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City guide to Toronto – art, families and festivals

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Toronto is one of North America’s largest cities, and one of the country’s most vibrant.  It is a cosmopolitan city that has been influenced by the recent influx of youthful immigrants.  It holds world class museums, a top-notch university and is unrivalled in creativity, from its fashion designers to its artists.  The city is best explored on foot so that visitors can make the most of the innovative architecture and the city’s lively community. 

Frank Bella

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Toronto (Ontario)



Walk the streets of Toronto and your eyes will be widened to the intricate world of architecture. Among the world famous CN Tower (the world’s tallest building at 1, 1825ft) and its Observation Deck, the contemporary structures crop up around the city, jutting from the city’s usually ordered buildings. The Royal Ontario Museum’s crystal addition juts into the street like ice frozen in time. Even the Ontario College of Arts and Design has a colorful, building-block entrance that embraces the city’s desire to be a leading high-rise metropolis.




Toronto’s waterfront neighbourhood is a progressive gem. The entryway to the city from Lake Ontario, it has a number of notable attractions, including the Harbour Front Center, Toronto Islands and an imposing view of the lofty CN Tower. Take a pleasant walk along the Queens Quay for a view of the vast lake, or take a short boat ride over to the islands, which are the largest car-free community in North America.


Arts and culture


Toronto is an eclectic mix of vibrant cultures and cosmopolitan quirks. The trendy city is simply brimming with artsy excursions, celebrating all kinds of creativity, most notably the Royal Ontario Museum. The city is home to the Toronto International Film Festival as well as a number of bustling theaters, like The Royal Alexandra Theatre and the Princess of Wales Theatre. With an eye for talent, various exhibitions pop up throughout the year, including photography festivals and the annual Fringe, which features some 155 performances.


Family fun


Toronto is an extensive playground for the family. Both indoor and outdoor attractions can keep the children occupied, like spending the day at Whittamore’s Farm, riding on wagons and horses, picking raspberries and playing on the bouncy castle. You can go apple picking in fall at the Applewood Farm Winery, explore the Toronto islands by bike or visit the ever popular Toronto Zoo. For a rainy day option, families can try rock climbing at Rock Oasis where they offer a family package




The city of Toronto has been a staple location in the sporting world for years. With the popularity of various sports changing over time, Toronto has kept up with demand and caters to all, though most famously, ice hockey. The Maple Leaf’s loyal fans can visit The Air Canada Centre, while football fanatics will enjoy the Toronto Argonauts Football Club and basketball fanatics can watch in awe at a Toronto Raptors game. The city also houses lacrosse, soccer, basketball and horse racing venues, among many more.


Festivals and events


The creative side of Toronto is free for everyone to enjoy all year round. There are a great number of events throughout the year, from the Zombie Walk and Halloween Parade, to art exhibitions, farmers markets or theater performances. Festivals bring even more life into the city, be it through the summer’s outdoor music festivals like Wakestock or Boots and Hearts, to the International Film Festival, or food and drink options such as the Taste of Danforth and Toronto’s Festival of Beer, where over 30, 000 people sip on the hops drink.