Old Toronto

Rich in history and culture, Old Toronto offers a great combination of traditional charm with modern flair. This district includes historic sites, markets, parks and architectural landmarks that attract flocks of visitors. Navigating Old Toronto should be easy by subway trains, streetcars and buses that are operated by the TTC.

Historic Sites and Landmarks

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With a history dating back to the late 18th century, Fort York is one of the oldest sites in Old Toronto. Covering more than 43 acres, the scenic grounds include well-preserved buildings from the War of 1812. Re-enactment battles are sometimes held to commemorate important military campaigns that occurred at the fort and the vicinity. Built in the late 1880s, the Old Toronto City Hall is perhaps the most prominent historical landmark in the heart of Toronto. This civil building has a stunning Romanesque facade that was designed by E.J. Lenox, one of the most successful architects in the city during the 19th century. The Old Toronto City Hall stands next to the current Toronto City Hall that has a Modernist design. Having a Gothic Revival facade, Casa Loma is another architectural gem in Old Toronto. Designed by E.J. Lenox in 1911, this estate originally belonged to Sir Henry Pellatt, one of the city's top tycoons at the time. The mansion at Casa Loma includes seven floors with period furniture, artwork and other high-end artefacts. Visitors can also take tours of stables, basements and the beautiful gardens at this well-preserved property. If you're interested in the commercial history of Old Toronto, head to the Distillery Historic District. This charming neighbourhood includes original facilities that were operated by the Gooderham and Worts company to make whiskey in the 19th century. The former industrial complex has been transformed into a modern hub for dining, shopping and entertainment for the entire family. In business since the early 19th century, the St Lawrence Market is another great site for eating, drinking and shopping. More than 100 vendors are based in this historic market that has a traditional ambiance.

Queen's Park

Since opening in the 1860s, Queen's Park has been one of the premier green spaces in Old Toronto. As the name suggests, this urban park honours British royalty. You'll find numerous statues that commemorate important leaders and other figures in the city's and Canada's history. Erected in 1870, the Queen Victoria statue is the oldest monument at Queen's Park. You'll also see statues of George Brown, Sir John A. McDonald, King Edward VII and Sir James Whitney. The Ontario Legislative Building dominates the landscape at this popular park. This governmental building has a beautiful Romanesque Revival exterior with European-inspired landscaping.


The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) operates numerous rapid transit services in Old Toronto. Having a U-shaped layout in the district, Line 1 is commonly known as the Yonge-University Line. Running eastward and westward, Line 2 is called the Bloor-Danforth Line. There are also dozens of TTC streetcar stops that are scattered throughout Old Toronto. TTC buses frequently circulate the district, and taxis could also be found on nearly every street corner. Commuter and intercity trains stop at Union Station, which is by far the busiest transportation hub in Canada. Go Transit links the station to dozens of neighbouring cities and communities. Via Rail operates long-distance service between Toronto and other major metropolitan areas in Canada. Old Toronto is officially home to Bill Bishop Toronto City Airport. Located on an island, this airport mostly handles private and domestic flights.

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