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Cool top 10 Toronto sights

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An October 2002 trip to Toronto by SaraP

Casa Loma Photo, Toronto, Ontario More Photos
Quote: Blending glistening skyrise towers with a warren of underground store-lined passages, the peaceful regenerated harbourfront area with the lively Blue Jays' SkyDome, museums, galleries and theatres with malls and flag-ship stores, Toronto is the focus of anglophone Canada for both business and leisure purposes.

Cool top 10 Toronto sights

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The Hockey Hall of Fame Photo, Toronto, Ontario
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Hard to pick a top 10 of Toronto's many sights and obviously not everyone will agree (some will inevitably point out that this list scandalously omits both the Art Gallery and ROM but here's an admiring visitor's personal favourites): 1. Toronto Dominion Collection of Inuit Art - inaugurated in 1965, it comprises the world's best public collection of traditional sculpture. Open daily for free - thanks TD. 2. CN Tower, Toronto's symbol, is now begrudgingly admired by inhabitants as indicative of the progress on which Toronto's business community prides itself. From the galleries at 346m, look down through reinforced Perspex floors (vertigo sufferers - look away now). ...Read More

Bata Shoe Museum

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Attraction | "The Bata Shoe Museum"

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A museum housed in a gigantic shoebox and dedicated to shoes may not sound all that catchy but it's been established by the Bata family, who know a thing or know about footwear. It features some diverse permanent collections such as North American, Circumpolar, Western Fashion. A personal highlight (although not necessarily "fun" as such) is the compellingly repellent exhibition of (and background explanation to) the Chinese "art" of footbinding and the tiny little shoes which were the badges of the crippled Chinese ladies who qualified to wear them (and none could expect to make an eligible match without). Though the slippers are beautifully stitched and undeniably dainty at about 3 inches ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 12, 2003

Bata Shoe Museum
327 Bloor Street West
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1W7
(416) 979-7799

Toronto Dominion Gallery of Inuit Art

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Attraction | "Toronto Dominion Collection of Inuit Art"

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In 1965 as a project for Canada's centennial year, TD formed an expert committee to put together a definitive collection of contemporary Inuit art. The aim was to focus attention on the emerging Northern frontier and preserve for Canadians their finest post-WW2 sculpture. Visit TD's Collection of Inuit Art (8-6 Mon-Fri/10-4 Sat/Sun). It's believed that the Inuit have been creating distinctive works of art for over 3,000 years but, until the 1940s, the people and their culture were relatively isolated for obvious, geographic reasons. A 1948 Montreal exhibition of carvings sparked intense interest and, during the 50s and 60s, a new marketing co-operative caused the artform to become increasingly...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 9, 2003

Toronto Dominion Gallery of Inuit Art
79 Wellington St W
Toronto, Ontario M5K 1A1
+1 416 982 8473

Casa Loma

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Attraction | "A study of opposites - Spadina House and Casa Loma"

Casa Loma Photo, Toronto, Ontario
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Both around a century old and located within streets of each other, their history could barely be more different. Spadina - in 1866, James Austin, Irish-immigrant-turned-businessman, began renovating an 1836 summerhouse into a home. The original decor and continuity of the family''s occupation (3 generations lived there) means that it genuinely reflects artistic preoccupations from 1890 onwards. James Austin co-founded Toronto Dominion Bank and, on his death in 1897, left his gracious home to his son who kept up the family traditions by collecting art and artefacts and extending the house (commissioning the impressive billiards room). He left the house to his daughters, the last of whom died ...Read More

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Casa Loma
1 Austin Terrace (at Spadina)
Toronto, Ontario M5R 1X8
(416) 923-1171

SkyDome

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The SkyDome is the home ground of the Blue Jays and CFL's Argonauts, and hosts other sporting events and concerts. The home crowd are an enthusiatic bunch and going along for a game is worthwhile (even if, as a Brit like me, you haven't the faintest idea what happening on the pitch or why) just for the sometimes orchestrated but generally spontaneous sing-along, chanting, boo-ing and "star turn" by an unsuspecting spectator when s/he features of the big screen. Seats are priced according to proximity to the pitch but, for the spectacle alone, you can happily pay to be in the gods and spend the rest on popcorn. Capacity is around 53,000 although allegedly 67,678 people crowded in to watch "Wrestleman...Read More