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Polar Bear Cub, Toronto Zoo, Canada, CityPASS - February 2012Sightseeing

One of the world's most cosmopolitan cities, Toronto is home to more than 100 different cultures.

There are miles upon miles of waterfront, parks, and trails to explore. You'll find soaring skyscrapers and heritage architecture, charming boutiques, sidewalk cafés, art galleries, and much, much more.

And what better time to visit Toronto than spring, when the temperature is rising, the skies are clearing, and the flowers are starting to bloom.

Lots is going on in Toronto this spring. Here is a short list of some of the tourist attractions you won't want to miss.

Toronto Zoo

The newest resident at the Toronto Zoo is a four month old polar bear cub, the sole survivor of three polar bear cubs born recently at the zoo.

Weighing just 700 grams, or 24 ounces, at birth, the yet to be named male polar bear cub is being hand raised by wildlife staff. He spends his time playing with ice blocks and balls, charming zoo officials and visitors alike with his amusing antics.

Open year round, the Toronto Zoo is home to more than 5,000 animals.

Royal Ontario Museum

Several new permanent galleries have opened recently at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM). Items on display include both objects that have never been displayed before as well as artifacts that had been in storage since the Royal Ontario Museum's Renaissance expansion project began.

Galleries at the Royal Ontario Museum showcase the ancient civilizations of Byzantium, Rome, and Nubia.

Among the displayed treasures are an Early Byzantine ciborium (altar canopy) dating from about AD 500-600, the only such example from this period to have survived from the Middle East, and opulent Imperial Roman jewelry.

CN Tower

On 8 November 2011, EdgeWalk at Toronto's CN Tower was presented with the Guiness World Record for the “Highest External Walk on a Building”. Tourism officials are billing it “Toronto's most extreme attraction”.

Located 356 metres, or 1,167.97 feet, above the ground, EdgeWalk runs all the way around the roof of 360 The Restaurant. It opened on 1 August 2011.

Not for the faint of heart!

Casa Loma

The former estate of a prominent financier, industrialist, and military man, Casa Loma is a majestic castle set amid five acres of gardens.

With its secret passages and dark corridors, the stone edifice itself is fascinating to explore. But lots of interesting activities take place there, as well.

Upcoming events this spring include Dracula, a Love Story, Princesses and Pirates, Story Time with Snow White, and Tracking the Ghosts of Casa Loma.

Ontario Science Centre

Leonardo Da Vinci's Workshop is special exhibition designed to encourage visitors to explore the science of art and machines. It runs through 18 March 2012.

Toronto CityPASS

For information on how you can gain access to all five of these Toronto tourist attractions at big savings, please click on the following link: SAVE 45% with Toronto CityPASS, which gives you admission to five must see Toronto attractions at just C$65.99!

 

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