Discovery District in Toronto
The Discovery District is in Toronto. It contains many of Toronto's most important centres of education, such as the University of Toronto, the Royal Conservatory of Music and the Royal Ontario Museum. Canada's foremost centres of medical research are also located in this neighbourhood, with several of Canada's most prestigious hospitals arranged in a row along University Avenue between College and Dundas Streets. This neighbourhood also contains the Ontario provincial legislature, known as Queen's Park, and most of the related government buildings. The generally accepted boundaries of this district are: Spadina in the west, Bloor in the north, Bay in the east and Dundas in the south.
The Bloor-Danforth line serves the northern edge of University of Toronto. Bay station is ideal for the eastern part of the campus, St George station is closest to the centre of campus, on St George street and Spadina station is well located for the eastern end of campus.
The University-Spadina line runs straight through the centre of the district. Queen's Park station is located at the foot of the legislature building as well as being located at the top of the hospital row and at the southeast corner of the university. As its name suggests, Museum station is right in front of the Royal Ontario Museum and is also very close to the Royal Conservatory of Music and the northeast corner of the university.
Route 506 runs along College, Carlton and Gerrard Streets from High Park to the west to Main Street station to the east. It runs across the southern edge of the University of Toronto and connects with the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line at College Park and Queen's Park.
Route 510 runs along Spadina and Queen's Quay from Union Station to Spadina station. It runs along the western edge of the U of T campus and stops at College, Wilcocks, Harbord and Sussex.
Route 94 runs along Wellesley, Hoskin and Harbord from Castle Frank station to Ossington station and connects with the Yonge line at Wellesley station. It runs straight through the U of T campus and stops at the north end of Queen's Park.
Route 5 runs along University Avenue and Avenue Road from the coach terminal to Eglinton station, connecting with the University-Spadina line at Queen's Park and Museum. This route runs straight through Queen's Park.
Route 6 runs along Bay Street from Queen's Quay to Yorkville, stopping at Union station and Bay station as well as the coach terminal. This route runs along the eastern edge of the U of T campus.
- Royal Ontario Museum (address: 100 Queen's Park) (directions: Museum station on the University - Spadina subway line) 416.586.8000
open: Mon-Thu: 10-5:30; Fri: 10-9:30; Sat-Sun: 10-5:30
This enormous museum contains artifacts from a wide array of different cultures and time periods. After a major addition, the museum has a great deal of new gallery space as well as a new main entrance on Bloor Street.
- University College (address: 15 Kings College Circle) (directions: 506 Streetcar to McCaul Street) (416) 978-3170
This building is the centrepiece of the University of Toronto's beautiful campus. It was built in 1856, when the surrounding area was hinterland to the north of the town. Both the university and the city have grown all around it, but the building remains important both academically and architecturally.