Toronto Entertainment District

Sports Promotion
Originally opened as the Air Canada Centre in the late 1990s, Scotiabank Arena attracts basketball and ice hockey fans throughout the year. In addition to hosting the Raptors and Maple Leafs, this indoor venue offers exciting live events, such as concerts and theatrical performances. Previously known as the SkyDome, the Rogers Centre hosts games between the Blue Jays and other MLB teams. More than 50,000 spectators can enjoy professional baseball at this ballpark that includes a retractable roof. At the Hockey Hall of Fame, you could celebrate the rich history of professional ice hockey in Canada and the United States.

Landmarks and Family Attractions

The CN Tower is without a doubt the most recognizable landmark in the Toronto Entertainment District. Standing more than 1,800 feet tall, this tower is the tallest free-standing structure in North America. You can take a quick elevator ride to the observation level that overlooks Toronto, Lake Ontario and the vicinity. The 360 Restaurant offers delicious food with dynamic urban views from an elegant dining room that slowly revolves. Reservations are required for this unique restaurant that combines a sightseeing experience with culinary arts. Considered one of the most extreme activities in Toronto, the EdgeWalk will fill you with adrenaline as you navigate an outdoor ledge on top of the CN Tower. The Ripley's Aquarium of Canada is conveniently located near the base of the CN Tower. In terms of total volume and number of marine species, this aquarium is one of the largest of its kind in Canada and North America. The Dangerous Lagoon exhibit is home to sand tiger sharks, green moray eels, Queensland groupers and green sea turtles. Rainbow Reef includes more than 100 species that are native to tropical waters. You'll see sturgeon, wolf eels, cod and the giant Pacific octopus swimming in the Canadian Waters aquarium. Most of the aquatic creatures in this gallery are native to the Great Lakes. Some other popular features at the Ripley's Aquarium of Canada include Ray Bay, Discovery Centre and Planet Jellies.

Theatres and Entertainment

The Toronto Entertainment District is home to the Four Seasons Centre, one of the top performing arts venues in Canada. Featuring approximately 2,100 seats, this contemporary theatre is the base of the National Ballet of Canada and Canada Opera Company. Also having a similar seating capacity, the Princess of Wales Theatre hosts Off-Broadway shows and other theatrical productions. More than 2,600 spectators can enjoy concerts at the Roy Thomson Hall, which has a distinct circular facade with a glass finish. Some other notable entertainment hubs in this vibrant district include the Royal Alexandra Theatre, Scotiabank Theatre and Glen Gould Studio. If you're looking for a laugh in a late-night comedy venue, go to Yuk Yuk's. Housed in a former industrial building, 401 Richmond offers a rich cultural experience in intimate settings. This chic venue hosts art exhibits, workshops, festivals and other exciting events throughout the year. Click to book your VIP Entertainment tour.

Visiting the Entertainment District

The Toronto Entertainment District is bound by Queen Street West on the north side and Spadina Avenue on the west side. University Avenue defines the district's eastern border, and the Gardiner Expressway marks the southern edge. This neighbourhood is situated on the scenic shores of Lake Ontario. More than a dozen TTC streetcar stops are located within this pedestrian-friendly district. Additionally, the busy Union Station is centrally situated in the heart of this trendy part of Toronto.

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