Toronto is multi-cultural. Toronto is cosmopolitan. Toronto is the Queen city. There are many ways to describe this Canadian city, but the diverse offerings that it has in store for its visitors can hardly be described in a few words. Toronto is Ontario's provincial capital and a hub of business, arts, and culture. It was established as the town of York in the late 18th century and was made the capital of Upper Canada a few years later. York was renamed 'Toronto' and incorporated in the year 1834. Today, it has grown in size and has many business and cultural institutions. While holidaying in this majestic Canadian city, never miss its prominent attractions:
A tower for communications and observation, CN Tower is a landmark of the city you must visit during your toronto holidays. In its name, 'CN' refers to 'Canadian National', the railway company that constructed it. Since its completion in the year 1976, the tower held the record for the tallest free-standing structure in the world for 32 years. This record was overtaken by the Canton Tower and Burj Khalifa respectively. However, it remains the tallest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere even today. You'll find three visitor areas in this tower for enjoying some awe-inspiring views of the city.
From the city, you can get to the international border that lies between the American state of New York and the Canadian province of Ontario to witness these waterfalls. They are a combination of the Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls, and the Bridal Veil Falls. Since the 19th century the stewards of these waterfalls have been maintaining a good balance between its commercial, industrial, and recreational uses. They are not only renowned for their natural beauty but are also a valued source of hydro-electric power. In the evenings, they come alive with some beautiful illuminations when the floodlights are switched on.
When you're exploring midtown Toronto, don't forget to visit Casa Loma. It is a mansion built in the Gothic Revival style and also includes a beautiful garden. The name Casa Loma literally translates in Spanish as 'Hill House'. It was constructed in the early 20th century as a residence for a famous financier, Sir Henry Pellatt. Designed by the renowned architect of those times, E.J. Lennox, this structure was later converted into a museum. It is now among the famous attractions in the city and has been used as a filming location for several movies and television series.
Did you know that just like many other cities of the world, Toronto also has its own Chinatown? Well, if you still can't believe this, ask for this ethnic enclave while holidaying in the city. You'll be taken to this interesting neighbourhood that houses a sizeable population of Chinese residents. The area extends along the Spadina Avenue and Dundas Street West. It is also home to several businesses. You can also explore the East Chinatown, which extends from the Broadview Avenue's intersection and Gerrard Street.
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