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Toronto: Casa Loma Entry Ticket with Audio Guide

1. Toronto: Casa Loma Entry Ticket with Audio Guide

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.

Royal Ontario Museum: General Admission Ticket

2. Royal Ontario Museum: General Admission Ticket

No trip to Toronto is complete without a visit to the Royal Ontario Museum—Canada’s largest museum. Explore stunning galleries of dinosaurs, Indigenous art and culture, ancient Egypt, minerals and gems, and more. Explore each of these 16 Must-See Treasures with the aid of bilingual multi-media kiosks. Discover 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 Death of General Wolfe painting • 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: Butterfly Conservatory Admission

3. Niagara Falls, Canada: Butterfly Conservatory Admission

Experience the magic of the Butterfly Conservatory, nestled on the grounds of the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens. The Butterfly Conservatory is located a short 15-minute drive from the Canadian Horsehoe Falls and is easily accessible by the WEGO transport system. This magical attraction features over 2,000 colorful tropical butterflies floating freely amongst the winding pathways beneath the spacious, glass-enclosed conservatory. Your self-guided walking tour of the Butterfly Conservatory begins with a short, informative video presentation before you are free to explore at your own pace.   Marvel at 45 species of butterflies with some from tropical regions around the world, including Costa Rica, El Salvador, and the Philippines. Discover the dynamic exhibit space with educational information about butterfly life cycles, pollinators, and more. Wander paths that wind through the rainforest setting, past a pond and waterfall to the Emergence window, where butterflies leave their pupae and prepare to take their first flight.

Toronto: Royal Ontario Museum Special Exhibits Ticket

4. Toronto: Royal Ontario Museum Special Exhibits Ticket

Visit the Royal Ontario Museum, where jaw-dropping dinosaurs, glittering gemstones, and mysterious mummies are just a few of the treasures on display. Your ticket 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 "Great Whales: Up Close and Personal" and the "Breaking the Frame" exhibition. Great Whales: Up Close and Personal In 2017, the ROM shared the incredible journey of Blue, ROM’s beloved blue whale in "Out of the Depths: The Blue Whale Story". The highly successful ROM-original exhibition told the story of nine blue whales that died tragically in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in 2014, and the unprecedented opportunity for research and conservation it presented. Fast forward four years and the museum returns to the depths. Showcasing the ROM’s commitment to Canada’s iconic North Atlantic whales, this exhibition takes the story further and features Blue alongside two new skeletons: the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale and the deep-diving sperm whale. With multi-sensory interactive and immersive experiences, Great Whales compares these three unique giants, from their size and diet to their intelligence and evolution, while highlighting the extensive ongoing research and conservation efforts being undertaken to save these mammals from extinction. The ROM invites you to dive back in and discover these incredible great whales of Canada's east coast, their complex relationships with humans, and what we can do to save them. Breaking the Frame Experience the unexpected in the North American debut of Breaking the Frame, featuring one of the earliest photographs taken by a female artist, unusual subject matter from the biggest names in photography, and portraits from photo studios in West Africa and India. Explore more than 90 original and vintage prints from the Solander collection that inspire new and unconventional approaches to photo history. Breaking the Frame showcases many accomplished artists of the 19th and 20th centuries – from Malick Sidibé and Florence Henri to Lang Jingshan, Ansel Adams, Diane Arbus, Henry Fox Talbot, Robert Frank, and Dorothea Lange – who have helped shape photography, offering a global perspective on the medium that pushes our understanding beyond the conventional.

Ottawa: Canadian War Museum Admission

5. Ottawa: Canadian War Museum Admission

Visit The Canadian War Museum, the national museum of military history, conveniently located west of Parliament Hill near downtown Ottawa. The museum is one of the world's most respected places for the study and understanding of armed conflict.  Discover the inspiring and touching stories of Canada's military contributions. Canada's rich military history is showcased through personal stories, artwork, photographs, and interactive presentations. Tour the extensive permanent exhibitions and expand your knowledge of the conflicts that shaped Canada, Canadians, and the world. The galleries have been designed to emphasize the human experience of war.  Explore at your own pace as you discover the rare and historically important artifacts, uniforms, vehicles, art, and memorabilia that make up the 3 million pieces in the collections. Each gallery highlights defining moments in Canada’s military history and the ways in which past events have shaped the nation.

Toronto: Bata Shoe Museum Entrance Ticket

6. 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

Niagara Falls, Canada: Whirlpool Aero Car Ride

7. Niagara Falls, Canada: Whirlpool Aero Car Ride

Soar above Niagara Falls, Canada during this Whirlpool Aero Car experience. Designed by renowned Spanish engineer, Leonardo Torres Quevedo, the Whirlpool Aero Car has been taking passengers across the Niagara Gorge since 1916. Marvel at gorgeous views in this antique cable car that is suspended above the falls and offers spectacular views of the swirling Niagara Whirlpool and the Class 6 whitewater rapids of the Niagara River. Being that Niagara Falls crosses the borders of Canada and the United States, riders of this historic cable car actually only travel between two points on the Canadian shore, however, you will enjoy view points from both sides of the falls.

Art Gallery of Ontario: Skip-the-Ticket-Line Admission

8. Art Gallery of Ontario: Skip-the-Ticket-Line Admission

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.

Gatineau: Canadian Museum of History Admission

9. Gatineau: Canadian Museum of History Admission

Experience Canada’s rich history in exciting new ways at The Canadian Museum of History and tour the expansive permanent exhibitions. The Museum is located five minutes from downtown Ottawa and Parliament Hill. Explore immersive galleries and learn about the outstanding achievements of First Peoples. The signature exhibition, the Canadian History Hall, reveals the events, personalities, and historical currents that have shaped Canada. Make the most of your visit with the free multilingual museum guide. Download the app prior to arrival to unlock exhibition overviews, interactive maps, images, and 360-degree virtual reality tours.

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What people are saying about Ontario

Beautiful building with an amazing history. Watched X Men again after my visit and enjoying recognizing areas filmed at Casa Loma. Definitely a must see!

What a fantastic museum. We took our four year old and he loved it! We also enjoyed all the amazing exhibits, especially the dinosaurs!

Beautiful place to be in. Take your time. I’m going back with a camera as they will land on you.

Gives you a chance to learn about other cities outside of toronto And ideas for your next trip

Wonderful museum. Very clean and lots of artifacts