Toronto is Canada’s largest city, a major scene for theatre, with a grand variety of performing arts, sports, shopping and festivals for you to explore! Toronto has many historic and contemporary buildings and parks to see and its most prominent landmark is the CN Tower. It currently stands as the second tallest free-standing land structure in the world at 553 meters (1,815 ft), featuring a revolving restaurant, arcades, cafes, an observation deck and even a glass floor.
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Toronto is also home to Canada's most famous Casa Loma, the former estate of Sir Henry Pellatt, a prominent financier, industrialist and military man. Other notable neighbourhoods, buildings and attractions include The Beaches, University of Toronto Campus, the Toronto Islands, Kensington Market, and Fort York. The Hockey Hall of Fame, housed in a former bank erected in 1885, is located at the intersection of Front Street and Yonge Street in Downtown.
The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is a major museum with more then six million objects presented elaborately to increase your understanding of world cultures and natural history. The Toronto Zoo, one of the largest in the world, is home to over 5,000 animals representing over 460 distinct species. The Art Gallery of Ontario contains a large collection of Canadian, European, African and contemporary artwork. The Gardiner Museum of ceramic art which is the only museum in Canada entirely devoted to ceramics, containing more than 2,900 ceramic works from Asia, the Americas, and Europe.
The Ontario Science Centre always has new activities and science displays and the Bata Shoe Museum features many unique exhibitions year round. The Don Valley Brick Works is a former industrial site, which opened in 1889, and has recently been restored as a park and heritage site. The Canadian National Exhibition is held annually at Exhibition Place; it is the oldest annual fair in the world and the fifth largest in the world. The Distillery District is a pedestrian village containing boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, artist studios and small breweries, including the well-known Mill Street Brewery.
The production of domestic and foreign film and television is a major local industry. Many movie releases are screened in Toronto prior to wider release in North America. The Toronto International Film Festival is one of the most important Toronto is home to more than fifty ballet and dance companies, six opera companies, and two symphony orchestras.
Notable performance venues include the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, Roy Thomson Hall, the Princess of Wales Theatre, the Royal Alexandra Theatre, Massey Hall, the Toronto Centre for the Arts, the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres and the Hummingbird Centre. Europe's largest film studio, Pinewood Studios Group of London, is scheduled to open a major new film studio complex in west-end Toronto, with five sound stages, with the first two to open by fall 2008.
Ontario Place features the world's first permanent IMAX movie theatre, as well as the Molson Amphitheatre, an open-air venue for large-scale music concerts. Each summer, the Canadian Stage Company presents an outdoor Shakespeare production in Toronto’s High Park called "Dream in High Park". Canada's Walk of Fame acknowledges the achievements of successful Canadians, with a series of stars on designated blocks of sidewalks along King Street and Simcoe Street.
Toronto's festivals include Caribana in mid-July to early August and it is one of North America's largest street festivals. For the most part, Caribana is based on the Trinidad and Tobago Carnival, and the first Caribana took place in 1967 when the city's Caribbean community celebrated Canada's Centennial year. Pride Week in Toronto takes place in mid-June, and is one of the largest LGBT festivals in the world. It attracts more than one million people from all over the world, and is one of the largest events to take place in the city.
The Yorkville neighborhood is one of Toronto's most elegant shopping and dining areas. Enjoy great shopping at the Eaton Centre, one of North America's top shopping destinations, attracting over 1 million visitors per week. Wander around downtown Toronto, along Queen Street and the area to visit unique boutiques and a variety of large fashion stores as well as a variety of great dining. Toronto has three China towns, Old, East and Agincourt in nearby Scarborough. Greektown on the Danforth, is another one of the major attractions of Toronto which boasts one of the highest concentrations of restaurants per kilometre in the world. It is also home to the annual "Taste of the Danforth" festival.