48 Hours in Toronto, ON

Toronto is one of the best cities in the world. If you have not been here, prepare to be amazed by the diversity of cultures that cohabitate very peacefully with each other. To me, that is its biggest draw and what will keep me coming back.

48 Hours in Toronto ON

The city also offers plenty of attractions, dining, and lodging options that will suit any budget. Having said that, what exactly can one do when they come for a short visit here? It does not seem like 48 hours in Toronto is enough to thoroughly enjoy all that it has to offer; and in all honesty, it would not. However, for sights uniquely “Toronto-esque”, have a go at these two attractions below…

48 Hours in Toronto: CN Tower
CN Tower, Toronto

Conquering Your Fear of Heights

The CN Tower is Toronto’s most recognizable structure, not to mention the tallest.  At 1815 feet and five inches above sea level, it is also considered as the tallest freestanding tower in North America. What is most unique about the tower is its pillar design. When you pay a visit, you will ride in one of the six high-speed, glass fronted elevators positioned on each corner of its hexagonal shaped pillar and discover that this tower has a hollow core. The ride is short, but frightening and exhilarating at the same time. Parts of the elevator floors also have see through glass, which allows you to see exactly how the cables and pulley system work within as it shoots you up in great speed.

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There are a few observation levels to choose from. The least expensive ticket will cover The Lookout and the Glass Walk levels of the tower, but if you wanted an even higher elevated view, you can purchase an additional ticket for the Skypod. All levels offer a 360-degree view of the city and on a clear day, you can even view the mists from the Niagara Falls. For the ultimate experience though, book the Edge Walk attraction. This adrenaline-charged activity allows you to walk around a wired ledge located at the Tower’s main pod while attached to an overhead safety rail and harness. With just 48 hours in Toronto, if that does not relieve you of your acrophobia, I do not know what will.

Practical Information:

  • Location: 301 Front St. West, Toronto, ON
  • Hours: Observation levels are open daily from 9:00 – 10:30 PM except on Christmas Day
  • Rates: General Admission starts at $24.00 which includes the Lookout level and the Glass Floor levels; Skypod level is an additional $12; a 10% discount on regular prices are available for general admission if you buy your tickets online
48 Hours in Toronto: Glass Floor Lookout in CN Tower
Glass Floor Lookout in CN Tower

48 Hours in Toronto: Culture and Diversity

No other place in the world I have visited is more culturally diverse than Toronto. Not New York and not even London, though much of Toronto reminds me of both cities. Just walk along Yonge St, the city’s main artery, and you will find some of the most bizarre combination of shops in one block and hear at least five languages other than English spoken. Absolutely fascinating!

48 Hours in Toronto: Shops along Yonge Street
Shops along Yonge Street

To view another type of assortment of culture, venture north of downtown until you arrive at The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM). It is both a natural history museum and a museum of world culture. It contains over six million artifacts from all over the world in over twenty-five galleries. Located, adjacent to the University of Toronto, the older part of the museum is designed in neo-classical style architecture, while the newer glass addition, which houses several of the new wings and the main entrance, is deconstructivist. The combined structure itself looks outrageous from afar, but somehow it fits perfectly and in my opinion, symbolizes the city more than any other building in town.

Practical Information:

  • Location: 100 Queen’s Park, Toronto, ON
  • Hours: Opens daily from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM except Fridays (closing time 6:30 PM); closed on Christmas Day
  • Rates: General Admission starts at $13 for children, $16 for adults; special exhibitions are not included
48 Hours in Toronto: Royal Ontario Museum
Royal Ontario Museum

 

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About Iris A

Website: http://www.travelingwithiris.com

Born in the Philippines, but grew up in Texas, Iris has been traveling and writing about her experiences for well over a decade. Her work has been published on well-known travel sites like Hipmunk (#hipmunkcitylove) and D Magazine Online Travel Club. She has been all over Europe, the US, and has recently started exploring Latin America. She loves trying local cuisine and visiting UNESCO deemed World Heritage sites. Her favourite city is New York, with London, following a close 2nd. You can follow her on Twitter @sundeeiris or through her travel blog, Traveling With Iris.

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