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Toronto's Biggest “Room Escape Game” Is A Total Mind Fvck But In The Best Possible Way

First made popular in Japan back in 2009, "escape the room" games have been taking North America by storm recently, giving us a new and unique way to slay our boredom. The concept is simple: Use your best powers of observation, deduction and problem-solving abilities to successfully figure out and escape the enigmatic room before time runs out. Easier said than done however, no matter how smart you think you are, but oh so much fun.

The biggest franchised room escape game in Eastern Canada, Trapped brings fantasies and movie scenarios to real life, putting all five of your senses to the test and challenging your wits like no video game ever could. With 4 different themes to choose from, all of Trapped's multi-roomed themes have been carefully considered and masterfully crafted by an interior designer from Osaka, Japan, who stopped at nothing to create highly immersive and engaging escape experiences that push intelligence (sanity) to its very limit.

Photo cred - Trapped

The Medieval Prison

After being wrongly accused of treason, you are a 14th century peasant who's been locked away and condemned to death. You'll have to use the clues left to you by the previous prisoner to escape your prison before the executioner arrives to take you away.

Photo cred - Trapped

The Ancient Pyramid

In hopes of discovering a legendary tomb, you and a small group of explorers enter into the Great Pyramid of Giza, but the the tomb is cursed. All those who have come before have never been seen again, so you'll have to figure out the key before it's too late or suffer the same fate.

Photo cred - Trapped

The Contaminated Hospital

Away from the big lights of the city, you find yourself on a relaxing deserted island where you come across an abandoned hospital. Suddenly locked inside, you discover it holds horrifying secrets and will have to face your worst fears or be lost forever.

Photo cred - Trapped

Death Note

Based on the popular manga of the same name, famous detective  "L" has tasked your special team of Japanese FBI agents to uncover the truth behind a series of mysterious attacks on the world's criminals. You'll have to infiltrate and take down his primary suspect, Kira, before you are his next victims!

Communication is the real key to escaping the room, as you and your team will have to work together and use every clue available to solve the puzzles, crack the codes, and break the ciphers before the timer runs out. After a brief run down of how it works from Trapped's friendly game masters, you get a total of 60 minutes to beat the room and claim the title as a bonafide escape artist. But beware, only 4.8% of people ever make it all the way to the end, so you will definitely have your work cut out for you. If you consider yourself a true mastermind, visit Trapped 3 times to unlock their mysterious level-2 theme called "A.D. 2046", the only 70-minute theme in Canada which boasts only a 2% success rate.

Great for a group of friends wanting to test how close they really are, birthday or bachelor parties, or even a company team building activity, Trapped is definitely worth trying (if you haven't already) the next time you're looking for something new to do. Discover for yourself just how fun escape games are, just make sure to reserve online prior to visiting as Trapped tends to book out fast.

Check out the Trapped official website and Facebook page for all the details.

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At just before noon on Friday, a partial building collapse in London, Ontario sent multiple people to the hospital. Two people still remain trapped.

UPDATE: It has been reported that one of the five who were injured has died in hospital as of Friday afternoon. 

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20 Telltale Signs You’re Definitely From Markham

#8 Driving on Highway 7 was Hellway 7.

Growing up in the 905: it's both a blessing and a curse. If you grew up in Markham, you probably remember how bad Highway 7 used to be and you probably remember watching movies at First Markham Place. There were a lot of struggles growing up in Markham (like not being able to get anywhere without a car) but there were also a lot of good things that came out of it (like all the good memories).

Here are some things you might be able to relate to if you're from Markham.

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Sometimes you just have those days where it seems like there's absolutely nothing to do and nowhere to go. It's your day off or it's the weekend and you're feeling bored to death. You feel totally uninspired but you don't want to waste your day away in bed. You want to get out and do something, no matter how useless that something may be. Luckily for you, we've prepared this list of possible things to do when you're really, really bored in Toronto.

1. Hike around the Scarborough Bluffs

2. Play some volleyball at the Beaches (not in January though)

3. Check out the farmer's market at Evergreen Brick Works

4. Go to Riverdale Park and take pictures of the skyline

Photo cred – @416shooter

5. Go the entire Yonge-University-Spadina line on the subway

6. Grab a sweet treat to beat the heat in the city

7. Wait in line for a cake at Uncle Tetsu (or just grab a matcha soft-serve)

8. Befriend the Believe guy

9. Make out with your S/O on the "make out here" bench at Yonge-Dundas Square

10. Lay out in the sun at Nathan Phillips Square

11. Rent a Bike Share bike and go all around the city

12. Run through the 6 with your woes (and maybe take some cool Insta photos)

13. Have lunch on a rooftop patio such as The Porch

Photo cred – @isinunlu

14. Go to the Toronto Reference Library and read a new book

15. Test your skills with a room escape game

16. Admire some art at the AGO

17. Discover a new band at the Horseshoe

18. Have a picnic at Trinity Bellwoods Park

19. Go shopping on Queen Street West

20. Explore Kensington Market and check out the street art

21. Grab some dim sum in Chinatown

22. Grab a beer in Liberty Village

23. Check out a game-themed bar in the city

24. Instead of sitting at home on your laptop, sit at a Toronto café

25. Go for a free workout in the city

26. Become a Toronto mermaid

27. Go on a Tinder date just for fun and take them to one of these places

28. Go people watching at Union Station

29. Watch a Jays game

30. Take the Steamwhistle tour

31. Take a walk on the Harbourfront (and maybe grab a Beavertail)

32. Go tanning at Sugar Beach

33. Go to the Toronto Islands and get lost in the maze

Or try these other fun things.

34. Stroll under the Humber Bay Arch Bridge

35. Catch a free outdoor flick

36. Try weird things at the St. Lawrence Market (kangaroo or camel meat, anyone?)

37. Grab a beer at the Distillery District

38. Take a walk at High Park

39. Take part in Toronto's brunch obsession

40. Go celebrity-spotting at TIFF

Yes, it's true, summer is finally coming to an end. No more getting out of the house to enjoy the heat of the sun, no more warm late nights on the Harbourfront, and no more short shorts and bikinis on top. You're sad about it, your girlfriend's sad about it, we're all sad about it.

Take advantage of the last few weeks of summer by doing some fun things in Toronto with your girlfriend. There are still plenty of things going on and plenty of things to do! Get out of your comfort zones and try new things. Lounging around at home together may be fun but don't spend your last few weeks of summer doing that – you have the entire cold winter. You don't want to look back three months from now when it's freezing outside and think, "wow, I had a lousy summer." You'll thank me later.

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