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How To Virtually Tour Toronto While At Home

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The city of Toronto boasts an array of cultural attractions that appeal to all ages. To ensure that their unique collections and spaces can still be enjoyed during these days of social distancing, many have taken their offerings online and made them free of charge. We’ve rounded up some of the best virtual tours you can enjoy from the comfort of home. Time to start exploring!

Visit A World-Class Museum

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Our city’s amazing museums were the first to offer free online tours, opening up endless opportunities for education and entertainment. The Royal Ontario Museum’s (ROM) online exhibitions include the Blue Whale Project, Born of the Indian Ocean (a textile arts exhibit), and The Burgess Shale: The Virtual Museum of Canada. At the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), you can tour the virtual collection and get a real sense of the incredible range of their works. Are you a shoe lover? The Bata Shoe Museum offers two exhibits, All About Shoes and On Canadian Ground, for you to explore. At the Gardiner Museum the focus is on ceramics and their website is a ton of fun. It includes artist videos, an e-museum, and craft activities for kids; you can even learn about teapot racing! Fans of textile art must make a stop at the Textile Museum of Canada; their online collection contains more than 15,000 objects from over 200 regions of the world. Pick your favourites or explore them all!

Be Entertained

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If, like many of us, you’re missing a night out at the theatre, check out Meanwhile, Mirvish Theatres’ online magazine. It includes links to lots of great theatre productions you can watch from home, some theatre-related tidbits and fresh, original content to keep you entertained. You can even find out what Mirvish staff are watching on Netflix! A new issue is out every Tuesday. Maybe you’re looking to shake up your workout routine. Why not take a live class with one of the dancers from the National Ballet of Canada? They’re offering online ballet and workout classes; they’re even doing readings and bake-alongs, live from their homes on Instagram. Those of us who miss going to the movies can enjoy Stay-At-Home Cinema, courtesy of the folks at the Tiff Bell Lightbox. They have curated a series from Crave’s extensive selection of titles and host virtual Q+As on Instagram before each show begins. Check their website for dates and times.

Learn Something New

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What could be more peaceful and relaxing than watching fish swim about? The smart folks at Ripley’s Aquarium are sharing that very experience via live streams from their Rainbow Reef, Shark Tank, and Ray Bay. Their site is also a great source for educational materials, craft ideas, and live daily events perfect for kids pre-k to middle school. The Toronto Public Library is another fantastic resource; they’ve made an instant digital library card available for anyone who does not have a current TPL card. Not only does this give you immediate access to their massive collection of ebooks and audiobooks, it also opens you up to blogs, podcasts, lesson plans, and links to authors and illustrators who are sharing their work with kids online. You’ll have no shortage of learning opportunities!

There are so many different places to visit in the city and these are just a few to get you started. Make some time to be a virtual tourist and discover what Toronto has to offer. Thanks for reading and don’t forget to follow the MOD Developments blog for more on the city’s world-class cultural attractions.