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Toronto: Casa Loma Entry Ticket

1. Toronto: Casa Loma Entry Ticket

Step back in time to a period of European elegance and splendor at Canada's majestic castle, Casa Loma, located in midtown Toronto. Your entry ticket includes a documentary experience on Sir Henry Pellatt and access to the castle’s café and other features. Completed in 1914 by Sir Henry Pellatt and spanning over 200,000 square feet, Casa Loma is a must-see when visiting Toronto. Today, Casa Loma is one of Toronto’s top tourist attractions. Its unique architecture has also made it a highly desirable location for film, television, and photoshoots. Casa Loma features permanent installations such as the Dark Side of Toronto photo exhibit and the Classic Car Collection in Casa Loma’s stables. Casa Loma also curates special exhibits on a regular basis, pertaining to early Toronto and Canadian history. The Dark Side Tunnel ExhibitThe stables and carriage house are connected to Casa Loma by an 800-foot tunnel that runs 18 feet below Austin Terrace. The tunnel features an exhibit of Toronto’s dark side, which tells the story in archival photographs of Toronto’s darker days, such as the Prohibition Era, the Great Depression, the plague, the Great Fire of Toronto, and Toronto’s first plane crash. Antique Car DisplayThe garage and carriage room feature an exhibition of vintage cars from the early 1900s, the period in which Sir Henry Pellatt would have inhabited Casa Loma. The collection includes a 1910 Maxwell Model Q Standard, 1924-1925 Ford Model T Touring, 1910 Maxwell Model Q Standard, and more. The RoomsYou’ll also get to explore the former estate of Sir Henry Mill Pellatt, the prominent Toronto financier, industrialist, and military man behind the origins of the castle. Sir Henry asked the architect E.J. Lennox to help him realize a life-long dream – the creation of a medieval castle overlooking Toronto. Casa Loma features nearly 98 rooms, many of which exemplify the Edwardian era and are decorated with authentic period furnishings and antiques. Group of Seven CollectionLocated on the third floor of Casa Loma, this collection is comprised of artwork by various members of the Group of Seven. Active from 1920 to 1933, the Group of Seven (which eventually grew to ten members) was comprised of Canadian landscape painters. Hollywood Film GalleryLocated in the basement level of Casa Loma, the Hollywood Film Gallery highlights the castle as a prime location for major motion pictures, revealing glimpses behind the scenes. For over 30 years, Casa Loma has been a popular location for use in film and television. The Queen’s Own Rifles of CanadaThe Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada Regimental Museum occupies a major part of the third floor of the Casa Loma.

Toronto: Royal Ontario Museum General Admission Voucher

2. Toronto: Royal Ontario Museum General Admission Voucher

Discover towering dinosaur skeletons to awe-inspiring contemporary paintings at the Royal Ontario Museum. Explore the home to more than 13 million artworks, artifacts, and specimens from around the world and across the ages. Find yourself at the most visited museum in Canada—and one of the top ten museums in North America. Walk through some of the world's best exhibitions and Must-See Treasures with the aid of bilingual multi-media kiosks. Take in an exceptional array of themed galleries throughout the Museum, spanning both world cultures and natural history. Must-See Treasures at the Museum include:  • The Nisga’a and Haida totem poles • The Chinese Temple Art mural The Paradise of Maitreya  • The Tomb Mound of General Zu Dashou (“Ming Tomb”)  • The rare Southern White Rhinoceros • The Barosaurus (“Gordo”), Canada’s largest dinosaur on display  • The duck-billed hadrosaur Parasaurolophus walkeri • The exceptionally well-preserved fossils from the Burgess Shale  • The 900-carat Light of the Desert Cerussite gem • The Tagish Lake Meteorite • The Bust of Cleopatra VII • The Statue of Sekhmet — one of the oldest known Egyptian deities  • The Egyptian Book of the Dead • Earl of Pembroke’s Armour • Kunti Sculpture (“Blue Lady”)  • The Striding Lion Terracotta Relief 

Niagara Falls, Canada: Tailrace Tunnel and Skylon Tower Tour

3. Niagara Falls, Canada: Tailrace Tunnel and Skylon Tower Tour

Embark on an interactive historical walking tour to learn how Nikola Tesla used water power on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. Tour the Skylon Tower and Niagara Parks Power Station and experience the incredible Tailrace Tunnel, diving 180 feet underground in a glass elevator. Your journey into the history of hydropower begins at the Skylon Tower, where you’ll meet your expert guide and look out over the Niagara Parks Power Station, as well as the International Control Dam. Take a glass elevator to the top, where you’ll have time to enjoy the stunning view. After descending, walk to the close-by Illumination Tower, where the Falls are lit up in a wondrous light show each night. Head over to Tesla’s memorial statue as you learn about how Niagara Falls was the ultimate decider in the struggle for hydroelectric supremacy. Stop at the best viewpoint for the Horseshoe Falls and head over to the Power Station, where all of the theory plays out in action. See some of the original machinery that was used in the Station and get the opportunity to try it out for yourself. Finally, enter a glass elevator and descend 180 feet through the inner workings of the Power Station. Walk the path where the water flowed along the Tailrace Tunnel to a one-of-a-kind view from the base of Niagara Falls.

Ottawa: Scenic City Tour with Canal Cruise

4. Ottawa: Scenic City Tour with Canal Cruise

Enjoy a half-day tour to visit some of Ottawa's most popular attractions including various Parliament buildings. After exploring these landmarks, take part in a canal cruise and catch a glimpse of must-see sites throughout the capital city. Start the day with pickup from your downtown Ottawa hotel. While heading to your first stop on the tour, which is Parliament Hill, your guide will give you your first introduction to the city. They are able to answer questions, provide you with fun facts and point out important landmarks and sites. On your tour of the Parliament headquarters, get a behind-the-scenes look at the state-of-the-art facilities. There will be plenty of free time available where you can explore the surrounding buildings, wander the grounds, and capture some amazing photos of the nearby sites.  Finish the day with a relaxing 1.5-hour river cruise that will have you leisurely floating down Rideau Canal (seasonal availability from mid-May to mid-October). After your memorable experience, your tour guide will take you back to your downtown Ottawa hotel.

Ottawa: Canadian War Museum Admission

5. Ottawa: Canadian War Museum Admission

The Canadian War Museum is Canada’s national museum of military history. Designed by Japanese–Canadian architect Raymond Moriyama, the Museum’s structure and surrounding grounds reflect the concept of regeneration. From windows spelling out “Lest We Forget / N’oublions jamais” in Morse code, to uneven floors and rough concrete walls, the building acknowledges the price of conflict, while also showing hope for a more peaceful future. The Museum brings Canada’s military history to life for visitors of all ages through thousands of personal stories, objects, works of art, photographs, interactive presentations, and immersive environments. In addition to a series of galleries exploring Canadian military history from early wars in Canada to contemporary conflicts, the Museum features an impressive collection of large artillery and military vehicles in the LeBreton Gallery, as well as thought-provoking temporary exhibitions on everything from the First and Second World Wars to art produced by women in conflict zones. Memorial Hall and several additional spaces in the Museum encourage quiet reflection on the cost of war. To stand in the presence of the headstone of Canada’s Unknown Soldier in Memorial Hall is a powerful and moving experience, as is experiencing the Moriyama Regeneration Hall and visiting the Royal Canadian Legion Hall of Honour. The Canadian War Museum’s collections are among the finest military holdings in the world, comprising rare vehicles, artillery, uniforms, medals, small arms, and rare books and archives, as well as the outstanding Beaverbrook Collection of War Art. In addition to showcasing exhibitions from around the world, the Museum hosts vehicle demonstrations, scholarly lectures, engaging family programming, and a wide range of special events.

Gatineau: Canadian Museum of History Admission

6. Gatineau: Canadian Museum of History Admission

The Canadian Museum of History is Canada’s national museum of human history. Located in Gatineau, Quebec, along the scenic riverfront across from Parliament Hill, the Museum is housed in an iconic building designed by Indigenous architect Douglas Cardinal. The Museum is one of Canada’s most popular cultural institutions, with a collection of more than 4 million items — including archaeological material, cultural objects, works of art, documents, and audiovisual material. In collaboration with Indigenous Peoples, the Museum shares the stories of the resilience and diversity of Indigenous cultures and histories across Canada. The Museum has the world’s largest indoor display of monumental poles, six traditional Native house fronts arranged in the shape of a 19th-century Northwest Coast village, contemporary works of Indigenous art, and a gallery dedicated to the achievements and traditions of Indigenous Peoples. The Museum is also home to the popular Canadian History Hall — a stunning showcase that provides access to 15,000 years of social history through personal stories and 1,500 authentic artifacts, many of which are national treasures. The Museum’s exhibitions examine the events, personalities and cultures that have shaped Canada. Sharing stories through multiple perspectives and voices, the Museum celebrates Canadian achievements while also exploring some of the country’s darker chapters. The Museum is also a destination of choice for major international exhibitions, which are often produced in partnership with the world’s most renowned institutions. In addition, you can explore the world through play with your children at the Canadian Children’s Museum and watch an inspiring, larger-than-life documentary films at Ciné+.

Toronto: Best of Toronto City Tour with Entry Tickets

7. Toronto: Best of Toronto City Tour with Entry Tickets

Experience the best of the best on this complete Ultimate Toronto Tour. This small group tour will have you experience first-hand some of Toronto’s must-see attractions and learn about the history behind them.  Once this tour is completed, you will walk away with wonderful memories and a head full of amazing facts and tidbits about Toronto's history.  Your adventure in Toronto starts with a quick trip up to the observation deck of the CN Tower – one of the world’s most popular tourist spots. On the observation deck, you will have the opportunity to walk out and be 1,151 feet above the ground. Being so high up will allow you to get amazing views of the surrounding city. Don’t forget to bring your camera because there will be numerous opportunities to take amazing photos. Next, hop aboard a seasonal cruise where you will be able to see breathtaking views of Toronto’s skyline, the bustling waterfront, and the nearby Toronto Islands. When the cruise is unavailable, explore Casa Loma instead. Other highlights of the tour will include a narrated driving tour of Eaton Centre, Dundas Square, Queen’s Park, and a short stop at the St. Lawrence Market (Closed Sundays and Mondays). On the other days St. Lawrence Market will be replaced with a visit to the Distillery District  The Ultimate Toronto Tour will be ideal for first-time tourists to Toronto who are looking to experience it all or veteran travelers to the area who want to experience something new.

Toronto: Royal Ontario Museum Special Exhibits Voucher

8. Toronto: Royal Ontario Museum Special Exhibits Voucher

Visit the Royal Ontario Museum, where jaw-dropping dinosaurs, glittering gemstones, and mysterious mummies are just a few of the treasures on display. Your voucher includes general admission and access to one or more of the special exhibits. Enjoy the freedom to explore the museum at your own pace and visit the exhibits and galleries that interest you most. There’s plenty to see and do at the museum, with exhibits to interest the whole family. The special exhibits currently featured at the Royal Ontario Museum include 'Fantastic Beasts™: The Wonder of Nature': 'Fantastic Beasts™: The Wonder of Nature' explores the links between the magical creatures of the wizarding world and the remarkable animals in our natural world, encouraging a greater connection to our planet and empowering us all to be advocates for its care. Be awed by the powerful combination of science, nature, and imagination as you explore fantastic beasts in all their forms and learn how these animals inspired some of the world's most incredible stories and folklore.

Art Gallery of Ontario with Skip-the-Line Option

9. Art Gallery of Ontario with Skip-the-Line Option

Fully accessible and conveniently located in downtown Toronto, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is one of the most important art museums in North America. The AGO Collection features more than 100,000 great works of art, from cutting-edge contemporary works to classic European masterpieces. Always on display are iconic paintings by the well-known Group of Seven, as well as other Canadian artists. Explore amazing art by established and emerging Indigenous, Inuit and Métis artists. See sculptures, photographs, prints and drawings, and so much more, on display in the beautiful Gallery building. Explore the building itself, which is a work of art, with design details created by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry.

Toronto: Bata Shoe Museum Entrance Ticket

10. Toronto: Bata Shoe Museum Entrance Ticket

Marvel at a stunning collection of shoes from around the world with an entrance ticket to the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto. Discover footwear of every description collected by the museum's founder, Sonja Bata. As one of Toronto's foremost cultural landmarks, and a world-renowned institution with a reputation for global excellence, the Bata Shoe Museum features one of the world's largest and most impressive footwear collections. Housed in a building shaped like a shoebox, to a design by the Canadian architect Raymond Moriyama, the museum welcomes you with its distinctive and spacious contemporary architecture filled with light. The museum collects, researches, preserves, and exhibits footwear from around the world. Explore the beautifully designed exhibitions and experience 4 innovative gallery spaces with rotating artifacts and shows. Take a fascinating journey through 4,500 years of footwear history in "All About Shoes."  2019 Exhibitions:  • Want: Desire, Design and Depression Era Footwear • The Gold Standard: Glittering Footwear from Around the Globe • Art and Innovation: Traditional Arctic Footwear from the Bata Shoe Museum Collection

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It was easy to enter with skip the line tickets. There are lots of things to see so wear great walking shoes. I would visit again as I was unable to see all the exhibits. Great experience.

Michael.went above and beyond to ensure enjoyed the best of the city. I would certainly tour with him again and recommend this city tour for anyone visiting Toronto.

Get Your Guide it was great, it showed me some good places to go in Toronto and I loved the experience. I will definitely use it on my next trips.

It was a beautiful experience with my family! Watching the Christmas lights in the mist , was a sight to sore eyes!

The ROM is great! Lots to see and lots of history. Many things to learn as well.