When you have visitors, where’s the first place you take them in the city? The CN Tower? The ROM? Yonge-Dundas Square? Toronto has some great spots for tourists to check out, explore, and learn more about the city, but there are so many other interesting hidden gems that even some Torontonians themselves don’t know exist.
Next time you have someone visiting or you just feel like being a tourist in your own city, you should head to one of these spots:
Arguably one of the most beautiful places in the entire city. The Bluffs stretch for roughly 15 kilometres along the lake shore. You won’t get a better view anywhere else in the city, that’s for sure.
Bata Shoe Museum
The ROM and AGO usually get all the tourist attention when it comes to museums, but one of our favourites in the city is the Bata Shoe Museum. They have over a thousand different artefacts (all shoes!) on display at a time, including Terry Fox’s running shoe and Shaquille O’Neal’s basketball sneaker, and there’s always some kind of special exhibit on.
This historic house was bought in 1958 by William Lyon Mackenzie – Toronto’s first mayor. He lived in it until he died in 1861. In 1936 all the houses surrounding it were torn down by Mackenzie’s house stayed put because of its historical significance. Now it’s a museum you can go and visit!
CHILL Ice House
If you’re looking for a more interesting night on the town, the CHILL Ice House is a great bet. Upon arrival you’ll get a parka, before heading into the bar that is completely made of ice – everything down to the shot glasses.
Toronto Music Garden
This might just be the most interesting garden you ever visit. Each section of the garden corresponds to a movement from Bach’s Suite No. 1 in G Major for unaccompanied cello, BWV 1007. If you’re not sure what that is, make sure you take one of the guided tours they offer there! On top of having an interesting story, the garden itself is beautiful and right on the water.
BAPS Hindu Temple
This temple is actually located just outside of Toronto, but is definitely worth the trip. This beautiful Hindu temple is made entirely from marble – there’s not one nail or screw in the entire place but instead 24,000 pieces of hand-carved marble. It’s open daily for visitors.
Photo via ryanready on Flickr