What you CAN’T miss in Toronto

There are a few things you have to do when travelling to Toronto. Let’s see them.

Ripley’s Aquarium

I almost didn’t go there, because of the name Ripley’s. I went to a Ripley’s museum in NYC and it scared the hell out of me. If I hadn’t searched online to see what it was, I would’ve lost one of the best experiences ever!

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It has lots of different tips of sea and river animals, including turtles, jellyfish, manta rays, sharks, nemo, etc.

It’s not huge, so I’d say in 1, 2 hours you would be albe to see the place, depending on your speed.

The main aquarium has two ways of beeing seen (you can see both in different moments). The first one is a tunnel where the sharks and manta rays can swim beside and above you. I LOVED IT!

The second one, is the last thing you can see before the gift shop. You see the water from above, with, mainly, the sharks swimming really close to you.

It’s a family friendly place (like almost everywhere in Toronto), with explanations everywhere and funny things for kids to do.

DON’T MISS IT.

CN Tower

Right beside the aquarium, there’s the most famous tower of Toronto, the CN Tower. It has absolutelly nothing special about it, beside the fact that it’s one of the biggest towers on earth, it’s beautiful and provides one of the best views of the city.

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It has an amazing restaurant on the Skypod level with an incredible view of the city. I haven’t eaten there, so I don’t know about the food, but I believe it must be good, right?

On the Skypod there’s also an viewing place where you can lay down and take pictures with the ground floor and an “outside” part, that’s fenced, but has wind… I liked it.

Have Thai Ice Cream

It’s a different way to serve and eat ice cream. I saw on instagram people making it and searched in Toronto for a place that made it. Google told me about 2 places: a thai restaurant, that didn’t had ice cream and made the servers laugh of me about it… and Arctic Bites, that actually had the ice cream!

I recorded a video there of the making of the ice cream. It’s amazing!

Ontario Science Centre

It’s a science museum designed to inspire interest in people of all ages for science. There’s a planetarium, an artificial environment with plants and animals, a tech section, an “invention’s centre”, anatomy room, arqueology room, and lot more of rooms full of fun things to play with while learning about the world.

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I went there with my dad and our favorite thing was a two sided mirror where we could see the other in our own faces.

There’s also a movie theater inside the place, but it closes before the museum, so watch out the time.

It’s not as close as everything else, so it takes a while to get there. Despite that, I absolutely recommend it for everyone, specially if going with kids.

Toronto Zoo

It’s the farthest of the things on this list, because of it, I didn’t go there, unfortunately. We were on a tight schedule, so, no free time for the zoo…

It’s huge and the home of one of the most famous pandas on Earth. They use him as propaganda, since everyone that’s going there wants to see him.

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The Toronto Zoo is divided up into seven different geographic regions (africa, indo-malaya, canadian domain, americas, australasia, eurasia wilds, tundra trek and discovery zone). Each region showcases animals and plants from that area of the world.

toronto-zoo-01Since May 18, 2013, the area has included two giant pandas: Er Shun (female) and Da Mao (male). With the pandas’ arrival, the zoo has refurbished its seasonal attraction area into an extensive educational centre – the Giant Panda Interpretive Centre. In 2014, after her first estrus, Er Shun was artificially inseminated – the first such procedure performed on a panda in Canada. No baby was born in 2014 and it was believed that Er Shun experienced a pseudopregnancy, a phenomenon common in giant pandas. In 2015 Er Shun was again artificially inseminated, resulting in the first birth of giant pandas in Canada: one male (“Jia Panpan” indicating “Canadian Hope”) and one female (“Jia Yueyue” indicating “Canadian Joy”).

Eat Popcorn

popcorn-canadaI’ve already talked about it in the post about Canadian Culture, but, for some reason, these people LOVE popcorn! At the CF Eaton Centre I found 4 stores that sold only popcorn, with different flavors and sizes… So, if you’re going to Toronto, you must try popcorn!

While searching a picture to put in this post, I even found a website only about free coupons to buy popcorn in Canada…

If someone knows why they have this passion, please, tell me in the comments!

CF Eaton Centre

It’s a mall in the main area of Toronto. I loved it. It’s perfect for when you want to grab a bite, or shop a little bit. It’s quiet and beautiful, not that big, that you need one full day to see everything, but not that small, that you feel something’s missing.

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We used it as a “base” for wherever we wanted to go, because it’s beside Yonge-Dundas Square, has a path entrance and subway too. And, also, it’s in the center of everything you may do. We wanted to go to the bus station, but it was too cold for my dad, so we went through the mall.

Yonge-Dundas Square

It’s is a public square situated at the southeast corner of the intersection of Yonge Street and Dundas Street East in Downtown Toronto. It’s like the Times Square of Toronto. It has lots of restaurants (including a hard rock café), stores, lights, etc; just like the american version.

Surrounding the square are other major landmarks, including the Toronto Eaton Centre, 10 Dundas Street East, 33 Dundas Street East, Ryerson University, Ed Mirvish Theatre, Atrium on Bay and the Citytv building. The square is accessible by public transit via Line 1 Yonge-University of the Toronto Subway at Dundas station and is connected to the PATH. The intersection features the city’s first pedestrian scramble.

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That’s it for today’s post. If you think I forgot something, please, tell me in the comments bellow. Thanks for reading!

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