Have you ever wondered what’s behind the doors of some of Toronto’s most interesting buildings? This weekend is the 17th annual Doors Open Toronto, where the public has access to over 130 unique spaces in the city from 10am-5pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Whether this is your first Doors Open, or it’s not your first rodeo, here are 5 destinations worth checking out that are new to this year’s event:
Pan Am Sports Centre
The Pan Am Sports Centre is one of the most visually appealing buildings in Scarborough. Built only two years ago, the contemporary structure holds two Olympic-size pools, a diving tank, recreational track, climbing wall, four gymnasiums and a two-floor fitness centre. If you’re a health nut then be sure to put this massive building on the top of your list.
Billy Bishop Airport
Torontonians are so blessed to have the Billy Bishop Airport – not only does it have a beautiful view but also a ton of history. This scenic landmark was used as a training base during WWI and its newest addition is a pedestrian tunnel that goes 100ft below the surface of Lake Ontario.
Ryerson’s Student Learning Centre
Witness the future of learning at Ryerson’s stunning Student Learning Centre. The award-winning building on one of Toronto’s most iconic strips is an 8 story high dazzling glass facade.
The Faculty Club, University of Toronto
The University of Toronto’s Faculty Club is the perfect exploration destination for architecture fanatics. The building, enwrapped with leaves and flowers, is as elegant as it is classy. Touring this 1960 Georgian-style structure will expose you to an expansive history and a prestigious art collection.
Sony Centre for Performing Arts
If you haven’t been to a show at the Sony Centre, you should at least go for a tour. University of Toronto’s Masters of Museum studies program will explain how the performing arts have shaped Toronto as a city. The coolest thing might just be getting to stand on the same stage that Prince and David Bowie once performed on – oh and don’t forget to bring some tissues.
(Photo by Pan Am)