Hello, Toronto!

Toronto_TwoImagine the wild wind ruffling your hair at more than a 1,000 feet above sea level or walking through history with a stick and a puck. Perhaps you’d like to taste scrumptious, international flavors at more than 120 vendors in one place or meander under a glass-enclosed waterway while brilliantly colored fish swim overhead. Head north of the border to Toronto, where you can have a heart-pounding, flavorful vacation without leaving the hemisphere.

Feed that adrenaline craving at the CN Tower, the tallest, free-standing structure in the western hemisphere. Brave the Glass Floor, where you can stand more than a thousand feet above the city and look down at the fantastic sights. Head up to the Sky Pod with its tilted windows for an incredible view and a twinge of vertigo, or for the ultimate thrill, head outside for the EdgeWalk, the world’s highest-hands free walk on the tower’s outside ledge at 1168 feet up. Feast at three delectable restaurants, including the award-winning 360 Restaurant, or take in a 3D movie.

Great LakesAt the base of the CN Tower, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is a sea-life treasure with more than 15,000 aquatic animals and North America’s longest underwater viewing tunnel. With more than 100 exhibitions, including three touch pools where visitors can interact with horseshoe crabs, sharks, and rays, the aquarium is one of the most family-friendly attractions in the city. Recently added, nine freshwater galleries showcase creatures from Toronto’s backyard, the Great Lakes basin.

A must for every sports fan, Toronto is the home of the Hockey Hall of Fame. This historic attraction encompasses more than 60,000 square feet and includes hockey artifacts, shooting and goalkeeping challenges, exhibits on the game’s greatest players, larger-than-life statues, and a replica NHL dressing room. It also displays the game’s trophies, including the coveted Stanley Cup, which you can touch and pose for a picture!

shutterstock_78921619An exploration into culinary brilliance, hit the St. Lawrence Market Complex in historic Old Town Toronto. Since 1803, the market has been providing Toronto with delicious offerings, and it’s taken over three buildings—the South Market, the North Market, and St. Lawrence Hall. The South Market has more than 120 unique vendors on ground level, but on the second floor is the Market Galley with exhibits featuring Toronto’s art, culture, and history. Also on the second floor, the Market Kitchen holds cooking classes for all ages and abilities. Every Saturday at dawn, the North Market Buildings hosts a farmer’s market where visitors can taste locally procured or grown meat, cheese, and produce. The St. Lawrence Hall hosts social and business functions, but the ground floor has retail businesses while the second floor houses city offices.

shutterstock_107592341Toronto is filled with family fun and excitement. Check out Da Mao and Er Shun, the adorable pandas at the Toronto Zoo, or head to Canada’s Wonderland for some thrilling rides and attractions. Get photogenic with the Simcoe WaveDeck that extends over Lake Ontario, or head into the PATH, the world’s longest underground shopping arcade with 19 miles of stores that connects more than 1,200 shops, 20 parking garages, 50 buildings/office towers, eight major hotels, two department stores, six subway stations, the Hockey Hall of Fame, the Air Canada Centre, and the CN Tower. Don’t forget to stop by Casa Loma, a castle built in the early 1900’s that has served as a setting for such movies as X-Men, The Pacifier, and Chicago. It was turned temporarily into Hogwarts for the release of the last Harry Potter book.

Book now for great deals to Toronto, like The Fairmont Royal York with buffet breakfast for two or the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel with a fourth night free. Stay at the Deerhurst Resort for CN Tower admission or The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto for a third night fee and a room upgrade. Check out all the amazing deals at GOGO Vacations now!