Winter is here, and while some people prefer to hibernate indoors away from the wind and the cold there's a wide range of fun activities that are best enjoyed outdoors in Toronto this time of year. Here's what we think are 6 of the best.
There are arguably few things on the planet that are more quintessentially Canadian than hockey. You're probably not going to be surprised to learn that the best time to visit Canada if you want to watch our ice based national sport is winter. Toronto's local side is the Toronto Maple Leafs who play at the Scotiabank Arena (located right next to Union station). Games are as exciting and as electric as you'd expect, and booking tickets in advance is strongly recommended.
DJ Skate Nights
If you feel like getting your dancing shoes on (or should that be dancing skates?) then heading down to the hugely popular DJ Skate Nights that take place at the Harbourfront Centre should be high up on your shortlist. You'll be able to skate the night away while listening to live performances from some truly talented DJs until you're exhausted enough to find a spot next to the wood fire heaters dotted around the perimeter to give your feet a little rest.
Winter Light Festival
The winter light festival is one of the most popular seasonal activities the city has to offer. We can think of nothing better than enjoying a world of stunning and mesmerizing illuminated art installations during these cold, dark, and gloomy months. It's an experience that you're never going to forget if you've never visited this land of illuminated wonders before. The Winter Light Festival is located in the Distillery District and it runs all the way through to March 3rd.
If you've worked up an appetite after all the activities above (or if you just feel like escaping the cold) then Winterlicious is another event that is more than worthy of your consideration. A large number of Toronto's finest and most popular restaurants take part in this wintery celebration of our local culinary scene, and if you're a foodie – it's not to be missed. You'll be treated to a special range of new dishes and tasting menus throughout the festival (alongside a selection of magnificent drinks to wash it all down with). Reservations are strongly recommended at participating restaurants.
Arrowhead Provincial Park
If you feel like getting out of town, then Arrowhead Provincial Park should definitely be on your radar. During the winter months, they provide an ice skating trail that is almost too magical to be true. You'll gently skate down a 1km long trail that twists and winds its way through the stunning woods that the park has been blessed with. There are a number of cabins along the way (all of which are warm and toasty) which will allow you to take a little break and warm up as and when you please. The night skating that's on offer is also worth enquiring about, the entire trail is illuminated with torches – and as you can imagine, this creates quite a surreal and unique atmosphere.
What's more wintery than a festival that celebrates everything and anything icy? As you'd expect from the name, Icefest is an annual event that revolves around the world's greatest ice sculptors coming into town and showing us their stuff. Massive and mind-bogglingly intricate masterpieces will be created right in front of your eyes throughout the weekend (with over 70,000lbs of ice being utilized during the event). If you're lucky enough to be in town on February 9th and 10th then you should make every effort to head over to Bloor-Yorkville village and check it out.
Long haul flights are perhaps one of the most dreaded forms of travel. To be honest, aside from buying a first class (or business class) ticket, there's not much you can do to make the experience enjoyable. That being said, there are a few little hints and tips you can use to make a tough long-haul journey that little bit easier.
Here are our top 3 long haul travel hacks that are going to change the way you fly forever.
Reserve Your Seat
This is undoubtedly the biggest, best, and most effective long-haul travel tip you're going to learn of. Most people reading this will have come across the seat selection section of the ticket booking process and decided to roll the dice instead of paying for the “privilege” of booking a specific seat. As there are more “good seats” (window and aisle) than bad seats (middle) on almost all aircraft, the odds seem to be stacked in your favour, and many people will just skip seat selection and let fate decide.
On shorter flights, this isn't a bad idea if you're on a budget. The middle seats are less than ideal, but they are tolerable for an hour or two. However, on long haul flights, the middle seat is a nightmare. You're probably going to be trying to sleep during the flight, and your head will be flopping over from side to side on the people next to you, you'll be jostling for armrest space the entire journey, and the slightly claustrophobic feeling of being enclosed tightly isn't all that fun either.
Avoiding the middle seat is reason enough to reserve your seat on its own, however, it's also worth remembering that not all seats on an aircraft are created equally. Sitting close to the wings will reduce turbulence and you will usually be far away from high traffic areas (like the galley). Sitting at the back right next to the toilet is undeniably the worst position to be in, you'll have the loud vacuum suction of the toilet in your ears throughout the flight, people will be lining up next to you while they wait to use the facilities, and there will be much more noise and activity in general.
For a few extra dollars, you can avoid all of these annoyances, and we honestly think it's one the best bangs for your buck in all of aviation (although we'd prefer it if airlines still offered seat selection for free as standard).
There's a good chance that you're going to be dealing with jet lag at the end of a long-haul flight (depending on your route). Staying hydrated is one of the best ways you can beat jet lag and feel a little fresher when you reach your destination. It's not a cure, and you're still going to be feeling a little worse for wear, but if you're familiar with long haul flights you'll notice the difference proper hydration makes to your condition upon arrival.
Invest in Noise Cancelling Headphones
Noise cancelling headphones are the best invention for long haul travellers since the creation of the wheelie suitcase. They are almost custom made for this specific situation, they excel at cancelling constant low-pitched noises – like the engines of an aircraft. Without noise cancelling headphones your ears will adjust and drown out the noise, but when you land and the engines turn off you suddenly remember how loud the engines were. Even if you're not listening to music or watching a movie, the noise reduction drastically increases your feeling of comfort and will leave you a little more refreshed at your destination.
When you're first blessed with a baby, there's a good chance that you're going to be inundated with requests from those nearest and dearest to you who want the opportunity to meet the newest addition to your family. This can often mean undertaking large, potentially international trips with your child.
It should come as no surprise to you to learn that traveling with a baby can be a testing experience at times. However, it doesn’t have to be anywhere near as stressful as you are perhaps expecting it to be.
Here are 4 tips we suggest you use that will make traveling with your child a little less stressful - for you, and your baby.
1. Let The Airline Know You're Travelling With A Baby
Airlines are well equipped to help parents with young children. Almost every commercial aircraft today will have a bassinet that can be attached to one of the bulkheads in the plane. They can't usually be used during takeoff and landing, but once the seat belt signs have been turned off, a steward or stewardess will set it up for you.
It's unlikely that you're going to be able to reserve bassinets in advance. Most airlines will assign them to parents on a first come first served basis - so it's a good idea to get to the airport a little earlier than you normally would to ensure that you and your baby have a more comfortable journey.
Note:It’s still worth calling the airline to check if bassinet reservations are possible. While you’re on the phone, it’s also a good idea to ask them which seats you should reserve to be next to a bulkhead that a bassinet can be attached to.
2. Travel As Light As Possible
Carrying your child around with you while traveling is going to be reasonably tiring. You can make things easier on yourself by traveling as light as possible. You obviously want to ensure you've got all the essentials covered, but don't go overboard.
Nappies are one of the biggest offenders here, for some reason parents like to overstuff their luggage with far more nappies than are required for the trip. Take as many as you'd use normally for the amount of time you're traveling (with perhaps one extra for emergencies) and buy the rest at your destination.
3. Ensure You're Prepared For Unexpected Delays
While we've just said that packing as light as possible is generally recommended when traveling with a baby, you should also take the possibility of unexpected delays into account.
We're mainly thinking about food for your child here. If you're not breastfeeding, unexpected delays can become even more stressful situations while you go on the hunt for suitable food. Again, don't go overboard, but have enough extra for at least a few hours more than your estimated journey time.
Tip: Remember that in most airports, standard liquid container size restrictions do not apply to baby food and you can take much more on board than normal - check the limits before you travel.
4. Be Aware Of The Additional Assistance That Is On Offer
You’re never alone when you’re traveling with your child, there’s a wide range of little “perks” that parents can receive to make the journey a little less testing.
For example, parents traveling with young children will often be asked if they wish to board the plane first, which provides you and your little one time to get settled without the stress of holding up other passengers (and it guarantees you space for your luggage in the overhead compartments too).
Similarly, there are often separate lines for people traveling with young children when going through security, some airports even have playpens you can put toddlers in while you go through the motions.
Tip:If there's no dedicated line for parents, then trying to catch the eye of an airport employee can be a good idea - they may ask you if you want to move you to the front.
We know it’s a cliché, but it’s true - each year seems to pass by quicker than the last, and it’s hard to believe that 2018 is nearly over.
Torontonians love to celebrate the new year in style, and as such, there’s no shortage of excellent events taking place throughout the city on the 31st of December each year.
While it was hard for us to narrow down our shortlist to a few blog post sized recommendations, here are what think are 3 unforgettable ways to celebrate the end of 2018 in Toronto.
Fireworks Display – Nathan Phillips Square
Nathan Phillips Square,100 Queen St. W
For some people, new years eve doesn’t really feel like new years eve unless there’s a fireworks display of some sort. While there are multiple events taking place all over the city that are going to be putting on their own fireworks displays, they all pale in comparison to the spectacle that takes place at Nathan Phillips Square.
This completely free family-friendly event is organized by the city of Toronto, and each and every year the event seems to be bigger and better than the previous year’s offering.
While the star of the show is the fireworks display, there’s a wide range of other entertainment taking place from 8 pm onwards. DJ’s from all over the world will be performing on a festival-sized stage in the middle of the square surrounded by numerous amazing illuminated animations and art installations. If that doesn’t sound like your thing, then there’s an ice skating area and several gourmet food trucks here too.
If you’ve never celebrated new years eve in Toronto before, then we strongly recommend you add the celebrations at Nathan Phillips Square to the top of your shortlist. It’s an event that rivals cities like London, New York, and Tokyo in terms of new years eve extravagance – and it’s certainly going to be a night to remember.
Dinner And Drinks On A Cruise
Various Locations, Queens Quay
If standing outside in what is admittedly probably going to be reasonably cold weather doesn’t sound like your idea of fun, then why not enjoy the fireworks from the comfort of a cruise boat on Lake Ontario?
There are several special new years eve cruises taking place this year, but the two most well-known cruise operators are Mariposa Cruises and Jubilee Queen Cruises. Most NYE cruises in Toronto will set sail around 8 pm and return between 12.30am and 1 am. Some cruises are more refined experiences with a sit-down dinner, Champaign, and light entertainment, whereas others have buffet style dinners, cocktails, and live DJs playing electronic music.
Regardless of which cruise operator you book with, you’re guaranteed an unforgettable evening. The reflections of the seemingly endless fireworks shimmering in the water will leave you wondering if it’s better to look up or down.
Dwayne Gretzky NYE
Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave
If you’re looking for something a little different this year, then we highly recommend you consider celebrating with legendary local artists Dwayne Gretzky. The party band has an almost cult-like following both locally and internationally (for a very good reason in our opinion).
Dwayne Gretzky play their own version of hits from almost every genre, from Springsteen to Queen, and everything in-between. Their fresh take on classic songs combined with their world-class musicianship (and the impeccable acoustics of the Danforth Music hall) make this an event more than worthy of your consideration.
The atmosphere is guaranteed to be electric, and tickets are guaranteed to be in high demand – so booking in advance is strongly recommended.
Where to stay for New Year's Eve?
We have 8 locations across the GTA and Barrie, all booking up very quickly for this exciting night! Don't miss out on your chance to stay in affordable luxury at one of our locations. We currently have both standard rooms and suites available. Visit montecarloinns.com and choose which of our 8 locations would suit your needs best, and remember, never drink and drive.
Happy New Year Everyone!
There is no doubt that the Holidays are an extremely special time for families and friends alike. But as time goes on, the holidays seem to be more about giving back than just giving. We have heard more examples of companies opting out on giving client gifts and donating to their charity of choice. Or families sponsoring a family in need instead of buying their children and relatives gifts that they most likely do not need. We think the Holidays are a perfect time to put our needs aside and give back to those most in need of our time, love and support.
Our Annual Teddy Bear toss is a great example of our team coming together to raise money for Monte Carlo Inns’ charity of choice, the Darling Home for Kids. If you haven’t heard of them already, the Darling Home for Kids is a respite and palliative care centre for children that are medically fragile and technology dependant. Our team at the Monte Carlo Inn Barrie Suites, together with a few members of our corporate office, sold Monte Carlo inn teddy bears for $5.00 or $10.00 at the Molson Centre during a Barrie Colts game. At the first goal, all bears were tossed onto the ice. We were able to raise $3000.00 in just one night!
There are so many ways to get involved and help out, especially at this time of the year, around Toronto. Here are a few ways you, your family or your company get help out this holiday season:
Festive times and philanthropic efforts work hand in hand. Consider where you are spending your time and money this holiday season. Happy Holidays!
The weather is wetter and colder here in Toronto, and the glorious sunshine of the excellent summer we were blessed with this year is starting to become a distant memory.
However, there’s no shortage of fun and interesting indoor activities on offer in our wonderful city that are perfect for a rainy day. Here are 6 ways to enjoy your next rainy day in Toronto.
Let’s get started.
Art Gallery Of Ontario
317 Dundas St W
The internationally renowned Art Gallery Of Ontario has to be at the top of any rainy day activity list for visitors and locals alike. There are over 95,000 different works of art inside the walls of the magnificent gallery. With over 45,000 square meters of floor space, it’s one of the largest Galleries in North America, so even if it rains all day – you’re going to have plenty of exhibits to enjoy.
288 Bremner Blvd
Located in downtown Toronto (reasonably close to the CN tower) for many people, Ripley’s aquarium is a must-see attraction in the city – whatever the weather. There’s a mind-bogglingly big collection of aquatic life on display here from all over the world. For many people, the smaller (and stranger) species are often the most interesting here, however, the huge sharks that call the aquarium home are undoubtedly the stars of the show.
Toronto is home to a wide range of excellent comedy bars that will have you laughing so hard that you forget all about the wet and potentially windy weather outside. If you don’t know where to start, then we recommend you check out Yuk Yuk’s, Second City, or Comedy Bar Toronto – all of which are loved by visitors and Torontonians alike.
Royal Ontario Museum
100 Queens Park
No collection of rainy day activities in Toronto would be complete without mentioning the magnificent Royal Ontario Museum. The museum is the largest and most visited in all of Canada (over 1 million people visit here annually) and it contains several educational and interesting world culture, and natural history exhibits. Use our very own discount code MONTECARLOINN to receive 20% off general admission.
Tip:The ROM closes at 5.30pm most days, which is perhaps a little earlier than you may expect. Arrive early in the day to get the full experience.
Sky Zone Toronto
45 Esandar Dr
If you’re visiting Toronto with children, then Sky Zone is a great way for them to burn off their energy on a rainy day through what Sky Zone like to call “fun fitness”. You and the kids can experience weightlessness and the feeling of flight on the numerous different kinds of trampolines (and foam pits) that have been installed here.
While trampolines on their own are a lot of fun, it’s the group games that are often the most fun, and the exhilaration of playing dodgeball on a trampoline is something that needs to be experienced to be fully appreciated.
Tip:Be sure to wear loose clothing that is suitable for physical activity. There’s a good chance you’re going to get hot and sweaty (without even realizing it) while bouncing around all day.
Curl Up With A Movie
Monte Carlo Inns, Multiple Locations
As you can see, there’s no shortage of exciting activities to enjoy in Toronto when the weather is a little wetter than we’d like. However, facing the rain (even for a little while) can sometimes seem too much like hard work…
When you feel like this, there’s nothing better than staying indoors and having a little “you time”.
Why not get dressed in your comfiest clothes and curl up by the fireplace in one of our luxurious suites?You can then choose a blockbuster movie from the wide selection on our in-house entertainment system and forget all about the miserable weather outside.
Tip:Don’t forget to order a tasty treat or two from our extensive room service menu to complete the ultimate indoor rainy day experience.
The festive season is almost upon us. People from all the world are currently making travel plans for visiting friends and family to celebrate the holidays with those nearest and dearest to them.
All these extra travelers add a huge additional burden to transport infrastructure, and delays, traffic jams, and cancellations are all too common. It’s arguably the most stressful time of year to travel, but with a few hints and tips, you can make your trip as easy and as pleasant as possible.
Expect The Worst
Traveling around the holiday period is as much of a mental challenge as it is a logistical one. While you’ll make things easier on yourself by following the tips below, if you start your journey with the right mindset, any inevitable disruptions should be a little easier on your stress levels. Expect delays, expect traffic, and expect chaos – if these things don’t occur, it’s a bonus.
Fly Earlier Or Later
Arriving at the airport when you’re ready for bed (or should already be asleep) isn’t ideal. However, it can actually be a preferable option at this time of year as roads and airports are going to be quieter.
Missing out on a good night’s sleep can often be a much more palatable option than hours of sitting in traffic, navigating long lines at airports, and being around thousands of other people who are equally as stressed out by the situation as you are. If there’s a late flight to your destination that you usually wouldn’t consider, it’s worth considering that it might be the lesser of two evils during the festive period.
The weather at this time of year is often unpredictable in many parts of the world, which can often mean delays. Even if you’re flying between two areas that have reasonably mild weather, bad weather in other parts of the world can still affect you. Airlines have pre-planned routes, and if the plane you’re meant to be flying on gets delayed somewhere else due to bad weather earlier in the day – it means that you’re probably going to be delayed too.
There’s not much you can do to avoid this. However, by flying direct you’re limiting the number of planes you’re relying on being on time. Being stuck at a connecting airport because your initial flight was delayed (or your connecting flight is delayed) is the worst case travel scenario for many people. Flying direct might cost a little more, but it’s almost certainly going to cut down your stress levels significantly.
Carry On Only
If possible, you should do all you can to fly with carry on luggage only. Many airlines will allow you to check in online and obtain a mobile boarding pass, which enables you to skip the check-in desks entirely and simply head straight for security when you reach the airport.
Benefits can be found when arriving at your destination too, you’re not going to have to wait around in an inevitably busy and chaotic luggage reclaim hall at the end of your trip (which is going to feel like a real blessing after a potentially long flight).
Mail Your Gifts
There’s a good chance you’re going to be taking gifts to your destination, but as you may already know, flying with gifts is a real pain. They may get broken by heavy-handed baggage handlers, the wrapping paper may be opened by security for inspection, and they take up additional space – which means you might not be able to travel carry on only.
Mailing your gifts to your destination may sound like more hassle than it’s worth, and if you’re traveling internationally it’s probably not worth the risk (just in case they get held up at customs). But for domestic flights, the effort it takes to go to the post office is almost always going to be less than the hassle of having to pack your bags carefully and check luggage that could otherwise be carried on instead.
There’s no getting around the fact that at the moment, travel is pretty bad for the planet. While advancements are being made with electric vehicles, the vast majority of planes, trains, and automobiles use greenhouse gas emitting fossil fuels.
It’s important for us all to do our bit to minimize our own individual environmental impact on the planet. Here are a few hints and tips that can help you make your next trip the cleanest and greenest yet.
Aircraft consume a huge amount of fuel, and like all other forms of non-electric transport they emit a sizable quantity of greenhouse gas emissions too. Quite honestly, your options are limited when it comes to reducing your aviation-related emissions on a personal level - but flying direct is a good start.
As you probably remember from high school physics, acceleration usually requires more energy than maintaining a steady speed. Due to this, aircraft consume much more fuel when they are taking off and landing than they do when they’re flying at cruising altitude. So, by flying direct, you’re reducing the amount of fuel required to haul you and your luggage to your final destination.
Bonus Tip:If you can fly on newer aircraft like the Dreamliner or the 737 MAX you’re going to further reduce your fuel consumption – they’re much more efficient aircraft.
With each passing year, airlines are becoming more and more responsible when it comes to acknowledging the impact the aviation industry has on the environment. Many of them are now taking significant steps towards minimizing the damage the industry causes – like carbon offsetting.
You’ll find carbon offset schemes at most good carriers, and they’re a great idea. Essentially you can pay an additional (usually small) fee that the airline will use to fund schemes that offset the damage your individual trip causes the environment. If you can’t fly direct, and you can’t fly on a fuel-efficient aircraft – then these schemes are more than worthy of your consideration.
Bring A Reusable Bottle
Staying hydrated is key to staying comfortable throughout a flight and it is also important for beating jet lag and feeling reasonably refreshed at your destination. Disposable plastic bottles take hundreds of years to decompose, and while efforts are made to recycle them where possible – huge numbers of them end up in landfill sites or scattered around the environment.
There’s no shortage of water fountains in airports and most modern cities, so refilling a reusable bottle should be no hassle at all (in parts of the world with potable water). Every time you refill your reusable bottle, that’s one less disposable plastic bottle the planet has to deal with (it feels great when you think about it like this) and it soon adds up.
Take Public Transportation
After a long flight, it can be very tempting to hail a cab and ride directly to your destination. Thinking about navigating an unfamiliar transportation network in a new city while dealing with jet lag isn’t exactly the most enjoyable start to a trip.
However, if you can manage it, you’re going to reduce your footprint even more.
Trains and subway systems are the most eco-friendly form of public transportation – but buses are good too. For maximum convenience, check out the possible public transportation routes from the airport to your accommodation before you leave home (Google maps is excellent for this).
This way you’re not standing around in the airport figuring out where to go, and you can quickly arrive at your destination with the minimum of hassle (without harming the planet).
It’s getting close to the time of year when the ghosts and ghouls come out to play and trick or treaters roam our streets in search of tasty treats. Torontonians love Halloween, and the city is blessed with a wide range of family-friendly spooky activities (that are fun for all ages) at this time of year.
Below we’re going to list a few of our favorite Halloween events that are more than worthy of your consideration if you’re in Toronto this time of year.
Let’s get started.
Boo At The ZooToronto Zoo - 2000 Meadowvale Rd
As you might have guessed from the name, Boo At The Zoo is a spooky Halloween event that takes place throughout the day at Toronto Zoo. It’s a costume party where you and the kids can get dressed up and have a fun and educational experience together marveling at the many wonderful animals that call the Zoo home. The event runs from October 20th through to October 28th and admission is free for children in costume when accompanied by a paying adult (one free child ticket per paying adult).
Howling HootenannyBlack Creek Pioneer Village - 1000 Murray Ross Pkwy
The Howling Hootenanny is located in the north west of Toronto at Black Creek Pioneer Village – and it’s everything you’d expect from a classic Canadian Halloween event. There are all kinds of spooky activities on offer here including apple slingshots, pumpkin decorating games, spooky (but not scary) live performances on stage, a creepy creature exhibit, and the star of the show - an incredibly fun haunted maze. The Howling Hootenanny runs from the 20th to the 28th of October and children under 5 receive free admission (paid tickets range from $11 to $15).
Haunted High ParkColborne Lodge – 11 Colborne Lodge Drive
This is one of the scarier events on this list, and as such, it shouldn’t be attended by children under the age of 13 (and teenagers need to be accompanied by an adult), but if you like life on the scary side – this is an event you should seriously consider attending.
Throughout the evening you’ll learn about funeral traditions from the 19th century in the spooky candlelit atmosphere of Toronto’s historic Colborne Lodge. The highlight of the event is undoubtedly the “real” Victorian séance that’s performed live in front of visitors by Eldritch Theatre’s Doc Wuthergloom – it’s not for the faint-hearted! Haunted High Park runs from the 20th of October through to the 28th, tickets cost $32.50 and are available online or at the door.
Legends Of HorrorCasa Loma - 1 Austin Terrace
Toronto’s historic castle Casa Loma is host to one of the most popular Canadian Halloween events of 2018. The majority of the building is transformed into one of the best haunted houses in the country that has an authenticity to it that’s hard to find elsewhere. The event involves you taking a self-guided stroll around the castle grounds and gardens while exploring tunnels and spooky dark rooms (many of which have never been open to the public before).
The walking trail takes around 1 hour and is best enjoyed in full costume (for both you and the kids) to get the full experience. Along the trail, you’ll be greeted (and scared) by several famous characters from horror movies played by enthusiastic actors and actresses that perfectly walk the line between scary and fun.
Legends Of Horror runs from October 29th through to October 31st and if possible, it’s a good idea to book your tickets in advance.
Toronto is a vibrant metropolis that has over 2.8 million people calling it home – and there’s something for everyone to enjoy here, regardless of your tastes. While the big tourist attractions get the most attention and visitation, there’s a whole world of little-known things to do and places to see that you can easily miss if you don’t know about them.
With that in mind, today we’re going to share a little bit of local knowledge and tell you about a few of the most interesting and unusual things you can do on your next visit to Toronto. Let’s get started.
The Monkey’s Paw(1229 Dundas St. W)
The Monkey’s Paw is a bookstore like no other, it was named after a horror story written by W.W Jacobs and focuses on the unique, the unusual, and the downright bizarre.
There are 4 sections to the store, the beautiful, the macabre, the absurd, and the arcane – in each of which you’ll find books that will leave you with more questions than answers.
The star of the show here is the Bibliomat, which will dispense a random book when you insert a token (which can be purchased for $3 at the counter). The books inside are as strange as the books on the shelves, and they’re great conversation starters to place on your coffee table – if you get lucky.
The Half House (54 1/2 St. Patrick St)
As the name suggests, The Half House is literally half of a terraced house that has been cut right down the middle. Apparently, the owners of The Half House were reluctant to sell their property, at the same time the owners of the connected property next door needed to demolish the house they owned to create space for an adjacent lot.
It was discovered that an interior wall that separated these two properties was load bearing, which meant partial demolition with possible. With almost surgical precision, one half of the house was demolished while leaving the remaining half intact.
It’s only going to pique your interest for a few minutes, but if you’re nearby – it’s well worth checking out.
Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library (120 St George St)
This library contains a treasure trove of old, historical, and notable books that are mainly part of the University of Toronto’s collection. Any visitor can request to see and even handle the books – some of which are quite special.
You can take a look at things like Shakespeare’s first folio, genuine annotations made by Charles Darwin from his research on the Galapagos islands, and there are even a few Egyptian manuscripts that date back almost 2300 years here too.
Winter Garden Theatre(189 Yonge St)
This is probably the most well-known attraction, but it’s also one of the most unique. The Winter Garden Theatre is the world’s last functioning Edwardian double-decker theatre.
Most people find the upper theatre to be the most impressive, and it has been decorated in a way that tries to bring the great outdoors inside the theatre. It’s predominantly white and has countless stunning murals painted on the walls of trees, plants, animals, and other fantasy wonderland style depictions.
The star of the show is undoubtedly the otherworldly ceiling that has been intertwined with over 5000 beech branches. The sight of the leaves that hang down from these branches is something that has to be experienced in person to be fully appreciated.
There are tours available here on Saturdays and Thursdays, but we recommend you go and see a show here instead if you want to get the full experience.