The Downtown Toronto skyline at dusk
Victorian buildings are scattered throughout the Downtown Toronto area
Downtown Toronto - Old Town Toronto
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The downtown core of Toronto contains two distinctive districts. The Downtown Toronto area sits west of Yonge Street and contains massive skyscrapers, modern buildings, and a huge underground shopping district that spans more than 27 kilometres and has about 17 miles of store-lined walkways. Downtown Toronto features the waterside Harbourfront area, the Eaton Centre shopping mall with its six storey atrium, Old and New City Halls, and the Entertainment district, which has the majority of nightclubs. There are a large number of comdominiums, but virtually no houses or rental buildings. In contrast, the Old Town Toronto area has thousands of historic buildings that were constructed during the 19th century, including the indoor St Lawrence Market, which has been in continuous operation for more than 200 years. Victorian homes stand beside modern condominiums and rental buildings. The famous triangular FlatIron Building and St James Cathedral are a part of Old Town.

Throughout both of these areas are an enormous variety of hotels, restaurants, stores, and services. Each area is unique, and many communities have formed into distinct neighbourhoods and environments that are very safe and ideal for strolls by tourists. In summer there are many outdoor cafes along the streets - Toronto has no pedestrian-only area. Walk around these streets and step into the businesses to view their information, book a reservation, read their dining menus, and view their interiors. Use this website to also check out the major attractions, get transit, taxi, or car rental information, and find entertainment. It's all available here - for the best in hospitality has been served in Downtown Toronto and Old Town Toronto since 1793 !!
Victorian buildings are scattered throughout the Downtown Toronto area
Victorian buildings are scattered throughout the Downtown Toronto area
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To travel directly to the Downtown Toronto area, click on the photo at left to be placed at the corner of Yonge Street and King Street. Turn left to step into Old Town, or step right to walk into Downtown, or move forward to reach the lake and the Harbourfront area. Click on any floating sign to step into a building or business that seems interesting.
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Just click on the photo above to be placed on the sidewalk in front of the famous FlatIron Building in the heart of Old Town Toronto. Walk forward to reach Downtown Toronto. Turn left, right, or face the other way to explore various sections of Old Town. While you walk, click or tap on any Floating Sign you see above you to enter a building or business.
Casa Loma Historic site

Toronto Casa Loma

The Last Castle in Toronto

This fully furnished historic site lies within the Downtown Toronto area on a hilltop overlooking the city. Known as Casa Loma, the spacious home was built in the style of a European castle, with heavy influence from Scot castle architecture. The building was designed by the famous Canadian architect EJ Lennox, and was constructed for Sir Henry Pellatt, a businessman who at the time had a monopoly on the supply of local electricity. His great fortune allowed for Sir Henry to spare no expense in the creation of his new home, and he spent the equivalent of $170 million (2010 dollars) to construct and furnish it. It took 300 people 3 years to build the castle, which was completed in 1914. It features turrets that offer both indoor and outdoor views of the city, a fantastic rear porch that leads to an enormous hillside garden, lavish bedrooms, a unique library with a famous herringbone wood floor, and large principal rooms, one containing a huge pipe organ. There is also an 800 foot tunnel that leads to a major horse stable and solarium. There is a restaurant in the basement, a parking garage onsite, and lots of bus tours stop here.
Black Creek Pioneer Village

Black Creek Pioneer Village Toronto

Step Back to the Founding of Canada

A pioneer village has slowly grown around the original Stong farm that originally occupied this site. The village has loyally clung to the concept of being frozen in time as of July 1st, 1867, which was the day that Canada was created. All of the buildings, furniture and artifacts are current for that moment in time. The village contains a working flour mill, a church with its own Victorian graveyard, a typical schoolhouse, and many private, furnished homes. The main street has a general store that sells souvenirs and replicas of Victorian objects such as tin lanterns and toys. Next door is the Halfway House, which is an original, fully restored inn that has a good restaurant downstairs. There is a working blacksmith shop, a doctors house with what seems like medieval surgical tools, a printing shop, fire hall, a town centre, and many other buildings that reflect the life of the time. In summer the pastures are full of horses, sheep, cows, pigs, and other farm life, and they have a horse drawn tour. In winter there are many special events, including a traditional Christmas by Lamplight. Parking is onsite, and the village can be reached by bus.