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Toronto Local History

Located on the banks of Lake Ontario, it was originally a native Indian settlement and after 1720, a French fur trading post.

Toronto Attractions

Top Attractions

CN Tower - A trip up this structure, which hovers at 553 m (1815 ft) above the ground is not for the faint hearted. But for those who dare to soar into the sky on this mast, the reward is a fantastic view of the city of up to a 160 km radius. The restaurant on top of the tower is said to be the largest revolving restaurant in the world and makes a complete turn in 72 minutes.

Bata Shoe Museum - With operations in 60 countries, almost everyone has heard of Bata shoes. It therefore seems inevitable that this Canadian based company would came up with the idea of a shoe museum. Opened in 1995, you can learn all about the evolution and function of footwear. But it's not all about cramming in facts and information - there is a section on celebrity footwear where you can see some eccentric shoes worn by the likes of Elton John or Elvis Presley.

Royal Ontario Museum - It will take more than one visit to absorb what this museum has to offer. There is one room dedicated to dinosaur skeletons. There is a bat cave where the 3 000 bats, made out of wax and vinyl look almost like the real thing.

Niagara Falls - You can take a day tour to Niagara Falls from Toronto. The Canadian side has a better vantage point that the USA side and besides that, the deal in terms of dollars, is much better from Canada. The environment surrounding the falls has been kept as natural as possible.

Fringe of Toronto Theatre Festival Toronto’s largest theatre festival features over 135 unique productions ranging from dramas to musical extravaganzas to improve and more. www.fringetoronto.com
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Humber Valley Park Land In 1954 a freak, once in a hundred years, hurricane flooded the river valleys in Toronto and many people were drowned. This resulted in all buildings being banned from the river valleys. Miles and miles of land were turned into park land. Dams were also built so these river valleys would never flood again. Toronto is thus a city of wooded ravines and river valleys. Bicycle paths and walking paths run for hundreds of miles. One of the more popular is the path along the Humber River. It stretches from Lake Ontarion, on the south, to the northern city limits, a distance of about 14 miles. You can take the subway to the Old Mill Station, have a wonderful but expensive buffet lunch in the exquisite Old Mill Restaurant (or bring a picnic lunch and eat it at one of the picnic tables along the route) and then cross over the bridge to take the paved path north to Scarlett Road. This walk will take close to wo hours. You will see ducks, Canada geese and other wildlife. The ducks like bread. You walk along the banks of the river though towering pine forests in some sections. It is hard to believe you are in the middle of a large city. Just before you get to Scarlett Road you will reach the beautiful flower gardens at James Gardens. They climb up the walls of river valley to a look out. At Scarlett Road you can catch a bus back to the subway system of you can keep walking for another 10 miles and catch other buses. They all take you back to the subway system. . Each river valley and ravine has walks and gardens like thia all over the city.
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Toronto Shopping

Kensington Market - This is a market where Jewish, Chinese, Polish, Russian and Jamaican stall holders rub shoulders to bring you goods as diverse as their cultural make -up.

Eaton Centre - On Yonge Street, this is one of the world's biggest malls.

Shop Tours Toronto - This is a shuttle service for tourists from major hotels who are taken on a tour of Toronto's main shopping districts.

Toronto Activities

Toronto Zoo - The lazy way out to tour is to hop on the zoo mobile, a 30 minute ride with commentary. There is a children's area with a playground and child friendly exhibits.

Ontario Place - This is a theme park with lots of family entertainment. The children's village has a playground with computer games, swimming pool and other things. It is on 955 Lakeside Boulevard W.

Ontario Science Centre - On 770 Don Mills Rd, this will be your chance to land on the moon or have fun on the other interactive displays.

Toronto Parks & Gardens

Queens Park - A vast piece of grassy space, trees and flowers right in the hustle and bustle of the city.

Toronto Restaurants and Bars

Toronto Restaurants

RDs BBQ and Blues - RD, in case you are wondering, is short for red devil and indeed the barbequed ribs, chicken and steak are tempting to both the palate and eye. Located on 14 Duncan Street, the restaurant has live blues and jazz music on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Creme de la Creme - Menu items include "create your own omelet" where you can tell the chef what to include anything you fancy into this egg dish. The side dishes are things like humus and tzaziki which should tell you that this restaurant believes in healthy eating. The cafe is in the trendy Kingsway district on 2991 Bloor West Street.

Copperpots Bar Grill Catering - The meals here are bound to suit most people's pockets. The lunch buffet, from Mondays to Fridays is only C$5,95 and there are specials starting at C$3,95. It is located on 401, The West Mall.

Barootes Restaurant - It is easy to understand why this establishment appeals. Not many resturants offer such diversity, from spring rolls, calamari, stir fries, medallion of wild boar, lobster tail and seared peppercorn halibut, and very reasonably priced too. It is a den for the business people from the nearby financial district. It is on 220 King Street.

Toronto Bars & Clubs

Crocodile Rock - Pumps out rock and roll and popular dance music and it is downtown too. There are two floors of the action to choose from.

Peel Club - You need to arrive early if you don't want a long wait to get inside this popular club. The attraction are the cheap eats where you can fill up for between C$3,99 to C$9,99 and the variety of beer, said to be the largest range in Toronto. It is located on 276 King Street.

Bauhaus Nightclub - Three floors of distinctly different atmospheres in which to take your pick. The music is also diverse, from Latin grooves to R and B, acid and jazz. Even if you don't want to dance, this club, with a capacity of 1 000, nine bars and a rooftop terrace, is one in which you can equally enjoy yourself just soaking in the atmoshphere.

Toronto children's activities

Toronto Zoo - The lazy way out to tour is to hop on the zoo mobile, a 30 minute ride with commentary. There is a children's area with a playground and child friendly exhibits.

Ontario Place - This is a theme park with lots of family entertainment. The children's village has a playground with computer games, swimming pool and other things. It is on 955 Lakeside Boulevard W.

Ontario Science Centre - On 770 Don Mills Rd, this will be your chance to land on the moon or have fun on the other interactive displays.

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