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24 Hours in Toronto

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Toronto
Toronto

One of the largest cities in North America, Toronto is also one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world and an important global financial and economic center.

Often, there is one structure in a city’s skyline that comes to represent the city itself. In Toronto’s case, it is the CN Tower. The world’s tallest when it was built, the CN Tower stands 1,815 feet above the city’s streets. You can peer out over Toronto from the SkyPod 1,465 feet above or have the surreal sensation of walking on air at the 1,122 feet high Sky Terrace.

There is no question that ice hockey is Canada’s favorite sport and watching a game of the Toronto Maple Leafs is an iconic experience. Over fifty outdoor rinks dot the city in winter time so pulling those skates on taking your own whizz across the ice is a fun way to spend an hour.

Canada’s large and established lumber industry has created some stereotypes that Toronto citizens are not eager to dispel. Step into a lumberjack’s shoes – or is it gloves? – by trying your hand at Backyard Axe Throwing. Yes, a sport that has stunned observers by morphing from an idle pastime by a group of friends to today becoming the Backyard Axe Throwing League within a few years deserves a try.

Toronto’s Aboriginal past is still treasured despite the overwhelming influx of immigrants and settlers through the years (more than half the city’s residents were not born in Canada). A great place to uncover some of the history and lifestyle of Toronto’s native population is the Royal Ontario Museum. Four massive 25m tall totem poles are among other items that showcase their artistic heritage.

The museum, Canada’s largest also houses dinosaur bones and other Canadian artifacts of historical significance as well as rotating exhibitions.

To discover the pioneering history of the first settlers, Black Creek Pioneer Village will transport you to a completely different world. It consists of historic buildings constructed at the spots on which they stand and others that were moved from other sites. It is populated by re-enactors in full period costumes and offers an incredible insight into what life was life back then.

When the sun goes down, Toronto comes out to play. The Entertainment District hosts so many clubs and bars that over 50,000 revelers descend on it every weekend. There is a variety of entertainment on offer to cater to eclectic tastes. From live rock performances to DJs spinning their thing to electronic music in seas of LED pulsing to the beat, you will find your kind of music here.

Perhaps 24 hours might be too short but, if the idea appeals to you, Niagara Falls is just a ninety-minute drive from Toronto. An escape to one of the most beautiful sights in the world might not be as disproportionate way to spend the bulk of your Toronto layover…

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