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The 16 Coolest Secret Things To Do In Toronto

The hidden gems of the 416.

Like every city, Toronto has its share of hidden gems and untold secrets. Its diverse populations and characteristic neighbourhoods make it a gold mine for unusual places and experiences.

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Have you ever done any of these before? Here are 16 of the coolest secret things you can do in Toronto:


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Monkey's Paw

1267 Bloor St W

The Monkey's Paw is a treasure trove of rare and forgotten 20th-century books that any bookworm would die for. Stephen Fowler, the owner, organizes the books based on four categories: the beautiful, the arcane, the macabre and the absurd. The bookstore is also home to the world's first Biblio-Mat, a custom-made vending machine that spits out a random vintage book for $2.


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The Tchotchke House

37 Bertmont Ave

The Tchotchke House is known as Leslieville's "Crazy Doll House". It isn't much of a secret as it isn't really hidden from the public eye, but it is still worth an explorer's visit. Instead of beautiful flowers and shrubs, Shirley Sumaiser has decorated her front lawn with all sorts of toys and plushies.


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The Merril Collection

239 College St

The Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation an Fantasy is a special room on the third floor of the Lillian H. Smith Library. It houses one of the world's largest collections of science fiction (and non-fiction) books, art, magazines and other works. Public visitors seeking a fantasy experience are allowed access to the materials in the room for limited times.


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Bamboo Forest

160 College St

A bamboo forest lies within UofT's Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research. Designed by German architects, the four-metre tall bamboo forest is sustained by a microclimate inside the building. Visitors can walk through the forest and sit at the benches throughout it.


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Campbell House

160 Queen St W

The Campbell House is one of the last remaining pieces of Georgian architecture in Toronto. For many years, it was the home of Sir William Campbell, the former Upper Canada Chief Justice., until it was auctioned off in the 1970s. Now, it functions as a museum and art gallery that is open to the public.


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Necropolis Cemetary

200 Winchester St

The Necropolis Cemetary has many deep and dark secrets. Tours of the cemetary are offered the to public that include interesting tales of ghosts and ghouls. The venue's pavilion and chapel are also said to be some of Canada's best examples of Gothic Revival architecture.


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Pan Am Path

Ellesmere and Orton Park

Pan Am Path consists of an 80-km stretch of trails that runs from Brampton all the way to the south portion of Rouge Park. The path is lined with various art installations and murals that are an ode to Toronto's nature and cultural diversity.


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Glen Rouge Campground

7450 Kingston Rd

The Glen Rouge Campground is Canada's first urban park and one of Toronto's hidden campgrounds. The area has several great locations for RVs and tents, so there's no need to get out of the city to have an outdoors adventure!


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The Vog Vault

686 Queen St W

The Vog Vault is an illusion room housed in the back of the Fluevog shoe store. The building was formerly a TD bank with a vault in the back, and designers have converted it into a "gravity room" featuring a Victorian loveseat and bookshelf. The nine-square-foot room is open to all to take cool photos in.


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Crothers Woods

East York

Crothers Woods is a Carolinian forest in the city that has awesome wooden walkways and staircases scattered throughout. A hike through the forest is always accompanied by gorgeous sights of greenery and wildlife.


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Room 2046

1252 Yonge St

Room 2046 is a design shop in Summerhill that also functions as a café, book store, and clothing boutique. There's a lot to browse in the store, from unusual trinkets to an assortment of foods and goodies.


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Sake Bar Kushi

257 Eglinton Ave W

Sake Bar Kushi has a private tatami room that will make you feel like you've been transported to Japan. Enjoy your sushi in the traditional Japanese setting with a group of friends for a truly awesome experience.

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Google's Secret Office

111 Richmond St W

Google has always been known for its cool offices, and its Toronto location is no exception. At its building on Richmond St, the office has a secret room that can only be accessed by tilting the right book on a secret bookcase.

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The Citizen

522 King St W

The Citizen is a well-known restaurant with familiar options; however, there's one platter that you won't find on their menu. Their "Gorilla Nachos" are a secret menu option that involves smoked cheese sauce, bacon, braised short rib, ham, chicharron and sour cream.


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Percy Street


Percy Street is one of 715 private streets in Toronto. Essentially, it is a dead-end lane consisting of a cobblestone path that meanders through a somewhat secret garden beside the Richmond ramp of the Don Valley Parkway.


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Gates Gully

61 Under Cliff Dr

Gates Gully is a glorious mass of land in the Scarborough Bluffs that was once the site of a man-made inn with historical significance. Though the inn is no longer there, the Gully still offers one of the best trails in the Bluffs for hikers.

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