The Old Town in Toronto extends from Queen Street to the Front Street in the north-south direction and Church Street to the Parliament Street in the west-east directions. The town was the first named neighborhood of York, the 19th-century name for modern Toronto.
Today, the Old Town is characterized by its Victorian-era styled architecture and provides a peek into the 19th-century history of the area. The site is credited for being the seed from which modern Toronto bloomed. According to historians, Old Town had Toronto’s first City Hall and jail and laid the foundation of the modern city.
Here is a list of attractions and sites you cannot afford to miss while making a trip to the historical place:
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Lawrence Market is Toronto’s largest indoor market which sells fruits, meat, cheese vegetables. The vegetables and fruits are sold by local farmers who make a trip to the town every Saturday. Furthermore, if you walk into the market you will come across a haven of restaurants and bakeries. We suggest you visit the market with an empty stomach and taste the authentic delicacies on offer in the market.
Hockey hall of fame and museum
Canada is known for Ice Hockey and the Hockey hall of fame was laid down in 1943 to commemorate all the people who made the sport a reality. In 1983, the Hockey Hall of Fame and Museum came into being to preserve the history of the game and the important figures and their contributions towards ice hockey. The museum narrates the tales about the game through its exhibition within its vicinity and everywhere permissible through its outreach programs.
The Flatiron is a name given to wedge-shaped buildings that can be found all over North America. What makes the Flatiron of Old Town special is its location.
The red-bricked building stands at the trisection of the Wellington, Scott, and Front streets. The building was founded in 1892 as the headquarters of the Gooderham and Worts distilling company. What makes the building even more unique is an elegant and smart mural painted by Derek Besant. The mural graces the wall towards the back of the building and creates an impression that the wall is peeling off of the surface.St.
St. James Cathedral is a majestic church in the Old Town. The Gothic spires of the church rise higher above the rest of the steeples in Canada.
This Cathedral is the fourth on the site after the third burned down in the great fire in 1849. The church was used as a lighthouse to guide ships in the ancient times. The cathedral was equipped with a pair of bells as a part of its bicentennial in 1997. On a Sunday morning, you can stand near the church to treat yourself with a soothing concert of these ringing bells.
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First Post Office is a fully operational post office operated by the Historical Society of York. Not only can you see the memorabilia of the past but can use them to send letters at the price of two Canadian dollars. The post office uses all the old equipment ranging from quill pens to sealing wax. You can also find a display of reproduced letters from the 1820s and 1830s.