In the heart of the Garden District you’ll find the luscious Allan Gardens. This fifteen acre park features six greenhouses at the centre. A perfect place to escape in the cold Toronto winters, these botanical gardens offer a colourful collection of plants and flowers from around the world.
The Palm House is the crown jewel of the conservatory with its beautiful glass dome which was built in 1909 and houses tall palms, a variety of tropical plants and a climate to match.
Allan Garden’s Palm House
While Allan Gardens is the only real garden in this district, you’ll also find Maple Leaf Gardens and The Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre. The latter, located on the western edge of the district, dates back to 1914 where it was a popular vaudeville theatre. Inside, the Winter Garden stage is designed as if you’re sitting in a large park. Today, the theatre continues to host concerts, plays and film screenings.
The historic Maple Leaf Gardens was built in 1931 as a new larger arena for the Toronto Maple Leafs with room for 14,550 spectators. Over the years it also the go-to home for professional wrestling, NBA games (Toronto Huskies short-lived existence in the mid-1940s), the opera, and concerts to name a few.
Maple Leaf Gardens became too small for its various ventures and remained relatively dormant from 2001 until 2011 when it was renovated to become a multi-use facility with a flagship Loblaws grocery store and Ryerson University fitness facility and skating rink.