11 Must-See Attractions in Ontario

by Female Abroad

40% of Canadians live in Ontario, which is home to some of the most popular tourist destinations on earth. All four seasons offer spectacular views and attractions in Ontario. The province is both the national and cosmopolitan capital of Canada, and it is home to numerous lakes and architectural marvels. Here are Ontario's top ten tourism destinations.

1. CN Tower

At 1,815 feet, the CN Tower is Canada's most well-known landmark. It consistently ranks as one of the best locations to visit in every Canada travel guide since the 1970s when it was the tallest free standing structure in the world (until the Burj Khalifa opened). The observation pod is one of the highest view points in the world.

Another famous tower in Ontario is the 1000 Islands Tower. The 1000 Islands Tower is located on the island of Ivy Lea, some 20 kilometres away from Gananoque. In addition to having outstanding exhibits regarding the glass enclosed deck design, this 130-meter-tall observation tower offers spectacular views of the archipelago from two open positions. Despite being a historic location, it has an elevator for your comfort.

2. Parliament Hill

One of the most popular tourist locations in Canada is the Parliament Hill, which features a Gothic revival design with huge arches, copper-adorned towers, and gargoyles. The Centre Block, the primary structure of the Canadian Parliament, is one of Parliament Hill's most notable features and was one of the first homes of the Canadian Government which was built in the 19th century. The recognisable Peace Tower is located in the centre of the Centre Block. The clock and bell tower is significantly taller than the other buildings at a total of 300 feet high and has gargoyle carvings all over it.

3. Royal Ontario Museum

The Royal Ontario Museum, one of the biggest natural history museums in North America and it celebrated its centennial in 2014. The museum building effectively integrates historic heritage structures with modern architecture with the installation of "The Crystal" entrance on Bloor St. in 2007. (and controversy). It is an interesting place to travel to with friends.

Another unique museum worth visiting is the Canadian Canoe Museum. Between the 17th and the 19th centuries, the canoe was the most popular way to get around North America. This museum, which houses one of the largest collections of kayaks and canoes, is a popular tourist attraction. It features a remarkable display of 150 canoes and illustrates the lengthy history of water travel in the nation.

If art galleries are more your thing then make sure to check out the National Gallery of Canada. This place is a work of art as well as a popular tourist destination. It boasts a distinctive ensemble of pink granite and glass spires that go well with the adjacent Parliament's copper-topped towers. The inner component includes domed galleries, a display of Canadian art, and numerous more famous examples of American traditional art. You can purchase tickets from Viator here.

4. Elgin & Winter Garden Theater

One of the last completely operational Edwardian double-decker theatres, this restored piece of art is thought to be a work of art in its own right. The Winter Garden was originally intended to serve as the flagship of a vaudeville chain, but it was never launched, and the downstairs was turned into a theatre with vines and other plants all over the walls. On Thursdays and Fridays, the theatre is open for tours.

5. Killarney Provincial Park

The "crown jewel of Ontario parks," Killarney is also known for being one of the top kayaking locations in the world. People can spend days at Killarney exploring the well over 50 lakes and path system, which offers breathtaking views of the lakes and Georgian Bay. This tour is great if you are interested in visiting and not getting lost.

6. Casa Loma

The Casa Loma was initially constructed in 1914 by businessman Sir Henry Pellatt and stands as a shining example of contemporary Toronto's dedication to its rich history. The castle, which is now held by the City of Toronto and is a cherished historical relic, is situated in the heart of Toronto. Over 650,000 people visit Casa Loma and the estate gardens each year.

If you are interested in Castles then make sure to check out Bolt Castle. In the heart of the St. Lawrence, one can find this opulent, classic North American fortress. George C. Boldt, one of the architects behind New York City's famed Waldorf Astoria hotel, was the man behind the creation of the Boldt castle. Each year, several thousand people visit this place to take in the beautiful structures.

7. Ripley's Aquarium

One of the three aquariums owned by the Ripley Entertainment network, this aquarium is situated in Ontario. In the 1.5 million gallon aquarium, marine life from all around the world is on display. Nine galleries that display a range of fish, sea life, and marine ecosystems make up the organisation.