Toronto Opens its Doors May 29-30

Events, free, Kid Friendly, Things to Do — By cwood on May 26, 2010 at 2:02 pm

Have you ever walked by a building and thought “I wonder what goes on behind those doors?”  We all do, and once a year Toronto indulges the curious in all of us by hosting Doors Open Toronto.  This year it takes place on May 29 and 30, and over 150 buildings are a part of the fun.

Doors Open Toronto gives travelers and locals alike the chance to go inside some of Toronto’s most famous buildings.  There truly is something for everyone, whether you’re a lover of history, architecture or urban legends.

Some of this LE’s favourite events from previous years include the Coach House Books and the National Ballet School.  Coach House is a local book publisher near the University of Toronto that still manually prints its own books on a press, rare in this day of e-readers and really a neat process to watch!  The National Ballet building is a beauty of modern architecture on Jarvis Street, and if you stop in at the right time you might get to sneak a peek at a rehearsal.

Another fun suggestion is to plan a ghost tour of Toronto’s old buildings.  Fort York, Spadina House, and Osgoode Hall are just a few places in the city rumoured to have things that go bump in the night.

Planning is important in an event like Doors Open Toronto.  Venues are located all over the city, so remember to factor in travel time, as well as those minor inconveniences like food and washrooms.  Weather is looking great this weekend, so walking between closer buildings is definitely an option.

Be warned, line-ups can be long, and in some buildings not all access is guaranteed.  Photography is allowed in most places, though it’s always good to ask one of the many readily available volunteers before you snap that pic.  Most importantly, each venue hosts its own hours, so check the web site (or the guide in Saturday’s Toronto Star) to prevent showing up somewhere only to find the doors closed instead of open.

[ Photo courtesy of lordsutch ]

Tags: architecture, history