At a dizzying height of 553.3 meters (1,815.3 feet), the slender form of the CN Tower rises high above the city skyline. One of the world's tallest towers, unmatched by any freestanding structure in the Western Hemisphere, this stunning landmark was built in 1967 by the Canadian National Railway to serve as a communications and observation facility. At that time, this man-made pinnacle was unsurpassed by any other across the world and remained as such until 2007. The Look Out Level of CN Tower grants spectacular view of the city for miles around from a height of 346 meters (1,136 feet), while the SkyPod sits an additional 33 storeys above for a unique perspective of the world. The EdgeWalk, another of the tower's attractions, is the world's highest hands-free walkway. Not for the faint hearted, walking along the open-air walkway is an experience like none other. The EdgeWalk is perched on the roof of the 360 Restaurant where dinner is served in full view of Toronto's twinkling skyline.
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.
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.
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.
With its traditional Neo-Gothic style, exquisite stained glass windows and impressive steeples and spires, St. Michael's Catholic Cathedral resonates as one of Toronto's architectural and spiritual landmarks. St. Michael's Catholic Cathedral is also well-known for its choirs, junior and senior, which perform at various services on Sunday morning. Extremely active in the community, the church has a strong Catholic Women's League and opens its doors for weekly Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.
The oldest Canadian Islamic centre in Toronto, the Jami Mosque building was purchased in 1969, which was formerly housed a church. Converted into a mosque, it has a beautiful architecture, that is reminiscent of the bygone era. Located at Boustead Avenue, in the High Park neighborhood, it still conducts prayers on a routine basis. In addition to prayer services and jummah, the mosque also offers Arabic classes for Muslim women. Have a look at their website to know more.
Home to the provincial legislative assembly, the Ontario Legislative Building stands as a stunning vision in rose in the heart of Queen's Park. The majestic structure was completed in 1893, its designs reflecting the American architectural ethos of its creator Richard A. Waite. Its asymmetrical and somewhat ornate architecture alludes to the Richardsonian Romanesque architectural narrative, a style found to be more American than Canadian by several natives. The building's rosy facade is the result of the pink sandstone and 10.5 million bricks that were manufactured by Central Prison inmates. The edifice of the building boasts of a staggering variety of carvings, while the east wing is the most dramatic and eye-catching, built with dark wood and lined with rich, white Italian marble. The courtyard that unfolds in front of the building is punctuated with statues of several historic figures, including those of Queen Victoria and John Macdonald, Canada's first Prime Minister.
Nestled within the sprawling campus of University of Toronto, the Toronto Magnetic and Meteorological Observatory is a historic observatory. As it's name suggests the center was used to study transit of Venus. For more details, check website.
The Newman Center of Toronto is located at the W.D. Matthews House. This structure has adapted the Romanesque Revival style of architectural design and is renowned for the same. For more details about this Catholic ministry center, check website.
The Bloor Street United Church is a historic church of the United Church of Canada congregation. Located in Toronto, Ontario, the church was built in 1890 by William R. Gregg in the Norman Gothic style of architecture. The stone structure features several lancet style windows and a turret as well as a tower.
Known to be a historic beauty nestled within the sprawling campus of University of Toronto, the 1 Spadina Crescent is an exemplary reflection of modern architecture. This building has adapted the Gothic Revival style, and currently the plans for its refurbishment are underway. For updates, check website.