Visit the historic Bloor Hot Docs Cinema to view fun films and intriguing documentaries. Opened in 1913, this cinema is in Toronto’s dynamic Annex neighborhood. The open and airy interior features both floor and balcony seating, perfect for viewing the large projection screen. Now under the new management of Hot Doc, Bloor Cinema plays an exciting selection of Canadian and international documentaries to choose from all year round. They also host special documentary presentations and showcases, including the must-see Doc Soup Series. The Bloor Cinema is part of the new culturally rich Bloor St. Culture Corridor. They also follow an earth-friendly green initiative by using 100 percent green electricity through Bullfrog Power.
Head on over to Revue Cinema in Toronto and escape the world for a little bit with an unforgettable movie experience.
Whether you're looking for a quick snack or a full meal, the restaurant at this theater is sure to dish out something delicious.
Bring the whole family to this theater, where kiddos are welcomed with open arms.
Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.
The movies are pure magic. Take a fantasy trip to Revue Cinema today.
Canadian financier, industrialist, and business visionary Sir Henry Pellatt modeled the Casa Loma castle on the style of art and architecture he came to admire when touring similar castles throughout Europe. Today, the structure endures mainly as a testament to the culture and lifestyle of the Toronto elite during early 20th century. Visitors can tour the grounds on their own or with a group while learning about the family, the Edwardian heritage, and—most importantly—the architecture and history of the landmark castle atop the hill.
The History of Casa Loma
1859: Henry Pellatt was born in Kingston, Ontario
1882–1902: Pellatt became a millionaire by investing in various mining, insurance, land, and electricity prospects
1905: Pellatt was knighted for his military service by the Queen's Own Rifles
1911: Working with Canadian architect E.J. Lennox, Pellatt helped design his dream home—a Medieval-inspired castle
1914–1924: Economic hardships eventually forced Sir Henry and Lady Mary Pellatt to sell Casa Loma
2014: After failed attempts to transform the residence into a hotel, a school, a museum, and an art gallery over the years, Liberty Entertainment Group chose to preserve the historic structure
The Sights of Casa Loma
Self-guided tours of Casa Loma and the surrounding area are available throughout the year. Here are some highlights worth seeing:
Great hall on the main floor: This room serves as a focal point within the castle, complete with 60-foot ceilings and sculpted figures adorning the pillars.
Sir Henry Pellatt's master suite on the second floor: Mahogany and walnut walls keep with the home's luxuriant spirit. This room also features a hidden compartment beside the fireplace where Sir Henry Pellatt would conceal secret documents.
Carriage house and stables: Connected to Casa Loma by an 800-foot tunnel which runs 18 feet below Austin Terrace. The tunnel features an exhibit of Toronto’s dark side, which tells the story in archival photographs of Prohibition, the Depression, the plague, the Great Toronto Fire, and Toronto’s first plane crash. The carriage house features an automotive exhibit featuring vintage automobiles from the early 1900s.
Estate gardens: The 5 acres of lush flora surrounding Casa Loma showcase ornate sculptures and fountains as well as meticulously tended displays of perennials and a wooded hillside filled with wildflowers, ferns, rhododendrons, and decorative grasses.
The Pellatt Newsreel
To deliver more insight into the Pellatt family's optimistic construction and tragic loss of Casa Loma, the castle screens a 22-minute docudrama on the rise and fall of the estate. Narrated by Colin Mochrie, this docudrama adopts the tone of a 1939 newsreel as it tracks Sir Henry's resounding business successes, followed by his gradual financial undoing.
Since 1974, Toronto Zoo has been a Canadian leader in saving and protecting species as Canada’s largest Zoo. Sprawling over 710 acres within the heart of the Rouge Valley, it is home to over 5,000 animals representing more than 450 species. Including Canada’s only giant panda cubs, Jia Panpan and Jia Yueyue and the Zoo’s playful Indian rhino calf Nandu.
The first rhino born at the Zoo in over sixteen years. Catch a daily animal Keeper Talk or the Amazing Animal Show, then cool off at Splash Island, the Toronto Zoo’s two acre splash pad (open daily until Labour Day), and all free with Zoo admission.
Size: Open year-round, one of the largest Zoo’s in the world with over 10 kilometers of walking trails and over 340,000 square feet of indoor tropical pavilions to enjoy the Zoo rain or shine.
Don’t Miss: Home to Canada’s only giant panda cubs, mom Er Shun and Da Mao.
Eye Catchers: Visit polar bear cub Juno in the Tundra Trek, and four white lion cubs in the African Savanna. Plus meet the first born Indian rhino calf in over 16 years at the Toronto Zoo.
Must Sees: Animal keeper talks year-round, the Zoo’s Amazing Animal Show or 2-acre splash pad “Splash Island” this summer.
What to See Under The Sea: With over 100 species of fish throughout the Zoo, explore the Zoo’s Great Barrier Reef exhibit filled with moon jellies and seahorses and more.
To hold their defenses against the army of aliens, the adventurous heroes clamber up the two-story structure, keeping their eyes peeled for laser blasts through the portholes positioned throughout the fort. Once up top, they’ll hold out as long as they can before sliding down one of the escape chutes and making their way to the rock-climbing wall for a better view of the battlefield. Imagination reins supreme here at Hooray for Play, where kids up to six years old can be free to dream and explore while expending their cache of pent up energy. While older kids wage intergalactic campaigns atop the bigger equipment, toddlers as young as 3 months old can play in plastic castles or trundling toy trains within a space reserved just for them. The founders of Hooray for Play hopes that this combination of imagination, exercise, and play will help tots lay the foundations for confidence and character.
With its bright oranges, lime greens, and primary colours, the indoor playground also makes an ideal place to celebrate birthdays enhanced by add-ons such as kaleidoscopically coloured helium balloons, face painting, and grab bags. While kids burn energy, parents can skip after them in the play area or do grownup stuff on the orange couch in the lounge, such as surf the free WiFi or claim donations from the tooth fairy on their tax forms.
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.