365 Canadian Sights | Day 343: Universities Week – University of Toronto, St. George Campus

University College - University of Toronto (Toronto, Ontario)
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Universities often offer a place for architects to try something grander and more creative.

One of Canada’s oldest and most prestigious universities, it should be no surprise the University of Toronto has some outstanding architecture.

What is maybe a bit of a surprise is how many are interesting designs.

With plenty of older structures that look like they could stand in as a wizarding school, like a Canadian Hogwarts, the St. George Campus is chock full of buildings to check out, if you’re into the older styles from 100 years ago, or more.

The specific sight I would point to on a map would be the field known as ‘Front Campus.’ Standing there you can see a variety of buildings, including the rather unique Convocation Hall, which looks more like a coliseum.

After exploring the structures in that area, head a little further north to find Trinity College, which is a little quieter and looks a bit like an old English college. After that, head wherever. There are some older residences to check out, or some newer, behemoth buildings. Some are misses, though.

Smack in the middle of the city with streetcars and the underground TTC all running nearby, this is a place to take transit to, or a bike. I can’t imagine what parking would cost, or what it could be like trying to find a spot to park on a busy day.

Ranked 17th on TripAdvisor’s list of things to do in Toronto; that seems about right. The comments are interesting. People who had a bad time noted that it’s not always an ideal place for tourists and…well, it’s not. It’s a university. If you go, go knowing that it’s primary purpose isn’t as an attraction.

The Globe and Mail posted a profile on the architecture of the university, which might be interesting, and the Toronto Society of Architects does tours through the university, here. Wikipedia actually has a list of notable U of T buildings, many, if not most, are located at the St. George Campus.

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