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Toronto Visitors Guide

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Destination: Toronto, Ontario
Featured Hotel: The Fairmont Royal York

Toronto sits on the northern shore of Lake Ontario, a couple of hours drive from Niagara Falls, and is the 5th largest city in North America; the Greater Toronto Area is home to 6.2 million people. The best view of the skyline is from Toronto Island Park, a 10 minute ferry ride from the ferry terminal on Bay Street. The islands are a major recreation area, and include an amusement park called Centreville. If you'd like to stay near the waterfront, consider the Westin Harbour Castle Toronto.

Toronto Click images to enlarge

The CN Tower is Toronto's most visible landmark and is adjacent to the Rogers Centre (formerly called SkyDome, and home to the Toronto Blue Jays and Toronto Argonauts). One of the seven modern wonders of the world, it's the tallest tower in the Western Hemisphere and the most visible icon of the city. Toronto's financial centre can be seen in the image below, taken from the top of the tower; Toronto ranks as the tenth most economically powerful city in the world. Hotels in this area include the Intercontinental Toronto Centre, the Soho Metropolitan, the Hyatt Regency Toronto, and the Hotel Le Germain Toronto.

CN Tower CN Tower

Toronto is a vibrant city, with abundant options for entertainment and nightlife. Yonge Street (pronounced "young"), shown below, is the north-south "centre" of the city, and has many popular attractions including the Eaton Centre and the Hockey Hall of Fame. Hotels in this vicinity include Le Royal Meridien King Edward Hotel, Cosmopolitan Hotel Toronto, and One King West.

Yonge Street

Near the Eaton Centre is Yonge-Dundas Square, Toronto's smaller version of Times Square in New York or Piccadilly Circus in London. Hotels near Dundas Square include the Pantages Hotel Toronto Centre, and the Sutton Place Hotel (near the University of Toronto).

Yonge-Dundas Square

To the north of the university is Bloor Street, a major east west street, and home to the Yorkville shopping district and the Royal Ontatio Museum (ROM). Shown below is the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal, part of the ROM. The Park Hyatt Toronto is a convenient choice if you're visiting Yorkville, as is the Intercontinental Toronto Yorkville, and the Four Seasons Toronto.

Royal Ontario Museum

Shown below is some of the shopping district in Yorkville at night, not far from the Toronto Marriott Yorkville Bloor. If you travel east on Bloor Street from here, the street's name changes to Danforth Avenue (aka "The Danforth", where you'll find Toronto's large Greektown community. Toronto has many ethnic neighborhoods, including Chinatown and Little Italy, which are to the west of this location.

Bloor Street