There is an old saying that goes, ‘You can only know where you are going if you know where you have been,’ and this is why the Toronto Archives is a great place to visit. Granted the building itself is aesthetically monotone although tranquil but it more than makes up for it in the information you can find inside.
If you are interested in finding more about Toronto then this is one of the best places to visit specially if you have a history fetish or are just interested to see Toronto from a very different perspective.
With over 1.2 million photographs; millions of pages of textual records, from diaries to speeches to articles; over 5.000 maps; and more. It is the greatest repository of knowledge about Toronto, anywhere! And you can see it here!
However you can also buy copies of photos, which you can do as well online (takes 10 business days) or purchase archival greeting cards on site, taken from everyday life from different time periods in Toronto’s history for about $ 5 each.
They also have ongoing exhibits which are announced on their website so check it out before dropping by so you have an idea of what to expect.
Definitely a hidden gem as most Torontonians do not even know where the Toronto Archives is located and only a seldom few ever visit.