Visitors to Toronto may safely assume that, because of its position as the largest city in Canada, that there are plenty of attractions to elicit the interest of cultural aficionadoes. You've got quite the assortment of museums, architectural wonders, artifacts of regional history and sports, and other worthwhile offerings, proving Toronto's commitment to preserving and promoting Canadian arts and customs.
There are a few landmarks in Toronto that are “must-see,” whether they are irrefutable cornerstones of the skyline or just worth the typical tourist gawking and camera flashing. The two most famous buildings, the CN Tower and the City Hall, are downtown, and both are wonders of modern architecture, augmenting Toronto's image as a truly cosmopolitan city. Also on many "must-see" lists is Casa Loma, an old castle just northwest of city center, while another structure reminiscent of older European architecture, Spadina House, is just down the road.
One of the main reasons to visit Toronto over any other city in Canada is its selection of museums and art galleries. Both the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Royal Ontario Museum are on par with the best of other continents, while the Canadian National Exhibit is the biggest agricultural exhibition in the country. The Hockey Hall of Fame represents the country's pastime with passion, and the McMichael Canadian Art Collection (40 km north in Vaughan) is revered for its promotion of national/indigenous talent. The Toronto Zoo is also world-class, while a visit to the Rogers Centre for a Maple Leafs hockey game is indisputably an energetic and eye-opening experience.
Toronto is a quintessentially Canadian city and there is plenty to fill your time here without feeling like you're over-reaching. Check out our individual listings for more specific information on why this is one of the best places to visit for culture in the country.