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Haunted Toronto: Six Ghostly Sites in Hogtown

THE LEAD UP TO HALLOWEEN INEVITABLY BRINGS OUT BONE-CHILLING, SPINE-TINGLING, GOOSEBUMP-INCITING STORIES OF PARANORMAL ACTIVITY, SPOOKY SIGHTINGS AND HAUNTED TORONTO DESTINATIONS. FEELING THE URGE TO INDULGE YOUR INNER GHOSTBUSTER? HEAD TO OEN OF THESE SIX SCARY SPOTS IN THE CITY—IF YOU DARE.

Haunted Toronto Ghost Tours

Old City Hall is said to be haunted by the ghosts of two convicted criminals (photo: Eric Parker)

Depending on who you talk to, both Robert Turpin and Arthur Lucas are said to haunt one of two different locations in Toronto: Old City Hall and the Don Jail. Turpin and Lucas were the last two individuals in “Muddy York” to be sentenced to death for their crimes. As one story goes, the penalty of death by hanging was delivered in a courtroom at Old City Hall where the men now roam, sometimes tugging at judges’ robes. Alternatively, the men haunt the gallows of the Old Don Jail—where many inmates were treated poorly while the prison was in operation from 1964 to 1977, and in whose open courtyard hangings were carried out.

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Winnipeg’s Top 10 Selfie Spots

As any teen will tell you, there’s an art to the perfect selfie. Take your insta-game to the next level at these spots perfect for taking in the city and scoring some likes.

Esplanade Riel Pedestrian Bridge

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In order to capture this 57-metre engineering marvel, park yourself at the bridge’s east end. Flanked by the city’s skyline, the massive structure connecting the Forks to Winnipeg’s French quarter makes a memorable backdrop for a self portrait. Grab a food shot while you’re at it at Mon Ami Louis on the bridge, where the sweeping view of the Red River complements French bistro favourites like indulgent frites fried in duck fat.
Photo courtesy of Rivers West Brian Gould

Manitoba Museum

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The province’s natural history is on display at the Manitoba Museum, meaning you can share the frame with everything from a towering dinosaur skeleton to a bison frozen mid-stampede. While exploring the galleries, stop to snap a time-travelling selfie on board the Nonsuch, a replica of the famous ketch that sailed the high seas in 1668.
Photo courtesy Manitoba Museum

“Imagine” Sculpture

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Show off your flair for the dramatic while touring Winnipeg’s theatre district. Set outside the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre’s mainstage, outdoor public sculpture “Imagine” was commissioned to celebrate the company’s 50th anniversary and features founders Tom Hendry and John Hirsch sharing some inspiration. Strike a pose between these two visionaries for a star shot.

Oodena Circle

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The convergence of the Red and Assiniboine rivers has been a meeting place for thousands of years. The Oodena Circle at The Forks celebrates the area’s longstanding Indigenous influcences and teachings, and features a sundial, naked eye observatory, and a ceremonial fire pit. Stand in the center of the circle for the perfect snap.
Photo courtesy theforks.com

 

“Emptyful” Sculpture
Located in the Millennium Library Plaza, “Emptyful” was designed by Vancouver-based artists to represent both Winnipeg’s empty and open landscape and the fullness of its people and creative energies. The best time for an artsy selfie is at night, when the beaker-shaped sculpture’s colourful lights and cascading waterfall come alive.

 

Manitoba Legislative Building

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Home to Manitoba’s Legislative Assembly and Winnipeg’s beloved Golden Boy, this early 19th century limestone building is an object of fascination for architects and scholars due to the plethora of Masonic symbols hidden in its design. Tour the grounds and be camera ready at the massive stained glass rotunda, or snap a pic with one of the life-sized marble Bison that flank the Grand Staircase.
Photo courtesy Nilo Milano

West End Murals

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One of the city’s most vibrant and culturally diverse neighbourhoods, the West End is also home to an ever expanding collection of murals. Stroll up and down Sargent and Ellice Ave and pick your favourite piece of public art to act as a backdrop for a sunny selfie.

Winnipeg Art Gallery

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At over a century old, the Winnipeg Art Gallery is looking picture perfect. Snap a portrait next to the impressive exterior architecture before journeying inside for some aesthetic inspiration. Changing feature exhibits supplement a permanent collection that includes the world’s largest collection of Inuit art.

Assiniboine Park Zoo

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Where else can you take a selfie with a polar bear? Arctic animals get up close and personal inside the Assiniboine Park Zoo’s Journey to Churchill Exhibit, where interactive displays like an underwater viewing tunnel and the Wapusk Lowlands (tundra-mimicking enclosures without visible barriers) will have you turning the camera outward to capture bears, seals, snowy owls, and caribou.
Photo courtesy CTC/William Au

Human Rights Museum Tower of Hope

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Cap off an eye-opening and inspiring journey through the Canadian Museum for Human Rights with a stop in the Inspiring Change gallery, where visitors can share their vision for the future by filling in “I Imagine …” cards. Share your dreams with a photo, then move on to the Tower of Hope, where an exhilarating panoramic view of the city provides a sunny backdrop for memory-making.
Photo courtesy Dan Harper

Where to See the Best Fall Colours Near Toronto

THE GOLDEN HORSESHOE REALLY EARNS ITS NICKNAME AS VIBRANT FALL COLOURS EMERGE ACROSS THE REGION’S ABUNDANT PARKS AND CONSERVATION AREAS—ALL JUST A SHORT DRIVE FROM TORONTO

The fall colours can be seen in abundance on the Niagara escarpment (photo: Jeff S. PhotoArt)

The fall colours can be seen in abundance on the Niagara escarpment (photo: Jeff S. PhotoArt)

We may complain about the shorter days and the noticeable chill in the air, but one thing we can’t lament with autumn’s arrival is the beautiful change it brings to our parks and woodlands. While trees are, of course, reasonably abundant in Toronto, you really do owe it to yourself to take leave of the concrete jungle in order to view the most vibrant foliage. So pack a picnic (or just some sturdy hiking shoes) and head to these just-outside-of-town locations to be awed by the best fall colours near Toronto.

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10 Amazing, Family-Friendly Toronto Summer Attractions

WARM WEATHER BRINGS OUT THE ABSOLUTE BEST IN TORONTO. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF YOUR TIME IN THE CITY—AND MAKE SOME INDELIBLE MEMORIES WHILE YOU’RE AT IT—BY VISITING THESE UNIQUE SUMMER ATTRACTIONS.  BY CRAIG MOY

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The Evergreen Brick Works offers myriad environmentally focused summer activities (photo: Craig Moy)

THE EVERGREEN BRICK WORKS

5 Unique uses for an Old Factory

The formerly industrial, now eco-conscious heritage site known as the Evergreen Brick Works positively hums with activity.

• Hunt down the venue’s unique art works, from the hard-to-miss “living map” in the Commons to the preserved graffiti in the kilns.
• Take the kids to learn about the environment through outdoor play at the Chimney Court Children’s Garden.
• Trod the trails that wind through the 40-acre greenspace behind the Brick Works. Climb to the lookout for an impressive view of the downtown skyline.
• Enjoy a nourishing gourmet meal—made with local and sustainably harvested ingredients—at Café Belong.
• Peruse farm-fresh produce and more at the farmers’ market every Saturday and Sunday morning.

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The Best 10 New or Improved Attractions in Canada for Summer 2015

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Best New or Improved Attractions in Canada for Summer 2015: A shot of Banff’s winner

Get summer-vacation inspiration with Canada’s Best New or Improved Attractions, as selected by the regional editors of Where. This annual awards program celebrates the most exciting brand-new or significantly improved attractions—or existing attractions observing major milestones—in 10 cities or regions across the country.

This year’s winners offer many appealing diversions for travellers exploring the Great White North—from hands-on activities like bobsledding on an official Olympic track, mountain climbing in Banff, and trying your hand at prospecting to intellectually stimulating institutions detailing early Ukrainian pioneers, Muslim culture, human rights and more.

Discover the winners of the Best New or Improved Attractions Awards for 2015 »

Agritourism in Ontario: Discover Where the Good Things Grow

ONTARIO’S AGRITOURISM ATTRACTIONS OFFER LOCALS AND VISITORS ALIKE A FARM-FRESH PERSPECTIVE ON OUR RENOWNED AGRICULTURAL BOUNTY.
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(Monforte Dairy cheese photo: Renée Suen)

 

Finding seasonally fresh food in Toronto isn’t hard: nearly every restaurant menu and produce shelf boasts of the bounty. Ontario is blessed with more than half of Canada’s highest quality farm land, and most of it is a mere hour or two’s drive from the GTA. No matter if you’re a dilettante cook or a full-fledged foodie, it’s easy to connect with the province’s primary tastemakers to learn about land stewardship, food security, and sustainable aqua- and agriculture, all while marveling at the picturesque surroundings. So fill up the tank, plug in your favourite playlist, and embark on an adventure that’ll leave you satisfied, but also hungry for more.

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Mingle with Locals at the Canmore Mountain Market

On Thursday, June 11, the sun was shining during the first Canmore Mountain Market of the season. Vendors from Canmore and the surrounding area came to peddle their wares, drawing crowds of locals and tourists alike.

The Raven and The Fox provided entertainment, filling the market with singer Julie Chang’s melodious voice and acoustic guitarist Sean Isaac’s accompaniment. The duo played a few of their original songs and covered bands including Guns N’ Roses and Damien Rice.

Spring brings an abundance of new seasonal fruits and vegetables, which were out in force. Fresh and colourful produce filled every corner of the market. Favourites like crunchy sweet peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes and black kale sat beside baskets of beautiful strawberries, raspberries, cherries and grapes. Interesting additions include garlic scapes and heirloom eggplants.

Red, orange, yellow and green peppers provided a rainbow of healthy snacks. Photo by Ashley Materi

Red, orange, yellow and green peppers provided a rainbow of healthy snacks. Photo by Ashley Materi

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25 Free Things to Do in Toronto with Kids

OUR ALL-SEASON GUIDE TO THE ABSOLUTE BEST LOW-COST AND FREE THINGS TO DO IN TORONTO WITH KIDS IN 2015.  BY CARA SMUSIAK

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Toronto is a fantastic city to explore with the whole family—especially as the weather starts to warm up. These 25 low-cost and free things to do in Toronto with kids offer many opportunities to get everyone outside, regardless of the season, though indoor activities abound, too, for days when the climate is uncooperative.

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15 Toronto Instagram Accounts to Follow

THESE TORONTO INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS WILL HELP YOU SEE THE CITY (AND OTHER LOCALES, ON OCCASION) FROM ITS STREETS, PARKS, GALLERIES, RESTAURANTS, AND EVEN ITS ROOFTOPS

Toronto Instagram Accounts to Follow @smaku

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This month’s Contact festival has us in a photographic frenzy. But the best shooters aren’t always found in art galleries. Follow these Torontonians on Instagram to get some of the greatest views of the city.

@smaku  Designer and creative director Taku Kumabe shoots Toronto landscapes, many along the waterfront. He’s got a great eye for sunrises and sunsets, too.

@shawnmicallef  The noted urbanist walks Toronto (and other cities), capturing some of its lesser-known but still storied spaces. Periodic pics of his dog, the “Young Citizen,” too.

@agotoronto  The Art Gallery of Ontario’s official feed offers a behind the scenes perspective on its shows and events, while sharing third-party photos that use its exhibition-specific hashtags.

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5 Must-See Toronto Art Districts

EXPLORE THESE TORONTO ART DISTRICTS TO DISCOVER EXCELLENT GALLERIES AND SOME OF THE BEST CONTEMPORARY WORKS FROM CANADA AND ABROAD

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Olga Korper Gallery, just south of the Junction Triangle Toronto art district (photo: Olga Korper Gallery)

Think Toronto’s renowned public museums offer some cool views? Numerous commercial galleries have equally striking artworks to ponder—and purchase, if you like what you see. There are dozens of great galleries downtown—from edgy indie outlets to venerable fine-art dealers. Make the most of your browsing time by heading to these five Toronto art districts, which boast a significant collection of exhibitors within close proximity to one another.

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Toronto Museums Have the Best Views in the City

THERE’S NEVER BEEN A BETTER TIME TO VISIT TORONTO MUSEUMS. EACH OF THEM REVEALS IMPORTANT ASPECTS OF HUMANITY’S CULTURAL HISTORY, WHILE LOOKING TOWARD OUR SHARED FUTURE.

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The Gallery of Chinese Temple Art, Gallery of the Age of Mammals, and Teck Suite of Galleries: Earth’s Treasures are among the Royal Ontario Museum’s many unique permanent exhibits (photos: Royal Ontario Museum)

ALL-ENCOMPASSING INSTITUTION
It can be easy to take the Royal Ontario Museum for granted. If you’ve visited Toronto for any length of time, you’ve probably wandered through the museum’s halls and examined its vast holdings at least once. After all, the ROM has now stood for 101 years. No matter, though—if this is your first visit or, well, your one hundred and first, there’s always something to discover. Most patrons (especially those with children) make a beeline to the Galleries of the Age of Dinosaurs on the second floor of the stark Michael Lee Chin Crystal, but we think you’ll find equal enjoyment examining the museum’s stunning assemblage of minerals and gems, and its vast holdings of Chinese, Japanese, Korean and South Asian art. Unique among Toronto museums, the ROM’s purview includes both natural and human history. Feel a bout of museum fatigue coming on? The fourth-floor contemporary gallery is usually a little quieter (though right now it’s hosting a big Douglas Coupland show), or just take a minute to stand in the ROM’s historic rotunda: its domed ceiling is composed of more than one million Venetian glass tiles, arranged in pictographs representing the world’s natural and cultural histories.

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25 Toronto Spa Treatments to Get You Ready for Spring

GOING TO THE SPA IS TYPICALLY CONSIDERED A LUXURY EXPERIENCE, BUT FOR WEARY TRAVELLERS IT CAN OFTEN BE A NECESSITY. WHILE YOU’RE IN TOWN, REFRESH FOR SPRING BY INDULGING IN SOME OF THESE FABULOUS (AND FABULOUSLY RELAXING) TORONTO SPA TREATMENTS.  BY LINDA LUONG

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Toronto Spa Treatments for Your Beautiful Face

A litany of ailments can mar what ought to be your glowing visage: puffiness, redness, clogged pores, brown spots and blemishes, not to mention dryness resulting from the season’s harsh elements. Routine facials can help to remedy all that, leaving behind a natural luminosity.

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