The City of Toronto is a beautiful cosmopolitan city with a generous network of parks and cultural and recreational facilities. It is home to seven professional sports teams and one of the world's biggest English-speaking theater districts. A multi-cultural mixing port, over 80 ethnic communities represent Europe, Asia, and African cultures. Visitors to the Port of Toronto will not want to miss some its most popular attractions.
Casa Loma, the home of Sir Henry Pellatt, is a majestic castle with beautifully decorated suites, an 800-foot tunnel and secret passages, towers, stables, and five acres of gardens. Open from May to October, self-guided tours are available in eight languages. Casa Loma recalls Toronto's era of European elegance.
The Black Creek Pioneer Village in northern Toronto is a historic site overlooking a tributary of the Humber River where visitors can experience life in 19th Century Ontario. It contains more than 40 historic buildings with furnishings from the period and costumed actors portraying life in the 1860s. Visitors can stroll the site on their own and have guides explain individual structures. The best time to visit the village is on weekdays in the fall, after the busy tourist season.
The Port of Toronto houses the Little Italy/Portugal Village where visitors get a taste of Western Mediterranean culture at one of the many coffee shops where residents gather, especially during the World Cup of Soccer when the communities' rivalry is at fever-pitch.
The Distillery District, converted to a pedestrian-only village, is dedicated to arts and entertainment. Visitors will find many great restaurants and art galleries and enjoy the year-round festivals that take place there.
The CN Tower is the tallest free-standing structure in North America. At over 600 meters, visitors can ride a glass elevator to the top and take in a breathtaking view of the region or visit the revolving restaurant and watch the sun set.
The Port of Toronto's Hockey Hall of Fame, dedicated to the history of ice hockey, is also a museum. The theater district offers entertainment for every budget and taste. You can see big splashy shows, local performances, experimental theater, or British murder mysteries.
The Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts offers performances by the National Ballet of Canada and the Canadian Opera Company, and the Toronto Symphony plays in the renovated Roy Thompon Hall. Second City improv theater has a location in the Port of Toronto that tourists will want to visit.
The Port of Toronto's Art Gallery of Ontario is Canada's biggest. It contains the biggest collection of Henry Moore sculptures in the world and many rare and precious European paintings as well as a fine collection of Canadian artists' work.
Other attractions include the Ontario Science Center and the Canadian National Exhibition, Canada's largest agricultural fair. The 1910 Royal Ontario Museum is one of North America's biggest and best museums, and the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art contains exquisite collections of ancient and modern ceramics. Visitors with a foot fetish will want to stop in at the Bata Shoe Museum that boasts a pair of Napoleon Bonaparte's socks and footwear from around the world. The Toronto Zoo is a world-class zoo with indoor and outdoor exhibits divided into zones representing the world's continents.
The Port of Toronto also offers some great beaches, and the Toronto Island includes a clothing-optional beach for the more adventurous traveler. Bikers and walkers will enjoy the Lakefront and Toronto Island for great views of the city skyline, and the adjacent Harbourfront Center hosts many cultural events throughout the year.
Travelers interested in taking a cruise to the Port of Toronto should check out the Port of Toronto's cruising website.