The new and renovated Art Gallery of Ontario holds permanent collections of art in different mediums, be it paintings, sculpture or collections of historic artifacts. This museum in the Chinatown district is one of Canada's largest fine art museums. You can view exhibits, including the 19th-century Impressionists, Henry Moore and an exclusive Canadian collection of paintings by the famous Group of Seven. In all, there is a permanent collection of over 24,000 works representing 1,000 years of European, Canadian and contemporary art. Facilities include a gift shop, restaurant and a family-oriented activity center.
Ripley's Aquarium has a lot to offer its visitors, with new marine life to discover and new things to see and learn. Easily accessible as it is situated in the heart of the city, the aquarium features over 16,000 specimens of aquatic animals and other forms of sea-life. Popular exhibits include the jellyfish displays and the Touch Tanks, where guests can interact with harmless sharks and rays. If you are in the city do not miss out on an adventurous day at the aquarium with your family and experience the life underwater.
The High Park is an ancient beautiful natural preserve that offers a pond, wooded areas, trails, open picnic areas and numerous recreational facilities for the entire family. Baseball, swimming, skating, and tennis are just some of the activities that families or groups of friends can indulge in and bond over. You can also watch a play at the outdoor theatre during the annual Dream in High Park, tour the greenhouse, or visit the park's zoo. Each of the attractions has its own specific phone number and opening hours.
Built over three years beginning in 1911, Casa Loma was born of the lofty ambitions of the Canadian financier Sir Henry Mill Pellatt. Inspired by the castles of Europe, Pellatt sought to employ the formidable resources at his disposal to build for himself a grand chateau in the heart of Toronto; an abode truly befitting the aspirations of the magnate. Built in the Gothic Revival style, Casa Loma appears to have sprung from the pages of a fairy tale, replete with hidden passages and generously adorned with exquisite art. The castle features 98 lavishly decorated rooms and is surrounded by a beautiful estate complete with its own conservatory, gardens, and stables. The Great Hall's sculptured pillars, the Conservatory's stained glass ceiling, the Library's impressive cache of books, and the subterranean tunnel to the stables outside are just a few of the many treasures that define the estate. Pellatt's triumph was short-lived, however, his businesses buckling in the aftermath of World War I, forcing him to sell his home. Today, Casa Loma is a museum and popular event venue.
Located near the city center in Toronto, the Distillery Historic District is a prominent area of the city where the Gooderham and Worts Distillery used to operate until 1990 CE. The distillery was touted as one of the biggest facilities in the world. After its closure, the Victorian-era buildings of the property became the Distillery District of today. Today, it houses many shops, restaurants and commercial complexes. However, the historic facade of the distillery is still intact and can be seen.
With more than 800 exhibits and a dozen halls, it is no wonder Ontario Science Centre has managed to attract over 30 million visitors since it opened in 1969. Aside from traditional science shows, the center also features interactive areas where visitors can take part in their own experiments. It also offers a movie theater, offering screenings of thrilling and educational IMAX format films aimed at the entire family.
The Toronto Reference Library is a part of the Toronto Public Library system, and is one of the largest public reference library in Canada. Operating since 1977, the library provides all the modern amenities expected from a library such as wireless internet, computer use etc. It also includes an art exhibition area, special programs for children and event spaces.
The Village is a cultural hub which stretches from Carlton to Bloor and is a melting pot for the lesbian, gay, bi and trans communities of Toronto. The place is home to many galleries, theaters, hosts a variety of musical events and is always bustling with activity. It is the venue for Pride Week, Toronto's summer festival. The Village is also an address for many restaurants, bars and fashion stores. The symbol of The Village is a rainbow colored ribbon, which is a representation of The Village's identity. Colloquially the place is also referred to as the Gaybourhood or the Gay Ghetto.
Located at the University of Toronto's Hart House, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery houses an impressive collection of Canadian art, from historic works to contemporary pieces. Apart from art exhibitions, the gallery is also known for hosting a variety of events such as lectures, film screenings, readings, panel discussions and performance art.
The Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library in Toronto, Canada is home to the largest collection of books and other reading material open to the public in Canada. The The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections opened in the library at the current location 1973. The library organises various exhibitions of rare books from time to time. The library premises can also be rented to hold seminars.
St. James Cemetery (Toronto) is an Anglican cemetery which is the one of the oldest in Toronto. It was established in 1844 by the St. James Cathedral as the burial ground around the cathedral had capacity issues. Within the cemetery is St. James-the-Less Chapel which is known for its Victorian Gothic architectural design. This structure is designated as National Historic Sites of Canada. Some of Toronto's oldest families and prominent people were laid to rest here.
Toronto Parks run the Allan Gardens, one of the oldest parks in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. This park area consists of a greenhouse, a playground and two fenced areas for unleashed dogs. The sections in the greenhouse are the Tropical House that has a waterwheel, rain tropical plants and exotic flowering plants. The Cool House has a waterfall, pond and citrus trees. The Palm House has bananas, bamboo, Screw Pine and the Cactus House. The garden is open all year round. Shows begin on the first Sunday of December when the garden has wagon rides, carolers, stands selling apple cider and cookies and the shows go on till end December. Spring brings in the blossoming season for several plants in the Cool House during Easter. The Fall show is held in the first weekend of November. Allan Gardens is a favorite spot for events like weddings and other celebrations.