5 Delightful Places To Visit In…Toronto!

As a born and bred Torontonian, I know you will say I am a touch biased when I praise Toronto for being one of the greatest cities in the world. There might be an ounce of truth in that but how could I not be? An alpha cosmopolitan city with a splash of multiculturalism at every corner, and a skyline so spectacular, it rivals any work of art, the city known as Hollywood North has something in store for resident and visitor alike.
While it is ranked as the fifth most populated city in North America, you would be hard pressed to find such a large metropolis with as much down-to-earth charm as Toronto. The hustle and bustle of the downtown core gives way along its highways and viaducts to lively suburban areas, all with their own special charms and personalities. The city is chock full of spots that shouldn’t be missed but we have highlighted 5 places of interest that will definitely make it worth your trip to the travel agent to book your visit!

1. Casa Loma

Built in 1911 as a private home by Sir Henry Mill Pellett, the medieval castle perches on an overlook atop of modern day downtown Toronto. A visual feast for castle lovers, its unique design has also caught the eye of many modern filmmakers and has served as a film location for films like X-Men and Chicago. I could spend hours and hours roaming the grand halls and spectacular rooms that make up this grand  example of Gothic Revival nestled on a outstanding 5 acre garden.

 

2. Black Creek Pioneer Village
(http://www.blackcreek.ca/)
For a peek at what life was like in rural Ontario in the 1800’s, Black Creek Pioneer Village should be your first stop. The outdoor historical museum features over 40 heritage dwellings and historical re-enactments are presented throughout the year with special events during major holidays. If you are around the area in October (my favorite time to visit the village!), you can enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving feast and wagon ride or try your luck in the Haunted Maze or Halloween pumpkin carving the pioneer way!

3. The Royal Ontario Museum
(http://www.rom.on.ca/)
One of the leading museums of natural histories and world cultures, the museum is definitely the place for dinosaur enthusiasts and archaeology buffs but I have always been especially drawn to some of the special exhibits like last year’s Vanity Fair Portrait display and the Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles and Costumes (are you surprised?).

4. Main Street, Unionville
(http://www.unionvilleinfo.com/)

Unionville technically rests just above the border of Toronto but is still considered part of the Greater Toronto Area and lucky that it does! Main Street-Unionville must be one of the quaintest stretches you will ever come across. Adorable little boutiques, wonderful bistros and cafes and a historical touch at every corner makes it a must stop on your next excursion to Toronto.

5. The Bata Shoe Museum
(http://www.batashoemuseum.ca/)
An entire museum dedicated to shoes, do I need to say more?
Housing over 4500 years of footwear history and a fabulous collection of shoes from 20th century celebrities like Elizabeth Taylor and Elvis Presley, this is a definite stop for all shoe enthusiasts!

 
 
Now I can’t be the only one who likes to brag a touch about their hometown?
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