Toronto is at the heart of the Greater Toronto Area, and of the densely populated region in Southern Ontario known as the Golden Horseshoe. Its cosmopolitan and international population reflects its role as an important destination for immigrants to Canada. Toronto is one of the world most diverse cities by percentage of non native born residents, with about 49 percent of the population born outside Canada.
2. CN Tower
The CN Tower is a 553.33 m high (1,815.4 ft) concrete communications and observation tower in Downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada.Built on the former Railway Lands, it was completed in 1976, becoming the world tallest free standing structure and world tallest tower at the time.It held both records for 34 years until the completion of Burj Khalifa and Canton Tower in 2010.It remains the tallest free standing structure in the Western Hemisphere, a signature icon of Toronto skyline, and a symbol of Canada, attracting more than two million international visitors annually.
3. Royal Ontario Museum
The Royal Ontario Museum is a museum of world culture and natural history based in Toronto, Canada.It is one of the largest museums in North America, attracting over one million visitors every year.The museum is located north of Queen Park, in the University of Toronto district, with its main entrance facing Bloor Street West.The Museum subway station is named after the ROM, and since the late 2000s, it is renovated to resemble the institution collection.Established on 16 April 1912 and opened on 19 March 1914, the museum has maintained close relations with the University of Toronto throughout its history, often sharing expertise and resources.The museum was under the direct control and management of the University of Toronto until 1968, when it became an independent institution.Today, the museum is Canada largest field research institution, with research and conservation activities that span the globe.
4. Hockey Hall of Fame
The Hockey Hall of Fame is located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.Dedicated to the history of ice hockey, it is both a museum and a hall of fame.It holds exhibits about players, teams, National Hockey League (NHL) records, memorabilia and NHL trophies, including the Stanley Cup.Originally founded in Kingston, Ontario, the Hockey Hall of Fame was first established in 1943 under the leadership of James T.Sutherland.The first class of honoured members was inducted in 1945, before the Hall of Fame had a permanent location.It moved to Toronto in 1958 after the NHL withdrew its support for the International Hockey Hall of Fame in Kingston, Ontario.Its first permanent building opened at Exhibition Place in 1961.In 1993, the Hall was relocated to a former Bank of Montreal building in Downtown Toronto, where it is now located.
5. Art Gallery of Ontario
The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is an art museum in Toronto Downtown Grange Park district, on Dundas Street West between McCaul Street and Beverley Street.Its collection includes more than 80,000 works spanning the 1st century to the present day.The gallery has 45,000 square metres (480,000 sq ft) of physical space, making it one of the largest galleries in North America.Significant collections include the largest collection of Canadian art, an expansive body of works from the Renaissance and the Baroque eras, European art, African and Oceanic art, and a modern and contemporary collection.The photography collection is a large part of the collection, as well as an extensive drawing and prints collection.The museum contains many significant sculptures, such as in the Henry Moore sculpture centre, and represents other forms of art like historic objects, miniatures, frames, books and medieval illuminations, film and video art, graphic art, installations, architecture, and ship models.
6. Casa Loma
Casa Loma (Spanish for Hill House) is a Gothic Revival style house and gardens in midtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada, that is now a museum and landmark.It was originally a residence for financier Sir Henry Mill Pellatt.Casa Loma was constructed over a three year period from 1911 1914.The architect of the mansion was E.J.Lennox, who was also responsible for the designs of several other city landmarks.Casa Loma is situated at an altitude of 140 m.
7. Distillery District
The Distillery District is a historic and entertainment precinct located east of Downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada.It contains numerous cafes, restaurants, and shops housed within heritage buildings of the former Gooderham and Worts Distillery.The 13 acres (53,000 m2) district comprises more than 40 heritage buildings and 10 streets, and is the largest collection of Victorian era industrial architecture in North America.
8. Toronto Zoo
The Toronto Zoo is a zoo located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.Its original founder was Mr.Hugh A.Crothers, a successful Toronto industrialist who became the first Chairman of The Metro Toronto Zoological Society in 1966.It opened August 15, 1974, as the Metropolitan Toronto Zoo (often shortened to Metro Toronto Zoo) and is owned by the City of Toronto the word Metropolitan was dropped from its name when the cities of the Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto were amalgamated to form the present day city of Toronto in 1998.The zoo is located near the Rouge River, along the western border of Rouge Park in city east end former borough of Scarborough.
9. Ontario Science Centre
Ontario Science Centre is a science museum in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, near the Don Valley Parkway about 11 kilometres (6.8 mi) northeast of downtown on Don Mills Road just south of Eglinton Avenue East.It is built down the side of a wooded ravine formed by one branch of the Don River located in Flemingdon Park.
10. Air Canada Centre
The Air Canada Centre (ACC) is a multi purpose indoor sporting arena located on Bay Street in the South Core district of Downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada.It is the home of the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League (NHL), the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association (NBA), and the Toronto Rock of the National Lacrosse League (NLL).It was also home to the Toronto Phantoms of the Arena Football League (AFL) during their brief existence.The arena is popularly known as the ACC or the Hangar (the latter nickname came from its sponsorship by Air Canada).The arena is owned and operated by Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd.(MLSE), the same group that owns both the Leafs and Raptors, and is 665,000 square feet (61,800 square metres) in size.In 2008, the ACC was the fifth busiest arena in the world and the busiest in Canada.Air Canada Centre is connected to Union Station and the underground pedestrian PATH system, providing access to public transportation (TTC Union subway station and GO Transit).There are also 13,000 parking spaces.
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