Located on the shores of sparkling Lake Ontario, Toronto is the largest city in Canada and a great multicultural melting pot. Originally settled by the Seneca Indians in the 1600s, Toronto saw its first European settlers in 1615. The French came to the area around 1720, and the English took over in the late 1700s, renaming the city York. The city was burned during the War of 1812, but by the time the war ended in 1814, the city had already begun to rebuild. By 1834, it was renamed Toronto — an Indian word meaning “meeting place.”
Toronto is consistently ranked as one of the best cities in the world to call home and has much to offer, from museums and art galleries to shopping and fine dining. One point of interest is the Canadian National (CN) Tower, a telecommunications spire that held the record for the world’s tallest free-standing structure for 34 years. Also notable is the Royal Ontario Museum, the largest museum in Canada, which houses an important collection of Chinese art, as well as exhibits covering the natural sciences, the animal world, and the history of humans.
If you’re a shopaholic, you’ll want to visit The Eaton Centre — Toronto’s largest mall. Located in the heart of the city, this spectacular galleria boasts a fantastic selection of more than 230 retailers, restaurants, and services. If historical sites are more your style, you’ll want to see Casa Loma, the former home of Canadian financier Sir Henry Pellatt. Built in the early 1900s and known as “the House on the Hill” for its prominent location overlooking the city, this stunning castle is complete with decorated suites, secret passages, an 800-foot tunnel, towers, and beautiful estate gardens.
On our Trans-Canada Rail Odyssey & the Rockies journey, you’ll enjoy leisure time to explore Toronto at your own pace. Perhaps you’ll take a ten-minute ferry to the Toronto Islands, take in the natural wonders of the Toronto Zoo, or swing by the Hockey Hall of Fame. Another terrific option is the Distillery District, an arts and cultural community filled with wonderfully preserved Victorian buildings. Whatever you choose, you’re sure to enjoy the many treats offered by this fascinating city!