When you think of Toronto chances are you think of the impressive skyline with the iconic CN Tower and the many skyscrapers grazing the clouds, but the city is home to some other pretty amazing things too, like Casa Loma, The Hockey Hall of Fame and The Art Gallery of Ontario, to name but a few.
Construction of the CN Tower started in February of 1973 and it officially opened to the public on October 1st, 1976. Today, it hosts some two million people a year who take in the views from the observation decks, or dine in the revolving restaurant. Over the years, the tower has gone through several changes, most notably the addition of a glass floor in 1994, the addition of glass panels in one of the six external elevators in 1998 and the opening of the Edgewalk in 2011. In 1995 the tower was named one of the Modern Seven Wonders of the World by the American Society of Civil Engineers and it also belongs to the World Federation of Great Towers.
Casa Loma is a Gothic Revival style mansion situated on Austin Terrace at Spadina Road in Toronto. What was once the residence of Sir Henry Mill Pellatt today is a museum with surrounding gardens, stables and outbuildings that stand as they always have on the embankment. The house was built at a cost of $3.5 million back in 1911-1914 and has wonderful rooms to explore including the Oak Room, The Round Room, the Windsor Room a library, a wine cellar and bedrooms for both Sir Henry and his wife. Guests can tour the house and grounds and check out the bowling alley in the basement and The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada Regimental Museum which is located on the third floor of the home.
The Hockey Hall of Fame is housed in a beautiful architecturally significant building in downtown Toronto, where after moving several times it has found its forever home. Inside are exhibits, interactive displays and everything you’d ever want to see or know about the National Hockey League, World Hockey and Olympic Hockey. There are records, there is memorabilia, there are photos of the greats who played the game and of course, it is also home to the trophies that are handed out each year to the best players in the game. The focal point is the Stanley Cup, emblazoned with the names of those who have reached the pinnacle of the game since the Cup was first used. Older rings of the cup are on display in the vault along with other priceless artifacts from Canada’s Game. Guests can display their skills in the Shoot Out, the Shut Out and the Broadcast Zone or just peruse the large collection of all things hockey.
The Art Gallery of Ontario is also located in Toronto, right downtown in the Grange Park district. It has over 80,000 works that span from the 1st Century to today, making it one of the largest collections in North America. It houses the largest collection of Canadian Art and also has collections from the Baroque and Renaissance Periods as well as Modern, African, Contemporary, Oceanic, and European works. Not that all the gallery has is paintings, far from it, as it also houses art installations, sculptures, photography, miniatures, video art and ship models in its vast collection, making it something to see when visiting the city.