Keep Your Eyes Wide Open for Toronto's Top Sightseeing

Toronto is a thriving, modern city. Look around Toronto and you’d be forgiven for thinking that much of the city has only been built over the past 50 years. Glass skyscrapers and condo buildings have become an integral part of the city's zeitgeist, and even world-renowned architectural landmarks like the CN Tower and the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal at the Royal Ontario Museum are newer constructions (built in 1972 and 2007 respectively).

But while Toronto’s best historical sights don’t immediately show themselves to tourists who aren’t looking for them, the city is full of fascinating glimpses into its past. Visit the Cathedral Church of St. James, which stands out as the oldest congregation in the city and was one of the largest buildings back in 1850. With Toronto's preference for vertical construction, that sure has changed. St. James is now designated under the Ontario Heritage Act to preserve its historical beauty. Conveniently, it is located steps from the award winning Saint Lawrence Market. History sure can build up an appetite.

Or visit Guildwood Park, on the eastern reaches of Toronto, where relics from buildings that have disappeared from the city skyline are preserved in a sculpture garden.

The sights on our list are located all over the expansive city. Wherever you are, you can find a piece of Toronto’s history worth admiring.


The CN Tower is the ubiquitous symbol of Toronto. Yet it is much more than the world's tallest towering building. It provides a terrific perspective of the city, with a glass floor that can bring out acrophobia in anyone by being 1/3 of a...  Read More

You don't have to be Anglican to appreciate this church. St. James Cathedral was originally erected in wood and was used during the War of 1812 as a hospital. It was rebuilt in stone in 1833 but burned down by 1839 and after being rebuilt again,...  Read More

The Art Gallery of Ontario, with its high ceilings, light spaces and spiral staircases would be enough art even without the paintings on the walls. However, the art is indeed amazing, from the exhibitions to the galleries. The Group of Seven are...  Read More


Toronto is not exactly the first place you go when you get the craving for a castle. However, in the middle of an upscale neighbourhood right near downtown Toronto, there is a majestic castle which was built in 1911 by a Canadian industrialist....  Read More

Royal Ontario Museum

You may be thinking: once you have seen one dinosaur, you have seen them all. Think again: The Royal Ontario Museum is not to be missed. You also literally cannot miss it. The main entrance reopened in 2007; a stunning piece of architecture...  Read More

Founded in 1827, this public institution has consistently been viewed as one of Toronto's strongest Universities. In addition to the University of Toronto's place as a leader in post-secondary education, the sprawling downtown campus is a...  Read More

West Toronto

High Park is Toronto's version of Central Park in New York. Toronto's largest 400 acre public park has been the jewel in Toronto's park system with historical buildings, amazing hiking trails, a free zoo and playgrounds. A park highlight is...  Read More

Toronto is home to the world's best food market, according to National Geographic (a pretty reputable source, if you ask us). Even if you don't subscribe, you will certainly rank The St. Lawrence Market highly due to the fantastic collection of...  Read More


Guildwood Park's 90 acres of picturesque gardens and walking trails serves as a sort of graveyard for Toronto's historic buildings. The park features approximately 70 pieces of buildings that stood in the city's downtown core until being torn...  Read More

Toronto's Distillery Historic District began in 1859 as the site of the Gooderham and Worts whiskey distillery. 100 years later, the distillery was producing nearly half of the total volume of spirits in the province of Ontario, making it one of...  Read More


Meet Courtney Sunday

Courtney Sunday has lived in England, Switzerland, Canada and the US, finding her way into the professions of freelance writing and yoga teaching in between travel opportunities. She learned...  More About Courtney

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