T.O.’s at­trac­tions draw vis­i­tors ev­ery day of the week

NOW Magazine - Hot Summer Guide - - CONTENTS - Com­piled by JU­LIA HOECKE


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.theair­canada­cen­

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.canadas­won­der­

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,­

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.thedis­tillery­dis­

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.har­

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.hum­ber­ar­bore­

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,

Sand cas­tles go up on Toronto’s beaches.

Greg White spins candy floss at the CNE.

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