Play in The Annex with the Neighborhood's Best Attractions and Activities

In the 1870s and 1880s, the Annex was one of Toronto's most elite neighbourhoods. Significant time has passed since then and although it is not quite as ritzy, charm has rubbed off, smudging the Victorian houses.

Bordering the University of Toronto, the Annex's businesses are littered with grad students who believe in the power of walking with their noses in books, or fraternity brothers who are nursing the effects of a party. Learning from experience can be just as beneficial as learning from the classics. Just don't tell your professor that.

Even if your student days are happily in the past, there is reason to go to this area, beyond the tree-lined streets and the attractive Edwardian homes. The University of Toronto campus has a combination of Gothic and Romanesque buildings. You may recognize it as the backdrop for many popular films, such as The Incredible Hulk, The Vow and even Good Will Hunting. Perhaps watch the films again as research and then pretend you are on the campus due to your affinity for modernist architecture.

Of course, a visit to the Annex would not be complete without stopping by Canada's heralded Royal Ontario Museum, which has frequent travelling exhibits and just enough natural history to make you feel cultured. A stint in the Annex is essential Toronto sightseeing, with low cost student pricing to match. Sounds just about perfect.

Think about the last time you moved. Most likely, some of your pottery or ceramics made the trip with a new crack. Somehow, delicate art has been maintained through hundreds of years in the Gardiner Museum. Collected by George and Helen Gardiner...  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


Lee's Palace, located on the south street of Bloor Street West is regarded as THE place to catch up-and-coming bands (and sometimes well established ones, too). Past performers include The Smithereens, Tragically Hip, The Mekons, Lucinda...  Read More

For an "out of the box" sightseeing idea, consider breaking out the board games. Snakes and Lattes has over 2500 board games with an alphabetical menu to help you to decide which game you want to use to stimulate healthy competition with your...  Read More

There may be a day when we speak about bookstores and libraries with nostalgia. Until then, we must seek out places like BMV Books, which is filled to the gills with preloved and discounted books. (Preloved is the friendlier way of saying...  Read More

You would be excused for thinking that Honest Ed's is just a gaudy thrift store. Named for Ed Mirvish, Canadian businessman and philanthropist, it runs the length of a block. Even though it may be about as classy as a carnival, it holds a fond...  Read More

The Royal Conservatory of Music has had a significant impact on Canada's musical education. It was designated a historical site in 1995, due to its dedication to training world class musicians. Walk by the open windows at Philosopher's Walk and...  Read More

The Bloor Cinema has operated in this location since 1913, and has long been devoted to screening thought-provoking movies. But an early 2012 renovation gave the theatre a new name - the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema - and a new focus on documentary...  Read More

Royal Ontario Museum

The Royal Ontario Museum is not to be missed, and you also literally cannot miss it. The main entrance to one of North America's oldest museums, the ROM reopened in 2007; a stunning piece of architecture made from glass and aluminum resembling a...  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


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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