6 Unusual Things to Do in Toronto

Casa Loma in Toronto, Canada

Toronto prides itself on being a strange and unique hub for anyone brave enough.  Although most of the city is safe, here are some areas where it gets wild sufficient to make people question why they visited: and how soon they can visit again.  Here are the most unusual things to see and do while you’re in town; as long as you don’t get lost in the Casa Loma, you’ll be back to visit again and again!

1. The Monkey’s Paw

Monkey's Paw bookstoreImage Source : monkeyspaw.com

Price: free to visit!

Location: downtown Toronto.

Weirdness: 3 out of 5 stars.

The Monkey’s Paw bookstore is a little hole in the wall bookstore that the foolish might overlook without seeing its importance.  Home to endless classics and impressive antique books, this small shop is like a museum all by itself.  Named after the infamous wish-granting paw, you’ll want to come back time and time again to see what it offers.

2. Sewers of Toronto

Price: depends on the guide.

Location: Graffiti Alley.

Weirdness: 5 out of 5 stars.

When most visit The Six, they might look at museums or consider checking out homes for sale in Toronto, but not many people ask to see the sewers.  Toronto has a deep and meaningful history with its sewers, including maps showing how incredibly detailed and wild they used to be.  A useful tour guide can take you spelunking beneath the city and show you the history of Toronto you won’t want to turn up your nose at.

3. Tallest Metal Stairway on Earth

CN tower Toronto CityPrice: free to visit.

Location: the CN Tower.

Weirdness: 5 out of 5 stars.

Rising from the city like a great big lightning rod, the CN tower has made a name for itself for great broadcasting and housing the longest metal staircase on Earth.  If you ever want a serious workout, these 1,800 feet will wear you out!

4. The Crazy Doll House

Price: free to view.

Location: near the Allan Gardens Conservatory

Weirdness: 5 out of 5 stars.

Owner Shirley Sumaiser has been collecting dolls for over twenty years, using them as decor in and outside the home.  Although some may think it’s bizarre, this obsession started as a simple, fun hobby of collecting stray toys that have spiraled into a neighborhood masterpiece and unusual attraction.

5. Casa Loma

Casa Loma in Toronto, CanadaPrice: CAD $25

Location: Austin Terrace.

Weirdness: 4 out of 5 stars.

Downtown Toronto may be the last place anyone expects to see a castle.  However, this mansion rising from the city has been there for over a hundred years.  Built between 1914 and 1919, the Casa Loma is a large and imposing home that visitors can’t take their eyes off.  Now a staple to visit and check out when you have time, there’s no shame in capturing a picture of this house!

6. Winter Garden Theater

Price: 12 for group tours.

Location: Yonge Street.

Weirdness: 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Part of a pair of stacked theaters, with its sibling the Elgin theater, these two beautiful buildings are an Edwardian age invention that allows visitors to see as much as possible.  Beautifully intricate woodwork, detail closely traced in fabric and wallpaper, and highly knowledgeable staff make this a bizarre must-see.

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