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Exciting and diverse, Toronto is a vibrant urban center

Toronto is made up of diverse and colorful neighborhoods and regions, creating a rich mosaic of cultures and lifestyles. With more than 100 peoples celebrated in Greater Toronto, visitors can enjoy art, ideas and cuisine from around the world, all within easy reach of each other. Toronto's neighborhoods offer the kinds of experiences that unfold when diverse ideas, cultures and lifestyles mix, mingle and thrive.

Explore Canada's largest and most exciting urban center with museums, galleries and theatres that rival the best in the world. Globetrot to culturally diverse neighborhoods with eclectic shops and restaurants serving delectable cuisine from all corners of the globe. Hop aboard a vintage streetcar or ride historic rails through a showy display of fall colors. Combine the best of chic city life and magnificent nature with a vacation in the glorious regions of the Greater Toronto Area.

Rub elbows with celebrities at the Toronto International Film Festival or get caught up in the roar of the Honda Indy—just two of the many special events that draw the world to Toronto. Explore world-class museums housing one-of-a-kind sculpture collections to one devoted solely to shoes.

Step out for a night on the town to see first run theatre or cheer on the pros at major league baseball, hockey and basketball games. Hop on a ferry from Toronto's harbor for green islands just offshore. See what makes Toronto attractions unforgettable. From exciting theme parks and incredible zoos to spectacular gardens and festivals, attractions in Toronto offer a daily adventure.

Toronto's most iconic attraction is the CN Tower, the tallest free-standing structure in the western hemisphere and it now includes EdgeWalk, a thrilling hands-free walk on an outside ledge of the tower.

Visitors who want to be closer to the ground can take the scenic ferry ride the Toronto Island, which provides a great photo opportunity of the skyline. Bike, picnic and explore the Centre Island amusement park, Centreville.

Great picnic fare can be discovered at The St. Lawrence Market, ranked by National Geographic as the world's best food market. Try the famous peameal bacon sandwich at Carousel Bakery. Nearby, you can spend the afternoon at the Hockey Hall of Fame and get your picture taken with the Stanley Cup.

A short walk or streetcar ride from The Eaton Centre is Chinatown. It's one of three Chinatowns in the city and borders on Kensington Market, a bohemian mix of vintage shops, funky restaurants, cafes and bars in addition to Latin American markets and food stalls.

The Distillery District is another one of Toronto's most vibrant neighborhoods It was Toronto's first distillery –which produced almost half of Ontario's total spirit production in 1871— and is now home to high-end boutiques, art galleries and restaurants. You can take a tour here or may be lucky enough to see a movie or TV show being filmed here.

Toronto is also chock-full of family friendly activities that are educational and fun. The Ontario Science Centre offers hundreds of interactive exhibits; the Toronto Zoo showcases over 5,000 animals including gorillas and polar bears; the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is Canada's largest museum of world cultures and natural history; kids can unleash their own Harry Potter in North America's only castle, Casa Loma; and for thrills, chills and spills Canada's Wonderland is a park featuring over 69 rides and a 20-acre water park.

Toronto's countless markets, boutiques, malls and galleries create a shopper's paradise. Return home the envy of all your friends with your unique, trendy fashions from the hottest international and Canadian designers.

More to Explore—North and East
Vaughan. This area is home to a number of famous Canadian attractions, including Canada's Wonderland, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection and the Kortright Centre for Conservation. Enjoy a feast for all the senses. Vaughan is where authentic world cuisine shares the limelight with award-winning wineries, galleries, festivals and fun for all ages. Shoppers and sports fans alike should explore Vaughan Mills to experience Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, NASCAR® SpeedPark, Lucky Strike Lanes, the Hudson's Bay Company's Designer Depot and the world's largest Tommy Hilfiger outlet.

York Region. This is a destination all of its own, beautifully encompassing the communities of Markham, Vaughan, Richmond Hill, Newmarket, Aurora, Georgina, Whitchurch-Stouffville, East Gwillimbury and King. Combining urban conveniences with fresh country living, this region features pick-your-own berry fields and apple orchards, wineries, horseback riding, golfing, festivals and other entertaining options. Culture lovers will enjoy gallery-hopping on a variety of Main Streets, as well as performances ranging from Shakespeare under the stars at Fairy Lake to the popular musicals and comedies staged in a rustic barn or in state-of-the-art facilities. Famous sites include St. Andrew's Valley Golf Club and York Durham Heritage Railway. Hidden gems are Stouffville's Strawberry Festival and the David Dunlap Observatory.

Markham. This northeast Toronto community offers an intriguing mix of small- and large-town ambience. Drive past new housing developments, farmlands and corporate head offices to find delightfully preserved historic stretches, so authentic and evocative that you might find yourself jostling for position with film crews. While the town is referred to as "Silicon Valley North" for its concentration of high-tech businesses, Markham is filled with engaging diversions. This community is home to many festivals featuring music and live entertainment, a rodeo and Markham Fair, Ontario's oldest autumn fair.

Unionville. This community falls within the boundaries of Markham, yet has unique features that deserve a special mention. Beautiful historic buildings, mills and churches line Unionville's Main Street, showcasing the 18th century legacy of the town's first settlers. Peppered with boutiques, cafés and galleries, Main Street delights all the senses. Enjoy a refreshing walk along storefronts or pathways that wind their way around the village.

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