T.O.’s attractions draw visitors every day of the week
ALL SUMMER LONG
AIR CANADA CENTRE Home of the Maple Leafs and Raptors. Tours Wed-Sat 11 am, noon, 1, 2 & 3 pm till end of June. Daily at 10 & 11 am, noon, 1,2, 3 & 4 pm Jul 1-Sep 5, event scheduling permitting. $12, stu/srs $10, child $8. 40 Bay. 416-815-5982, www.theaircanadacentre.com.
ALLAN GARDENS Outdoor gardens, greenhouse with exotic plants and flowers. Wkdays 9 am-4 pm, Sat-Sun and holidays 10 am to 5 pm. Carlton and Sherbourne. Free. 416392-7288.
ART GALLERY OF ONTARIO Permanent collection of over 36,000 works, rotating exhibits and Henry Moore’s sculptures. Three-year expansion project in effect,with reduced hours Wed-Fri 10 am-9 pm, Sat-Sun 10 am-5:30 pm. Call for holiday hours. $8, stu/srs $5, families $20, under 5 free. Wed after 6 pm free. 317 Dundas W. 416-979-6648.
BATA SHOE MUSEUM Historic footwear from Gothic clodhoppers to African royalty’s shoes and pieces donated by celebrities. Tue, Wed, Fri and Sat 10 am-5 pm, Thu 10 am-8 pm, Sun noon-5 pm. $8, stu/srs $6, child $4, fam $12, under 5 free. 327 Bloor W. 416-9797799.
BETH TZEDEC MUSEUM Largest Canadian collection of Jewish historical artifacts. Mon, Wed-Thu 11 am-1 pm and 2-5 pm, Sun 11 am-3 pm in June (closed Sun Jul-Aug). Tours by appointment. 1700 Bathurst. Free. 416781-3514 ext 32.
BLACK CREEK PIONEER VILLAGE 19th-century frontier life re-enacted in restored buildings and historically accurate gardens. June wkdays 9:30 am-4 pm, wknds 11 am to 5 pm, Jul-Sep 6 wkdays 10 am-5 pm, wknds and hol- idays 11 am-5 pm. $11, stu/srs $10, child $7, under 4 free. Jane and Steeles. 416-736-1733.
CAMPBELL HOUSE Authentically restored home of William Campbell, chief justice of Upper Canada from 1825 to 1829. Events and exhibits during Jul and Aug. Daily 9:30 am4:30 pm, wknds Jun-Sep noon-4:30 pm. $4.50, srs $2.50, stu $3, child $2, fam $10. 160 Queen W. 416-597-0227.
CANADIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION Tour the CBC Museum and watch old news footage and children’s shows. A ballet display, a trivia challenge in the sports area, a garden mini-set, wardrobe and set design displays and a look at the set of The National. Mon-Fri 9 am-5 pm, Sat noon-4 pm. Free. 250 FrontW, 416-205-8605.
CANADA SPORTS HALL OF FAME Canada’s most celebrated sports celebrated in memorabilia, exhibits and interactive video. Exhibition Place. Open Aug 20-Sep 6 from 10 am-5 pm. Free. 416-260-6789.
CANADA’S WONDERLAND Theme park north of T.O. with rides, shows, exhibits, boutiques, restaurants and the Kingswood Music Theatre. 10 am-8 or 10:30 pm daily. Hours vary later in the summer. $56.23, srs/child under 5 $27.81, guests w/ disabilities $36.37, grounds-only admission $30.99. 9580 Jane. 905-832-7000. Kingswood concert info 905832-8131, www.canadaswonderland.com.
CASA LOMA Downtown architectural anomaly patterned on a European castle, with towers, underground tunnels, wine cellars, garden and stables. Multi-language self-guided audio tours. 9:30 am-5 pm daily. $12, stu/srs $7.50, child $6.75. 1 Austin. 416-923-1171.
CENTENNIAL PARK CONSERVATORY Three greenhouses offer 12,000 square feet of interesting plants. Daily 10 am to 5 pm. Free.
151 Elmcrest. 416-394-8543.
CITY HALL Self-guided tours of this prize-winning structure focus on its architectural features against the backdrop of a bustling city square. Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm. 100 Queen W. 416-338-0338.
CIVIC GARDEN CENTRE See Toronto Botanical
CLOUD FOREST CONSERVATORY A walkthrough greenhouse with lush tropical foliage. Mon-Fri 10 am-3 pm. South of Richmond, between Yonge/ Bay. 416-392-1111.
CN TOWER World’s tallest free-standing building, with sky-high elevator rides, glassfloored observation deck, Horizons nightclub, 360 revolving restaurant, motion-simulation rides and virtual-reality games. Sun-Thu 10 am-10 pm, Fri-Sat 10 am-10:30 pm. $19.99, srs $17.99, child $13.99 (observation deck and glass floor). 301 FrontW. 416-868-6937, www.cntower.ca.
COLBORNE LODGE Regency-style cottage built in 1837, with period artifacts and furnishings. Tue-Sun noon-5 pm. $4, srs/yth $2.75, child $2.50. SW quarter of High Park. 416-392-6916.
DESIGN EXCHANGE Non-profit gallery showcasing Canadian and international innovations and achievements in furniture design, packaging and architecture. Guided tours available. Mon-Fri 10 am-6 pm, Sat-Sun noon-5 pm. $8, srs/stu $5. 234 Bay. 416-3636121.
DISTILLERY HISTORIC DISTRICT Little village of historic buildings in a former distillery complex, including galleries, restaurants, artists’ studios and a brewery. Music festivals, outdoor art exhibitions, film screenings and more. Mon-Wed 11 am-7 pm, Thu-Fri 11 am9 pm, Sat 10 am-9 pm, Sun 11 am-6 pm. 55 Mill, between Parliament and Cherry. 416364-1177, www.thedistillerydistrict.com.
DON VALLEY BRICKWORKS Cultural heritage site, historical buildings, Quarry garden, surrounding parkland, interpretative area and unique geological features. Don Valley. 416392-8188.
EDWARDS GARDENS Acres of gardens, paths and creeks, dawn to dusk. Historical, eco/nature, adult ESL group tours available. Guided tours Jul-Aug with a master gardener Tue and Thur, departing Toronto Botanical Gardens at 10 am. Evening tours Jul 13 and 27,
Aug 10 and 24, 7 pm. Free. Lawrence E and Leslie. 416-397-8186.
ENOCH TURNER SCHOOLHOUSE Restored 1848 schoolhouse gives a glimpse of education during pioneer days. Hours by appointment. Various prices. 106 Trinity (near Parliament and King). 416-863-0010.
EXHIBITION PLACE Large waterfront park offers historic buildings, amusements, cultural and sporting events, craft and trade shows. Canadian National Exhibition Aug 19-Sep 5. $12, stu/srs/child $8. Lakeshore W between Strachan and Dufferin. 416-263-3800.
FORT YORK Military exhibits of early 19thcentury army life. Canada Day celebrations in Jul and Simcoe Day in Aug. 10 am-5 pm daily. $6, stu/srs $3.25, child $3. Garrison, off Fleet near Bathurst. 416-392-6907.
FRANKLIN CARMICHAEL ART CENTRE Watercolour, oil, acrylics classes, children’s courses and workshops. 34 Riverdale Drive. 416-7406520. GEORGE R GARDINER MUSEUM OF CERAMIC ART Museum closed for expansion until fall 2005. Museum shop and school open; no collections on display. Tue to Sun 11 am-5 pm. Temporary location 60 McCaul. 416-5868080.
GERSTEIN SCIENCE INFORMATION CENTRE University of Toronto facility for undergrads, but pose as a student for a sneak peek. Mon-Thur 8:30 am-10 pm, Fri to 6 pm, Sat 9 am-5 pm, Sun 1-6 pm till Aug 20 (call for holiday weekend and fall hours). 7-9 King’s College. 416978-2280.
GIBSON HOUSE Restored 1851 farm home of David Gibson, local politician and participant in the pitchfork-equipped Rebellion of 1837. Tue-Sun and holiday Mondays noon-5 pm. $3.75, yth/srs/child $2.25. 5172 Yonge. 416395-7432.
HARBOURFRONT CENTRE Waterfront playground w/ blocks of boutiques, antique markets, outdoor recreation and free exhibits, concerts, plays, films. Runs along Queens Quay from York to Bathurst. 416-973-4000, www.harbourfront.on.ca.
HIGH PARK Gardens, groves, ponds, recreation facilities and a small zoo. Dawn to dusk. Closed to motor vehicles Sun. South of Bloor, W of Keele.
HIGH PARK NATURE CENTRE Resource centre and outdoor experiential learning facility.
440 Parkside Dr. 416-392-1748, ext 6.
HOCKEY HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM Films, photos, sweaters, sticks and more. Mon-Fri 10 am-5 pm, Sat 9:30 am-6 pm, Sun 10:30 am-5 pm; Jun 27-Sep 5 Mon-Sat 9:30 am-6 pm, Sun 10 am-6 pm. $12, stu/srs $8. BCE Place, 30 Yonge. 416-360-7735. HOLOCAUST EDUCATION AND MEMORIAL CENTRE Audio visual presentations and memorabilia dedicated to the 6 million Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Mon-Thu 9 am-4:30 pm, Fri to 3 pm, Sun 11:30 am-4:30 pm. Free. 4600 Bathurst. Group reservations 416-635-2883 ext 153.
HUMBER ARBORETUM Urban ecology centre on the West Humber River in northwest Toronto offers garden tours, pond and insect studies, nature walks, camps and a biodiversity and a climate change research program. 205 Humber College. 416-675-5009, www.humberarboretum.on.ca.
JAMES GARDENS Terraced gardens on a former estate with spring-fed pools and rustic bridges. Edenbridge Dr, south of Eglinton between Royal York and Scarlett.
KENSINGTON MARKET Bohemian enclave with mix of cultural food shops, greengrocers and second-hand clothing stores. Bordered by College and Dundas, Spadina and Bathurst.
MACKENZIE HOUSE Walking tours of the midVictorian-era home and print shop of William Lyon Mackenzie, Toronto’s first mayor. TuesSun noon-5 pm. $4, srs/yth $2.75, child $2.50. 82 Bond. 416-392-6915.
MARKET GALLERY Displays of paintings, photos and documents from the city’s archives. Wed-Fri 10 am-4 pm, Sat 9 am-4 pm, Sun noon-4 pm. Free. St Lawrence Market, 95 Front E. 416-392-7120.
McMICHAEL CANADIAN COLLECTION In the foothills north of Toronto, a collection of Group of Seven landscape paintings and contemporary native Canadian art. Daily 10 am5 pm. $15, srs/stu $12, fam $30, child under 12 free. 10365 Islington, Kleinburg. 905-8931121. MOCCA (MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY CANADIAN ART) Innovative art by Canadian artists addressing modern issues. Tue-Sun 11 am-6 pm. Free. 952 Queen W. 416-395-7430, www.mocca.toronto.on.ca.
Sand castles go up on Toronto’s beaches.
Greg White spins candy floss at the CNE.