365 Canadian Sights | Day 349: Universities Week – York University science and engineering buildings

So…yeah, all the sights for universities are buildings. Universities have great buildings, what can I say. York University has some of the best new architecture in Canada, and so we’re back there. Yes, the student building was already on this list, but these two, which are almost next to each other, are both worthy as… Read More 365 Canadian Sights | Day 349: Universities Week – York University science and engineering buildings

365 Canadian Sights | Day 345: Universities Week – The Ryerson Student Learning Centre

Creative architecture is still a hallmark of an influential university, for better or worse. While Yonge Street is considered the heart of Toronto, there isn’t a lot of interesting architecture along the way. That changed, a little, a couple years ago when Ryerson put the finishing touches on their new student learning centre and added… Read More 365 Canadian Sights | Day 345: Universities Week – The Ryerson Student Learning Centre

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

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

365 Canadian Sights | Day 337: Cheltenham Badlands

In Canada, the term badlands (for me) always referred to parts of Alberta, but Torontonians actually have some interesting geology just north of the city. The Cheltenham Badlands were actually exposed due to human activity about 80 to 90 years ago. Once exposed, the red rock (a type of shale) was a pretty shocking colour,… Read More 365 Canadian Sights | Day 337: Cheltenham Badlands

365 Canadian Sights | Day 328: Toronto Week – Nathan Phillips Square

Any city wraps up some sort of identification in its city hall and central square. Toronto’s questionable architectural history is really in display with this one. Nathan Phillips Square itself is a good, functional and relatively nice city square. The old city hall is a classic building which housed city politicians starting in 1899 while… Read More 365 Canadian Sights | Day 328: Toronto Week – Nathan Phillips Square

365 Canadian Sights | Day 327: Toronto Week – Gooderham Building

While Toronto went through an architectural dry spell, it’s historic buildings are iconic. The Gooderham Building may not be the most famous buildings in Toronto, but it might be one of the most recognizable. Thanks to TV and film, and the fact it’s one of the oldest buildings in the city, it gets a lot… Read More 365 Canadian Sights | Day 327: Toronto Week – Gooderham Building

365 Canadian Sights | Day 326: Toronto Week – R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant

Toronto is a big enough city that some of the most amazing sights are almost unheard of. A water plant is a pretty unlikely sight to show up on this list, but when it’s an epic building built as a ‘palace to purity’ during the art deco era, it’s less surprising. The R.C. Harris Water… Read More 365 Canadian Sights | Day 326: Toronto Week – R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant

365 Canadian Sights | Day 325: Toronto Week – Roy Thompson Hall

Toronto’s architecture is often derided, sometimes for good reason. This isn’t one of them. Not quite as world-famous as a couple Toronto sights, this is just on the tier below as one of the most interesting pieces of architecture in the city. Designed in the 70s and opened in the early 80s, it’s one of… Read More 365 Canadian Sights | Day 325: Toronto Week – Roy Thompson Hall