Chinatown - Kensington Market
Art Gallery of Ontario - The Art Gallery of Ontario is Canada's oldest art gallery with an impressive collection. Be sure to visit the Canadian Collection for paintings and art works by historical and contemporary Canadian artists. From the front desk, check out a Family Activity Pack before you explore this gallery.
Younger kids will love the Hands-On Centre (closed on Mondays) with art puzzles, crafts and creative activities. Check out one of the five different themed Family Discovery Packs, filled with books, costumes, and toys.
Chinatown - Chinatown in Toronto is one of the largest Chinese communities in North America. Start on Spadina Avenue (behind City Hall): sculptures of mythical figures "guard" the entrance. Explore Chinese herb shops with their huge displays of medicinal herbs, get a great meal in the many really authentic restaurants here (you'll find vegetarian and Vietnamese as well). This is a great place to bargain hunt for Chinese-made clothes and toys. Tip: Take a streetcar and make getting there part of the fun.
Kensington Market - Sample food and shop for vintage and quirky clothes at the Kensington Market (northwest of Dundas St. W. and Spadina Avenue). Eat your way around the world, choosing from Latin American, Asian, Italian, Middle Eastern and Portuguese restaurants; specialty shops include bakeries, cafés, fresh produce fish shops and more. The last Sunday of the month in June, July and August, the streets are pedestrian only, and filled with a wide range of vendors and entertainment.
Tour a grand house - The most famous is Casa Loma, about half an hour from downtown. Built by Sir Henry Pellatt who made a fortune on the stock market and spent a good chunk of it building his wife a “Scottish castle” in the early 20th century. The rooms are as ornate as you could expect, and there are fun towers and tunnels to explore, as well as lovely gardens.
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