The 100-Mile Tourist

There’s a lot to see and do around Toronto and, whether you live in the area or not, a lot of reasons to check it out. Whether you’re looking to reduce vacation expenses this year with a “staycation”, or if you only have a short time off and are looking for some daytripping ideas, or if you want to impress your out-of-town friends or relatives with your knowledge of the surrounding area, The 100-Mile Tourist highlights the best that Toronto and the surrounding area has to offer. Even if you don’t live in Toronto, but just want a vacation in Toronto that’s off the beaten path, you’ll find some great ideas on The 100-Mile Tourist.

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Station Arts Centre

February 6th, 2012

The Station Arts centre is located in two very picturesque railway stations, now next to one another (one was moved from several blocks away in 1994).

There are two art galleries: The Bridges St. Gallery features the work of the Bridge Street Artists. The Changing Exhibit Gallery features rotating exhibits that change once a month or so. There is also a gift shop with various unique items to be found.

As well, there is a Farmers Market that is held at this location on Saturdays from May to November.

The Station Arts Centre is also home to various clubs and organizations.

The Station Arts Centre is open Monday–Saturday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (on Saturdays from October to April, the centre closes at 2:00 pm). Admission is free and there is parking on site.

The Outlets (St. Jacobs)

January 5th, 2012

The Outlets, formerly known as the St. Jacobs Factory Outlet Mall, is a factory outlet mall in St. Jacobs, conveniently located across the street from the St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market and across another street from Market Road Antiques.

There are over 25 stores including clothing stores, footwear stores, a Royal Doulton store, and more, all offering great prices. If you have children, you should definitely check out the Lego outlet with its amazing displays of large Lego sculptures and the building zone.

Open weekdays 9:30 am–9:00 pm, Saturday 8:30 am–6:00 pm, Sunday noon–5:00 pm.

Annandale National Historic Site

December 29th, 2011

Annandale House is a beautiful Victorian house (circa 1880s) that was the home of the first mayor of Tillsonburg (whose name, appropriately enough, was E. D. Tillson) and has been designated as a national historic site.
While the exterior doesn’t look too bad, it doesn’t do justice to the interior, which was been carefully restored. Annandale House represents the Victorian style of design called the “Aesthetic Art Movement”, a movement that encouraged the use of colour and decorative detailing in all parts of the house. In Annandale House, this movement is reflected in hand-painted ceilings, fancy inlaid floors, stained glass, and many other little features.

Annandale house is now a museum, with a newer addition serving as a tourist information centre. All three floors of the house can be toured; the rooms have been restored to the way they would have looked in the 1880s. The main gallery also features changing displays. Parking is available on site and there are picnic tables located on the grounds.

During the Christmas season (in 2011–12, November 25th, 2011 through January 11, 2012), all three floors of the museum are decorated for Christmas with decorations appropriate for the time period.

Admission rates are $4.50 for adults, $4 seniors, $3 students, $2 children, and $10 family. Hours of operation are 9:00 am–4:00 pm on weekdays, and 1:00 pm–4:00 pm on Sundays. Also open Saturday 12:00 pm–4:00 pm in July and August. Closed on most statutory holidays.

Mount Pleasant Cemetery (Toronto)

December 21st, 2011
Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Photo by Flickr user ilkerender.

Mount Pleasant Cemetery is a large cemetery that is the home of many famous and interesting people from Toronto, including the Massey family (the mausoleum for Hart Massey’s sons is the largest in the cemetery and was designed by E. J. Lennox, who also designed several important late nineteenth-century Toronto buildings, including Old City Hall), Frederick Banting and Charles Best (buried separately), the discoverers of insulin, former prime minister William Lyon Mackenzie King, concert pianist Glenn Gould, and a lot more.

Mount Pleasant Cemetery is also a nice place to walk or jog around, with its wide paths and park-like, treed setting (it is home to one of the finest collections of trees in North America). It is a surprisingly nice setting.

Mount Pleasant Cemetery is located between Bayview Avenue to the east and Yonge Street to the west, and between the Belt Line Trail/Merton Street to the north and Moore Avenue to the south. Mount Pleasant Road bisects the cemetery.