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21 films shot in Toronto and their locations

21 films shot in toronto

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 several film locations you might recognize from famous films.

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

21 films shot in Toronto and their locations

  1. The Kidnapping of the President (1980)
    • Scenes shot at Toronto City Hall
  2. Strange BrewStrange Brew (1983)
    • Scenes shot at the Casa Loma
  3. Camilla (1994)
    • Scenes shot at Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre Center.
  4. X-Men (2000)
    • Scenes shot at the Casa Loma and Roy Thomson Hall.
  5. American PsychoAmerican Psycho (2000)
    • Scenes shot at the TD Center on Wellington St.
  6. The Tuxedo (2002)
    • Scenes shot at Toronto City Hall and the Casa Loma.
  7. ChicagoChicago (2002)
    • Scenes shot at Osgood Hall, Union Station, the Casa Loma, as well as the Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre Center.
  8. Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004)
    • Toronto City Hall’s distinctive look serves as a major focal point throughout the film.
  9. Crash (2004)
    • Scenes shot under the Gardiner Expressway
  10. The Pacifier (2005)
    • Scenes shot at the Casa Loma
  11. Cinderella Man (2005)
    • Scenes shot at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel
  12. The SentinelThe Sentinel (2006)
    • Scenes shot at Toronto City Hall
  13. REDRed (2010)
    • Scenes shot at Toronto City Hall
  14. Scott Pilgrim vs the World (2010)
    • Scenes shot at the Casa Loma
  15. Cosmopolis (2012)
    • Scenes shot at Union Station.
  16. Total Recall (2012)
    • Scenes shot at Union Station and under the Gardiner Expressway.
  17. Pacific Rim (2013)
    • A segment of Elizabeth Street, just north of Dundas, was turned into a Japanese war zone for the film Pacific Rim.
  18. Suicide SquadSuicide Squad (2016)
    • Yonge-Dundas square and southwards on Yonge St served to shoot the car chase scene between Batman and the Joker.
  19. The Shape of Water (2017)
    • Scenes shot at Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre Center.
  20. DC's TitansDC’s Titans (2018)
    • Scenes shot at the Casa Loma where it serves as Wayne Manor.
  21. The Umbrella Academy (2019)
    • Massey Hall is the concert hall where number seven plays her violin.

 

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 film locations 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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6 Statues in Toronto you should see

statues in toronto

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 a few statues worth a look.

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

6 Statues in Toronto you should see

  1. Churchill MemorialChurchill Memorial
    • Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) Memorial is located at the back left of Toronto’s City Hall. It was originally installed in 1977 elsewhere in Nathan Phillips Square but relocated in 2014.
    • Sir Winston Churchill was prime minister of Great Britain between 1940 and 1945, and again between 1951 and 1955. He is remembered especially for his leadership during World War II.
    • One of Churchill’s most famous speeches from the war is inscribed on the base of his statue.
  2. Sir Adam Beck statue
    • Sir Adam Beck (1857-1925) is commemorated opposite the South African War Memorial on University Ave near Queen St.
    • Adam Beck founded Ontario Hydro. This monument was unveiled in 1934
  3. TD CenterThe Pasture
    • A number of life-sized bronze cows are lying down in the grass between the TD Center buildings. They were sculpted by Joe Fafard and installed in 1985.
  4. Immigrant Families Monument
    • A monument honoring Canada’s immigrant families is located next to the Scotiabank Arena on Yonge St. It was installed in 2007 and sculpted by Tom Otterness.
  5. Our Game
    • This statue/monument represents hockey players on the bench just itching to get on the ice. It is located on Front St just outside the Hockey Hall of Fame.
    • It was created by Edie Parker and installed in 1993.
  6. Glenn GouldThe Glenn Gould Gathering
    • Outside CBC’s headquarters on Front Street is a bronze bench on which Glenn Gould is sitting. It was designed by Ruth Abernethy and installed in 1999.
    • Glenn Gould (1932-1982) was a Toronto concert pianist who favored Johann Sebastian Bach.

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 statues 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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9 Old Toronto Monuments to see while you’re here

9 old toronto monuments

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 Old Toronto Tourist Scavenger Hunt, we identified many great Toronto monuments you should stop and admire.

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

9 Old Toronto Monuments

  1. 1927 monument to multiculturalismMonument to Multiculturalism
    • In front of Union Station is a Monument to Multiculturalism, designed by Francesco Perilli. It is the sculpture of a man in a globe with birds. This monument was unveiled on July 1, 1985, by the Mayor of the time, Arthur Eggleton. It was the 58th anniversary of Union Station, coinciding with Canada Day.
    • On the base of the monument are three charters of rights to which Canada adheres. However, it is often obstructed by food trucks and street vendors.
  2. Campsite Founding
    • In Simcoe Park is a monument called Campsite Founding, by Golden and Eichenberg. It was installed in 1994. It represents a long tent next to a pyramid fireplace.
  3. Triad
    • The Triad monument is located on Front Street near the Royal York. It was designed by Ted Bieler and installed in 1984.
  4. workers monumentMountain
    • Also in Simcoe Park, in front of the Campsite Founding, is Anish Kapoor’s Mountain monument made of aluminum, installed in 1995.
  5. Anonymity of Prevention
    • Also in Simcoe Park, along Front St, is a long monument honoring the numerous construction workers who’ve died in the line of work.
    • It was sculpted by Lo & Winkler and installed in 2000.
  6. Curtain Wall
    • Curtain Wall is a very large Trompe l’Oeil on the back side of the Gooderham Building, facing Berczy Park. It was designed by Derek Besant and installed in 1980.
  7. Between the Eyes
    • This very large monument made of steel resembles a rope bag holding 2 balls, bent in the center. It is located on Queens Quay at Yonge St and was designed by Richard Deacon.
  8. Salmon Run
    • Located in Bobby Rosenfeld Park between the CN Tower and Rogers Center is this circular fountain with many steel and granite salmons trying to make it upriver.
    • It was sculpted by Susan Schelle and installed in 1991.
  9. The AudienceThe Audience
    • A number of larger than life fans extend from the northwest corner of Rogers Center. It was installed in 1989 and designed by Michael Snow.

We invite you to try the Old Toronto Tourist Scavenger Hunt. It is a 2-3 hour, a self-guided walking tour that you do with your smartphone (how it works). You’ll come across most of these monuments and much more. Moreover, you’ll enjoy solving the various challenges at each step of the way while learning the history of Toronto.

The regular scavenger hunt is $35 for a group of up to 6 persons. There is an Explorer version as well for $45 – it’s longer and has more challenges.

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7 Toronto Monuments to see around the Civic Center

7 Toronto monuments in the civic center

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, we identified many great Toronto monuments you should stop and admire.

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

7 Toronto Civic Center Monuments

  1. Nathan Phillips Square City HallThe Arches of Nathan Phillips Square
    • The Arches over the water feature in Nathan Phillips Square are named the Freedom Arches
  2. Canadian Flags Monument
    • On Bay Street, between Toronto’s current City Hall and the Old City Hall, stands a grove of flags.
    • 18 flags in total are displayed here: 1 for Canada, 1 for each of the 10 provinces, 1 for each of the 3 territories, and 1 for the City of Toronto.
  3. All are equal before the law
    • This monument comprises of a slender and tall pyramid atop which is a plank. On opposite sides of the plank are a lion and a house cat, facing each other.
    • It is on the western edge of Nathan Phillips Square, close to Osgood Hall.
  4. Nathan Philipps SquareToronto Sign
    • A large Toronto sign is located in Nathan Phillips Square. It’s the ideal location for tourist selfies.
  5. South African War Memorial
    • Located on University at Queen Street, this large memorial commemorates Canada’s involvement in the Second Boer War in South Africa with Great Britain (1899-1902).
    • It was erected in 1910 and created by Walter Seymour Allward (1876-1955).
  6. Pillars of Justice
    • On University Avenue, close to the courts of justice, is a monument honoring the men and women who work in Ontario’s justice system.
    • It was designed by Edwina Sandys and installed in 2007.
  7. Flight Stop
    • Flight Stop is large number of Canadian Geese captured mid-flight, hanging from the glass ceiling of the Eaton Center, close to Queen Street.
    • It was created by Michael Snow and installed in 1979.

We invite you to try Toronto Civic Center Tourist Scavenger Hunt. It is a 2 hour, self-guided walking tours that you do with your smartphone (how it works). You’ll come across most of these monuments and much more. Moreover, you’ll enjoy solving the various challenges at each step of the way while learning the history of Toronto. The cost of for a group of up to 6 persons is $35.

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9 Toronto Theatres that are beautiful inside and out

9 toronto theatres

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 ourToronto Civic Center Tourist Scavenger Hunt and our Old Toronto Tourist Scavenger Hunt, we discovered many beautiful Toronto theatres that you should see.

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

9 Toronto Theatres

  1. Ed Mirvish TheatreEd Mirvish Theatre
    • The Ed Mirvish Theatre is an opulent 2 balcony theatre where you can see musicals and plays on tour.
    • Who was Ed Mirvish (1914-2007)? He was a Toronto businessman, born in Virginia (USA). He moved to Toronto with his parents when he was 9 years old. He was a great philanthropist and theatrical impresario for the city of Toronto. He also managed Honest Ed’s, a large discount store, before Wal-Mart arrived in this city.
  2. Massey HallMassey Hall
    • It is a music concert hall. It opened in 1894 and was, with the Eaton Auditorium, the only 2 places to listen to a classical music concert in Toronto before 1982. That’s when the owners of Massey Hall opened Roy Thomson Hall south of King Street (next to the Royal Alexandra theatre we just mentioned.
    • This theater is named after Hart Massey who wanted a theater where you could enjoy a large non-religious choir. He did not want concert hall only for the rich, or that would be very large to maximize profits. He wanted a modest size place to attract music lovers of all social classes.
    • Several prominent artists have appeared here over the years, including Glenn Gould, Bob Dylan, Joe Satriani, Neil Young, Cream, the Dalai Lama and Winston Churchill.
  3. Elgin TheatreElgin and Winter Garden Theatre Center
    • The Elgin and Winter Garden Theater is a 2-balcony theater that features musicals, movie premieres and concerts. The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) uses this place among its theaters every year.
    • They are actually 2 theaters here, one above the other. This style of double theater is called the Edwardian style. It is the last such Edwardian theater to survive the world.
    • The Elgin Theater is at street level while the Winter Garden Theater is 7 stories higher. Marcus Loew’s opened them in 1913 to present vaudeville shows, as well as silent films. In 1928, the Elgin was converted to accommodate sound for the new “talking” films. The Winter Garden closed for about 60 years.
    • In 1969, Famous Players, a Canadian cinema chain, purchased the Elgin, and later sold it in 1981 to the Ontario Heritage Foundation. It introduced the musical Cats to Toronto here. After two years of complete renovations, the two theaters reopened in 1989.
    • The interior design of the Winter Garden Theater gives the impression of being outdoors, in a forest. A 90-minute guided tour is available on Thursdays and Saturdays before performances.
  4. Sony CenterSony Centre for the Performing Arts
    • The Sony Center for the Performing Arts is the third name for this theater, the largest in Canada.
    • It opened in 1960 as the O’Keefe Center. It changed its name in 1996 to the Hummingbird Center until 2007. Sony took over the rights in 2008 and undertook major renovations and reopened in 2010.
    • The first play presented here was a “pre-Broadway” show titled Camelot starring Richard Burton, Julie Andrews, and Robert Goulet. Musicals, ballet productions, traditional theater, and popular bands are presented here.
  5. Lawrence Centre for the Arts
    • Here is the St.Lawrence Center for the Arts. This theater opened in 1970 to commemorate Canada’s centennial (3 years late). There are 2 theaters in this center.
  6. Roy Thomson HallRoy Thomson Hall
    • Roy Thomson Hall is the home of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. This concert hall originated in 1982. Its name comes from the donor who completed the construction, Roy Thomson, 1st Baron Thomson of Fleet, and founder of the Canadian publishing empire Thomson Corporation.
  7. Royal Alexandra TheatreRoyal Alexandra Theatre
    • The Royal Alexandra Theater, built in 1907 in the Beaux-Arts style, “Royal Alex” as the Torontonians call it, is the oldest theater in continuous operation in North America. Its interior is opulent. It features traditional theater plays and musicals, many of them from Broadway. It can seat 1497 people.
  8. Princess of Wales Theatre
    • The Princess of Wales Theater is just east of the Royal Alexandra Theatre. It is another large theater. This one can welcome 2000 people. Her name honors Princess Diana (Lady Di). In fact, she had given her consent to the use of her name. It opened in 1993.
  9. Factory theatre
    • This theatre on Bathurst at Adelaide presents new Canadian plays in a historic mansion.

 

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 theatres 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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13 Beautiful Toronto Parks to check out

13 Toronto Parks

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 beautiful Toronto parks worthy of your time.

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

13 Toronto Parks

  1. Nathan Phillips Square City HallNathan Phillips Square
    • It was named in honor of Nathan Phillips, Mayor of Toronto from 1955 to 1962, was unveiled in 1965. The body of water to your right becomes a skating rink in winter. You can also see here free concerts, a weekly public market, and other events at various times of the year.
    • More recently, the giant sign with the word Toronto was added. It is the perfect place for a tourist selfie.
  2. Yonge-Dundas Square
    • This Toronto intersection is often called Toronto’s Times Square because of the many bright posters that can be seen all around the Square.
    • You’ll regularly see here exhibitions, concerts, and festivals.
  3. Cloud GardenCloud Gardens
    • Cloud Gardens extends on Richmond south to Temperance Street and is not very big. This park makes use of all surfaces to present trees and plants, as well as a waterfall.
    • Here you will also find monuments honoring the construction workers of Toronto.
  4. Berczy ParkBerczy Park.
    • There are a few quirky art installations in this small park between Wellington and Front. The main being a large fountain at its center which features wrought iron cats and dogs, of natural size.
    • William Berczy was an architect who worked with John Graves Simcoe, the first Governor of Upper Canada, during the founding of York. York became Toronto in the broader sense. Yet remains a municipality within it, you are in it now. East York is east of here, and further east is Scarborough. To the north is North York, and to the west, no it’s not West York, it is Etobicoke.
  5. Iles de TorontoToronto Islands
    • The Toronto Islands are comprised of Center Island, Mugg Island, Ward’s Island and 9 smaller islands.
    • You can get to Hanlan’s Point, Center Island, and Ward’s Island from a terminal at the base of the Westin Harbor Castle Hotel to your left. Ward’s Island is by far the largest. The spikes you see on the left and right are the ends of Ward’s Island. All the other islands are in front of it.
    • The Toronto Islands Airport, or Billy Bishop Airport which is its real name, is located on the west side of Ward’s Island. It is accessible by a dedicated ferry and tunnel on your right.
    • On Center Island is the Centerville Amusement Park. There’s a large marina on Mugg’s Island. Hanlan’s Point Beach is on the western section of Ward’s Island, near the Airport. There are other beaches around the islands.
  6. Canada Square
    • Canada Square is a public space where exclusively metasequoia trees are planted. It is located in Toronto’s Harbourfront area.
    • Metasequoia is a type of red-conifer that grows rapidly. However, it is a species in danger of disappearing.
  7. Ontario Square
    • Ontario Square is another park, next to Canada Square where you will find 500 aspens around an open space with benches.
  8. Ann Tindal ParkAnn Tindal Park
    • Ann Tindal Park, west of Canada Square and Ontario Square, is a large open field sporting fake turf for easy maintenance and a better year-round appeal.
  9. Roundhouse Park1Roundhouse Park
    • Roundhouse Park is a large open space where you will find the Toronto Railway Museum and the Steam Whistle Brewery. It is also across the street from the CN Tower, the Toronto Convention Center and Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada.
  10. Bobby Rosenfeld Park
    • A space in front of the CN Tower, next to Rogers Center, is called Bobbie Rosenfeld Park. Its focal point in a large cascading fountain. It honors the Canadian athlete who won gold in the 400-meter relay at the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam.
    • Bobby was born in Russia in 1904, but her parents immigrated to Canada shortly after she was born.
  11. Isabella Valancy Crawford Park with Rogers Centre in backgroundIsabella Valancy Crawford Park
    • Isabella Crawford (1846-1887), a poet and novelist, is honored by a small park next to the CN Tower on Front Street. She is considered the first great Canadian poet.
  12. Simcoe ParkSimcoe Park
    • Simcoe Park faces the Metro Toronto Convention Center on Front Street. It is bordered by the Ritz-Carlton Toronto Hotel.
    • It commemorates Lieutenant Governor John Graves Simcoe who spent his first winter in a tent near here in the village of York in 1793.
    • An aluminum structure is at the back of the park, shaped like a mountain, designed by British Artist Anish Kapoor.
  13. David Pecaut Square
    • David Pecaut Square is north of Simcoe Park, between Roy Thomson Hall (east), the Royal Alexandra Theatre (north) and Metro Hall (west)

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 parks 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.