Historic Sites in Toronto

Historic Sites in Toronto, Ontario

Toronto Historic Sites

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  • Victor-Lazar
    Cheval-Blanc, France2 contributions
    Casa Loma is definitely a place to visit if you’re discovering Toronto. This beautiful castle will allow you to see Toronto from a unique point of view. The visit of the castle itself is totally worth it (and long, so plan at least a 3h visit, and try to arrive in the morning to avoid crowds). You’ll be able to explore the different floors, suites, exhibitions (Lady Diana currently, a must). To finish, a walk outside the castle will allow you to discover the gardens and see the castle from the exterior.

    I strongly recommend it !
    Written May 14, 2022
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  • caroline
    15 contributions
    Just an absolutely amazing theatre! We came to see Come From Away a while back and the show, cast, and performance was astonishing. Hands down the best play I’ve ever seen but I have to mention the two theatres... They’re beautiful works of art, the most unique theatres I’ve ever seen. Once it’s safe to return, you bet I will be!
    Written April 15, 2021
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  • sterlingwoman
    Niagara Falls, Canada63 contributions
    Well kept and very interesting. Loved the interactive components.

    Both myself & my 11 year old grandson really enjoyed it. There was so much to see and a lot of variety.

    Give yourself lots of time to really experience it all.
    Written March 24, 2022
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  • BoardingPass651479
    1 contribution
    Recently, all 10 Toronto History Museums became free! The website doesn't tell you this yet, but you have to go on a guided tour to see the house; you can't go through on your own. They are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, but here are the opening dates and tour times:
    Wednesday, Friday: 12:15, 1:15, 2:15, 3:15, 4:00
    Thursday: 12:15, 1:15, 2:15, 3:15, 4:15, 5:15, 6:00
    Saturday, Sunday: 11:15, 12:15, 1:00, 1:45, 2:30, 3:15, 4:00

    Tours are limited and do have a capacity. Arrive early to avoid disappointment (at least 30-45 minutes before your desired tour time). The gardens are also STUNNING, so bring a picnic. The grounds are open till 5 pm Wed, Fri, Sat, and Sun, and till 7 pm on Thursdays.
    Written May 12, 2022
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  • IOSHAf
    5 contributions
    I visited Mackenzie House to join its (ghost) storytelling activity and for some history-packed fun on a winter day. This is the last home of Toronto's first mayor, for many, is the city's most haunted house. Sitting in a dimly lit room built in 1830, with only candle lights, sipping apple cider and munching cheese shortbread, I got this unique chance to listen to ghost stories written in 1863. Also tried the Washington Press, one of the oldest printing presses in Canada, to print a lovely new year card for myself. 😚
    Written February 16, 2020
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  • operalover939
    Toronto, Canada2,628 contributions
    Years have passed since I last visited Osgoode Hall and its Great Library, but a reception hosted by the Osgoode Society for Legal History took me there yesterday evening. The space is indeed very attractive, dominated by the chandeliers and the portraits of juridical worthies. Well worth a visit!
    Written November 8, 2019
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  • JB3
    Auckland Central, New Zealand211 contributions
    Love the shape of the building, very quirky. Unfortunately there was some construction going on at the front so our photos don’t do it justice! The mural on the back of the building was very cleverly done. Glad we took the time to go there even though the weather was not great.
    Written April 26, 2022
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  • Coulter M
    toronto, ontario35 contributions
    We went to the Winterlicious supper at Gibson House. It was a roast beef dinner prepared over the open fire in the kitchen.

    Sheena did a wonderful job of dividing jobs up so everyone was involved in preparation of the meal and each dish was properly cooked and ready at the correct time, all the while giving a full commentary on the Gibson family and life in 1851. After preparing the meal we all sat down to eat it by candle light in the dining room.

    They don't do these meals too often so if you get the chance to attend one I highly recommend it.
    Written February 10, 2020
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  • Sachin K
    Plainview, NY5,840 contributions
    As the name suggests, it is Toronto’s First Post Office and is functional even today. It is located in the historic St. Lawrence district. It has a museum inside which is worth visiting. Certainly would very highly recommend the same to any traveler.
    Written November 7, 2019
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  • Heather B
    Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Canada351 contributions
    I'm not sure if the park really pays homage to the Irish people who came to Canada, but it is a nice little park to get some fantastic views of the Toronto Skyline. Not the best views, but for a short ride from Union Station, it's nice.

    Some of the statues might be frightening looking to young children.
    Written December 10, 2019
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  • Holiday-Lady25
    Sunderland, UK1,160 contributions
    We had pre-booked a tour to Niagara with grey line tours. Our guide for the day was very knowledgeable and made the day. We had lunch in the Sheraton then did the horn-blower tour before moving on to spend some time at Niagara-on-the-Lake. What a beautiful place to visit.
    Written August 12, 2019
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  • lachmanbalani
    Toronto, Canada1,011 contributions
    The Gibraltar Point lighthouse on the Toronto Islands is the oldest lighthouse on the Great Lakes and is a pretty cool place for a visit. There is a plaque on it recounting its history and that it is believed to be haunted. One either has to takera ferry ofra water taxi to get to this lighthouse from the Toronto harbour. There are other points of interest nearby on those islands so it is well worth the trip. Ferries currently cost about CAD 8 to and fro and the water taxi is CAD 10. Best to go by water taxi and return by Ferry (no charge on return) so you get the best of both experiences.Plenty of cafes and pubs on the islands to grab a bite and beverage. Alcoholic drinks are also available. Taking you own picnic basket is more economical and beaches are quite safe to swim in most of the time, otherwise just sit and drench in the sun ! smile. smile! Very children friendly trip.
    Written August 7, 2021
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  • Keenomanjaro
    Croydon, UK181 contributions
    If you're moving between Downtown and Chinatown/Kensington Market, try to route your walk through this smart little park. The park itself is well maintained and a nice green spot in the heart of the city with plenty of people relaxing in the grass and kids enjoying the play facilities. It is however, greatly enhanced by the neighbouring Ontario College of Arts and Design building, which has a highly unusual annex called the Sharp Centre which stands on tall stilts and dominates one end of the park. Also of note is a fantastic Henry Moore sculpture (Two Large Forms) at the West side of the park.
    Written September 2, 2019
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  • violetadim
    Toronto, Canada15 contributions
    High Park, in the very center of the city, is an oasis where many are gathered citizens in the winter and summer. For everybody at a glance at all times of the year: sports grounds, zoo garden, skating rink, swimming pools, long walkways, children's castle, indoor parts for smooth running of dogs. The peace, thanks to the unspoilt nature, the hilly terrain, the river, and the lake sprinkled with space, can be felt on a concrete or earthy path.

    This park is a rare endowment of a fellow architect and artist of art and nature, John Howard. On the plane, the highest point of this park, is the beautiful, simple and picturesque weekend of John and Jamie Hallard built in 1837 - its name is Colborne Lodge. John Howard was one of the first architects in Toronto, as well as a city engineer and geometer. The house itself is famous for its three chimneys, an unusual architecture, a very functional solution to life in it, as well as an interior that besides artistic values ​​also has innovative - small home appliances for the kitchen. All designed, innovated and handled by Howard is done.
    The house is designed to have three levels. The entry level, the anteroom from which it enters the living room, then the study room, the sewing room, the dining room, the grocery stores and then the three rooms with wardrobe, tools and painting material. The position of the living room is set up to look at Lake Ontario and exit the large veranda. The stairs are descending into the kitchen, which was deliberately built lower than the ground level, because with this inclination, rainwater was collected and water from the lake could be used for drinking, bathing, as well as for the toilet. Otherwise, it was also the first toilet and bathroom in the house in Toronto.
    The house museum is open for visits and on holiday days it is equipped with dishes, food, or decorations depending on the time of the year and holidays. Very nice and magical looks like December, decorated fir, wooden toys and the smell of hot apple juice with cinnamon, which is served with holiday cakes to visitors. If you missed Christmas, come for Easter, but do not miss to smell the atmosphere of this beautiful museum.
    Written December 12, 2018
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  • Travis V
    North Vancouver, Canada19 contributions
    We were delighted to stop by on Canada day for tea and lemonade and some of the best homemade strawberry shortcake I've ever had. We were also give a wonderful and informative tour!
    Please make some time to stop in and say hi, so glad we did.
    Written September 10, 2019
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