City Orientation Walk I, Toronto

Toronto, the capital of Ontario, is a major Canadian metropolis on the shore of Lake Ontario renowned for its dynamic pace and a high-rising skyline comprising ultra-modern skyscrapers and historic architecture. The city boasts rich cultural scene and a multitude of green spaces, offering a wealth of entertainment and recreational facilities. To learn more about and enjoy the delights of Toronto, follow this orientation walk!
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City Orientation Walk I Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk I
Guide Location: Canada » Toronto (See other walking tours in Toronto)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.4 km
Author: alice
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Ontario Parliament

1) Ontario Parliament (must see)

Ontario Parliament is a most impressive building established in the late 1800s. It is located within the Queen's Park. At present, it is the house of the Legislative Chamber of Ontario. The Legislative Assembly of Ontario is the legislature of the province of Ontario, since Confederation in 1867. The legislature is made of two elements: the monarch of Canada, represented by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, and the unicameral assembly called the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. The legislature has existed since 1867 when Ontario, then called Canada West, became one of the founding colonies of the Canadian Confederation. Within the building are guided tours and sometimes it houses different exhibitions.

Why You Should Visit:
Once you enter from the south main doors, you have the option of taking a tour, of sitting in during a sitting of the House (if in session), of observing some of the portraits on the west wing of former Speakers of the House, and there is a wall of Women Members of Parliament near the west entrance. Special exhibits may be housed in glass cases in the east wing and there is a gift shop.

Tip:
If you're looking for coffee, there is a spot in the lower level, but better yet, try the restaurant where you can order from a set menu OR it may be the day that a full hot and cold buffet is set up!

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 8am-6pm; Sat-Sun: 9am-4pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Royal Ontario Museum

2) Royal Ontario Museum (must see)

From dinosaurs, meteors and historical artifacts to famous paintings, cultural artifacts and hands-on exhibits, the Royal Ontario Museum has it all. If you love museums and unraveling the past, historically, archeologically or scientifically, the Royal Ontario Museum is the place to be.

Receiving over a million visitors every year, the Royal Ontario Museum is one place that every tourist of Toronto has on his list. With over six million artifacts covering ancient history, art, meteorology, science, anthropology, archeology and paleontology, there is no mystery behind the huge reputation the Museum has. It is a proud owner of the largest collection of fossils from the Burgess Shale which is the world’s most popular and celebrated fossil field. Since its establishment in 1912, the Museum has had close ties with the University of Toronto. It was not until 1968, that the Royal Museum became a separate and independent body.

The architecture of the Museum also needs a special mention. The building is an amalgamation of different styles and designs of architecture ranging from Neo-Romanesque to Byzantine along with eye-catching ultra-modern and contemporary styles. The Royal Ontario Museum comes as the perfect treat for the eyes and provides food for imagination as well as one’s curiosity.

Why You Should Visit:
Royal and relevant; not only are the exhibits great and diverse too – the architecture alone is also an attraction.
Has over 40 galleries, a fantastic kids area on the 2nd floor, a nice souvenir shop & more.

Tip:
There are special events held often, and on certain Friday nights, the museum will become party central with an organized social, bar and opportunity to mingle among the artifacts.
Plan on being at the museum for about one hour per exhibit/collection and note that some special exhibitions may have an additional charge.
The c5 Restaurant Lounge, located at the top of the Crystal, offers views of Liza's Garden, a sustainable garden installed on the museum rooftop, as well as the Toronto skyline, and there are also other fine dining/coffee spots inside or close-by.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-5:30pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Bloor-Yorkville

3) Bloor-Yorkville

Founded in 1830 by entrepreneur Joseph Bloore and William Botsford Jarvis of Rosedale, the Bloor-Yorkville district is a former village, annexed by the City of Toronto. It is roughly bounded by Bloor Street to the south, Davenport Road to the north, Yonge Street to the east and Avenue Road to the west, and is considered part of the 'The Annex' neighborhood officially. It is one of Canada's most exclusive shopping districts. In 2006, the stretch of Bloor Street West between Yonge and Avenue was the 22nd most expensive street in the world, with rents of $208 per square foot. It must be visited by someone that looks for some great shopping. The district is located next to some of the most popular shopping streets of Toronto. It has several amazing malls and the Hazelton Lanes within. It also is most famous for its fashion boutiques, amazing restaurants and other treats. Yorkville has upscale shopping, restaurants, and the first five star hotel in Canada. Bloor-Yorkville has also become the home of some of Toronto's most exciting and dynamic events.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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University of Toronto

4) University of Toronto (must see)

The University of Toronto (U of T, UToronto, or Toronto) is a public research university in Toronto situated on the grounds that surround Queen's Park. It was founded by royal charter in 1827 as King's College, the first institution of higher learning in Upper Canada. Originally controlled by the Church of England, the university assumed the present name in 1850 upon becoming a secular institution. As a collegiate university, it comprises 12 colleges that differ in character and history, each retaining substantial autonomy on financial and institutional affairs. Academically, the University of Toronto is noted for influential movements and curricula in literary criticism and communication theory, known collectively as the Toronto School. The university was the birthplace of insulin and stem cell research, and was the site of the first practical electron microscope, the development of multi-touch technology, the identification of Cygnus X-1 as a black hole, and the theory of NP-completeness. By a significant margin, it receives the most annual research funding of any Canadian university. It is one of two members of the Association of American Universities located outside the United States.

The Varsity Blues are the athletic teams representing the university in intercollegiate league matches, with particularly long and storied ties to gridiron football and ice hockey. The university's Hart House is an early example of the North American student centre, simultaneously serving cultural, intellectual and recreational interests within its large Gothic-revival complex. The most favorite places for tourists to visit within the University of Toronto are the chapel, the bookstore, the dining hall, the art gallery, and others. During summer there are also guided tours.

Why You Should Visit:
You will not only see historical buildings and fantastic nature, but you can also feel the atmosphere of student life, see busy students and find yourself in a place where everyone is happy to help and share some words with you.

Tip:
Make sure to go inside Hart House, University College, Knox College... all open to the public.
There are also walking tours available around campus. You can start with Philosophers Walk which runs south from Bloor St. across from the Intercontinental Hotel. Eventually, you will reach King's College Circle, a large open area that is the center of campus.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Kensington Market

5) Kensington Market

Kensington Market is one of the most fascinating market areas in Toronto. The place is packed with shops, restaurants and others. The merchandise of the Kensington Market comes from all over the world. Here is a place to enjoy a lot of cultures and languages.
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Chinatown

6) Chinatown (must see)

A Chinatown is historically any ethnic enclave of expatriate Chinese, Hong Kongese, Macanese and Taiwanese people (outside China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao). Areas known as "Chinatown" exist throughout the world. Toronto's Chinatown is an ethnic enclave in the city's downtown area with a high concentration of ethnic Chinese residents and businesses extending along Dundas Street West and Spadina Avenue. Chinatown is one of the most popular districts for shopping, walking and enjoying Chinese food and culture. The shops offer all kind of merchandise. It a colorful place definitely worth seeing and visiting.

Why You Should Visit:
The information overload of all the Chinese signs makes this an interesting neighborhood to take a stroll.
You'll find lots of inexpensive eateries here, especially late at night; also a great place to pick up your gifts for home, as it is cheaper compared to the shops in the city centre.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)

7) Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) (must see)

One of the most spectacular structures you can ever encounter in Toronto is the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO). Housing the world’s largest Canadian art collection, the Art Gallery of Ontario is a must visit when in Toronto.

The museum was established in 1900 and was the resultant of the efforts of a group of citizens who didn't take art lightly. Although the museum had a shaky start, it progressed to earn the reputation of being one of the best-known museums in the city.

The AGO has a proud collection of over 80,000 pieces of works that display art right from the 1st century till the present day. Rembrandt, Vincent van Gogh, Frans Hals, Peter Paul Rubens, Tintoretto, Anthony Van Dyke, Thomas Gainsborough, Pablo Picasso are the few artists whose works are proudly displayed at the museum. The perfect place for admirers and followers of art, the AGO also has a brilliant collection of modern and contemporary artists like Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg, and Jenny Holzer. Not only is the museum a haven for devoted paint and canvas lovers, the works of some of the finest sculptors can also be seen here. The AGO has the largest collection of sculptures by Henry Moore, who took the world by storm with his semi-abstract pieces of work.

Why You Should Visit:
The architecture alone is worth coming for; add the permanent Group of Seven exhibition as well as the African, European and Indigenous art to make a most enjoyable experience.
You can also stop into the museum shop for all the fun and interesting items.

Tip:
The museum policy allows for exiting and re-entering on your ticket within the day.
Don't forget to check out the basement which has many models of naval ships, mostly from Britain. It's spectacular and often overlooked.

Opening Hours:
Tue, Thu: 10:30am–5pm; Wed, Fri: 10:30am–9pm; Sat, Sun: 10:30am–5:30pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Yonge Street

8) Yonge Street (must see)

Yonge Street is definitely a place to visit in Toronto. The street has more then 1,900 kilometers and it is a commercial district full of activity especially between Front and Lawrence. Yonge Street is full of shops, hotels, restaurants and bars.

Yonge Street (pronounced "young street") is a major arterial route connecting the shores of Lake Ontario in Toronto to Lake Simcoe, a gateway to the Upper Great Lakes. It was formerly listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the longest street in the world at 1,896 km (1,178 mi). The construction of Yonge Street is designated an Event of National Historic Significance in Canada. Yonge Street was fundamental in the original planning and settlement of western Upper Canada in the 1790s, informing the basis of the concession roads in Ontario today. Long the southernmost leg of Highway 11, linking the capital with northern Ontario, Yonge Street has been referred to as "Main Street Ontario". A large part of the route follows an ancient well-established Aboriginal trail that linked the Lake Ontario waterfront to northern parts of the region. It was also the site of Canada's first subway line. The street was named by Ontario's first colonial administrator, John Graves Simcoe, for his friend Sir George Yonge, an expert on ancient Roman roads.

Yonge Street is a commercial main thoroughfare rather than a ceremonial one, with landmarks such as the Eaton Center, Yonge-Dundas Square and the Hockey Hall of Fame located along its length—and lends its name to the eponymous Downtown Yonge shopping and entertainment district.

Why You Should Visit:
Well, this area is kind of like 'Canada's New York'! Subway is always close by, lots of shops, restaurants, and major attractions.
It attracts an eclectic crowd of people and they are the main attraction – all the way from beggars, pierced teenagers to suits and ties, and a multitude of ethnicities. Great fun if you just go with the flow.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Yonge-Dundas Square

9) Yonge-Dundas Square (must see)

No place can get you closer to the spirit of the city of Toronto than the Yonge- Dundas Square. Filled with entertainment, energy and life, the Yonge-Dundas Square is the heart of the city’s cultural pedestal. Opposite the Eaton Center is Toronto’s community hub that attracts both tourist and locals on a very large scale.

Bringing together people from all walks of life, the Square hosts celebrations, theatrical events, musicals, movies and concerts. Buzzing with life and activity, the Dundas Square is always in motion and is brimming with life and energy.

Opened in 2002, the Yonge-Dundas Square was designed in context to the hip and happening city of Toronto. It boasts of a chic urban design and the Square stands at a slight incline which was made on purpose to facilitate a theatrical feel to the complex.

Why You Should Visit:
The most photographed spot in Toronto! Canada's Times Square with lots of events happening. Easy access to Path, Eaton center and tons of awesome food.
Good meeting point to go off shopping and sightseeing around Toronto, and the ideal place to enjoy some activity in the day or quite in late night.

Tip:
If you just want to drop in for a quick look-see, rest assured that getting out is as easy as hopping the subway right at this very corner inside the Eaton Centre.
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Toronto, Canada

Create Your Own Walk in Toronto

Create Your Own Walk in Toronto

Creating your own self-guided walk in Toronto is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Toronto's Waterfront Self-guided Tour

Toronto's Waterfront Self-guided Tour

Toronto is located on the shore of Lake Ontario and it is more than obvious that the locals, as well as visitors to the city, cherish and admire the alluring views of the lake. Toronto's waterfront is one of the most picturesque places for walking, but it is also a great destination for those in search of entertainment. This walking tour will reveal all the pearls strewn along the quay. Don't hesitate to visit all the attractions on this itinerary, as listed below.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 km
Religious Heart of Toronto Walking Tour

Religious Heart of Toronto Walking Tour

Because it is an ethnically diverse city, Toronto has different types of churches beginning with imposing Revival style Cathedrals to small postmodernist churches.This tour however aims to introduce you to some of the most famous religious structures in the city. While in Toronto be sure to check the ones listed below.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 km
Shopping Tour in Toronto

Shopping Tour in Toronto

There are many ways to enjoy shopping in Toronto. You can either walk along the oldest streets of the city, like Yonge street and visit the huge fancy shopping centers, or you can experience the atmosphere of the historic market of St. Lawrence. This tour has it all: from small unusual stores to big "all-mighty" malls. So don't hesitate to enjoy an authentic shopping experience by visiting the attractions listed below.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.5 km
Souvenir Shopping Part 1

Souvenir Shopping Part 1

It would be a pity to leave Toronto without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Toronto, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.3 km
City Orientation Walk II

City Orientation Walk II

Toronto, the capital of Ontario, is a major Canadian metropolis on the shore of Lake Ontario renowned for its dynamic pace and a high-rising skyline comprising ultra-modern skyscrapers and historic architecture. The city boasts rich cultural scene and a multitude of green spaces, offering a wealth of entertainment and recreational facilities. To learn more about and enjoy the delights of Toronto, follow this orientation walk!

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
Best of Toronto's Museum and Galleries Tour

Best of Toronto's Museum and Galleries Tour

Because of being one of the most culturally and ethnically diverse cities in the world, it is more than obvious that Toronto is not just another expensive global city, but also has a strongly developed sense of culture. Just give this city a chance to convince you of this. Take this walking tour and check out the best of Toronto's museum and galleries, as listed below.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.7 km

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