Thursday, June 9, 2016

My Trip to Toronto | What I Did in Toronto

During my stay in Toronto, I checked out a ton of tourist attractions in the city. So today I want to share with you my low-down all the places I visited. To read on about Casa Loma, the Royal Ontario Museum, Ripley's Aquarium of Canada and so on, click......
Royal Ontario Museum
Royal Ontario Museum:
One of my favorite tourist attractions in BC is the amazing Royal Museum of British Columbia so I was pretty darn excited to visit the Royal Ontario Museum. With various exhibitions on natural history, asian architecture and artifacts, rocks and gems, and European history, the Royal Ontario Museum is indeed a very large museum. The collection is very extensive and impressive so if you are a history buff then you are going to love this place!
Royal Ontario Museum
Although the museum holds some amazing artifacts, I think the presentation can be a bit dull at times. Unless you are really into the subject of the exhibits, things get repetitive very quickly. I wish the museum included more immersive curations that really draw the attention of your average museum-goer. With that said, I really enjoyed the bat cave and some of the European galleries.
Royal Ontario Museum
Bata Shoe Museum
Bata Shoe Museum:
One of the most unique museums I've visited to date, Bata Shoe Museum, as its name suggest, is a museum all about shoes! Whether you are a total history buff or a shoe fanatic, this place will have something to offer. The museum includes comprehensive exhibitions on shoes from various cultures throughout history and you will see shoes actually worn by famous celebrities like Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor.
Bata Shoe Museum
Casa Loma
Casa Loma:
Constructed in the early 1900s, Casa Loma is an awe-aspiring gothic revival style house now open to the public as a historical museum. If you love beautiful architecture and interior design, this place is a must-visit. In fact, Casa Loma is hands down my favorite attraction on this trip. Everything about this castle-sized house is just absolutely exquisite; it boasts seven floors, a beautiful outdoor garden, an underground tunnel that connects to a hunting lodge and stables, a vintage car collection, and spiral staircases that lead to cool viewpoints in the tall towers. In fact, Casa Loma's interior and exterior have been made filming locations for quite a handful of films and TV shows (ex. X-Men, Chicago, and Hemlock Grove).
Casa Loma
Casa Loma
Hockey of Fame:
I know pretty much nothing about hockey but this place was still a fun visit, both for me and for my boyfriend, who's a casual fan. This museum includes a plethora of hockey memorabilia and it's home to the Stanley Cup, which you can get up and close to take a picture with.
Hockey Hall of Fame
Ripley's Aquarium of Canada
Ripley's Aquarium of Canada:
Vancouver's got a pretty awesome aquarium but if you want to see sharks, you have to check out Ripley's Aquarium of Canada! The aquarium actually features an underwater tunnel equipped with a moving walkway that looks up into a huge tank filled with various species of sharks. However, this aquarium doesn't have any sea mammals or a rain forest gallery, so if you are looking forward to seeing some sea otters or baby sloths, you may be a bit disappointed.
Ripley's Aquarium of Canada
Art Gallery of Ontario
Art Gallery of Ontario:
With an extensive collection of European, Canadian, and modern art, the AGO will sure make a great visit for any art lovers. All the galleries are very spacious and the building itself features some beautiful architecture. My favorite piece? This giant "Floor Burger" from Claes Oldenburg.
Art Gallery of Ontario
CN Tower:
No visit to Toronto is complete without the CN Tower. The tallest tower in North America, this monumental structure provides a panoramic view of the city. If you love a good view, then this is not to be missed. With that said though, there's not much more included in the admission aside from a view. Do take advantage of the "glass floor" portion of the tower, where you can look down (if you dare) 1,122 ft onto the streets.
CN Tower
CN Tower View
During my stay I also visited the Distillery District and the St. Lawrence Market. The Distillery District is an eclectic tourist neighborhood filled with patio pubs and local breweries. It also has tons of cute boutiques, very similar to Gastown in Vancouver. St. Lawrence Market, on the other hand, is pretty similar to the Granville Public Market. There are tons of fresh produce and delis to check out, but the place is quite hectic so unless you've been many times before, it's hard to know what's good. So have you visited Toronto before? What's your favorite attraction? Share with me in the comments below!
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