Toronto is one of the most visited cities in the world, with a record 43 million visitors being recorded in 2017, and with the many amazing attractions such as the CN Tower, Ontario Science Center and a host of others, it is easy to see why so many tourists flock here every year.
If you’re looking for the most popular spots then you can check out some top 10 lists, but if you fancy experiencing the ones that are a little bit off the beaten track, more quirky in nature or are classed as hidden gems – then here are some for you to explore:
Winter Garden Theatre
Have you ever been to a double-decker theatre? The Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre is the last double-decker theatre in the world to still be in operation. If you meander over to Yonge St for a visit then you can find all kinds of entertainment from musicals to stand-up comedy. Even if you don’t fancy watching a show, the architecture and decor of this magnificent and unique building are worth a visit.
Toronto’s Half House
You might have heard of a halfway house, but this is actually just half a house. When you see a picture of the house at 54½ St. Patrick St, you will initially think someone has been creative with Photoshop. If you visit the house in person you will witness the strange, almost optical illusion of this house that looks like it was cut down the middle, just like a wedding cake. This half house derives from one homeowner’s refusal to sell up along with the rest of the street, so the developers took down the other half of the house.
Niagara Fallsview Casino Hotel
Just over an hour’s drive from Toronto is the breath-taking Niagara Falls but rather than just doing the regular tourist activities around the waterfalls, another way to experience the area is to visit Niagara Fallsview Casino. With stunning views of the waterfalls and entertainers such as Kelly Clarkson, this is a casino hotel with a difference. There is a huge gaming floor to explore if you enjoy roulette, poker or any other casino games.
To get a bit of practice in before your visit to the casino, or to brush up on the rules of poker, you can visit the online live dealer casinos where you can play all of the casino favourites before you step foot in the Fallsview Casino. You can taste the real-life casino experience by chatting to other players as you play in real time.
The Vog Vault
Head to the Fluevog shoe store on Queen St W for the ultimate Instagram photo opportunity. What was once a bank vault is now a gravity-defying ‘Vog Vault’ where you can take some cool photos of you appearing to be sitting on the ceiling or any other type of pose that is made possible by this unusual setup.