Though it teemed with overgrown plants and weeds, the property that eventually became Edwards Gardens satisfied Toronto businessman Rupert Edwards's dreams of living in the country. The addition of one of Canada's largest rockeries and a private 9-hole golf course helped rejuvenate the once unruly land, which Edwards converted into a public park in 1956. These days, themed gardens sprawl across the award-winning facility's nearly four acres, where guests can pass through aromatic plant displays and pick up tips and techniques for their own gardening. Elsewhere, the sloping green roof and 5,000-square-foot glass pavilion of The George and Kathy Dembroski Centre for Horticulture shelters guests as they learn about the gardens' numerous green initiatives. Lectures, workshops, special events, and children's education programs further enrich each visitor's horticultural knowledge, as do Weston Family Library's nearly 10,000 books, periodicals, and tell-all memoirs penned by the ivy that's decorated area mansions for generations.
• For $13, you get regular museum admission for two adults or one family of two adults and two youths (up to a $27 value). • For $29, you get a one-year family membership, valid for two adults and two youths younger than 18 (a $60 value).
The Royal Ontario Museum is among the world’s leading museums of natural history and world cultures. By combining universal cultures and natural history into one museum, the ROM aims to engage its audiences from across the globe in the relationship between nature and humanity. This fundamental link is explored through the museum's many collections and programs, offering a wide breadth of experience in both areas.
2014 also marks 100 years since the ROM's momentous opening, and the museum is planning a year-long anniversary celebration of both its legacy and its potential going forward. The ROM will kick off another century of lively, relevant content and programming to build a community among future generations of visitors who pass through its halls.
In 1913, Arthur Brooks Webster had a problem: he had just been issued a permit to build his theatre, but the local residents were already content with the two theatres just down the road. However, by promising a moviegoing experience unlike any other and rallying his friends to spread a petition door-to-door, Webster gained the support he needed to break the earth on his vision. Though the theatre’s first reel spun in 1914, it took years of cycling through names such as The Pastime and Prince Edward before it finally received its current, more svelte moniker in 1937. Fast-forward to the present day, and the Fox Theatre stands as the longest-running cinema in Canada. First- and second-run films flicker to life on the big screen as enamoured audiences watch on from rows of plush red seats. Aside from the classic moviegoing experience, the theatre may be rented to seat up to 248 spectators for parties, corporate events, and screenings of independent documentaries about the funding channels for independent documentaries.
Nuf House provides year-round fun for tykes between the ages of 2 and 12, with an indoor playground, costumes for dress up, prop swords, and arts and crafts. They host themed parties in their venue, from classic princess parties to knight tournaments and cooking classes. For the youngest kids, they provide daycare throughout the year, giving them a safe, supervised space to play, learn, and explore their creativity.