Top Historical Places in Toronto

Are you looking to explore the history of Toronto through the ages? There are a number of historical destinations in Toronto including the time-honored buildings, monuments, palaces, and parks where you can learn about the glorious past of Toronto. The presence of these historical sites and museums will take you on a walk through Toronto ‘s rich history.
If you are willing to have an in-depth historical information about Toronto, we recommend that you take a wonderful guided tour to cover the major historical attractions. Also, check the opening and closing time for each so that you can organize your time. Make sure that you go through the complete list of historical places in Toronto for a great trip!

Let's witness the history of Toronto with these top historical places - monuments and landmarks:

  1. Royal Ontario Museum

    4.6 (4677 Votes)
    Royal Ontario Museum

    Art And Culture, Art Museum, Art Gallery, Museum

    The Royal Ontario Museum Hosts an amazing collection of artifacts ranging from ancient relics to modern textiles. This extremely well kept and preserved collection is also interestingly displayed in this museum. The Museum not only has collections related to Canada but also to the entire world. Ancient busts from Rome are an interesting exhibit to see. So is the collection of royal dresses and...Read more
  2. Distillery District

    Museum, History Museum, Battlefield, Landmark

    The Distillery District is a wonderful historic area in Toronto. It was an important place during the Industrial revolution. The reason for this is that the Distillery District was home to a very grand and important Distillery called Gooerham and Worts. This place was the centre point of the movement The Distillery itself and all the places around it are excellent examples of Victorian construc...Read more
  3. Casa Loma

    Landmark, Castle, Historical Site

    Sir Henry Mill Pellatt, a wealthy person from Toronto has left the city with a very beautiful legacy. The Casa Loma is a very dainty house that belonged to Pellatt but has now become a major tourist attraction. It is a very old-fashioned and picturesque stone house that gives the impression of being a medieval castle from an implausible fairytale. But it is very real and a great place to visit ...Read more
  4. Nathan Phillips Square

    4.5 (386 Votes)
    Nathan Phillips Square

    Statue, Square

    Canada’s largest city square attractions over a million and half visitors every year thanks to various reasons. The location near Toronto City Hall and Osgoode Hall certainly helps, as does being one of the stops on Queen Street West. But it is the near continuous event calendar of art exhibits, festivals, concerts, demonstrations and other events that keep the square in the public mind. ...Read more
  5. The Cathedral Church Of St. James

    Church, Religious Site, Cathedral

    When opened in 1853 this Gothic Revival church of white brick and Ohio sandstone was one of the largest buildings in the region. For 25 years the spire of the church was the tallest man-made structure in Canada. It was built on the site of an older stone church that was destroyed in the Great Fire of Toronto in 1849. The architecture incorporates all the elements such as the stained-glass windo...Read more
  6. Fort York

    4.5 (96 Votes)
    Fort York

    Archaeological Site

    The British Army and Canadian militia troops built these historical military fortifications in the late 18th and early 19th century to defend themselves against a potential attack from the young nation of USA. Most of the buildings here today are mud and brick reconstructions of early wooden structures. Twice, in 1812 and 1814, the site saw military conflict between the two parties. This is the...Read more
  7. Mount Pleasant Cemetery

    4.5 (91 Votes)
    Mount Pleasant Cemetery


    This, Toronto’s first all inclusive cemetery, is that final resting place of over 150,000 souls. These include notables such as composer Glenn Gould, various politicians, Titanic survivors, Premiers of Ontario, Lieutenant Governors of Ontario, Mayors of Toronto, and Barbara Hamilton among others. It is a tranquil place of beautiful monuments, winding paths, and attractive landscapes.
  8. Flatiron Building

    4.6 (93 Votes)
    Flatiron Building

    Heritage Building

    One of Toronto’s most photographed structures, this 1891 five-story red brick Gothic Romanesque building is among the most expensive office spaces in the city. It’s actually older than NYC’s Flatiron by about a decade. Make sure to check out the mural, the Trompe l'Oeil, at the back of the building. It’s a mirror image of the Perkins Building across the street. The only ...Read more
  9. Maple Leaf Gardens

    4.4 (88 Votes)
    Maple Leaf Gardens

    Arena, Entertainment, Concert

    This historic 1931 building is thought to be the mecca of ice-hockey in Canada, perhaps even the world, and for a long time was home to the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League. Today it is no longer used for large matches; the NHL-size Mattamy Home Ice ice rink that seats 2300 spectators is a far cry from the 15,000 people that used to fill the halls. Today it is used as a concert...Read more
  10. St. Michael's Cathedral

    4.8 (72 Votes)
    St. Michael's Cathedral


    Completed in 1848 on financing provided by Irish immigrants, based on a English Gothic Revival design by architect William Thomas, this church represents the country’s largest English-speaking Catholic diocese. The townspeople famously dug the cathedral’s foundation out by hand. The high altar is on the eastern side of the church, facing Jerusalem. The tower spire reaches 79 metres ...Read more
  11. Air Canada Centre

    Arena, Specialty Museum

    This multi-purpose sporting arena with seating for up to 20000 people is serious business. For example, it is home to: Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League (NHL), Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association (NBA) Toronto Rock of the National Lacrosse League (NLL) But the stadium has also been a concert and exhibitions spaces, hosted video game tournaments and political...Read more
  12. Torontos First Post Office

    Museum, History Museum, Historical Site, Architecture

    This National Historic Site was opened in 1834 and is the oldest surviving example of the department of the British Royal Mail in Canada. The architecture of the building is late Georgian. For a while it was also used as a Roman Catholic boys school and later as a cold storage. Now it has returned to its function as a post office and also as a Historical Museum. The museum occasionally organize...Read more
  13. The Carlu

    4.4 (14 Votes)
    The Carlu

    Historical Site, Entertainment, Performance, Stage Show

    This 1930s event space is an Art Moderne architectural Masterpiece and has been designated a National Historic Site. It was one of the forerunners in giving Toronto the reputation as one of the best convention cities in the world, though that is no longer among its functions. World class performers such as Billie Haliday, Frank Sinatra, Glenn Gould and the National Ballet of Canada have held th...Read more
  14. Colborne Lodge

    Museum, Historical Site, Architecture

    John and Jemima Howard were the founders of High Park and this 19th century building was their home. Today it’s a cute house museum with period furnishing and a small exhibition of John's watercolor paintings. It also functions as an event center of mainly children’s activities. Sometimes there are ghost guided tours of reported hauntings at the lodge. The architecture of the house ...Read more
  15. Sunnyside Park And Beach

    Bar, Outdoors, Beach, Park

    This long and narrow park, boardwalk and beach combo on Lake Otario  is one of those places you can spend an entire day without realising where the time has gone. This place was MADE for leisure. Some of the highlights of the park, waking from the west to the east: Humber Bay Arch Bridge: An oft overlooked but quite delightful photo opportunity Queen Elizabeth Way Monument Sir Casimir Gzo...Read more