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Best Historic Locations in Toronto

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University of Toronto

Founded in 1827 and now home to over 75,000 students, this is Canada's largest and arguably most famous university. Some of the more interesting sites to visit are the main room of the University of Toronto Bookstore, the chapel and the dining hall at Trinity College, the great rooms on the second floor of the University College, Hart House and its art gallery, and the Sydney Fisher Rare Book Library. The university offers daily tours during the summer, starting at Hart House. The campus is right in the heart of the downtown core.

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Spadina Museum

Home to the Austin family for more than a century, Spadina House is now operated as a museum by the City of Toronto Cultural Services. Although some restoration has taken place, the original feel of the 55-room mansion has been wonderfully preserved, giving visitors a glimpse into a time when immigration increased and tabloid journalism had its beginnings (1918-1939). Rooms are also available for hire. The tour guides will make sure that the experience is thoroughly informative and educational while still being fun.

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Old City Hall

Toronto's third City Hall, this magnificent Romanesque building is a fitting homage to the artistic genius and uncompromising vision of its architect, Edward James Lennox. Construction began in 1889, continuing through the next 11 years until it was finally completed in 1899. At this time, the Old City Hall was the largest municipal building in North America, housing both Toronto's city council and courthouse. While the soaring clock tower is the most definitive feature of the stately building, the striking structure is resplendently fitted with gargoyles, grotesque stonework and other intricate details typical of the Romanesque Revival style. Inside, the mosaic floors, stained glass windows, and frescoes are just a few of the details that proclaim Lennox's skill for design. Just beneath the corbels, his name was inscribed by the stonemasons where it remains to this day. Replaced by the New City Hall in 1965, the Old City Hall has been declared a National Historic Site and functions as the Provincial Courthouse.

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Casa Loma

Een bezoek aan Toronto's grootse kasteel en landgoed, het voormalig huis van financier Sir Henry Pellatt, is alsof u terug stapt in het Edwardiaanse tijdperk. Bij Casa Loma kunt u 98 rijkelijk gedecoreerde kamers bekijken, evenals geheime gangen, torens, en een 250-meter-lange tunnel die het kasteel verbindt met zijn prachtige stallen. Buiten ligt een landgoed ter grootte van vijf hectare, met tuinen die schitterende kleuren, beelden en fonteinen herbergen. De cadeauwinkel en het café ter plaatse bieden heerlijk eten, souvenirs en een adembenemend uitzicht.

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The Cathedral Church of St James

St James Park, with its 19th-century garden and splendid fountain, is the setting for this cathedral, Toronto's first Anglican Church. The Cathedral Church of St James you see today, which opened in 1853, is actually the third on the site - the first two were destroyed by fires in 1839 and 1849 respectively. Designed by architect Fredrich Cumberland, the present church includes the tallest steeple in Canada and an elaborate interior with a solid marble choir stall and stained glass windows.

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Distillery Historic District

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.

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Fort York National Historic Site

Built in 1793, Fort York National Historic Site was established to protect Toronto Bay from American invasion. It lies just east of Exhibition Place and represents Canada's largest concentration of original War of 1812 buildings. Period-costumed staff provide guided tours highlighting the blockhouses, barracks and officers' quarters. The staff give demonstrations of what military life was like in the early 18th Century. Special events throughout the year include a Battle of York Commemoration, Victoria Day Celebration and Canada Day at Fort York.

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Black Creek Pioneer Village

Als u wilt weten hoe het was om in het tijdperk van de pioniers te leven, kom dan naar dit dorpje, gelegen in het noordwestelijk deel van de stad nabij de York Universiteitscampus. Het heeft meer dan 35 nauwkeurig gerestaureerde winkels en huizen uit de jaren 1860, evenals behulpzaam personeel in kostuum. Maak een ritje per paard en wagen, bezoek de dokter, de school of maak een praatje met de hoefsmid en kastenmaker over hun werk. Als u honger krijgt, dan kunt u bij het Half Way House Restaurant een typische landelijke maaltijd krijgen.

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