The capital city of Ontario, Toronto sits on the western shore of Lake Ontario in an area known as the Golden Horseshoe and is the hub of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). With a population of nearly 7 million, the GTA is the largest metropolitan area in Canada, with Toronto being the largest city in Canada.
Toronto is the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee, and the Wendat Peoples. Home to many communities and rich cultures, the cosmopolitan city is one of the world’s central points of international business, finance, arts, culture and fashion.
Essential Toronto experiences:
- Head to the CN Tower for a view of the entire city, then dine at the rotating 360 Restaurant near the top of the tower. If you’re feeling adventurous you can take on the Edge Walk, a stroll around the outer edge of the CN Tower
- Discover the creatures of the ocean at Ripley’s Aquarium, a walk-thru attraction that brings you under the water to get up close and personal with ocean life of all types including sharks, octopi, manta rays, and a menagerie of other aquatic life.
- Explore the artisanal creations of more than 120 local vendors and merchants at the St Lawrence Market. Great food and adventure await!
- Take a stroll in the Distillery District, where shopping and dining meet art and culture. With over 40 shops and plentiful dining options, the Distillery District is a hub for Torontonians and tourists alike. If you find yourself in Toronto during the holidays, the District is also home to one of the city’s largest Christmas markets.
Travel outside of Toronto’s downtown core, and further explore the GTA.
Essential GTA experiences:
- Drive out to Vaughan for a day at Canada’s Wonderland, the country’s biggest theme park
- Visit the Toronto Zoo to discover animals from across the globe
- For a scenic hike, and beautiful views, head out to the Scarborough Bluffs
Visit Toronto for some of the most exciting culinary, nightlife, and sightseeing scenes in Canada and in North America.