Doors Open Toronto is one of my favourite events of the year! I always make a list of hot spots I want to check out and hope that my itinerary goes as planned. Doors Open is an annual event where 130 of Toronto’s buildings become open to the public for free. This year the event will be hosted May 28th-29th, most of which are open from 10am-5pm. I hope that the word “free” was quite an attention grabber but in all seriousness, why not take in the culture and history that Toronto has to offer. Here are some locations I will be checking out.
When choosing where to go, I always try to keep in mind what the experience has to offer. For example, will there be tours or special access to certain exhibits, what am I trying to learn from the experience, and lastly, is the building usually open to the public. Being a policy student, I find myself geeking out about assemblies and city halls most (hehe).
#1 Design Exchange: 234 Bay St. As a blogger I feel like it is a must to visit this building. It hosts every form of design from architecture to fashion. Doesn’t it sound heavenly?
#2 The Printing House 3D: 66 Wellington St W, Unit E004, TD Centre (PATH level) Ever since I learned about 3D printing, I have been fascinated by the idea. I hope they have live demos of 3D printing for the visitors.
#3 Toronto City Hall: 100 Queen St. W. Although I have been inside of the Old City Hall and the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, I have never quite made it to see the new City Hall. With its rounded structure, I cannot wait to see the interior.
#4 Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library: 120 St. George St. Although I pass this library on my way to school really often, I have never been inside. It is absolutely stunning from the photos and the fact that it is being open to the public is urging more.
#5 MaRS Discovery District: 101 College St. This is the building of innovation and medical as well as technological advancement. I am looking forward to seeing the projects being worked on right now and speaking with some of the entrepreneurs at the centre.
I hope you will have a chance to visit Toronto’s gems and be a tourist in your own city for the weekend. There are 130 buildings to choose from and I’m sure everyone can find something of interest. Here is a link to the official webpage.