DISCOVERthe Wondersof OntarioNiagara Falls, CanadaVisit Ontario and see all of the wonder and excitement for yourself. Get your fill of Toronto’s exquisite restaurantsor dine alongside Ottawa’s scenic Rideau Canal. Take in Niagara’s picturesque vineyards on a wine route alongthe Niagara Escarpment and sample their world-renowned wines. Feed your imagination at the incrediblegalleries in Toronto and Ottawa or enjoy a performance at Niagara’s famous Shaw Festival. This is the perfectseason to truly experience all Ontario has to offer. Visit us online for getaway ideas and packages.ontariotravel.net/go
AdvertisementSAVOR ONTARIOExplore the many flavors of Canadian hospitalitywith a visit to Ontario. The diverse mix of peopleand cultures waiting to be discovered there bringsa touch of the exotic to a place close to home.Canada’s largest city, Toronto has taken its place among thegreat dining capitals of the world. From the new DistilleryDistrict and Little India to Chinatown and Little Portugal,standout meals are on offer in practically every neighborhoodin the city. The abundance of choice gives dedicated epicureansthe opportunity to experiment with new foods and new flavorsand explore ever more daring culinary heights.The C5 Restaurant, located inside the Michael Lee-ChinCrystal at the Royal Ontario Museum, epitomizes Toronto’sappetite for inspired cooking in interesting surroundings. C5’sexecutive chef, Corbin Tomaszeski, has re-imagined classicNorth American favorites and given them a fresh twist, joininglocally sourced ingredients and bold flavors with imaginativepresentation.Toronto’s multicultural spirit is showcased in the nearbyKensington Market, where shops packed with fresh fruits andvegetables, meats and cheeses, baked goods, and delicaciesfrom every corner of the globe vie for the attention of shoppers.The market is also a treasure trove of fine restaurants and livelycafes, with stores selling everything from vintage clothing tovintage wine.From top: Ottawa’s bustling ByWard Market at night. A sampling of winingand dining options in Toronto.Visitors curious about other cultures will find rich rewards inToronto’s melting pot: new tastes to savor, original works of art toexplore, and fresh perspectives in theater and music. The 6thannual Luminato Festival, which runs June 8 –17, is a perfectopportunity to sample the city’s diverse assemblage of talent.The Toronto Symphony, the National Ballet, and theCanadian Opera Company have full summer calendars,while new gallery openings and shows keep the downtownarts scene alive and buzzing. Touring exhibitions, such asPicasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso,Paris, making its appearance at the Art Gallery of Ontario(AGO) this summer, and permanent collections, such as theceramics display at the Gardiner Museum, nurture the city’senduring passion for the arts.PHOTOGRAPHS COURTESY OF OTTAWA TOURISM AND WWW.TORONTOWIDE.COM.
DISCOVERA CITYWITH TASTEScarpetta RestaurantFrank Gehry’s Staircase, Art Gallery of OntarioPhotos Courtesy of torontowide.comRoyal Ontario MuseumPhoto Courtesy of Geneviève CaronFrom little Italy to little India, you can dine around the world right in the city of Toronto. Let some of Canada’smost celebrated chefs please your palate at Scott Conant’s Scarpetta or Corbin Tomaszeski’s C5 at theRoyal Ontario Museum. Or keep it simple and grab a hot dog on your way to a show at Massey Hall, one ofCanada’s most renowned concert halls. Nourish your artistic side at the Art Gallery of Ontario’s unforgettableexhibit Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris. For more information and to book yoururban getaway, visitToronto is a trade mark of Toronto Convention & Visitors Association.
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