Now in operation for 13 years, Air Canada Centre is the top venue for events such as concerts, conventions and sports games and is one of the most popular attractions of Toronto. It is also the base of the Toronto Maple Leafs Hockey Club, Toronto Rock Lacrosse Team and Toronto Raptors Basketball Club. Over the years it has been the winner of over 25 awards and has been the venue of choice for thousands of events, attended by more than 26,800,000 people. The Centre is regularly refurbished to ensure it consistently offers up to date facilities. One of the most recent projects is the Maple Leaf Square extension. The committed fan service package on offer ensures that those hosting events make Air Canada Centre their first port of call.
Visit Canada’s Wonderland to see just why it is one of the most popular attractions in the country. It is an ideal entertainment destination for all the family, and will ensure that everyone has a great time! It is also an excellent place for groups of friends to hang out. This is the only park in the country to offer a Leviathan rollercoaster – a 201 kph thriller with an 80 degree drop – as the highlight. Other exciting rides include the Shockwave, 91.7-metre WindSeeker, Vortex and Behemoth. Children will love Dinosaurs Alive! and Planet Snoopy. Dinosaurs Alive! offers 2.8 fascinating hectares of educational displays, including more than 40 dinosaurs of actual size. As if all this was not enough, Canada’s Wonderland also is home to Splash Works, an eight-hectare water world with unforgettable rides such as Super Soaker, The Plunge and the Lazy River, to name just a few. Everyone is guaranteed to find a water ride here that they will love.
Collectively, the Toronto Islands form a picnicking and recreation park surrounded by water. There is a number of islands in the archipelago, which is visible from Toronto‘s harbour. Centreville Amusement Park and Far Enough Farm are just two of the many attractions to be found on the Islands. In addition, there are volleyball nets and a fleet of bicycles and boats which are available for hire. Centreville is surrounded by just under 243 hectares of fields and meadows, and offers more than 30 rides. There also is a choice of over 14 eateries, meaning everyone is catered for!
Franklin Children’s Garden, just off Toronto‘s coast on Centre Island, makes learning fun via interactive displays. Franklin the Turtle was the inspiration for Franklin Children’s Garden; this is not a place where one merely stands back and watches. Diving right in and enjoying yourself is encouraged! Discover how much of a thrill reading is, and learn all about this earth’s weird and wonderful animals and plants.
The Gibraltar Point Lighthouse, which dates from 1808, is Toronto’s oldest standing stone building. Situated on Gibraltar Point, it is also the Great Lakes’ oldest lighthouse still in existence. However, it has been out of active service since 1958, when the last lighthouse keeper departed.
Colborne Lodge is one of the very few remaining buildings of its type in Toronto, and is one of only ten Toronto Culture museums. This very attractive Regency cottage was built by John and Jemima Howard in 1837, after they had established High Park. John Howard was amongst the city’s first architects. Colborne Lodge still contains a large number of authentic early 19th century furniture and ornaments. These even include several of John Howard’s own watercolours, which show the city as it was long ago.
Fort York National Historic Site, dating from 1793, is where modern day Toronto came into being. In 1813, during the Battle of York, it was where the most dramatic events of the War of 1812 were played out. It was also Toronto Harbour’s premier defensive building from the late 18th century to the late 19th century. Up to the 1930s, soldiers were based here. Nowadays, the Fort’s fortified walls surround the country’s most extensive assortment of War of 1812 structures. Fort York National Historic Site receives thousands of visitors annually. They wander around the complex of eight historically significant buildings to learn about the story of Toronto, watch artillery presentations and take in the various exhibitions. Guided tours are also offered on a seasonal basis.