With motels, hotels, rented accommodation, and more, there are many different kinds of accommodation to choose from when you reserve a trip or vacation. Each form of accommodation has its advantages, and hostels are particularly popular with budget-conscious travelers or sociable people who like the idea of being part of a communal environment and exchanging ideas and stories with other travelers. Many modern hostels offer lots of different room types, as well as multiple communal areas like lounges, kitchens, and game rooms to help you hang out and relax with other people after a long day out and about on the town. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
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3 Best Hostels in Toronto
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Attraction Spotlight: CN Tower
No attraction is as closely associated with the city of Toronto than the CN Tower. Declared one of the Seven Wonders of the World by the American Society of Civil Engineers in 1995, it stands at 533.3 meters above the city skyline. Built with industry-leading safety standards, the CN Tower offers a variety of unforgettable experiences to both locals and visitors alike. The tower offers several unique photo opportunities, as many of its attractions offer stunning views of the surrounding area. In addition to thrilling experiences and unforgettable views, the CN Tower is also home to one of the city’s premiere dining venues. 360 The Restaurant at the CN Tower is a revolving restaurant that prides itself for encapsulating the Canadian spirit by offering Canadian cuisine using Canadian ingredients. Situated at 351 meters above ground, the 360 The Restaurant at the CN Tower is also home to the world highest wine cellar. With precision climate and humidity controls, the cellar holds 500 wines from Canada and around the world.
The Lookout level is a great place to begin exploring the CN Tower. This level offers newly installed panoramic window walls, which make the CN tower accessible to people with limited mobility, and offer top-tier technology, which allows visitors to take high quality photographs. The thermochromic film embedded in the glass panels that make up the viewing area permits the glass to change in response to the external temperature of the air surrounding it. As a result, the glass becomes slightly darker or lighter, depending on the climate and the level of sunlight facing the tower. On the same level as the Lookout area, visitors can find the Horizons restaurant as well.
In June 1994, the CN Tower introduced the world’s first glass floor. Visitors are invited to walk, crawl, and even jump on this incredibly strong and durable glass. Comprising 23.8 square meters of solid glass, the floor is said to be able to withstand the weight of 35 moose. It is a whopping five times stronger than what is required for standard commercial floors. After its introduction, many other world attractions started introducing similar features, among them the Chicago Ledge and the Grand Canyon. The experience is a great way to conquer one’s fear of heights as it offers a view 242 meters straight down to the Toronto city streets. Once finished with this heart-pounding experience, visitors can enjoy a stroll along the Outdoor Sky Terrace.
Located 447 meters above the city of Toronto, the CN Tower’s SkyPod offers unparalleled city views. Depending on the visibility, it is possible to see up to 160 km in each direction, meaning that on a nice day one can see as far as New York State and Niagara Falls.
Thrill seekers are highly advised to experience the CN Tower’s EdgeWalk. Led by trained EdgeWalk guides, participants will walk along the 1.5 meter ledge that encircles the tower’s main pod while being attached to a safety rail with a harness. In this manner, they can experience being suspended, as if weightless, over the entire city of Toronto and Lake Ontario. EdgeWalk excursions are planned for a group of six, making it an ideal way to commemorate a special event for groups of friends, colleagues, or family members. While the entire experience takes up an hour and a half, the suspension walk itself lasts 30 minutes. Included in the cost are a certificate of achievement, a video, and photographs.
High Speed Elevators
In under a minute, 58 seconds to be exact, visitors can experience shooting upwards towards the top of the tower in the comfort of a high-speed elevator. The ride moves at a breakneck speed of 22 kilometers, or 15 miles, per hour. For a once in a lifetime experience, visitors are invited to try the CN Tower’s glass-paneled elevators, which are the first of their kind in North America.
Dining Options Nearby
Though the CN tower has two great restaurants that reflect authentic Canadian cuisine, visitors also have an assortment of other local dining options in the area from which they can choose their culinary adventure. The Kit Kat Bar and Grill is a long standing local Italian eatery that specializes in Southern Italian fare. Marben, a restaurant serving British food, delights with their seasonal menu which is constantly evolving to accommodate more fresh and local ingredients.
301 Front Street West Toronto, Ontario M5V 2T6, Phone: 416-868-6937
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Attraction Spotlight: Aga Khan Museum
Located across from the Ismaili Center in Toronto, the Aga Khan Museum was founded by His Highness the Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of the Shia Ismaili Muslims. The mission of the institution is to educate the public about the artistic and historical roots of the Muslim world. The myriad of textile, sculptural, print, metal, and glass artifacts on display at the museum show the incredible diversity of the religion in an eye-opening way. Through these artistic treasures, visitors can challenge longstanding assumptions about this often misunderstood religion while learning about the diversity of the Islamic world. Beyond the displayed artifacts, visitors can experience live performances, film screenings, and workshops, all of which are designed to supplement the information gleaned from their exhibitions and bring them to life in an engaging way.
Tiles, wood beams, and door panels feature prominently in the architectural fragments that visitors can view at the Aga Khan Museum. While each edifice built across the Islamic world has some degree of religious underpinnings, visitors are invited to compare and contrast the different ways each region interpreted and conveyed their religious belief through their structures.
While Iranian ceramics are particularly well represented at the Aga Khan Museum, visitors can also see many pieces hailing from other areas of the Middle East and China. Visitors can trace the way artistic traditions originating in China influenced the Islamic world as well as the way these traditions were remixed to reflect the unique symbolism of each area. Many of the finest ceramic pieces on display are examples of fritware, which originated in 11th century Iran and was a major development in the production of ceramics in the Islamic world.
Science and Learning
The Islamic world is credited with preserving the science and philosophy of the ancient Greeks at a time when the Western world was in chaos. The pursuit of knowledge has long been considered as one of the pillars of the Islamic faith. The Aga Khan Museum presents artifacts that speak to this tradition and remind visitors about the many medical, scientific, and philosophical discoveries that either originated in the Islamic world or were rediscovered there. Islamic manuscripts venerating great thinkers such as Pythagoras were in many ways ahead of their time in the 13th and 14th centuries. Islamic physicians were able to collect works by Greco-Roman doctors and build on their knowledge, leaving behind detailed anatomical drawings that can be viewed at the Aga Khan Museum. Just as they advanced medical knowledge, Muslim rulers did the same with astronomy. The manuscripts and drawings of various constellations shown at the museum are a culmination of studies that incorporated translated works by Ptolemy as well as indigenous Arab and Indian knowledge bases.
The objects owned by the elite of each society are often indicative of the highest level of artistic expression of that time period. In exploring luxury objects of the Islamic world, visitors will no doubt develop an appreciation of the intricacy, beauty, and painstaking effort that characterize this artistic tradition. The types of objects that were fashionable to own are also indicative of the values of each time period represented. A compendium was to the Qajar court of the 18th and 19th centuries as the latest Apple gadget is to Westerners in the present day. This delicate object would have conferred a great deal of status onto its owner as it would have signaled that they not only had a great deal of wealth but also that they channeled that wealth into acquiring more scientific knowledge.
Live Arts and Film
Bridging the gap between the past and the present in a tangible way is one of the main goals of the Aga Khan Museum. To this end, visitors are able to experience live world music performances, film, panel discussions, live jam sessions, lectures, and workshops. The museum’s showcase performances include local as well as international artists performing song, dance, theatre, and spoken word pieces. By inviting guest artists to create, teach, and learn at the Aga Khan, the museum creates opportunities for local artists to collaborate with world-renowned artists in performances that are showcased during their Hive Jam Sessions. These artists in residence also create showcase performances, which are always well attended. The museum’s 350-seat, state of the art auditorium provides the perfect viewing area for visitors wishing to see a selection of films and new media.
77 Wynford Drive, Toronto, Ontario M3C 1K1, Phone: 416-646-4677
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Attraction Spotlight: Royal Ontario Museum
Located in Toronto, Canada, the Royal Ontario Museum aims to showcase art, culture, and nature from every time period and every edge of the globe. It is currently one of the most renowned natural history and word culture institutions in North America. Visitors of all ages will experience a world-class collection which includes more than 6 million pieces in its collection.
The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) was formally founded in 1912 when the ROM Act was signed, however, the museum was not officially opened to the public until 1914. The Duke of Connaught and the Governor-General of Canada personally opened the doors on that day. The museum has been a pride of Toronto since that day and is still hugely popular among visitors of all ages.
There are been many expansions and improvements in the years to follow, most notably was the $55 million renovation which began in 1978 and included an increase in research and collection activities, a new curatorial center, a new library, and much more. The newly renovated gallery and exhibition space was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth in a ceremony in 1984.
T.Rex Alive!: This exhibit is an enormous T-Rex that comes to live with the process of augmented reality and is featured in the Galleries of the Age of Dinosaurs. Visitors can take their picture with the might beast who ruled the Earth millions of years ago.
There are a variety of educational programs, hands-on activities, and resources available to engage and educate visitors of all ages. Plan a school visit to the museum or book a time for a representative from the museum to come to you!
Collections & Research:
Centers of Discovery: Visitors can explore various centers of discovery with exciting subject areas such as ancient cultures, biodiversity, and Canadian culture. Each center connects visitors with respected curators, related public events and famous collections.
ROM Staff: There are many talented professionals at the Museum with focused research on a variety of different topics, including world cultures, natural history, photography, and Asian cultures. Obtaining new pieces for the museum and conducting valuable research is a large part of the museum’s mission and vision.
ROM Channel: This channel is accessible online through the museum’s website and features audio and visual clips of speakers talking about relevant and important topics. Currently, an audio clip features a discussion regarding cultural genocide in Iraq and Syria.
Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park, Toronto, ON M5S 2C6, Phone: 416-586-8000
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