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Shop vintage on Queen Street, explore Art Deco architecture, see art-house films hear the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, do bistros galore.
It’s sunset at Toronto’s CN Tower; the national icon is illuminated in glowing red and white lighting to honour Canada’s colours. One of the world’s tallest buildings, rocket to the top at 15 mph in a dizzying, 58-second elevator ride. Step into the fine-dining restaurant for 360-degree city views, regional market-fresh cuisine and fine Niagara wines from the 9,000-bottle “cellar in the sky.” Visit the newly transformed Art Gallery of Ontario, designed by visionary architect Frank Gehry. See works by the Group of Seven and the 2,000-piece collection donated by businessman Ken Thomson. Dance your way through 10,000 pairs of footwear at the Bata Show Museum. You’ll see Marilyn Monroe’s red pumps and Elton John’s 1973 silver platform boots. Pursue the arts and all the action in the pedestrian-only Distillery District, where 40-plus of North American’s best- preserved Victorian industrial buildings now house boutiques, galleries, theatres and cafés. For Toronto’s best beaches, boardwalks, parks and people-watching, head to the Beaches, the city’s popular lakefront neighbourhood. Streets are lined with sidewalk cafés, trendy restaurants and pubs where you can rub shoulders with everyone from bohemian artists to financiers. In summer, you can paddle and swim at Woodbine, Kew and Balmy, the sandy beaches of Lake Ontario. In winter, skate at Kew Gardens, stroll the boardwalks to see ice formations sparkle on the shoreline, then warm up with a hot toddy inside a cosy bistro.