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.
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.
The Stephen Bulger Gallery is a contemporary art gallery that displays works of artists from all over the world, as well as local talent. These include books, artworks and photography exhibits from artists such as Benoit Aquin, Clive Holden, Dario Zini, Alison Rossiter, Zhang Yaxin, Alex Webb, Elizabeth Siegfried and several others. This gallery is a must visit if you are even remotely interested in contemporary art.
One of a kind in Canada, the Textile Museum opened in 1975, features an international collection of quilts, garments, carpets and ceremonial objects. First shown in a small area in Mirvish Village, the collection is now located in a 25,000 square feet space. Exhibits include textile arts from such places as China, Japan, Africa, South East and Central Asia, South and Central America, Europe and the Pacific, as well as Canada and the U.S.
The Christopher Cutts Gallery displays artworks of the cream of the crowd in the world of fine art, not only from Canada, but also the United States and Europe. Displaying works of acclaimed artists and emerging talent, this gallery has hosted exhibitions of the work of Murray Favro, Sherri Hay, Gordon Lebredt, Cristina Lama, Sorel Etrog and many others. In spite of this, the gallery is a bit of a hidden gem that few know about.
Leslie Street Spit is a man-made wilderness that will make it hard for you to believe that you're still in the city. Located in Toronto, Ontario, this headland was built as an outer harbor for ships docking in from the Great Lakes, but it was never used. So it is now used as a recreation spot and features a beautiful hiking and biking trail lined with trees and flowers. The park also presents one with a great bird-watching opportunity as the area is the breeding ground for several species of birds such as the Black-crowned Night-heron and the Caspian tern. Throughout the trail, one can enjoy stunning views of the Toronto skyline at one side and the Lake Superior at the other.
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.
Visualized and crafted by critically-acclaimed Toronto-based architect Frank Gehry, the Jackman Hall's interiors are worth witnessing. An extremely well-furnished space, the hall is embellished with an assemblage of contemporary adornments that offer it a very polished look and feel. The auditorium is tailor-made for hosting conferences, corporate meetings, small-scale screenings, and theatrical performances.
Located in Kensington, Poetry Jazz Cafe is more than a quintessential jazz bar. On offer are signature cocktails and wine enjoyed to the occasional live jazz, soul, spoken word and poetry events. Owner Sean Pascalle encourages performances by young and upcoming jazz musicians with an experimental flair on the genre. Quite contrasting is the decor of vintage elements, graffiti and old-world charm. Their secluded back patio is a popular gathering place among regulars.