Toronto civic center

Toronto Civic Center Scavenger Hunt

Are you planning a visit to the Queen City, which is another name for Toronto? Our tourist scavenger hunt will take you throughout downtown Toronto from Nathan Phillips Square and City Hall, to Yonge-Dundas Square, as well as a few museums and theaters!

You will have to solve challenges at every step to discover your next destination and earn points. At each step you will learn a little history as well as interesting facts about what surrounds you.

Nathan Phillips Square City Hall

You will see

  • Nathan Philips Square & City Hall
  • Old City Hall
  • Mackenzie House
  • Textile Museum of Canada
  • Campbell House
  • Osgoode Hall
  • Queen’s Park
  • Yonge-Dundas Square
  • Massey Hall
  • Ed Mirvish Theatre
  • Eaton Center
  • And much more!

One of us grew up in Toronto for 10 years. We have visited Toronto on business and pleasure many times. This scavenger hunt was tested in September 2018.

University Ave
Massey Hall

Specifications

  • Starting Point: in front of the Sheraton Center, 123 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5H 2M9
  • Distance: 2.76 km / 1.71 mi
  • Duration: 2 hours – depending on your walking speed and solving time puzzles.
  • Method: Walking
  • Required:
    • A fully-charged smart phone with internet access (data plan).
  • Suggested:
    • Bottle of water
    • A local road map

Ancient History

Toronto is located on the north shore of Lake Ontario, one of the 5 Great Lakes of North America.

This region has been inhabited for more than 10,000 years. It comprises deep ravines, urban forests, rivers and a large plateau that slopes towards the lake.

In 1793, the British Crown bought this area from the Mississaugas, the tribe that inhabited it, and established the town of York. York became the capital of Upper Canada afterwards. The United States attacked York during the War of 1812.

In 1834, the village was renamed to City of Toronto. It became the capital of the province of Ontario when the Canadian Confederation was signed in 1867.

Recent History

Toronto is by far the most populous city in the country with more than 2.7 million inhabitants in its 5 municipalities, and almost 6 million in its metropolitan area. The metro area is usually called the GTA, or Greater Toronto Area. More than 50% of its population is a “visible” minority, that is, they are not white. Immigration has played an important role in the evolution and growth of this metropolis since very early on.

There are more than 160 languages spoken in the city, although English is the main language. These people come from over 200 distinct ethnic groups. Although there is an important “Chinatown” in Toronto, there are also several other ethnic areas such as Greektown, Little Portugal, Little Italy and Corso Italia.

Downtown Toronto

The city center is also the civic center where you will find City Hall, the municipal court, and large squares. It is also the heart of the financial and business community.

This district was originally Chinatown (1870-1961). The Chinese population moved out in 1950 to the neighborhood now known as “Old Chinatown” which is to the west. This neighborhood was completely rased in 1955, despite protests, to make way for the new (actual) City Hall and Nathan Phillips Square, as well as other municipal buildings.

The old City Hall was already here since 1899.