You might have already seen our previous post about Toronto’s underrated landmarks, but there are so many hidden gems we missed! Check out part two of the notable sights that deserve more attention.
Established in 1850, the Necropolis is found at one of Toronto’s oldest cemeteries. It’s the resting place of many prominent Canadian citizens such as Toronto’s first mayor William Lyon Mackenzie, journalist George Brown, and former NDP Leader Jack Layton. Take a stroll among the tombstones just in time for Halloween.
Humber College Lakeshore Campus
(By Annie, via Wikimedia Commons)
The east side of campus is made up of a number of small, mid-century “cottages” which formerly held mental asylum patients. The cottages separated patients based on their illness. Underground tunnels, now sealed shut, connected the buildings.
West Toronto Railway Path
(By Riley Snelling)
These former railway tracks have been converted into bike and pedestrian trails connecting the Junction to the downtown core. They offer unique views of industrial Toronto and the greenery growing in between.
R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant
(By fishwasher, via Wikimedia Commons)
Found in the Beaches, this building is a stunning piece of art-deco architecture. Usually a favourite of Doors Open Toronto, inside is a serene labyrinth of pools and filtration equipment.
Sunnyside Pavilion and Pool
(By Canned Muffins, via Wikimedia Commons)
Sunnyside Pavilion was built in the late 19th century as part of the area’s amusement park. It was so popular through the early 20th century that free bather cars were used to cart swimmers to the busy beach. The pool opened in 1925; at the time, it was the largest outdoor pool in the world.
The Humber Arborteum is a hidden gem on Humber College’s north campus. It’s made up of over six kilometres of walking trails and home to over 1,700 species of plants and animals. The Centre for Urban Ecology, located in the midst of all this nature, is a LEED-certified beauty that brings the outside indoors.
Sherbourne Commons Park
(Courtesy of Waterfront Toronto)
This parkland officially opened in 2010 and has maintained a quiet presence in the city’s east end ever since. The park has greenspace, a skating rink that doubles as a splash pad in the summer, a beautiful pavilion, and art sculptures.
Cloud Gardens Conservatory
(Courtesy of City of Toronto)
Billed as “a tropical cloud forest nestled between the office towers of Toronto’s busy downtown core” by the City of Toronto, this greenhouse is tucked in the Bay Adelaide centre and it is planted with exotic plants – and even features a waterfall.
Humber Bay Butterfly Habitat
This space in Humber Bay Park East was designed to attract butterflies by planting nectar plants, providing access to water, and even building small shelters for hibernation. Check out this beautiful, relaxing green space and watch the butterflies flutter by.
Humber Bay Arch Bridge
(By Taxiarchos228, via Wikimedia Commons)
Bridging the gap between “Old Toronto” and Etobicoke, the Humber Bay Arch Bridge stretches over the mouth of the Humber River at Martin Goodman Trail. This pedestrian and bike bridge has received numerous design awards and the views from it are just as beautiful as its structure.
Coach House Books
(By The Great Canadian Publishing Tour)
One of Toronto’s smallest print publishers takes its name very literally. Their offices are in a former coach house, just south of Bloor Street West near the University of Toronto.