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Department stores, exclusive shops, neighbourhood retailers and ethnic markets – Toronto has more than 20,000 stores catering to all fashions and tastes. Its premier shopping destination, the Eaton Centre, is a multi-levelled, glass-roofed galleria comprising more than 320 shops and restaurants, 17 cinemas, and a 400-room Marriott hotel.
Built in 1979, the Eaton Centre boasts $746 of sales per square foot of retail space – the highest in North America - and is the number one tourist attraction in Toronto with one million visitors a week. Modelled after the Galleria in Milan, Italy, the Eaton Centre was among the first major downtown shopping centres constructed in North America.
Toronto’s most exclusive retail district is located in the Bloor/Yorkville area. International retailers offering high fashion designs, eclectic boutiques, fine crystal and china shops, art galleries, and superb restaurants are all available in the village-like atmosphere of Yorkville and Hazelton Lanes.
As the world’s most ethnically diverse city, Toronto also has distinctive shopping districts and markets that offer a wide range of unique shopping experiences. These vibrant retail areas include Queen Street West, Kensington Market, St. Lawrence Market, five Chinatowns, Little Italy along St. Clair West, the Greek community along "The Danforth," Little Portugal at Dundas and Bathurst Streets, and Gerrard India Bazaar at Gerrard and Greenwood.
With more than 32,000 hotel rooms, Toronto has more available accommodation than any other Canadian city and the highest occupancy rate (73 per cent). In 1999, hotel development represented more than $100 million in renovation and refurbishment and two new hotels opened in the summer of 2000.
Toronto’s waterfront – one of North America’s largest recreational waterfronts – provides a scenic backdrop for many popular and entertaining attractions including Harbourfront, Ontario Place, SkyDome, the CN Tower, and the Toronto Islands. It’s also the setting of many big events including the Celebrate Toronto Street Festival, Caribana, Winterfest and the Canadian National Exhibition.
Downtown Toronto offers museums and art galleries galore including The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) , Canada’s largest museum and one of the top 10 in the world; the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), Canada’s oldest art gallery and home to more than 15,000 paintings; and the Ontario Science Centre, which entertains and educates 800,000 visitors a year.
At the northeast end of the city, Canada’s largest zoo, the Toronto Zoo, features more than 5,000 animals in their natural environment. Just north of the City, Canada’s largest theme park, Paramount Canada’s Wonderland, features more than 160 attractions and 50 rides in a thrilling environment.
Day or night - always something going on!
Air Canada Centre is a new state-of–the-art arena that is home to the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association and the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League.
Famous for its retractable roof, SkyDome is home to the Toronto Argonauts football team and the Toronto Blue Jays baseball team, 1992 and 1993 World Series Champions.
Recently nominated one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World, the CN Tower features glass floor observation decks, a revolving restaurant, and a Simulator Theatre. It is Toronto’s most recognizable landmark and as such, it receives almost two million visitors annually.
For the past 120 years, the 18-day Canadian National Exhibition, which runs from mid-August until Labour Day weekend, has traditionally signified the end of summer to two million visitors from across Canada and throughout the world. The "Ex", as it is better known, is the largest annual exhibition of its kind anywhere.
Situated on the shores of Lake Ontario, the Ex is a 350-acre carnival of entertainment, rides, buildings, sports and agriculture. It is also the site of the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair held each November.
The Ontario Science Centre offers interactive and multi-media exhibits with live demonstrations and exhibits on topics that include sports, space, the environment and the information highway. The Science Centre entertains and educates more than 800,000 visitors each year.
Divided into geographic regions, the zoo’s 710 acres feature more than 5,000 animals in their natural environments. Its new Africa Savanna exhibit includes a 32-acre walking safari through the wild lands of East Africa.
Canada’s largest theme park was built in 1980 on 300 acres of land just north of Toronto. It features more than 180 attractions and 50 thrilling rides, including Canada’s only suspended roller coaster and the largest outdoor wave pool in the country.
A 96-acre modernistic culture, leisure and entertainment parkland complex built on three human-made islands over the lake, Ontario Place features restaurants, a children’s village, an outdoor amphitheatre, a water play area, mini-golf, the Rush River Raft Ride and many other attractions. The highlight of Ontario Place is the Cinesphere – a six-story curved screen capable of showing not only regular 35 and 70 millimetre films, but IMAX films as well.
Like most big cities with a water’s edge, Toronto’s downtown waterfront has gradually been transformed into a lakeside people place. The heart of this revitalization is the award-winning Harbourfront Centre – the site of art galleries, theatres, craft boutiques restaurants, offices, hotels and marinas fronted by a waterside promenade.
Harbourfront Centre attracts approximately 3.5 million visitors every year.
Only a 10-minute ferry ride from the foot of Yonge Street, the Toronto
islands offer a panoramic view of the city skyline. Centre Island offers
miles of parkland with beaches, barbecues and picnic tables, boat rentals,
bicycle paths, a children’s farm and even an amusement park.
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