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Nearby Attractions for International Students

If you’re not from the Toronto area and find yourself attending York University, you’re definitely in for a tourism treat! Many people don’t realize that York University and THE QUAD residences are surrounded by some of Canada’s most famous attractions!

Let’s go over just 10 Nearby Attractions to get you started.

The C.N. Tower:

This 553 -metre building essentially defines the Toronto skyline and attracts over 2 million visitors annually. It’s a great place for adrenalin seekers, believe it or not! There’s a glass floor that you can stand on as you work your way up to taking the Edge Walk, where you are harnessed and can hang over the edge of the C.N. Tower railing!

Niagara Falls

Not only is Niagara Falls itself spectacular, but the city comes alive at night and is a wonderful place to spend a night or weekend away. Niagara Falls is one of the 7 Wonders of the World and when you see it you’ll understand why. You can walk right up to and behind the waterfall, take a ferry up to the falls, or even participate in a yoga class at the base of the waterfall. Once you’ve explored the falls you can enjoy a meal and any of the endless attractions in the area.

Ontario Place

The Ontario Place complex is located on three man-made islands on the Lake Ontario waterfront. It’s an internationally acclaimed entertainment, cultural and leisure park including the first IMAX theatre, the Molson Amphitheatre concert space and massive outdoor venue that frequently hosts festivals.

Paramount Canada’s Wonderland

Canada’s Wonderland is 330-acre paradise for the thrill seekers out there. The theme park boasts 16 rollercoasters and is ranked third best in the world! For the Halloween lovers, make sure to go in October during the park’s Halloween Haunt event where they turn the park into an impressive haunted house!

Air Canada Centre

If you’re a fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs or the Toronto Raptors then you’ll know this as the venue hosting the team’s home games! It also hosts impressive concerts and events throughout the year.

The Distillery District

This walking district is a national historic site and a popular destination for both locals and tourists within the city. It’s famous for its unique shops and restaurants as well as a couple of artistic sculptures placed throughout the district. It’s the perfect place to grab a warm drink and take a stroll through the annual Christmas Market in the winter.

The Canadian National Exhibition

The CNE or the EX is one of the largest fairs in North America and has been taking place annually during the 18 days leading up to Labour Day since 1879. The CNE is easily accessible via the TTC and has many food choices, rides, and fair vendors on top of some famous events such as the Canadian International Air Show, water-skiing and wakeboarding on the waterfront, and the new addition of Pokéstops and gyms throughout the fair grounds.

Ripley’s Aquarium

Ripley’s Aquarium is one of the newest attractions in Toronto, opening in October 2013. It’s already made quite a name for itself in the community and a visit here is a must for anyone visiting Toronto. The aquarium has over 5 million litres of marine and freshwater habitats from around the world, housing over 450 species! While you’re there, don’t forget to check out the touch pools and walk through the aquarium tunnel with sharks above you!

The Toronto Zoo

The Toronto Zoo is spread across 710 acres near the Rouge River and has been open since 1974. The best part about the zoo is that it’s open every day of the year, except for December 25th. If you’re ever looking for something to do, one of the 450+ species housed here are guaranteed to make you smile.

Scarborough Bluffs

If you’re the outdoorsy type, make sure you spend some time exploring the Scarborough Bluffs area. You’ll have a hard time believing the views from this park are actually of Lake Ontario; the Caribbean blue of the water is surreal! This is a great spot to take a stroll and have a picnic lunch.

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