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Planning a short break to Toronto? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Toronto. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Toronto. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.

St Lawrence market

The market is located in the heart of historic Old Town Toronto neighbourhood and is considered to be one of the world's top 25 best food markets.The South market has more than 50 gourmet food vendors and over a dozen lunch counters.The North market is home to the 200 year old Saturday Farmer's market and the Sunday Antique market.

Several celebratory events are held at the market thoroughout the year. while local historians take you on guided walking tours and brief you on the market, amazing tales and eccentric characters, while you can indulge in food samplings along the way.

Eaton centre

This centre is a multi-levelled glass-roofed galleria with more than 320 shops and restaurants, 17 cinemas and the 400-room Marriott hotel and is Toronto's premier shopping destination. It was built in 1979 and boasts US$746 of sales per square foot, which is the highest in North America and is the number one tourist attraction to Toronto, with more than one million visitors a week. Eaton Centre was modelled after the Galleria in Milan, Italy and was among the first major shopping centres constructed in North America.

CN Tower

Front Street. The CN Tower is Canada's most recognizable and celebrated icon and is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. It was built in 1976 and stands 533.33m and is an important telecommunications hub and the centre of tourism in Toronto.It was built by the Candian National as a symbol of the strength of Canadian industry and is the tallest tower in the world. Although the tower inspires a sense of pride and inspiration for Canadians, its origins are rooted in practicality, as people living in the Toronto area now enjoy the clearest reception in North America from its microwave receptors at 338m and 553.33m antenna. The view from each of the 4 lookout levels gets more amazing the higher you go.The restaurant, located at 351m rotates every 72minutes, allowing you a complete and unobstructed view of the city.

Toronto Zoo

Meadowvale Rd. Open all year around, the zoo has over 5000 animals representing over 460 species.It is one of the largest zoos in the world and has over 10km of walking trails.The zoo is divided into 6 zoogeographic regions, being Indo-Malaya, Africa, the Americas, Australasia, Euroasia and the Canadian domain. Some of the highlights of the zoo include Baby Komodo dragons, first born in Canada, Sumatran Tiger Cubs and the Zellers Discovery Zone featuring a kid's zoo, Splash Island and Waterside Theatre, a 750 seater outdoor theatre where animal shows and other special events take place.

For more on when these events take place and other info, go to www.torontozoo.com

Fort York

100 Garrison Rd. The fort is at the location of the Battle of York during the War of 1812 and is the 1793 birthplace of modern Toronto.It is home to Canda's largest collection of original War of 1812 buildings and is a National Historic site.Open all year around, the fort offers guided tours, musket drills and music demostrations and visitors can explore the fort, learn about its military history and celebrate Canada day and Doors Open Toronto.

For more on these and other holidays and events, visit www.city.toronto.on.ca

Thomson Memorial Park

Brimley Rd. The park is not only the setting of the Historical Museum, but this 55 acres of beautiful parkland has walking trails, picnic areas, playgrounds, pool and sport facilities for baseball, football, rugby, soccer and tennis and is the ideal place to relax and take in Toronto's locals relaxing and playing after a hard day's sightseeing.

Toronto Islands

These were once a series of continously moving sandbars, or littoral drift deposits and by the early 1800's, the largest of these bars extended nearly 9 kilometres and formed a natural harbour between lake and mainland.The native people considered them as a place of leisure and relaxation and a bridge was constructed over the Don river to enable city people to reach Lake Shore Ave.In 1858 an island was created when a storm completely seperated the peninsula from the mainland and the Eastern Gap became an important shipping route to Toronto harbour.The islands attractions include Hanlan's Point, a resort destination and park, Centre Island, where many wealthy locals have palatial homes, Ward's Island which has a hotel and park and the Centreville Amusement park- all reached by a 5 minute ferry ride from the mainland.

Ferry times and more information on the islands, look at www.centreisland.ca

Canadian Exhibition

Held between August and September, it signifies the end of summer and has over 700 exhibitors and 500 attractions. The exhibition now stands on the grounds of Fort Rouille, the first European settlement in present day Toronto.It was only a small post with 10 men, but in 1878 the Fair led to calls for a permanent exhibition and in 1879 the first Toronto Industrial annual exhibition was held and is now one of the largest annual fairs in North America, attracting over 1.4 million visitors.Some of the attractions include Toronto's largest fireworks display, skywalking, over 65 rides, stunt shows, entertainment and food from all over the world.

Spadina Museum, Historic House and Garden

285 Spadina Rd. Evolving from a Victorian country estate to an Edwardian city mansion, it chronicles four generations of a wealthy Toronto family. The house has exquisite furniture and décor reflecting the art scene of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. Its gardens are one of Toronto's finest, restored Victorian and where you can enjoy special events like the Strawberry festival and Music in the Orchard.

Scarborough Historical Museum

100 Brimley Rd. This museum traces the story of this community's rural roots and two centuries of immigration. From the early settler life in the McCowan Log House, to innovations of early 20th Century in Conell House.

Visitors can go to the Hough Carriage works which stores wagon-making tools and is a reminder of the vital role which local trade played in sustaining the community.

Enjoy festivals like the Victorian Cream Tea Sunday, held in May, Canada Day celebrations in July and the Harvest Festival on the first Sunday of October.

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Fringe of Toronto Theatre Festival - Local Festival or Holiday

The Fringe is Toronto’s largest and best known theatre festival. In 2007 it runs July 4-15 and will feature over 135 unique productions in more than 25 venues. Productions range from dramas to musical extravaganzas to improv and take place in local theatres as well as in unusual spots: playgrounds, parking lots and more. A KidsVenue hosts eight plays exclusively for children and families. The festival also hosts a beer tent, two outdoor patios and a free nightly Cabaret. unjuried, unexpected, unforgettable

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