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Ontario's Cool Capitals
Ontario is home to not one, but two capitals - Ottawa, the federal capital, and Toronto, the provincial capital. Both cities are in deep contrast to one another and neither should be missed.
Toronto brims with energy and excitement. From iconic architecture, fascinating museums and galleries, exciting nightlife and luxury hotels - this city is always on. The cosmopolitan capital of Ontario is comprised of many multicultural neighbourhoods including six Chinatowns, Portugal Village, Greektown, Little India and Little Italy. Explore Toronto's fascinating neighbourhoods on the user-friendly transit system, the TTC, or soak up the culture in this urban hot spot on foot. Shop till you drop at Toronto's chic boutiques, colourful markets and upscale malls.
Soar to the top of the CN Tower to peer through the glass floor, then go under the sea at the brand new Ripley's Aquarium of Canada. Sample arts, culture & recreation at Harbourfront Centre, then unwind in an urban oasis, the pedestrian-only Toronto Islands, just a short ferry ride away. Come down to the Beach area and stroll the boardwalk, then check out the eclectic shops and restaurants.
Toronto offers culture buffs a world of choices. A host of fascinating galleries and museums beckon, including museums dedicated to science, ceramics and shoes. Revel in the renewed energy and bold new looks of the Royal Ontario Museum and Art Gallery of Ontario. Take in a big Broadway-style show or check out a small independent theatre production. See the ballet, treat yourself to an evening of symphonic music or spend the night at the opera.
Considered one of the world's most beautiful capital cities, vibrant Ottawa is both the national and cultural capital of Canada. This impressive, yet intimate metropolitan area, is home to over 1.1 million English and French speaking residents - and a growing multicultural population. Famous national landmarks and historic sights greet the visitor at every turn, including Parliament Hill, the National Gallery of Canada and the Canadian Museum of Civilisation - and many others.
Ottawa's beautiful natural setting creates year-round opportunities for adventure and recreation. As the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, weaves its way through the heart of the city, you'll spot boaters, cyclists, joggers and walkers. Visitors can rent a bike to explore on their own - or take a boat cruise on the canal or the Ottawa River. Just 90 minutes from downtown, the Ottawa River offers up whitewater rafting experiences for the first-timer to the enthusiast, from Class I to Class V!
Festivals play a big part in Ottawa's cultural scene all year round, including the world's largest Tulip Festival in spring, the Ottawa Blues and Jazz Festivals in summer and the famous Winterlude in every February.