Festival
June 17–21. A five day festival of music, film, art, and comedy.
Redpath Waterfront Festival
June 19–21. Toronto’s kick-off to summer, this festival provides “on-land and on-water programming for people of all ages and interests, with the goal of promoting Toronto locally and internationally as a premiere waterfront destination.”
June 19–28. With an estimated attendance of more than one million people. Pride Festival is one of the biggest festivals of its kind in the world. “These ten days of queer celebration will turn streets into parades, parks into parties and strangers into friends. Come out and meet the people from around the world expected to gather downtown and in neighbourhoods right across the city.”
TD Toronto Jazz Festival
June 18 to 27. One of North America’s Premiere jazz festivals, this annual festival features “more than 350 performances with over 1,500 musicians performing at approximately 40 locations around Toronto.”
Digital Dreams Festival
June 27 and 28. Canada’s largest electronic dance music festival.
Family and Kids
Bringing your family along for the trip? There are lots of fun places for adults and kids to do in Toronto! Here are some suggestions:
- Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada
- Black Creek Pioneer Village
- ROM Kid’s Events
- AGO Kids
- DX Design Camp
- Toronto Zoo
- Canada’s Wonderland
Check out Toronto4Kids for more great ideas.
Toronto Urban Adventures
Toronto Urban Adventures is offering 20% off their tours for conference attendees and their friends and family.
- "Beer Makes History Better"—a walking tour of Old Town Toronto viewing history through beer goggles. Learn how beer makes life better for all of us while visiting great pubs to try some local craft.
- "Kensington Market & Chinatown"—a walk filled with bold graffiti, funky shops, and fascinating history. Learn how this area maintains its identity despite rapid growth and encroaching gentrification.
- "When Pigs Fry"—a food tour covering pork production, pig trivia, and plenty of bacon and pork to eat in four different locations. Learn about trends in the meat industry and just how tasty pork can be.
Book online at www.torontourbanadventures.com with promo code EAC2015.
City Sightseeing Toronto
- Toronto Double-Decker City Tour (hop on, hop off bus tour)
- Niagara Falls Day Tour
- Toronto-Niagara Falls Combo Tour
- Toronto Harbour and Island Cruise