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Off-beat things to do in Toronto

Toronto, synonym to skyscrapers and high-rise buildings, is renowned for its astonishing architecture, thriving industrial sites, and huge parks. You’ll be surprised to know that the city offers various off-beat experiences as well which you’ll cherish. So, here are a few unusual experiences that you can’t afford to miss to take the best out of it.

  1. Read some books at Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, 120 St George St, Toronto, ON M5S 1A5, Canada
    The Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library is a library in the University of Toronto that features not only university archives but also publicly accessible rare books and manuscripts, and the papers of many important Canadian literary figures. It’s the largest of its kind in the country homing more than 7,00,000 rare books in its collection. So, if you’re a book lover or a history seeker, you need to visit this place.
  2. Visit the Half House, 54 St Patrick St, Toronto, ON M5T 1V1, Canada
    It’s not just a name but it’s a house seamlessly cut into half, looking at which may leave your eyes wide and open. It’s a supernatural achievement, gained with powerful machinery. This house is located at 54½ St. Patrick Street in Toronto. This house still stands firm and strong despite being more than a century old.
  3. Visit Bata Shoe Museum, 327 Bloor Street West; Toronto, Ontario; M5S 1W7
    Located at Bloor Street and St. George Street in the Bloor Street Culture Corridor district of Downtown Toronto, the Bata Shoe Museum is the only museum in North America that is solely dedicated to the history of footwear. This museum not just collects, preserves, and exhibits footwear from around the world but also researches the same. All this is started by Sonja Bata, wife of Thomas J. Bata of the Bata Shoe Company. She used to travel globally and collect traditional footwear from the places she visited. This collection contains over 13,500 items.
  4. The Yorkville Rock.
    Weighing around 650 tons, this one billion-year-old rock signifies the roots of an ancient mountain range. It was broken into pieces to relocate it to the middle of a park.
    This was originally a part of Canadian glacial shield and transported in huge lumps to Toronto’s Yorkville Park. Even after it’s reassembled, gaps remain visible that gives the stone the look of a tectonic puzzle.
  5. The Gibraltar Point Lighthouse, 443 Lakeshore Ave, Toronto, Ontario M5J 2W2, Canada
    One of Toronto’s oldest buildings, The Gibraltar Point Lighthouse, is the oldest existing lighthouse on the Great Lakes. This reason is enough to make it a happening place but what makes it more popular is the mysterious demise of its first keeper John Paul Radelmüller that lays the foundation of Toronto’s most persisting ghost story, coupled with strange sounds occurring.

  6. The Monkey’s Paw, 1067 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6H 1M5, Canada
    The Monkey’s Paw is a unique destination which is a book shop that specializes in rare old, weird, and wonderful books that are not found anywhere else. Located at Bloor and Lansdowne, this antique book shop features a coin-operated vending machine, the Biblio-Mat, which is one of its kind, makes it a unique place to visit.
  7. Chinese Railroad Workers Memorial, 9 Blue Jays Way, Toronto, ON M5V 3S2 Blue Jays Way, Toronto, ON M5V 3S2, Canada
    Built between 1880 and 1885, the Canadian Pacific Railway was the country’s first transcontinental railroad. Running right from Lake Nipissing in Eastern Ontario through the Canadian Rockies to the coast of British Columbia, it played an important role in not just uniting the country but also in the development of Western Canada. So, the Chinese Railroad Workers Memorial is a monument built to dedicate 17,000 Chinese immigrants and more than 4,000 laborers who worked and died to build Canada’s Pacific Railway.
  8. R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant, 2701 Queen St E, Scarborough, ON M4E 1H4, Canada
    Named after the longtime commissioner of Toronto’s public works R.C. Harris and located along the shore of Lake Ontario, the R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant is not just architecturally applauded historic building but a pivotal piece of architectural beauty as well.
  9. Burst Your Stress Out At The Rage Room, 26 Ashwarren Rd, North York, ON M3J 1Z5, Canada.
    It’s a unique way to let out your anger and stress by crashing insentient objects like plates, glasses, chairs, etc. Located in North York, this place gives you a protective costume including coveralls, face shields, vests, and gloves and offers you 30 minutes in the Rage Room. Loudspeakers will help you to rage out to your playlist. Wear your closed-toe thick shoes before you enter the Rage Room. You can even record a video of raging your anger out.

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Aastha Maheshwari
Aastha Maheshwari, Staff Writer for the CEOWORLD magazine. Aastha has a decade of experience as a journalist and editor working for various magazines, newspapers, and digital publications and is now a Staff Writer at The CEOWORLD magazine. She is passionate about disrupting the status quo and unlocking the business value to create sustainable results. She specialized in reporting on both local and world news, as well as interviewing well-known business leaders, senior management executives, investors, and high net worth individuals. She can be reached on email