Canada’s a big country. And our reputation? Huge! You could travel the nation in search of quintessentially Canadian experiences to sample, savour and shop… or you could limit your efforts to the Greater Toronto Area. Because—surprise!—we’ve got it all, from eh to Z.
1. Gallery Idigena
Immerse yourself in indigenous art at the Gallery Idigena, a gallery devoted to the sculpture, ceramic, drawings, prints and wall hangings of artists from Inuit and Iroquois, Anishinabek, North Pacific Coast, Cree and Iroquois First Nations.
2. Canada's walk of fame
Rub shoulders with Brendan Fraser, Jim Carrey and Shania Twain. OK, maybe not shoulders. But you can touch their stars on Canada’s Walk of Fame.
3. Hockey Hall of Fame
Kiss the Stanley Cup, score a goal during a sim game or find your own way to celebrate Canada’s unofficial national sport at the Hockey Hall of Fame.
4. Toronto Zoo
See a polar bear. Canada is home to 60 percent of the world’s population of more than 20,000 polar bears. But you needn’t travel to the Far North to spot one: just head to the Toronto Zoo.
5. Maple syrup
Canada produces 80 percent of the world’s maple syrup. Our tastiest global commodity can be purchased at any local supermarket.
6. Art Gallery of Ontario & McMichael Canadian Art Collection
Dig into the gooey, cheesy, gravyliciousness of poutine, our national junk food. Thanks to its millennial resurgence, poutineries can be found all over town.
8. Harbourfront Canoe & Kayak Centre
Pick up a paddle at Harbourfront Canoe & Kayak Centre and explore the waterfront like a true voyageur. Rent a canoe or kayak, or sign on for a guided paddling tour.
9. The Hudson’s Bay
The Hudson’s Bay department store chain predates Canadian Confederation and is woven into the country’s national fabric. It is the place for Canadian Olympic gear (such as the famous Team Canada red mittens) and the company’s legendary multi-stripe point blanket.
10. Fort York National Historic Site
Tour the birthplace of modern Toronto at Fort York National Historic Site, a key outpost during the War of 1812. A new visitor’s centre was unveiled in 2014, providing context to the military significance of the garrison, an 1813 battleground.
11. Moore Park Ravine, Don Valley and Toronto Necropolis
Splurge on a bottle of decadent icewine. Buy it at provincial liquor stores or spend the day exploring the Niagara wine region and stock up there.