Royal Ontario Museum incorporates a unique mix of galleries that showcase art, archaeological objects and scientific specimens. The museum, which sees more than a million visitors annually, houses a collection of over six million objects on three floors. This is the only place in Toronto where you can enjoy unravelling the mysteries of the Egyptian mummies, watch and hear an active beehive and view inspiring artwork from many different countries. When you leave, you take along memories of a unique experience.
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.
What do Dan Aykroyd, John Candy, Mike Myers, and Gilda Radner have in common? Aside from being great comedians, they all got their start at Second City in the Old Fire Hall. Laugh at impromptu wit and cutting satire at these sensational shows. And don't miss the post-show improvement when audience suggestions influence the hilarious direction of the show. The club also has merchandise for sale and club facilities can be rented as well. Various dinner packages can be availed at the club prior to the show. This is one of the most famous comedy clubs in Canada!
The Hockey Hall of Fame is the place where you can test your hockey trivia skills or goalie reflexes. The hall, located in Brookfield Place, features an interactive, hands-on account of the evolution of Canada's game. It's a trip down the sport's memory lane, fueled by displays, trophies, memorabilia, movies and video games. While you're there, you can get a souvenir photo taken of yourself beside the Stanley Cup trophy. Facilities include the Spirit of Hockey store full of collectibles.
Shaped by the elements over the course of millenia, the Scarborough Bluffs rise from the shores of Lake Ontario in East Toronto. The sheer face of the escarpment is a defining feature of the waterfront, rising to a height of 90 meters (300 feet) above the shore. Several parks span the 15-kilometer (9.3-mile) stretch of the Scarborough Bluffs as it traces the edge of the lake. While most of these are found perched atop its peaks, a few grant access to the narrow beach that lies at its base. The view from the top is notoriously astounding in beauty, although few can deny the striking quality of a more low-lying perspective with the barren rock face rising high above the tranquil water.
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.
Founded in 1975 in historic Yorkville, Hollander York Gallery features some of Canada's most interesting traditional and modern artists, names such as Rose-Aimee Belanger, Victoria Block, Bruno Cote and Hugh Cunningham. Its impressive choice of paintings, sculptures and limited edition prints draws visitors and customers from far and wide. Located in the heart of the city's historic Yorkville, the gallery offers a superb selection of paintings, sculptures, and limited edition prints. Call ahead for more details.
An internationally renowned collection that ranges from 5,000-year-old pre-Columbian artifacts to 20th-century works from around the world makes Gardiner Museum one-of-a-kind in North America. The museum, located across from the Royal Ontario Museum and the University of Toronto campus, also features a boutique. Check out the Gardiner Shop, with contemporary Canadian works including books on ceramics to jewelery and bowls. Guided tours for groups can also be arranged.
Located at Bloor Street West in Queen's Park, the Royal Conservatory is a highly coveted music-teaching institute in Canada. Nestled in a beautifully architectured building, the conservatory offers a range of programs for learning musical instruments and singing. Apart from being a prestigious music school, it doubles as a concert and event venue, where live performances keep taking place on a routine basis. To see their upcoming list of concerts, please have a look at their website.
Located in the atrium of Toronto Police headquarters, this 278 square meter (3,000-square foot) museum stands as a tribute to the men and women who risk their lives to protect the community. Educational interactive displays within this space allow visitors to grasp the importance of trust and understanding between the city's citizens and the police force. On display are historic vehicles, past and present uniforms, badges, weapons and facts about infamous cases. The Toronto Police museum theater also features videos of police operations.
If you like shoes, you'll love this museum devoted entirely to footwear; see shoes from various cultures and all parts of the world, from ancient times to the present. Fancy shoes and basic ones, boots and sandals, they are all in the Raymond Moriyama building, located north of the University of Toronto campus. You can view more than 10,000 pairs in all. Celebrity shoes include Queen Victoria's ballroom slippers, Elvis's blue patent loafers and Karen Kain's ballet pointes.