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.
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