Best Toronto Attractions: CN Tower
There’s no mistaking it: the CN Tower remains the mother of all Toronto attractions. A 58-second elevator ride whisks you to the 114th story of the world’s ninth tallest free-standing structure—the 181-story, 1,815.5-foot communications tower built by Canadian National Railway in 1976. Breathtaking views from the glass-fronted elevator set the stage for more dizzying sights from the Look Out, where on a clear day you can see as far as the Canada-US border. Visitors with nerves of steel can walk on the Glass Floor for a view 1,122-ft straight down. For panoramic views, 1,465 ft above the ground, take an elevator up 33 more stories to the world’s highest man-made observatory.
Best Toronto Attractions: Hockey Hall of Fame
This shrine to Canada’s favourite sport celebrates all things hockey, including those who have achieved greatness in the game. Housed in a beautiful former bank building dating back to 1885, which is incorporated into Brookfield Place, the Hockey Hall of Fame contains the most comprehensive collection of hockey artifacts and memorabilia in the world, among them the first Stanley Cup trophy. Interactive exhibits run the gamut from multimedia trivia kiosks that test your hockey knowledge to a virtual reality puck-shooting game that allows visitors to go one-on-one against legendary players.
Best Toronto Attractions: Toronto Islands
Originally a peninsula, the Toronto Islands were formed when the rushing waters of the Don River separated a spit from the mainland during a ferocious storm in 1858. There are more than a dozen islets and mid-sized islands in this urban archipelago, some of them connected by bridges, others accessible only by boat. A thriving residential community of creative characters calls Ward’s and Algonquin Islands home, while Centre Island is a popular destination for its amusement park. No cars are allowed on the islands, adding enormously to their tranquility. Along with exploration on foot, two great ways to get the most out of the islands are to rent a boat or a bicycle and paddle your way through the extensive lagoon system or cycle to a secluded picnic spot. It is easy to forget that you are right beside one of the busiest ports in Canada.