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10 other Toronto museums to discover

10 more Toronto museums

Are you planning a trip to Toronto? It’s a beautiful city to visit in any season, for its architecture and its many parks. While developing our Toronto Civic Center Tourist Scavenger Hunt and our Old Toronto Tourist Scavenger Hunt, we identified many Toronto museums. Many which were either just, or well outside the areas of our scavenger hunts.

We previously covered 7 museums where our scavenger hunts are located. Here are 10 more museums that are worth your time.

10 other Toronto museums to discover

  1. Royal Ontario Museum
    • The ROM, located on Bloor near Yonge is a very large museum with multiple exhibits from dinosaurs to wildlife photography and first people’s art & culture.
  2. Toronto Casa LomaCasa Loma
    • This Gothic Revival mansion is located in York, north of the downtown core. It was built in 1914 for Sir Henry Pellatt as his home.
    • The city seized the estate in 1924 due to unpaid taxes. It was then leased in 1937 to the Kiwanis Club of West Toronto who operated it until 2011 as a tourist attraction.
    • It was massively restored between 1997 and 2012. Liberty Entertainment Group now operates the Casa Loma. They’ve since opened the Blueblook Steakhouse on the property.
  3. Toronto Police Museum and Discovery Center
    • The Toronto Police Museum occupies 3000 square feet in the atrium of Police Headquarters on Carleton St. near Yonge.
  4. Fort York
    • Fort York is a national historic site and landmark from the War of 1812.
  5. Ontario Science Center
    • Ontario Science Center is a hands-on museum on multiple levels touching on all sciences.
  6. Gibson House Museum
    • The Gibson House Museum is located north of the 401 in North York. It presents the historic farmhouse of Toronto’s early surveyors.
  7. Spadina Museum
    • The Spadina Museum is a heritage home where you can relive the 1920s and 30s through its Victorian-Edwardian décor and garden.
  8. Scarborough Museum
    • The Scarborough Museum is located northeast of the city in Thomson Memorial Park. You’ll see here the history of this area from its early settlement to its recent developments.
  9. Black Creek Pioneer Village
    • This pioneer village is located near the intersection of highway’s 407 and 400 in the north of Toronto.
    • You’ll see here a 1800s era village with period buildings, artifacts, and guides.
  10. Aga Khan Museum
    • The Aga Khan Museum is located in North York and presents Islamic and Iranian art.

We invite you to try our Toronto Civic Center Tourist Scavenger Hunt or Old Toronto Tourist Scavenger Hunt. They are 2-3 hours each, self-guided walking tours that you do with your smartphone (how it works). You’ll come across museums we presented earlier and much more. Moreover, you’ll enjoy solving the various challenges at each step of the way while learning the history of Toronto.

They each cost $35 for a group of up to 6 persons. There is an Explorer version of the Old Toronto scavenger hunt available for $45 – it’s longer and has more challenges.

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12 iconic Toronto buildings you need to see

12 iconic Toronto buildings

Are you planning a trip to Toronto? It’s a beautiful city to visit in any season, for its architecture and its many parks. While developing our Toronto Civic Center Tourist Scavenger Hunt and our Old Toronto Tourist Scavenger Hunt, we identified many iconic Toronto buildings.

We’ve limited our list to the downtown core and harbourfront areas, where our scavenger hunts are located.

12 iconic Toronto buildings

  1. CN TowerCN Tower
    • The CN Tower is 553 meters high. At its observation level, there is a glass floor and a revolving restaurant with panoramic views of the city and Lake Ontario. At the nacelle (the 2nd ball), you can see Rochester, NY, on the other side of Lake Ontario, when the weather permits.
    • It was built in 1976 by the Canadian National Railway on land it already owned. You will see on the other side of the tower the many railway lines that run along Lake Ontario. It consists mainly of concrete and serves telecommunications purposes.
    • It was the tallest man-made structure in the world from 1975 (during construction) to 2007. At that time, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai passed it. Then, in 2009, the Canton Tower (Guangzhou Tower) in China exceeded both. Today it is the 9th tallest structure in the world and the highest in the Americas.
    • Going up to the observation level and the nacelle is $ 53 per adult. There are many packages including the Aquarium and other attractions.
  2. Old City Hall TorontoOld City Hall
    • Built-in 1899 in the Romanesque style, it housed city hall between 1899 and 1966.
    • Its distinguishing point is definitely its clock tower, but also its gargoyles and numerous sculptures. The interior rooms show a lot of wood works, as well as stained glass windows showing the origins of the city.
    • Today, courts of justice occupy this building. Its main entrance is on Queen Street.
  3. Toronto City HallCity Hall
    • Toronto’s City Hall is a rather distinctive building, not to say unique.
    • It was opened in 1965 and can be visited.
  4. Fairmont Royal York
    • The Royal York Hotel was designed by Ross and Macdonald for the Canadian Pacific in 1929. Like many other hotels built by the CP in the early 20th century, it is across the street from the city’s main railway station, Union Station here. The initial strategy was to encourage rail tourism with easy access to hotels and restaurants – this was prior to air travel.
    • It was built in the Chateau style, like its sister hotels in Ottawa, Montreal, and Quebec City. It was a popular style at the beginning of the last century. The Royal York was for one year the tallest building in the British Empire. In 1930, the CIBC building on King Street surpassed it.
  5. Queens ParkQueen’s Park
    • Queen’s Park is the name of the Legislative Assembly, or Parliament, of Ontario. It is located on University Avenue and can be visited.
  6. Casa Loma
    • This Gothic Revival mansion is located in York, north of the downtown core. It was built in 1914 for Sir Henry Pellatt as his home.
    • The city seized the estate in 1924 due to unpaid taxes. It was then leased in 1937 to the Kiwanis Club of West Toronto who operated it until 2011 as a tourist attraction.
    • It was massively restored between 1997 and 2012. Liberty Entertainment Group now operates the Casa Loma. They’ve since opened the Blueblook Steakhouse on the property.
  7. Hockey Hall of FameHockey Hall of Fame
    • This Hockey Museum features all the legends of the NHL, as well as its long history. This is where you can see the Stanley Cup most of the time.
    • The Stanley Cup was named for Lord Stanley of Preston, Governor General of Canada in 1892 when it first appeared at the Dominion (Canada) Hockey Challenge.
    • The Hall of Fame was originally founded in Kingston, Ontario, in 1943. The first to be honored was in 1945. It moved to Toronto in 1958 at Exhibition Place, to the west of here. Then to this historic Bank of Montreal building in 1993. Female hockey players have also been included since 2010.
  8. Union StationUnion Station
    • Opposite the Royal York is Union Station, built between 1914 and 1920, in the Beaux-Arts style, during the First World War. It was the Prince of Wales, Prince Edward, who officially opened it to the public in 1927. The prime ministers of Canada and the United Kingdom, as well as several other dignitaries of the time, were present.
    • It’s actually 3rd Union Station in Toronto. The first opened in 1858. It was a few blocks west of here. The second was built on the same site as the first in 1873. The CP began using it in 1896. The 1904 Great Toronto Fire destroyed the area south of Front Street, east of this 2nd Union Station and therefore did not touch it. So, they bought this land after the fire and plans for a third train station began to take shape.
    • Today, Union Station hosts VIA Rail and Amtrak trains, as well as GO Transit commuter trains and a metro station below it. A GO Transit bus station is located nearby.
  9. Scotiabank Arena
    • The Scotiabank Arena is the arena where the Toronto Maple Leafs play in the NHL, as well as the Raptors in the NBA. Most major concerts happen here as well.
    • This building is better known by its previous name, the Air Canada Center (1999-2018). The name changed on July 1, 2018.
  10. Rogers CenterRogers Center
    • Rogers Center is the home of the Toronto Blue Jays, the only Canadian team in Major League Baseball. This stadium has a retractable roof, and regularly hosts music concerts.
    • It was launched in 1989 under the name SkyDome before Rogers bought the rights in 2005. Previously the Blue Jays played at the CNE show stage in the west of downtown. The Raptors (NBA) played here from 1995 until 1999, before the Air Canada Center was built. The Argonauts (CFL) also played here from 1989 until 2015. They got their own stadium, BMO Field, in 2016.
  11. Royal Ontario Museum
    • The ROM, located on Bloor near Yonge is a very large museum with multiple exhibits from dinosaurs to wildlife photography and first people’s art & culture.
    • The ROM is unique in its exterior design that’s all angles on a grand scale.
  12. Gooderham BuildingGooderham Building
    • The Gooderham Building on Front Street is near the St-Lawrence Market and shaped like a flatiron.
    • Built in 1892, this building is part of a limited club of triangular buildings in Toronto, New York and elsewhere in America. You’ll certainly notice the large trompe l’oeil on its back when you approached it.

We invite you to try our Toronto Civic Center Tourist Scavenger Hunt or Old Toronto Tourist Scavenger Hunt. They are 2-3 hours each, self-guided walking tours that you do with your smartphone (how it works). You’ll come across most of these buildings and much more. Moreover, you’ll enjoy solving the various challenges at each step of the way while learning the history of Toronto.

They each cost $35 for a group of up to 6 persons. There is an Explorer version of the Old Toronto scavenger hunt available for $45 – it’s longer and has more challenges.

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7 Toronto museums to discover

7 Toronto museums to discover

Are you planning a trip to Toronto? It’s a beautiful city to visit in any season, for its architecture and its many parks. While developing our Toronto Civic Center Tourist Scavenger Hunt and our Old Toronto Tourist Scavenger Hunt, we identified many Toronto museums.

We’ve limited our list to the downtown core and harbourfront areas, where our scavenger hunts are located.

7 Toronto museums to discover

  1.  Hockey Hall of FameHockey Hall of Fame
    • This Hockey Museum features all the legends of the NHL, as well as its long history. This is where you can see the Stanley Cup most of the time.
    • The Stanley Cup was named for Lord Stanley of Preston, Governor General of Canada in 1892 when it first appeared at the Dominion (Canada) Hockey Challenge.
    • The Hall of Fame was originally founded in Kingston, Ontario, in 1943. The first to be honored was in 1945. It moved to Toronto in 1958 at Exhibition Place, to the west of here. Then to this historic Bank of Montreal building in 1993. Female hockey players have also been included since 2010.

    Canadian Textile Museum

  2. Canadian Textile Museum
    • Textile Museum of Canada is where you will see historic fabrics and explanations of their production methods.
    • It is located on Center Avenue, just south of Dundas.
  3. Campbell House Museum
    • It is the oldest house (manor house) in the former village of York built in 1822. It was the residence of Judge William Campbell, his wife, and children. This is a fine example of Georgian architecture (also known as the Palladian style).
    • It is located at the north-west corner of University Avenue and Queen Street.
    • You can visit it every day except Mondays for $ 10.
  4. TRoundhouse Parkoronto Railway Museum
    • The Toronto Railway Museum, in Roundhouse Park, across the street from the CN Tower, is both an open air, and indoors, museum where you can see and learn all about Canada’s railway system and history.
  5. AGO – Art Gallery of Ontario
    • The Art Gallery of Ontario boasts a huge collection of Canadian artists, as well as some European masterworks.
  6. Mackenzie House
    • Located on Bond Street, this is the 19th century home of former prime minister William Lyon Mackenzie.
  7. ripley's aquarium of CanadaRipley’s Aquarium of Canada
    • Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is next to the CN Tower. Here you’ll find over 20,000 aquatic animals from all over the globe here. This attraction opened in 2013. Admission is $ 35 per adult.

We invite you to try our Toronto Civic Center Tourist Scavenger Hunt or Old Toronto Tourist Scavenger Hunt. They are 2-3 hours each, self-guided walking tours that you do with your smartphone (how it works). You’ll come across most of these museums and much more. Moreover, you’ll enjoy solving the various challenges at each step of the way while learning the history of Toronto.

They each cost $35 for a group of up to 6 persons. There is an Explorer version of the Old Toronto scavenger hunt available for $45 – it’s longer and has more challenges.