In Toronto, where you can witness many beautiful places lined along Lake Ontaria, you will have many options that can be seen and visited from skyscrapers to historical and natural areas in modern architecture. You can visit many museums in the city, visit exhibitions and galleries and participate in activities such as opera and theater.
1. CN Tower
CN Tower, abbreviated from Canadian National, is located in the Rogers Center area and you cannot see this tower. The 4th High tower of the world is 553 meters high and it can be seen from almost every part of the city. There are many restaurants in the tower, which has become the symbol of the city. If you want, you can have the opportunity to watch the city from the glass covered areas. You can even feel the city completely under your feet and enjoy the panoramic city view in some regions whose floor is made entirely of glass.
The construction of the tower started in 1973. It was decided to be made due to the difficulties in the transmission of radio and television broadcasts. Its construction was completed in 1976 and cost about 63 million Canadian dollars. It has been the tallest tower in the world for 34 years until 2010. Today, it is the third tallest tower after Burj Khalifa and Canton Tower. It has terraces from below, such as Glass Floor Level, Look Out Level, Sky Pod, Edgewalk respectively. In addition, 360 Revolving Restaurant is one of the most popular restaurants in the city with its view and food.
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2. Royal Ontario Museum
It is of great importance as the fifth largest museum in North America and the largest research center in Canada. The museum, which will attract your attention with its interesting architecture, contains such important collections. It is located north of Queen’s Park, near the University of Toronto. The museum has more than 6 million objects and has 40 galleries on art, natural sciences and archeology.
The main building of the museum, which has a modern exterior structure, was built in 1912 and its interesting design was added to the building later. The museum, which has 12 different sections, has a wide content that can be called works from all over the world. The works in the museum are divided into two main sections: Natural History on the 2nd floor and World Culture on the 1st, 3rd and 4th floors. Korean art gallery, dinosaur rooms, textile products and Egyptian mummies are the most remarkable points of the museum. In the section on extinct creatures, models of more than 400 species of animals, including mammoths, living in North and South America are exhibited. In the Chinese Sculpture Gallery, buddhist sculptures made from the 2nd to the 16th century are on display. In Daphne Cockwell Gallery of Canada, there are objects of indigenous people who lived in Canada before the colony period.
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3. St. Lawrence Market
Located on Front East and Jarvis streets in the Old Town district of Toronto. Lawrence Market is one of the most beautiful places to see. It is one of the most important shopping destinations in the city. It is located in a historical building and you can find a wide variety of products in it. North, south and St. The market, which has two buildings as Lawrence Hall, was selected as the best market in the world by National Geographic in 2012. The northern building was closed due to restoration works.
When the population of the city increased in 1803, the need to establish a market emerged. First, a market started to be established in Market Square on Jarvis Street. Then, different buildings were built for the market. These wooden buildings have become unusable by fires in 1831 and 1849. After the fire, the market complex St. Lawrence Hall was built. In 1845, the south building was built and used as a town hall.
Exhibitions are occasionally held at the Market Gallery on the 2nd floor of the southern part. On the ground floor and on the first floor, there are 120 market stands where various products such as fresh fruit-vegetables, bread, delicatessen and dairy products are sold. In the northern part, there are shops selling antiques other than food.
4. Casa Loma Castle
Casa Loma, which is one of the most visited points of Toronto, is used as a museum today, but it is also used for film, photo shootings, movie gala and exhibitions. Although it hosts horror movies in particular, it has also been one of the shooting places for movies such as X-Men series and Chicago. The library, garden and wine cellar of this magnificent building are also quite beautiful.
The construction, the construction of which started in 1911, was completed in 1914 and 3.5 million USD was spent for the building. It was the largest private property in Canada at the time it was built with 98 rooms and 6,011 square meters. Ser Henry Pellatt, who has a lot of influence, built such a big castle to host his guests in the best way and to organize fun parties. The castle, which has a dazzling interior design, has very stylish furniture, upholstery, carpets and sculptures. The castle, built with the understanding of gothic awakening, also has hidden tunnels.
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5. Black Creek Village
Black Creek Pioneer Village or Black Creek Village is located just outside Toronto, on the banks of the Humber River, west of York University. The village, which is an open-air museum, reflects life in the region in the 19th century. It is an area decorated with village houses, furniture and mannequins wearing clothes of the period.
It is believed that the first settlement in the village was made in the 900s by the North American Indians. In 1816 the first Europeans settled in the village. The first settlers are Daniel and Elizabeth Stong couple. A village between trees such as karaağaç and oak is actually an empty area. The Stong couple settled here and set up their farms here. Enriched by using fertile lands, the couple grew and developed their farms over time. The family’s children also contributed to this development, and today the Stong family farm is the foundation of this village. In 1954, Hurricane Hazel caused great damage to the village and caused the death of many villagers. Later, various institutions owned the village and made the village a museum by having the village repaired.
There are 40 houses in the open-air village museum. These 19th century houses are decorated with belongings of the period. Dalziel Ranch and the Stong family houses are among the most remarkable buildings. In order to revive the village life better, local horse, sheep, goose and chicken species also live in barns and poultry. There is also a gift shop, bar and restaurant in the village. The cost of visiting the village varies between 11-15 Canadian Dollars.