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TOURIST ATTRACTIONS IN ONTARIO
RECREATION, PARKS & FUN
1000 Islands
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The 1000 Islands Region is an international tourism destination, encompassing communities on both sides of the Canada and US border along the St. Lawrence River and the eastern shores of Lake Ontario. The region takes its name from the more than 1000 islands that dot the lake and river along this international waterway. The region extends from Kingston to Cornwall on the Canadian side, and from Oswego to Massena on the US side.
The 1000 Islands is one of the best vacation spots in the world!

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African Lion Safari
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African Lion Safari holds all the wonders of Africa. A one-hour drive through the reserve takes families past grazing giraffes, playful monkeys, exotic birds and majestic lions.
Check out a live animal performance; see the Parrot Paradise Show, Birds of Prey Flying Demonstration, and Elephant Round-Up or watch the Elephant Swim in the recreational lake.
African Lion Safari also provides picnic areas, the "African Queen" boat tour, the "Nature Boy railway, and Misumu Bay water play area for the kids.

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Canada's Wonderland
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Paramount Canada's Wonderland is Canada's premier theme park featuring over 200 attractions, 65 thrilling rides, North America's greatest variety of roller coasters, Splash Works, a 20-acre water park and great live shows! New for 2006, Mission Impossible Stunt Spectacular, a new live, high-action stunt show. Based on the blockbuster Paramount movies and hit television series, this stunt show will feature spectacular special effects, including huge, fiery explosions, pyrotechnics, unbelievable sets, acrobatic, and stunt performances.
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Marineland
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You won't want to miss one of Niagara's most popular family attractions, only a few kms. from the Niagara Falls.
At Marineland, you can make friends with the largest killer whale habitat in the world at the new Friendship Cove. Beaching areas allow for an even closer look at these wonderful creatures.
Marineland is a magical place where all ages can enjoy feeding and walking among 500 deer, you can also toss treats to playful bears, or feed fish in the lake. Experience the fabulous dolphin and sealion show at the indoor aquarium.

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Niagara Falls
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There is something about Niagara Falls, Canada that appeals to the lover, daredevil and poet in everyone. Over the years Niagara Falls has evolved from a strategic military post to a prosperous trade centre, and finally into a world class year-round travel destination.
Nature has left an indelible mark on the Niagara region. The Canadian Falls, with a height of 54 metres, and the American Falls, at 56 metres high, are true wonders of nature. Royalty, poets, and celebrities have all come to Niagara to experience its awe inspiring wonders.

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Ontario Place
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Make Ontario Place your summer attraction destination. Ontario Place offers Rides, Movies, Music, Sports, Helicopters, Boats, Dining, Nightclubs, Air Show, Fireworks - Ontario Place is just for you! Ontario Place - Toronto's favourite summer spot is filled with rides for dare devils and wee ones alike, all with a lake-view as a back drop! Thrill seekers - Dare to take the plunge? This is the coolest ride for the hottest days, shoot down a tube on a thin sheet of water at 50 kph. How about the not so crazy Rush River Raft Ride?
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Toronto Islands
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The Toronto Islands boast a lovely boardwalk, tennis courts, picnic areas, an amusement park, beaches, yacht club, restaurants, a small, picturesque marina to a Frisbee golf course, an Artscape Lodge, an old lighthouse. and much more. The Toronto Islands exist just a mere minutes from the busy downtown Toronto.
Centreville Amusement Park at the Toronto Islands offers affordable family fun. With over 30 rides and attractions and more than 14 food outlets, there's something for everyone at Centreville.

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Toronto Zoo
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The Toronto Zoo is Canada's premier Zoo, known for its interactive education and conservation acitivies. As a unique wildlife experience, we inspire people to live in ways that promote the well being of the natural world.
The Zoo is divided into six zoogeographic regions: Indo-Malaya, Africa, the Americas, Australasia, Eurasia and the Canadian Domain. Animals are displayed indoors in tropical pavilions and outdoors in naturalistic environments, with viewing at many levels. The Zoo has over 5,000 animals representing over 460 species.

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Wild Water Kingdom
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Wild Water Kingdom is Canada's largest and best waterpark. Check out the latest Attractions: The Midnight Express, The Night Rider and The Abyss! - Three exciting tube slides that take you deep into the darkness, as you rapidly descend into nothingness. The Big Tipper - 800 gallons of water splashing down on you! Also, you will like the famous Caribbean Cove, the Wild Water Wall, and the Canada's only Rock Climbing Wall.
Plus many NEW interactive water toys inside the newly improved Dolphin Bay!

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ARTS, CULTURE & HISTORY
Art Gallery of Ontario
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The collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario includes more than 40,000 works spanning the 1st century to the present-day. It includes an extensive collection of Canadian art, which depicts the development of Canada's heritage from pre-Confederation to the present.
The museum has an impressive collection of European art, including works by renowned artists such as Pablo Picasso and Vincent Van Gogh. The AGO is also home to the Henry Moore Sculpture Centre, and Moore's bronze work, Two Large Forms.

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Black Creek Pioneer Village
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A visit to Black Creek Pioneer Village is a step back in time to 19th-century Ontario. Forty authentically restored homes, workshops, public buildings and farms recreate the atmosphere of life in a rural Victorian community of the 1860s. Craftspeople and workers wearing period costumes demonstrate skills such as open-hearth cooking, bread-making, looming, milling, blacksmithing, sewing, printing and more.
Walk through the village and into the homes and buildings, visit the inn, and stroll through farms and forests.

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Casa Loma
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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 to fulfill his childhood wish for a castle. His dream took three years and $3.5 million to complete.
Casa Loma's secret passageways, breathtaking towers, sweeping staircase, 800-foot tunnel, stables and 5-acre gardens continue to excite all ages.

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Hockey Hall of Fame
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A thrilling experience awaits the entire family at the Hockey Hall of Fame with over 57,000 square feet of interactive games and the finest collection of hockey artifacts from around the world!
The Hockey Hall of Fame is a vibrant, interactive and innovative destination for guests of all ages and levels of interest.
All trophies are displayed in the Great Hall, an awe-inspiring heritage bank building (c.1885) complete with ornate architecture and a spectacular stained glass dome, the largest of its kind in the Toronto area.

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Ontario Science Centre
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Don't think you have to be a kid to enjoy the Ontario Science Centre. Since opening its doors in 1969, the centre has fascinated more than 39 million visitors, including more than 200,000 students per year, with the wonders of science and technology. If you talk to anyone who has visited the centre, they'll rave over the hair-raising electrical ball, lasers burning through wood and flowers shattering into icy shards.
There are more than 600 exhibits in 10 exhibition halls plus lot of visiting exhibitions.

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Royal Ontario Museum
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Generations of children and adults have trooped through the Royal Ontario Museum since it opened in 1914. With 6 million objects in its collections and 40 galleries of art, archaeology and natural science, the Royal Ontario Museum offers a whole world to explore. Four giant carved totem poles rise in the centre of the stairwells; the largest is 24.5 metres tall. The Hands-on Biodiversity gallery offers families a fun interactive experience about the interdependence of people, animals and plants.
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ARCHITECTURE & FAMOUS BUILDINGS
Absolute Tower
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The Absolute Tower in Mississauga, Ontario is part of a city centre that includes 5 highrise condominum towers. The local authorities had introduced an international design competition to design a 50-62 story building for the Absolute Tower. The international design competion received over 90 submissions from 70 countries around the world.
Construction of the 50 story Absolute Tower will start late 2006. It was designed by Yansong Ma.
The building design rotates 360 degrees from bottom to top.

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CN Tower
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Visit the world's tallest building and wonder of the modern world!
Visitors can test their courage by walking across the glass floor 113 stories above the ground. The first of its kind in the world, the glass floor give you that dare to walk on air experience, with only 2 ? inches of glass holding you 342m in the air. The tower's revolving 360 Restaurant offers an award winning wine list and spectacular view for any romantic evening. If you're not wild about heights, at the base of the tower, a fully licensed fresh market cafe.

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City Hall - Toronto
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In addition to providing services to local residents, Toronto City Hall is a popular tourist attraction. Located just outside of City Hall is Nathan Phillips Square -- a popular entertainment venue offering free concerts, ice skating, and an annual New Year's Eve celebration.
The main floor of the building houses the Hall of Memory, a scale model of the city showing major attractions and upcoming changes to the area, as well asartist David Partridge's Metropolis, a mural made entirely of nails.
The building was opened in 1965.

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Old City Hall - Toronto
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One of the finest Neo-Romanesque buildings in North America. The buildings was constructed during the late 1800's.
The exterior of the building is adorned with brilliant red stonework that can rarely be matched anywhere in the Americas. The most notable obvious feature of the Old City Hall is the dominating 103.6 m. high clock tower. Four gargolyes now sit peering out from the tower, overlooking Queen Street. The interior of the Old City Hall has many interesting features such as mosaics, murals and stained glass windows.

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Parliament of Canada - Ottawa
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The building of the Houses of Parliament was begun in 1860. In their Neo-Gothic style, they look as though they have been transplanted straight from Westminster. The part that was destroyed by fire in 1916 has been completely restored.
Free guided tours delve into Canadian history and explain the workings of the political system.
You can visit the Parliament of Canada, see the Changing of the Guard and visit Rideau Hall, the residence of the Governor General of Canada.

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Rogers Centre
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Rogers Centre (formerly the Skydome), situated close to Lake Ontario and the CN Tower, the world's first multi-purpose retractable domed stadium, and now a defining part of the Toronto skyline.
The dome hosts the Toronto Blue Jays, the CFL's Toronto Argonauts, and various sporting events, concerts, and trade shows.
Interesting Fact is that the roof moves at a rate of 21 metres per minute and takes 20 minutes to open or close. When the roof is open, 100% of the field and 91% of the seats are uncovered.

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Royal Bank Plaza
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Royal Bank Plaza in Toronto is the corporate headquarters for the Royal Bank of Canada. Royal Bank Plaza consists of two office buildings: Royal Bank Plaza South and Royal Bank Plaza North. Royal Bank Plaza South, a skyscraper, is the taller of the two at 180 m; Royal Bank Plaza North has a height of 112 m. The exteriors of the structures are largely covered with glass; together they have more than 14,000 windows. Each of these windows is coated with a layer of 24 karat (100%) gold. The gold gives the windows a distinctive colour.
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Square One
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Back in 1973, Square One took shape in the middle of farmers' fields. Today it has grown to be the hub of Mississauga's City Centre.
There's shopping. And there's Shopping Squared. What's the difference? At Square One you get over 360 stores and services, including 4 major department stores, over 40 places to eat, all under one roof. The mall serves an average of over 21 million customers each year.
Come to Ontario's largest mall and experience shopping the way it was meant to be.

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St. Lawrence Market
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This massive 19th century brick building is home to the city's largest market. St. Lawrence market is source for Torontos freshest seafood, meats, cheeses, fruits and seasonal vegetables.
Throughout the year the Market is home to several events including Woofstock, the largest outdoor festival for dogs, the Strawberry Social Festival featuring the fruit at the peak of its season and Buskerfest: The Toronto International Street Performers Festival with a host of energetic and creative entertainment all over St. Lawrence Market's streets.

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