The area surrounding the Enercare and Allstream Centres is home to some of Toronto’s most amazing architecture and fascinating history! So take a quick walk during break times or at the end of the day to explore these 5 attractions, all within a 5 minute walk or so!
170 Princes’ Boulevard
After the conference, catch a game at BMO Field, Canada’s first soccer-specific stadium. It’s home to Canada’s National soccer team, Toronto FC (Canada’s first Major League Soccer team), and the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts. In 2015, the stadium was upgraded to include 8,400 new seats, new clubs and suites, and four massive columns that will hold up a roof, covering all of the seats in the east, west and south stands.
2 Strachan Avenue
The limestone “New Fort” was built by the British army in 1841 to replace the nearby Fort York (see below). In 1892, it was renamed Stanley Barracks in honour of Governor Lord Stanley (of Stanley Cup fame). Canadian forces took over from 1870 to 1947. The barracks then served as public housing until the early 1950s and the Toronto Maritime Museum until 1998. Today only one of the original buildings survives. Construction of Hotel X is underway in the surrounding area.
100 Princes’ Boulevard
The stunning arched gateway at Exhibition Place commemorated the 60th anniversary of the Confederation of Canada. The gates were unveiled during a visit from Edward, Prince of Wales and Prince George on August 30, 1927. The gates are topped by the Goddess of Winged Victory statue, and the nine pillars represent the Canadian provinces in existence at the time.
Toronto Inukshuk Park
789 Lake Shore Boulevard West
The Toronto Inukshuk Park is home to one of the largest inukshuk in North America, made from 50 tons of mountain rose granite by acclaimed Inuit artist Kellypalik Qimirpik! And inukshuk is an important symbol of Canada’s Aboriginal people, serving as a guide to travellers on land and sea, providing comfort, advice and spatial orientation.
250 Fort York Boulevard
One of Canada’s most important historical structures is just minutes away! (*Okay, this one’s actually a 9-minute walk.) Fort York includes the largest collection of original War of 1812 buildings constructed by the British Army and Canadian troops to defend Upper Canada from the newly independent United States. It was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1923. Today, visitors can enjoy tours, exhibits, and period settings, as well as many festivals and concerts in the summer months!