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Visit Toronto, the largest city in Canada, an in­ter­na­tional cen­tre for busi­ness, fi­nance, art and cul­ture. Bask in the mul­ti­cul­tural cos­mopoli­tan vibe while also en­joy­ing one of the world's Great Lakes.

Toronto is the largest and most pop­u­lous city in Canada and an in­ter­na­tional cen­tre for busi­ness, fi­nance, arts and cul­ture. It is also recog­nised as one of the most mul­ti­cul­tural and cos­mopoli­tan cities in the world. Lo­cated on one of the Great Lakes, its sky­line is re­flected by the wa­ter pro­vid­ing a beau­ti­fully con­trast­ing land­scape.

CN TOWER

The CN Tower is a con­crete com­mu­ni­ca­tions and ob­ser­va­tion tower in the heart of down­town Toronto. Com­pleted in 1976, it was the world's tallest free­stand­ing struc­ture for 34 years un­til 2010. It is a sig­na­ture icon of the city's sky­line, a sym­bol of the na­tion and at­tracts more than 2 mil­lion in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors per year. It takes less than a minute in one of the glass-fronted el­e­va­tors to reach the Look­out Level with breath­tak­ing views. On this level you can also find the Hori­zons Restau­rant cel­e­brat­ing the mul­ti­cul­tural flavours of Toronto, which is also avail­able for spe­cial events with a large ca­pac­ity. One level down you will find the fa­mous Glass Floor and the Out­door Skyter­race lo­cated 324m above ground. Board a seper­ate el­e­va­tor on the Look­out Level to travel through the core of the Tower an in­cred­i­ble 33 ad­di­tional storeys higher to Sky­pod, fea­tur­ing in­ter­pre­tive ex­hibits. Learn what hap­pens when the Tower is struck by light­ning and watch a pen­du­lum to see how the Tower moves in the wind!

RI­P­LEY’S AQUAR­IUM OF CANADA

Im­merse your­self in a world of 16,000 aquatic an­i­mals and dis­cover your own un­der­wa­ter ad­ven­ture. The aquar­ium fea­tures North Amer­ica's long­est un­der­wa­ter view­ing tun­nel with more than 5.7 mil­lion litres of wa­ter and over 100 in­ter­ac­tive op­por­tu­ni­ties. Get up close and per­sonal with three touch ex­hibits fea­tur­ing horse­shoe crabs, sharks and rays, as well as daily dive shows ev­ery two hours. The aquar­ium is con­ve­niently lo­cated at the base of the CN Tower mak­ing it eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble.

ST LAWRENCE MAR­KET

Named the world's best food mar­ket by Na­tional Ge­o­graphic in 2012, this beau­ti­ful mar­ket was orig­i­nally es­tab­lished in

1803. The main and lower lev­els of the mar­ket con­tain over 120 spe­cialty ven­dors selling ev­ery­thing from fruit, veg­eta­bles, meat and fish, to grains, baked goods and dairy prod­ucts as well as unique non-food items. The Satur­day Farm­ers' Mar­ket has been a tra­di­tion since its open­ing bring­ing to­gether farm­ers from around the prov­ince selling their sea­sonal pro­duce. On Sun­day, over 80 an­tique deal­ers fill the mar­ket dis­play­ing their items for sale.

THE DIS­TILLERY HIS­TORIC DISTRICT

Lo­cated east of the down­town core, this district is home to many bars, cafes, restau­rants and art gal­leries housed within the her­itage build­ings of the for­mer Good­er­ham and Worts Dis­tillery, which was des­ig­nated a Na­tional His­toric Site of Canada in 1988. It is the largest col­lec­tion of Vic­to­rian-era in­dus­trial ar­chi­tec­ture in North Amer­ica span­ning over 40 build­ings across 10 streets. The district hosts many events through­out the year in­clud­ing the Toronto Light Fest, Mu­sic City Sum­mer Series and the fa­mous Christ­mas Mar­ket.

RESTAU­RANTS

Toronto has no short­age of fine din­ing spread out through­out the vast metropoli­tan area, it is hard to nar­row it down to a se­lect few! Some of the must tries in­clude; Sotto Sotto, bring­ing the ro­mance of Italy with its au­then­tic cui­sine and wide va­ri­ety of wines, Har­bour Sixty Steak­house for the best meat se­lec­tion and Ki Ja­panese for the sake pair­ings. One of the best ways to en­joy Toronto and its mul­ti­cul­tural flare is to ven­ture through the var­i­ous neigh­bour­hoods, like Chi­na­town, Lit­tle Italy and Greek Town, to find au­then­tic restau­rants and street food.

BARS

Toronto has a buzzing nightlife with dis­tricts lined with bars and night­clubs but some stand out amongst the crowd.

Barchef brings a con­tem­po­rary ap­proach to cock­tails with the use of frozen car­bon diox­ide and blow­torches to cre­ate its drinks. Named one of the World's Best Bars, the cocktail menu in­cludes a wide range of choices from the tra­di­tional to the un­con­ven­tional. This dimly lit venue has an apothe­cary style and has nos­tal­gic mu­sic to help set the mood. The Rooftop Lounge at the Thompson Ho­tel has breath­tak­ing 360-de­gree views of the en­tire city and lake. Guests can dip in the in­fin­ity pool by day and lounge in ca­banas by night en­joy­ing cre­ative cock­tails.

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