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Toronto Attractions

Hockey Hall of Fame

For a different look at hockey, the Hockey Hall of Fame provides hours of enjoyment for fans of all ages. The hall offers interactive exhibits like testing your slapshot or playing goal against "virtual reality" players in the Rink Zone; or call the play-by-play of some of hockey's greatest goals in the TSN Broadcast Zone. While visiting, don't forget to get your picture taken next to the Stanley Cup in the Bell Great Hall or explore all of the NHL trophies and pay tribute to the Hall's honored members--all this amidst a wonderful collection of hockey memorabilia and artifacts.

 

Toronto City Hall

The City Hall we see today was the result of a world-wide architectural competition. The entry submitted by Viljo Revell of Helsinki, Finland, was selected, and the building opened on September 13, 1965. Unfortunately, Revell died before the opening, so the city dedicated a Commemorative Column to his memory. Toronto City Hall's council chamber is a public area that can accommodate 300 people. Citizens can look on as councillors from local wards develop policies and by-laws. This chamber will be home to new Toronto City Council early next year, once renovations are complete.

 

Casa Loma

Casa Loma can't be missed, even if you tried. Perched atop a hill in the north end, Casa Loma draws thousands of visitors each year who look up and proclaim, "It's a castle in the middle of the city!" Casa Loma was built by Canadian financier Sir Henry Pellatt between 1911 and 1914, to fulfil his childhood wish for a castle. It may appear anachronistic now, but it hasn't lost its majestic charm, or the secret passageways that continue to excite the younger crowd. It even looks a little spooky at night, with its lights reflecting up into the dark sky.

 

Royal Ontario Museum

Generations of children and adults have trooped through the museum since it opened in 1914. With 6 million objects on display and more than 40 galleries, the collection can't be seen in one day. Favorite exhibits include the wonderful and spooky Bat Cave, the Egyptian mummies and the dinosaur gallery, where 13 skeletons are arranged in realistic simulated settings. Four giant carved totem poles rise in the centre of the stairwells; the largest is 24.5 metres (80 ft. 6 in.) tall.

 

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