The capital of Ontario, Toronto is a melting pot of cultures and the financial hub of Canada. The sprawling metropolis is home to soaring skyscrapers and high-rises, forming a skyline that’s filled in for cities like New York and Chicago in countless movies and TV shows.
Toronto’s iconic skyline is dominated by the 553-metre-tall CN Tower, once the tallest building in the world. The urban jungle is also home to a Gothic Revival castle – the stately Casa Loma featuring a museum, secret passageways and acres of immaculate gardens. Once you’ve had a glimpse of the cityscape, you can truly soak up the culture with a feast at the historic St. Lawrence Market in the Old Town, or a stroll through the eclectic Distillery District, characterised by Victorian architecture, cobblestone streets and trendy art galleries, boutiques and bars.
Canada lives and breathes hockey, and for an introduction to the national sport, you can head to the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. If it’s art and culture you’re after, the Royal Ontario Museum is the country’s largest, boasting 13 million items spanning centuries and civilisations – from dinosaur fossils to Egyptian mummies. Also worth a visit is the Art Gallery of Ontario, redesigned by architecture luminary Frank Gehry, who calls the city home.