Doors Open 2017: Toronto

 

This year was the 18th year that Toronto has hosted Doors Open. It ran on May 27 & May 28. It is a great opportunity to free and rare access to over 150 buildings of architecturally, historically, or culturally interests. I went on Saturday only but  started late in the day, and since the event closes by 5pm, I was only able to visit a hand full of buildings. My tour included The Great Hall, CAMH, Campbell House and Osgoode Hall. The best plan of action is to get the event guide in The Toronto Star a week IMG_2270before the event to help plan your excursion. You can also pick up a copy of the guide at each location. I didn’t really have a game plan, so I started along Queen St. West and made my way towards downtown. Plus it helps to start early, doors open at 10:00 and some of the popular buildings have line ups.

 

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Graffiti Alley

Graffiti Alley is located actually in an alleyway that runs along Rush Street (south of Queen St. West) between Spadina Avenue and img_2192.jpgPortland Street.  I was really impressed the with the different graffiti designs. Its a great place to take pictures, as many people were doing just that. The only downfall was the faint smell of urine, hence it being an alleyway. But it was worth it.

Trinity Bellwoods Park

Trinity Bellwoods Park  is one of my favourite inner city parks. It is a popular picnic spot in Toronto, located on Queen St. West and Strachan Ave.  The day that I went was the first really warm day of May, reaching a high of 28 IMG_1936degrees. I  picked up some food fromMcDonald’s (I had some coupons) and cider (on sale) from the nearby LCBO for my own little picnic. It was fun to sit back, enjoy the sun and people watch. If you don’t want to picnic, you can go for a stroll, bike ride or skate board.