Ryerson Spring Open House – Make the Most of Your Weekend in Toronto

The Ryerson Spring Open House is fast approaching! On Saturday, March 21, you can attend program information sessions, explore your future campus and ask us about student life! Make sure you register if you haven’t already.

For some of you, this may be your first time in Toronto and I’m sure you would like to see what the city has to offer. Spring Open House only runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. which means you have the entire rest of the weekend to explore Toronto.

Here are a few things worth checking out nearby:

CF Toronto Eaton Centre

Mere steps away from our campus is the CF Toronto Eaton Centre—downtown Toronto’s premier shopping destination. The multi-level shopping mall has over 250 retailers! A number of flagship stores can be found here from retailers such as Apple, H&M, Hudson’s Bay and Nordstrom.

If that wasn’t enough to draw your attention, you should know that the CF Toronto Eaton Centre is also connected to the PATH—the world’s longest underground shopping network!

Casa Loma

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Built in the early 20th century by Sir Henry Mill Pellatt, Casa Loma is a 98-room castle complete with a 10, 000 book library, a 60 ft-tall great hall, a conservatory with marble floors and a stained glass ceiling and much more. Yes, a castle—in the middle of Toronto. Sounds strange but it’s real.

If you’re visiting anytime from now until Sunday, March 22, you’ll see that Casa Loma has been transformed into a fairy-tale castle, as part of their Imagine Dragons programming. There will be interactive theatrical live shows and family-friendly themed activities to enjoy. There’s also a steakhouse inside the castle where you can grab dinner afterwards.

Kensington Market

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A designated National Historic Site of Canada, Kensington Market is one of the most hip, most trendy and most photographed neighbourhoods in Toronto.

The shopping scene here is very different than that of the Eaton Centre. The Market is filled with numerous vintage stores and independent boutiques. A favourite of mine there is Kid Icarus, an art space offering custom screen-printing and Canadian handmade crafts.

Did I mention that it’s also a foodie paradise? The Pow Wow Cafe combines ingredients from Indigenous and non-Indigenous cuisines in a taco form, while Rasta Pasta brings a Jamaican twist to Italian pasta dishes. If you’d like to fully experience the Market’s culinary heritage, book your tickets for the Beyond Kensington Market Toronto Food Tour. This three-hour walking tour will take you to seven different food and drink stops in the Market and in neighbouring Chinatown.

D Spot Dessert Café

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Continuing on the topic of food, I’d like to put the spotlight on D Spot Dessert Café. Now let me just say that I’m generally not one for sweets, but D Spot changed my whole perspective on dessert. Their menu features dozens of creatively-crafted cake, ice cream, milkshake, Belgian chocolate and savoury concoctions.

The last time I was there, I ordered the Undercover Nut—pistachio ice cream topped with crushed pistachios, chocolate curls and hot fudge sauce on a waffle. And it did not disappoint!

It’s the perfect place to unwind after finishing a day’s worth of activities. To learn more about D Spot, check out Jenna’s review!

Toronto Comicon

From Friday, March 20 to Sunday, March 22, experience the ultimate celebration of entertainment and comic book culture at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Toronto Comicon will feature celebrity Q&A panels, autograph sessions, and an artist alley featuring your favourite inkers, pencillers. Oh yeah—can’t forget about the hundreds of retailers selling comic books, video games and memorabilia of all sorts!

Guests this year include Peter Davison, known for his role as the Fifth Doctor on Doctor Who, and Brian Herring, the puppeteer of BB-8 on Star Wars. Note that some guests are only appearing on certain days of the event.

City Sightseeing Toronto

If you’re looking to hit as many major attractions as possible in a weekend, then City Sightseeing Toronto has you covered.

By purchasing a ticket, you can hop on and hop off any of their tour buses within a 48 hour window. Once on board the bus, you can purchase discounted attraction tickets and stop at any of the 20 offered attractions including the CN Tower, Casa Loma and the Royal Ontario Museum. A cruise tour of the Toronto Harbour and the Toronto Islands is also included at no additional charge.

Students get a discounted price!

 

There you have it—a comprehensive list of places and activities loved by both locals and visitors of Toronto!

I hope to see you at Spring Open House!

— Jeremy

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