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Toronto offers some of the world's best literary, ethnic and wine festivals as well as museums and the Seventh Wonder of the World: Niagara Falls.
Toronto Ontario Canada; tel.647.777.1018
Caribana reinvents Toronto for a few weeks in July as the city hosts North America’s largest Caribbean festival with more than one million attendees. Toronto visitors take in the King and Queen of the Bands competition, the Olympic Island Caribbean Arts Festival, concerts, cruises, art exhibits and the not-to-be-missed Caribana parade. Food connoisseurs will sample the best Caribbean-Toronto cuisine.
Harbourfront Reading Series
235 Queens Quay W, Toronto Ontario Canada tel.416.973.4000
Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2004, this year-round program features Canadian authors such as Margaret Atwood (The Blind Assassin) and Barbara Gowdy who will participate in special readings and book signings.
International Festival of Authors
Toronto Ontario Canada; tel.416.973.4000
Every October, the largest spoken-word festival in Toronto lasts 11 days and brings together more than 150 acclaimed authors to read from their works. Past guests are Salman Rushdie and AS Byatt. A worthwhile literary event.
Krinos Taste of the Danforth: Celebrating the Greek Spirit,
Greektown, Toronto Ontario Canada
In early August, more than a million attendees take part in Greektown’s street party with live Greek music, beer gardens, souvlaki food samples and the best Greek entertainment outside of Athens.
Sante: The Bloor-Yorkville Wine Festival
Bloor-Yorkville District, Toronto Ontario Canada; tel.416.870.8000
In early May, Toronto showcases this four-day gourmet extravaganza that features the cuisine from Toronto’s best chefs paired with award-winning Niagara wine region vintages. A Toronto feast that delights visitors with its unique scents and aromas. Great for couples and families.
The Horseshoe Falls
Niagara Falls, Ontario Canada
One of the Seventh Wonders of the World, Niagara Falls is a magnificent visual and the jewel of the region. Toronto visitors board the Maid off the Mist, a boat tour that takes viewers through the churning waters of the American side of the Falls, past the Rock of Ages and the foot of Horseshoe Falls. Toronto tourists can also take in the spectacular view from the upper levels of the Skylon Tower Observation Deck.
The Shaw Festival
10 Queen's Parada, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario Canada; tel.800.511.7429
Located within 20 minutes of Niagara Falls, the world-renowned Shaw Festival is one of the biggest annual draws for visitors featuring the best plays from 1856 (the birth year of the Irish writer) to today with Shaw's Pygmalion and Man and Superman. This Niagara-based festival begins in April and runs through December.
Attractions page written by Sonja Pecavar.
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