Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Filled with ethnic diversity, architectural marvels and a world-class history museum, Toronto satisfies the needs of any culture vulture. By Annie Ferguson
Up, up and away—to Toronto (http://www.toronto.ca/), the locale that inspired the city of Metropolis in the Superman (http://www.supermanhomepage.com/news.php) comics. One would think a superhero really does watch over the city when beholding its safe, clean streets. But Toronto’s culture runs deeper than its pristine appearance. It is home to more than 80 ethnic communities from Africa (http://www.africa.com/), Asia (http://www.asia.com/) and Europe (http://www.visiteurope.com/home.aspx)—and luckily for culinary fans, area restaurants showcase this diversity, featuring authentic menus from Moroccan to Malaysian. Escape from the seasonal cold into the PATH (http://www.toronto.ca/path/), a 17-mile “underground city” that can take you from the Eaton Centre (http://www.torontoeatoncentre.com/en/Pages/default.aspx), a multilevel glass galleria, to the famed Canadian National (CN) Tower (http://www.cntower.ca/) and its 360 Restaurant. Get the most out of the city while staying at the Country Inn By Carlson Oakville (http://www.countryinns.com/oakville-hotel-on-l6j7j8/onoakvil). Then, why not paint the town red in the city’s entertainment district—where dozens of theaters dazzle travelers with musicals and locally produced plays. And be sure to see the Royal Ontario Museum (http://www.rom.on.ca/), Canada’s largest museum, where visitors can see its World History Galleries and learn how curators maintain its renowned costume collection. Whatever your fancy, Toronto is sure to suit it—superbly.