Museums and Heritage Sites

BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Madir
61 Clairville Dr.  Toronto  ON  M9W5Z7
Etobicoke, Greater Toronto Area Region

http://toronto.baps.org/

[email protected]
416-798-2277 
all ages
The Mandir is a masterpiece of intricate design and workmanship of ancient Indian arts, traditions and philosophy. See the fusion of traditional Indian architecture with modern technology. Come to the Mandir to experience Hinduism, peace and tranquility and learn of the history and culture of the Indo-Canadian diaspora. Many activities, events and festivals held throughout the year. See website for many photos and details. There is no other building like it in Canada. 

Colborne Lodge in High Park
11 Colborne Lodge Dr.,south end of High Park, north of The Queensway  Toronto  ON  -
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http://www.toronto.ca/culture/museums/camps.htm

[email protected]
416-392-6916 
all ages
Many children’s summer camps. This picturesque cottage was home to John and Jemima Howard, who founded High Park. Built in 1837 it houses many original furnishings and includes some of his own paintings of early Toronto. Don’t miss annual events like March Break Discovery camps, Easter Traditions and Spring Egg Fun, Doors Open Toronto, Harvest Festival etc. 

Scarborough Historical Museum
1007 Brimley Rd.  Toronto  ON  -
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http://www.toronto.ca/culture/museums/scarborough.htm/

[email protected]
416-338-8807 
all ages
Children’s day camps, pay-as-you-can events and voluteer opportunities for youth. Plus Satuday Adventure club for kids. Open to the public, admission is by donation throughout the year. Don’t miss annual events like Doors Open Toronto, Canada Day, Harvest Festival, Christmas Open House, Victorian Extravaganza and Desserts by Lamplight. 

Textile Museum of Canada
55 Centre Ave.  Toronto  ON  M5G2H5
Toronto, Greater Toronto Area Region

http://www.textilemuseum.ca/

[email protected]
416-599-5321  416-599-5321 x 2228
all ages
Permanent collection of over 12,000 objects from more than 200 coutries. It celebrates cultural diversity through traditional fabrics, garments, carpets, beadwork and basketry. Many themed shows and exhibitions. Many monthly programs include artists’ talks, workshops, clinics, seminars, family days etc. Also adult group visits and school visits (students and teachers). Experiences and activities link directly to the Ontario curriculum and cater to all grade levels.  

American Civil War Experience
Westfield Heritage Village, 1049 Kirkwall Rd. (RR 552)  Rockton  ON  L0R1X0
Hamilton, Halton and Brant Region

http://www.conservationhamilton.ca/special-events/events/listlocationevents/1/

[email protected]
1-800-883-0104 
all ages
June 25, 2011 Evening presentation and battle recreation. 

Bata Shoe Museum
327 Bloor St. West  Toronto  ON  M5S1W7
Toronto, Greater Toronto Area Region

http://www.batashoemuseum.com/

[email protected]
416.979.7799 
all ages
Several exhibitions and events. Interactive fairy-tale themed area for younger children. Weekend Family Fun and hands-on demonstrations. March break programs open to daycare groups and parents with children. Summer Fun 90 minute programme to daycares and day camps. 

Black Creek Pioneer Village
1000 Murray Ross Parkway  Toronto  ON  M3J2P3
North York, Greater Toronto Area Region

http://www.blackcreek.ca/

[email protected]
416-736-1733 
all ages
Example of a typical village set in the 1800′s. Ongoing events, programs for groups and schools. Day camps for ages 8 to 14. Young Apprentice Program offered in summer for ages 13 to 15. Celebrate Father’s Day June 18 – 19, 2011 watching the Battle of Black Creek – Revolutionary War Re-enactment as more than 200 soldiers perform. BBQ’d ribs lunch. July 1 Canada Day Celebrations with traditional games, horse-drawn wagon rides. Timeless Tales, Popular Children’s Stories Come to Life happens July and August. 

Campbell House Museum
160 Queen St. W.  Toronto  ON  M5H3H3
Toronto, Greater Toronto Area Region

http://www.campbellhousemuseum.ca/

[email protected]
416-597-0227 
all ages
The oldest remaining building from the original town of York is open to the public and school groups. A rare classical example of Georgian architecture. Special events like Winterlicious are frequent at the museum. Visit The Gallery and the Hearth & Garden at Campbell House restaurant which is now open for lunch. School programs can be customized and include a tour of the house. 

Canadian Air & Space Museum
Parc Downsview Park, 65 Carl Hall Road, Box 1  Toronto  ON  M3K2E1
North York, Greater Toronto Area Region

http://casmuseum.org/

[email protected]
416-638-6078  1-866-585-2227
all ages
Open year-round at Canada’s first National Urban Park. Home of the AVRO Arrow Full Scale Metal Replica. Building is the original home of the de Havilland Aircraft of Canada Ltd. and of Canada’s leading space technology company best known as SPAR. School tours, group tours, special programs, youth programs like Fun With Flight, Future Pilots and Astronaut for a Day. Educational programs, teacher information etc. Flight Camp and Air shows. 

Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum
386 Church St. S.  St. Marys  ON  N4X1C2
Huron, Perth, Waterloo and Wellington Region

http://baseballhalloffame.ca/about/history/

[email protected]
1-877-250-2255  519-284-1838
all ages
Learn about a select group of baseball legends and baseball’s origins in Canada. 15th Annual Celebrity Golf Classic happens June 17, 2011. Summer Camp – KOD (Kids on Deck) is for boys and girls age 9 – 15. It runs in July and is the only week-long residential baseball camp offered in Canada. 

Casa Loma
1 Austin Terrace  Toronto  ON  M5R1X8
Toronto, Greater Toronto Area Region

http://www.casaloma.org/

[email protected]
416-923-1171 
all ages
Canada’s majestic castle. Decorated suites, secret passages, an 800-foot tunnel, stables, towers, and estate gardens. Self-guided tours in a variety of languages, for the visually and hearing impaired. Seasonal events and performances. 

CityPass
for Multiple locations  Toronto  ON  -
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http://www.citypass.com/

[email protected]
1-888-330-5008 
all ages
Discounted admission to 5 must-see Toronto attractions: CN Tower, Casa Loma, Ontario Science Centre, Royal Ontario Museum and the Toronto Zoo. 

Contemporary Paintings Exhibition by the Bangladeshi-Canadian Artists
Todmorden Mills Heritage Site, 67 Pottery Rd.  Toronto  ON  -
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http://www.toronto.ca/culture/museums/featured-events.htm/

[email protected]
416-396-2819 
all ages
June 1 – 13, 2011. Free admission to the Papermill Gallery. Exhibition runs Tuesday to Friday 10 – 4:30 and the weekend noon to 5. 

Doors Open Ontario
Multiple locations – see website map    ON  -
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http://www.doorsopenontario.on.ca/

416-325-5000 
all ages
Free admission to private and public buildings. June 4th: Huronia, Ottawa, Owen Sound and Whitchurch-Stouffville. June 11th: Burlington, Clarington, Highlands East, Richmond Hill. June 12th: Burlington and Highlands East. June 18th: Kingston and Perth. June 25th: Fergus-Elora, June 25 – 26: Muskoka – Bala, Port Carling and Windermere. 

Enoch Turner Schoolhouse
106 Trinity St.  Toronto  ON  -
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http://www.enochturnerschoolhouse.ca/

[email protected]
416-863-0010 
all ages
Toronto’s heritage schoolhouse is the oldest free school in Toronto. Many school programs are offered so students can feel what it was like to be a schoolchild in the Victorian era. Also adult programs like lectures, walking tours, concerts and auctions. It can be booked for weddings, corporate events and workshops, film shoots and receptions etc. 

Fort York: National Historic Site
250 Fort York Blvd.  Toronto  ON  -
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http://www.toronto.ca/culture/museums/fort-york.htm

[email protected]
416-392-6907 
all ages
Canada’s largest collection of original War of 1812 buildings. Built in 1793. Guided tours, musket, drill and music demonstrations. 8 historic structures. Open nearly year-round. Many holiday events. Saturday June 11, 2011 is Ontario Model Soldiers’ Society Show from 10 – 5. 49th annual show featuring demonstrations of casting and painting, many displays, toy soldiers for sale. Regular admission applies. Sunday, June 12, 2011 take a tour and see Fort York for free! It’s Fort York Historic District Walking Tour from 1 – 2:30 exploring 200 Years of Lakefront Development. Free admission to Fort York following the tour. June 18, 1-2:30 is Tour de Forts – bike tour of moderate difficulty. Admission to tour and Fort York is free! Tuesday June 21, 5-10pm is National Aboriginal Day Strawberry Festival presented by Tim Hortons. Admission is free! 

Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art and Open Clay Studio
111 Queen’s Park   Toronto  ON  M5S2C7
Toronto, Greater Toronto Area Region

http://www.gardinermuseum.on.ca/

[email protected]
416-586-8080 
all ages
Opened in 1984 and had a major expansion from 2004 to 2006. School groups, exhibitions, clay classes for beginner to advanced for adults and kids. Half-day and full-day kids clay camps, family Sundays from 1 to 4. Drop-in clay classes every Wednesday  6 – 8 pm, Fridays 6 – 8 pm, and Sundays 1 – 3 pm.

Ghost Tours of Niagara
Fort George   Niagara-on-the-Lake  ON  L0S1J0
Niagara Falls and Wine Country Region

http://www.niagaraghosts.com/Info.html/

[email protected]
905-468-6621 

Summer and Halloween guided candlelit walking tours of almost 2 hours through the most haunted place – the old fort – in the most haunted town in Canada. Hear real stories of people’s real experiences with real spirits. 

Gibson House Museum
5172 Yonge St. at Park Home Ave.   Toronto  ON  -
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http://www.toronto.ca/culture/museums/gibson-house.htm

[email protected]
416-395-7432 
all ages
Summer Day camps for kids ages 6 to 12 themed by age group. Public admission nearly year-round. This family farmhouse was built in 1851 in rural Toronto. 

High Park
1873 Bloor St W.  Toronto  ON  M6R2Z3
Toronto, Greater Toronto Area Region

http://www.highpark.org/

[email protected]
416-397-2628  416-338-0338
all ages
So many fun things! Jamie Bell Adventure Playground, High Park Animal Paddocks, Colborne Lodge, CanStage TD Dream In High Park and High Park Organic Market. Shakespeare in the park is live theatre for the whole family. Also walking trails, fishing, sports venues, chess club, allotment Gardens, swimming pool and Grenadier Restaurant and Teahouse. You can book picnic shelter areas too. Also seasonal trackless train for a 9-stop, 25 minute ride around the Park. see also www.highparktoronto.com 

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Huronia Historical Parks and Sainte-Marie among the Hurons
16164, Highway 12 East  Midland  ON  L4R4K8
Bruce Peninsula, Southern Georgian Bay and Lake Simcoe Region

http://www.hhp.on.ca/

705-526-7838 
all ages
Sainte-Marie was the ancestral homeland of the Huron Wendat Nation, a branch of the Iroquoian family. Learn how their history changed over time and experience the many events that are held here and nearby. 

Mackenzie House
82 Bond St.  Toronto  ON  -
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http://www.toronto.ca/culture/museums/mackenzie.htm/

[email protected]
416-392-6915 
all ages
this Greek Revival row-house was purchased by the community for Toronto’s first mayor William Lyon Mackenzie. Explore his print shop and many changing exhibitions. Open year round with special events like Robbie Burns Day Celebration, Annual Festival of Storytelling, Doors Open Toronto and Victorian Christmas Traditions. 

Markham Museum
9350 Markham Rd. (Former Hwy. 48) at 16th Ave.  Markham    ON  L3P3J3
York, Durham and Hills of Headwaters Region

http://www.markham.ca/Markham/Attractions/Museum/Overview.htm

[email protected]
905-294-4576  
all ages
March break and summer camps, events and exhibits, school programs.

Montgomery’s Inn
4709 Dundas Street West at Islington Ave.  Toronto  ON  -
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http://www.toronto.ca/culture/museums/montgomery.htm

[email protected]
416-394-8113 
all ages
Farmers’ Market with cooking demos and live music every Wednesday from 3-7, May 25 – October 12, 2011.This restored Etobicoke landmark of over 180 years depicts early 19th-century life in that region. Visit the tea room and gift shop for many one-of-a-kinds. Many events throughout the year like Victorian Ghost Stories, St. Patrick’s Day concert and special teas, Christmas season concerts and cookie workshops and March break cooking workshops. 

Museum of Inuit Art
207 Queen’s Quay West  Toronto  ON  M5J1A7
Toronto, Greater Toronto Area Region

http://www.miamuseum.ca/

416-640-1571 
all ages
Visit southern Canada’s only public museum devoted exclusively to Inuit art. We welcome guided group tours and school visits as well as individual visitors. MIA Kids offered every weekend from 12 to 5pm for hands-on art and cultural activities for young ones and families. Visit to see the art collection, exhibitions and events. 

Museums of Mississauga, Maple Syrup Festival
various locations – see website  Mississauga  ON  -
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http://www.mississauga.ca/portal/discover/museumactivities

[email protected]
 
4 and up
Camps and workshops ages 4 and up, spa day, mother and daughter tea, eco kids camp. 

Muskoka Heritage Transportation Days
Canada Summit Centre, 20 Park Rd.   Huntsville  ON  P1H1A5
Muskoka, Parry Sound and Algonquin Park Region

http://www.huntsvilletrainstation.com/

[email protected] 
705-789-8903 
all ages
June 18 – 19, 2011. Vintage train sets and collections, working train layouts. Learn the history, artistry and mystique of creating a working railway in miniature. Take it outside and create a garden railway with your family. Children 12 and under are free with paying adult.

Niagara Historical Society Museum
43 Castlereagh St.  Niagara-on-the-Lake  ON  L0S1J0
Niagara Falls and Wine Country Region

http://www.niagarahistorical.museum/

[email protected]
905-468-3912 
all ages
Learn about the history of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Enjoy exhibitions like 50 Years Shaw Festival Retrospective: a Multimedia Journey Through Time running March to September 15, 2011. Also walking tours, lectures, permanent exhibit. 

Niagara Parks
Multiple locations – see website map    ON  L0S1J0
Niagara Falls and Wine Country Region

http://www.niagaraparks.com/attractions/ 

[email protected]
1-877-642-7275  905-356-2241
all ages
Discover the many attractions at Niagara Falls and Niagara Parks like Journey Behind the Falls, Maid of the Mist, Whirlpool Aero Car, Butterfly Conservator, Sir Adam Beck Generating Station, Niagara Falls Fireworks and Illumination and more. Re-enactment weekend at Fort George July 16-17, 2011 to commemorate a major battle during the war of 1812. See the website for details. 

Old Fort Erie
350 Lakeshore Rd.  Fort Erie  ON  L2E6T2
Niagara Falls and Wine Country Region

http://www.niagaraparks.com/old-fort-erie/index.html/

[email protected]
905-871-7211  905-871-0540
all ages
Learn about the history of Fort Erie and indulge in the many interesting events: June 11 – 12, 2011 are the Finian Raids. Free with admission. July 1st Canada Day Grand Opening of the 1939 Fort Erie with fireworks. July 15 – 16 and September 3 – 4 see the Murder Mystery. August 6 – 7, The Siege of Fort Erie, 1814. October 21 – 22, 28 – 29 is All Hallow’s Eve. November 19th is Our Festive Fort – kids are free and adults are half price. Also Friday Night Frights June 3 to August 26, 2011. 

Redpath Sugar Museum
95 Queen’s Quay East  Toronto  ON  M5E1A3
Toronto, Greater Toronto Area Region

http://www.redpathsugar.com/

[email protected]
416-366-3561  416-596-9821
all ages
Interesting events are held regularly like Family Day on the Toronto Waterfront, Canada’s Baking and Sweets Show, the first of its kind in North America, and Mutiny on the Waterfront. Celebrate Victoria Day for fabulous free fun for the family all day long. Enjoy pirate themed activities, outdoor programs, live music, dog trick demos, arts and crafts andmuch more. 

Rose Festival and Student Photography Exhibit
140 King St.  Welland  ON  L3B3J3
Niagara Falls and Wine Country Region

http://www.wellandmuseum.ca/

[email protected]
905-732-2215 

Rose Festival and Student Photography Exhibit runs April 16 – June 30, 2011. See the museum’s website for other events and displays.

Royal Ontario Museum Summer Club
100 Queen’s Park  Toronto  ON  m5s2c6
Toronto, Greater Toronto Area Region

http://www.rom.on.ca/programs/rom_kids/summer_club/index.php

[email protected]
416-586-5797 
all ages
Activity-based camps. ROMkids weekends, Saturday Morning Club, ROM sleepovers, Summer Club, March Break Camp, Explorer’s Club, Family Events. Camps age 5 to 14. LIT program age 14 to 16.

Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre
4600 Bathurst St., 4th Floor  Toronto  ON  M2R3V2
North York, Greater Toronto Area Region

http://holocaustcentre.com/

[email protected] 
416-631-5689 
all ages
Programs, workshops, performances, cultural events, exhibitions, museum and memorial, library, school and educational programs, bar/bat mitzvahs and more.  

Spadina Museum: Historic House & Gardens
285 Spadina Rd., s of St. Clair, next door to Casa Loma  Toronto  ON  -
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http://www.toronto.ca/culture/museums/spadina.htm

[email protected]
416-392-6910 
all ages
Home to 3 generations of the Austin family. Recently completed interior restoration reflects the 1920s and 30s. See the estate’s Victorian-Edwardian garden, take a tour of the house, visit the gift shop. Open year-round, excluding some holidays. Situated next door to Casa Loma. Sunday June 26, 2011, 12 – 4 is their First Annual Garden Party – musical performances, games and period-appropriate refreshments. Take a tour, create artwork, solve a murder mystery and have your fortune told. Fresh pies etc. $5./person. 

Todmorden Mills Heritage Museum & Art Centre
67 Pottery Rd.  Toronto  ON  -
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http://www.toronto.ca/culture/museums/todmorden.htm

[email protected]
416-396-2819 
all ages
A complex of historic buildings set in the Don Valley. 2 miller’s homes, Papermill Theatre and Gallery, 9.2 hectare wildflower preserve and walking trails. Summer camps for ages 5 to 8. June 1 – 13, 2011 is the Contemporary Paintings Exhibition by the Bangladeshi-Canadian Artists. Free admission to the Papermill Gallery. Exhibition runs Tuesday to Friday 10 – 4:30 and the weekend noon to 5. 

Toronto Buildings
Multiple locations – see website    ON  -
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http://www.toronto.ca/toronto_images/gallery_building.htm

[email protected]
416-392-2489 
all ages
Trinity Square, Eaton Centre, Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre, BCE Place, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Convocation Hall, Pearson International Airport, Chum Building, Canon Theatre, Bata Shoe Museum, Massey Hall, Old City Hall, Metro Hall, Scarborough, East York, North York and York Civic Centres, Metro Convention Centre, Toronto City Hall, Rogers Centre, Roy Thompson Hall, Direct Energy Centre, Ontario College of Arts and Design, CN Tower, Ontario Place, Hockey Hall of Fame, Sony Centre, Royal Alex Theatre etc. see website for pictures and info. 

Toronto Police Museum and Discovery Centre
40 College Street  Toronto   ON  M5G2J3
Toronto, Greater Toronto Area Region

http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/museum/

[email protected]
416-808-7020 
all ages
The history of policing is intended for public viewing and offers new and old, interesting, interactive displays compiled from private donations. 

Toronto’s First Post Office
260 Adelaide Street East  Toronto  ON  M5A1N1
Toronto, Greater Toronto Area Region

http://www.townofyork.com

[email protected]
416-865-1833 
all ages
Toronto’s First Post Office is a small, private museum as well as a working post office.  Seating yourself by the fireplace in its cozy reading room you can write an old-fashioned letter with a quill pen, seal it with wax and even mail it.  Tours and education programs should be booked in advance.  Larger groups of children can be accommodated in tandem with Enoch Turner Schoolhouse.  

Toronto’s Heritage Buildings
Multiple locations – see website    ON  -
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http://www.toronto.ca/toronto_images/gallery_history.htm

[email protected]
416-392-2489 
all ages
Cornell House, Dempsey Store, Osgoode Hall, Spadina Museum, Union Station, Fort York Historic Site, Casa Loma, Campbell House, Colborne Lodge, Mackenzie House, Old City Hall, Riverdale Farm, Don Valley Brickworks, The Studio at the Guild Inn, The Grange, St. Lawrence Market, Upper Canada College, St. Lawrence Hall, Todmorden Mills Museum, Gibson House, Fort York Historic Site, Conservatory and Stables at Casa Loma, Flatiron Building. See website for pictures and info.

Westfield Heritage Village
1049 Kirkwall Rd. (RR 552)  Rockton  ON  L0R1X0
Hamilton, Halton and Brant Region

http://www.conservationhamilton.ca/special-events/events/listlocationevents/1/

[email protected]
1-800-883-0104  905-525-2181
all ages
School programs, venue rental and special events. Ice-cream Festival July 31 – August 1, 2011. Live music, horse and wagon rides, magic show, games and living history; Ghost Tours August 19, 2011 during twilight hear strange stories; Music of the British Isles August 28th; Telling Tales September 18th and more.  

Worldwide Short Film Festival
Multiple locations – see website  Toronto  ON  -
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http://www.worldwideshortfilmfest.com/

[email protected]
 
all ages
May 31st to June 5th, 2011. See the world’s best short films throughout the city at cinemas and interesting places, like the Royal Ontario Museum and CN Tower! A variety of festival passes and prices. See website programs for film descriptions and length. Participate in the Screenplay Giveaway. Short Scripts Win Big Prizes like filmmaking package worth over 70,000 dollars! See Resource Centre for submission details and help.

York Museum
2694 Eglinton Avenue West  Toronto  ON  -
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http://www.toronto.ca/culture/museums/locations.htm

[email protected]
416-396-2819 
all ages
View artifacts from York’s past. Open by appointment only. 

Zion Schoolhouse
1091 Finch Ave. E.  Toronto  ON  -
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http://www.toronto.ca/culture/museums/locations.htm

[email protected]
416-395-7435 
all ages
Travel back to 1910 and experience a school day in this beautifully restored, one-room school house. Open for pre-booked programs only, but open to the public for Doors Open Toronto festival. 

Zurakowski Park
85 Bay St., Box 1000  Barry’s Bay  ON  K0J1B0
Haliburton Highlands to the Ottawa Valley region

http://www.zurakowskipark.ca/index.php

[email protected]
613-756-2747 
all ages
Officially opened in 2003, the park honours local resident and world-renowned test pilot Janusz Zurakowski. He tested the CF-105 Avro Arrow and there is a replica of it at the park. School programs and resources.