Toronto, Ontario

Toronto, Ontario, has become Canada’s best-known city. Once saddled with a reputation stodginess, it has been reborn and revitalized and now stands as one of North America’s leaders at the arts, entertainment, and business.

Toronto boats a vast multicultural mix, with large groups of Italians, Germans, Portuguese, Ukrainians, Asians, and West Indians, each contributing to the city’s mosaic. The cosmopolitan blend offers visitors fine dining from a seemingly endless range of the cultures. Shoppers can browse through funky boutiques on Queen Street West, admire the best of designer fashions in the renovated district of Yorkville, or visit Eaton Centre, a four-level $ 25-million retail complex. For peoplewatching and plenty of culinary delights, there’s Kensington Market, which features fresh produce, fish, and plenty of friendly conversation. The city was designed and, since, renovated to make the most of its settings on the store of Lake Ontario. The best view is from the CN Tower, a 553-metre spire that is considered the world’s tallest free-standing structure. Nearby is Harbourfront, a lakeside shopping, dinning and entertainment area whose restored warehouse is a centre for flea markets, art studios, and crafts shops. Much of the appeal of Toronto lies in its sense of history, which dates back to 1749 when French fur traders from Quebec established a ford on the site. The residents have worked to ensure the survival and revitalization of such areas as St. Lawrence Market (the place to be on a Saturday when the farmers bring in their wares) and a booming Chinatown, chock-full of restaurants and grocery stores.

Toronto is a cultural bastion, with the ultra-modern O’Keefe Centre, which is home to the Canadian Opera Company and the National Ballet of Canada; the Art Gallery of Ontario, with more than 15,000 works — from Old Masters to contemporary art — in its permanent collection; and the Royal Ontario Museum with its vast array of art and artefacts from cultures the world over. business and finance from another important element of the city, and Toronto’s skyline is dominated by the high-rise towers of financial institutions. Among the most notable is the Royal Bank Tower, with its distinctive gold-embedded window panels.

CN Tower

At 553.33 meters the CN Tower is considered the world’s tallest free-standing structure. Construction took 40 months, cost $ 57 million, employed 1,573 workers, and was completed in June 1976. A slender column resembling a giant needle, it weight 132,080 metric tons — the equivalent of roughly 23,214 large elephants.

Visitors can step inside one of four glass-faced elevators and be whisked to the Skypod Observation level in under a minute. In all, there are three observation decks, at 342,346, and 447 meters aboveground, the world’s highest public observation gallery. Each of these offers panoramic views of greater Toronto, Toronto Islands, and, on a clear day, Niagara Falls and Buffalo, New york. Spectacular views are also to be had from Top Of Toronto, a restaurant at the 350-metre level that makes a full revolution once every 72 minutes, and Sparkles, a nightclub at the 346-metre level. Those who prefer to dine on the ground level can enjoy a snack in the family-style restaurant. The tower is a stroll away from the lakefront and a walking tour of Harbourfront parks and marinas.

As any famous structure might, the CN Tower has inspired legions of would-be record setters. It has the longest metal staircase in the world (2,570 steps), which is made available to the public each year for a charity stair climb. Stuntman Dar Robinson has jumped from the top of the tower twice once with a parachute for the filming of the movie HIGHPOINT (1979) and once using a wire cable for the TV show «That's Incredible. «On the tower’s tenth anniversary, «Spider Man» Goodwin completed two free-style climbs outside the glass elevator-shaft window.

SkyDome

SkyDome is the world’s greatest entertainment center. It’s a home to the Toronto Blue Jays and Toronto Argonauts as well as host to wide variety of other sporting spectaculars, concerts, family shows and consumers shows.