Type: Architecture, Attractions, Historic Sites, Parks, Sightseeing
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... 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 down in the post-World War II boom. The facades, archways and other pieces were transported here, and today form a sculpture garden popular with wedding photographers and history buffs. You can see everything from the remains of the Temple Building, Toronto's first skyscraper and once the tallest in the British Empire, to the fireplace mantle salvaged from the home of Sir Frederick Banting, co-discoverer of insulin.The grounds were once home to the Guild Inn, established as an artists' colony where more than 100 craftsmen and their families lived rent-free. Many of these artists were affiliated with the famous Group of Seven.
201 Guildwood Parkway
Toronto, ON M1E 4S5
- Sightseeing: "Be sure to visit the Guild Inn, a former arts centre and hotel at the centre of the park. Closed in 2001 due to the threat of condominiums, there have been rumblings that the Inn may be revitalized."
- Best for Sightseeing Because: This is a park with a rich and fascinating history. Fragments of demolished buildings are good reminders that Toronto was once more than condominiums.