Toronto is often mistakenly referred to as the capital of Canada, like Sydney in Australia or Istanbul in Turkey. Indeed, it is difficult to imagine that the capital of a modern developed state is quiet and cozy Ottawa, and not the dynamic cultural and economic center of Canada, which, without exaggeration, is Toronto.
It is the largest city in Canada, in addition, it is a real business capital of the North American state. It hosts numerous cultural events, including festivals, concerts and sports games. It houses a countless variety of museums and art galleries. It’s safe to say that Toronto is the heart of all of Canada.
The most important landmark of Toronto is the CN Tower television tower, the name of the tower stands for Canada’s National Tower (Canadian National Tower). From 1975 to 2007, this 553-meter structure was the tallest structure in the world, twice the height of the famous Parisian Eiffel Tower and thirteen meters higher than the Ostankino TV Tower in Moscow. At the service of visitors, the television tower offers several entertainment:
- Main observation deck with glass floor;
- The highest observation deck on the spire;
- Walk along the open cornice of the observation deck;
- Revolving restaurant.
At a height of 447 meters, there is a unique observation deck with a glass floor, which is able to withstand a load of up to 109 tons per square centimeter, but such an amazing design find is not to every tourist’s liking. A revolving restaurant is located at a height of 351 meters, which owes its name “360 °”. An additional observation deck Sky Pod is located on the spire of the tower in the highest place accessible to visitors. And for the most extreme tourists there is an additional attraction – an open ride called Edge Walk along the cornice of the observation deck.
The longest street in the world and the most important in Toronto is one of the main points of tourist sightseeing in the city. Its length is about eighteen kilometers from south to north. Like two other streets, King Street and Bloor Street, Young Street stretches along the shore of the lake, and the alleys and small streets that cross these three main streets perpendicularly form a rectangular urban planning system that will help any tourist to determine the area and not get lost.
According to history, Young Street was nothing more than an Indian trail, and at the end of the eighteenth century, the street was named after George Young and became the carriageway of the city. Today, a subway line runs under it, and thousands of residents and visitors of Toronto move along the pedestrian part every day, visiting numerous shops, restaurants and entertainment venues.
Hockey Hall of Fame
It’s no secret that hockey is the main sports hobby of all Canadians. Canada truly ranks as one of the world leaders in this winter sport. Famous hockey players are known all over the world, and not only representatives of these countries, but the whole world watched the epoch-making competitions between the two titanic teams of the national teams of Canada and the USSR, and later Russia. Naturally, such popularity could not but contribute to the emergence of its own thematic museum, which absorbed the entire history of the hockey glory of the North American state. The museum has incorporated hockey artifacts from around the world:
- Stanley Cup;
- Unique photographs;
- Ammunition of famous players.
The museum displays the famous Terry Sochak ammunition, the stick played by Max Bentley and the famous skates of Newsy Lalonda. In addition, the museum’s exposition is not limited to mere contemplation of hockey artifacts, because every visitor can become a part of an amazing project, during which a museum guest can become a striker or goalkeeper of an interactive match. Such an experience will not leave indifferent any boy.
Parliament of Ontario
Toronto is the capital of the Canadian province of Ontario, which means it must have its own administrative and legislative institutions. Like the capital of Canada, Ottawa, Toronto’s parliament building is of unprecedented beauty and grandeur. The unique pink stone from which the structure is constructed gives it a delicate pinkish tint. This architectural feature has led to the emergence of the popular name of this building “Pink Palace”.
At the end of the nineteenth century, among the English and Canadian intelligentsia, it was believed that the parliament should have a strict Gothic style of architecture, similar to the famous British parliament. However, the American architect was able to defend his project in the style of the Romanesque Renaissance that was unusual for those years. The opulent interiors and chic exterior make the Ontario Parliament Building and the surrounding Queens Park a real pride for the provincial and a gem in Toronto’s landmarks.
A unique feature of the modern look of the building can be considered a kind of defect in the finishing materials used in the restoration of the building after a fire. At the beginning of the twentieth century, the palace survived a fire and destruction of one of its parts, expensive marble was used for restoration, however, to reduce the cost of reconstruction, so-called defective marble with imprints of ancient animals and plants was used. Today this “marriage” is an additional attraction of the most beautiful Parliament in Toronto.
The mysterious and mysterious Casa Loma castle in the neo-Gothic style attracts lovers of medieval English architecture with its ancient beauty. Despite its ancient appearance, the castle was built at the beginning of the twentieth century. This structure was the largest single owner’s home in Canada. However, in the 1920s, the business of the owner of the house did not go so well, and the castle became first a hotel, and soon the property of the city as a tourist pearl of Toronto.
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