Cultured and cosmopolitan, Toronto nevertheless manages to remain relaxed, livable, and fun all at the same time. Canada's center of the arts and media has plenty of pleasant tree-lined streets in Yorkville for window-shopping and wandering; a host of independent galleries in West Queen West with edgy works; big-name music festivals year-round; and an adventurous, constantly evolving food scene. Toronto’s impressive sights may be what pull you in, but its vibrant neighborhoods, artistic happenings, and friendly locals will make you want to return.
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Things you can't miss
The tallest tower in the Western Hemisphere is Toronto’s visual icon. From the 1,467-foot upper platform you can see 75 miles or more on a clear day.
This diverse collection features everything from Chinese artifacts and saber-toothed cats to ancient Roman sculpture and even a bat cave.
Visit the Entertainment District around King Street West for cultural and sports venues. The West Queen West area teems with galleries, bars and cafes.
Take the ferry to the parks, beaches and vehicle-free roads of these Lake Ontario islands, which also offer a splendid panorama of the city skyline.
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Toronto’s multiculturalism comes to life at this vibrant, slightly bohemian concentration of food vendors, vintage clothing shops and restaurants.
Canadians take their hockey very seriously, and this downtown museum thrills fans with historic game gear, artifacts and a replica NHL dressing room.
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