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As one of Canada’s leading cities in the both the industrial and commercial sense, Toronto flaunts plenty of awesome things to see and do. Having earned its name from the native word for “meeting place,” Toronto is an awesome cosmopolitan city — the United Nations recently deemed it the world’s most ethnically diverse city. Whether you’re just passing through or staying for a week, there are a few things that you absolutely cannot miss. From one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World to one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World, Queen City is overflowing with attractions. Here’s our list of the five best things to see and do in Toronto.
1. CN Tower. Considering it’s one of the tallest free-standing structures in the world, it’s no surprise that the CN Tower is also one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. At 1,815 feet from the ground to the tip of its communications aerial, the CN Tower soars over the rest of Toronto. Take the elevator to the top, where on a clear day you can see the spray coming off Niagara Falls, 62 miles away.
2. Eaton Centre. Sure, it houses 230 stores, but the Eaton Centre is more than just a mall. This architectural masterpiece showcases a stunning glass roof, rising 127 feet above the center’s ground level. Spread out over three million square feet, the mall has everything from glass elevators to a flock of fiberglass Canada geese soaring overhead. Even if you aren’t a shopaholic, Eaton Centre is worth a trip.
3. Niagara Falls. If you’ve never been to this roaring waterfall, you haven’t experienced nature at its prime, as it’s one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World. Of course, you have to explore both American and Canadian sides. Take a journey behind the Falls as you descend to just 25 feet above the river. You won’t believe your eyes, despite feeling the constant splash dampening your clothes.
4. The Distillery. Once the site of the Gooderham and Worts Distillery, this historic district showcases some of North America’s best examples of Victorian Industrial architecture. Back in 1877, this Canadian distillery was the largest in the world. Now, more than 150 years later, the district is restored and better than ever. It’s considered to be Toronto’s answer to New York’s Soho and Chelsea.
5. Toronto Maple Leafs. When in Rome — or Canada, in this case — do as the locals. You can’t mention Canada without bringing up hockey, which is exactly why it’s such a great experience to go to a Maple Leafs game. As one of the “Original Six” members of the NHL, this hockey team has won the Stanley Cup 13 times; not recently, though, as the Maple Leafs last won in 1967. So head to the Air Canada Centre, grab a Molson Canadian on draft and enjoy the game.