In the heart of Toronto a very popular attraction that is definitely worth taking some time to explore is Roundhouse Park, home to the John Street Roundhouse. Designated as a National Historic Site of Canada, the Roundhouse was built between 1929 and 1931 and now houses the Toronto Railway Museum, a brewery and a home furnishing store. The park stands on 17 acres of prime city land situated just south of the the base of the CN Tower.
The main focus of the park is the Railway Museum which features many historic locomotives and passenger cars as well as old and restored freight trains. There are signs in all of them explaining the importance of their role in history. This form of transportation emotionally hits the core of many people who remember stories from loved ones of days of old.
A wonderful, fun and educational feature hosted by the Toronto Railway Museum is the miniature steam railway. Passengers ride the train and experience a step back in time using real steam technology to run the locomotive. This popular voyage is half a kilometre long starting at the restored 1896 Don Station and passing by many replicas of prominent buildings. Visitors can also enjoy the sensation of a computer simulated ride situated in an authentic diesel locomotive.
Learn about the Canadian origin of the CPR by taking a guided walking tour. There is a small initiation to the steam iron horse, interesting lectures, guide books, a collection of railway equipment and so much more for one to take in and appreciate the fascinating history of this very important form of transportation.
Steam Whistle Brewing is also situated in the charming old John St. Roundhouse that was built in 1929 and used for servicing locomotives from that era until 1986. Here you will be able to take a tour and enjoy tasting samples of this truly Canadian beer. The founders of this company were former workers of the upper Canada Brewing Company and were fired when it was sold to Sleeman and closed down. They decided to put their heads together and open up a brewery of their own. Their pilsner is recognizable by its distinct green bottles that have 3FG embossed on the bottom of them as an inside joke referring to 3 fired guys. All the packaging is made from recycled material. Steam Whistle Brewery is environmentally friendly, having won many awards for this very important aspect. This phenomenal beer is freshly brewed and is GMO-free with only 4 natural ingredients-spring water, malted barley, hops and yeast.
Leons furniture occupies the opposite end of the old Roundhouse building from the brewery. Its atmosphere creates a very spacious and roomy showroom making this an enjoyable and grand place to browse or shop for furniture.
While visiting the area you might want to take advantage of the new Ripley's Aquarium of Canada which is located right across the street from the park.
Facts For Your VisitFee: The park is free and you can see many of the old locomotives and railcars for free from outside the fence. There is a small entrance fee for access to the Railway Museum which includes the fenced off area.
Open Now: NoHours This Week:
- Monday: 12:00 – 5:00 PM
- Tuesday: 12:00 – 5:00 PM
- Wednesday: 12:00 – 5:00 PM
- Thursday: 12:00 – 5:00 PM
- Friday: 12:00 – 5:00 PM
- Saturday: 12:00 – 5:00 PM
- Sunday: 12:00 – 5:00 PM
Address: 255 Bremner Blvd, Toronto, ON M5V 3M9, Canada
Phone: (416) 214-9229
Official Website: Roundhouse Park and the Toronto Railway Museum
|TTC Subway Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|Yonge-University-Spadina||Union Station||8 Minutes|
How to get to Roundhouse Park and the Toronto Railway Museum by TTC Subway
From Union Station follow the SkyWalk west or walk west on the south side of Front Street to York Street or Simcoe Street and go left (south) to Bremner Blvd. Roundhouse Park is right across the street.
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Ratedout of 5
In a short distance from CN Tower one of the most amazing place offer you education and entertainment. Beer factory is just around the corner. All kind of trains from historical (old) ones to smallest one. A chance to ride a small train and visit an old train station with some historical information. Parking is hard to find. But underground parking of the conventional centre is available at a reasonable price.
Reza Sadreddin - 1 month ago
Worth checking out if you are in the area, with Fort York just around the corner a great idea to hit both if you are coming down here.
Joseph Cormier - 1 month ago
Was a nice place to visit. Enjoyed the trains, and loved seeing the small train and tracks. Would be a great place to come back to with the family.
Paul Winch - 2 months ago
It's a nice location to visit; especially if you want to browse some train history or even view the Steam Whistle Brewery or CN Tower nearby. The lawn is very well maintained and makes it a very nice location to have a picnic as well! I find the tiny train such a wonderful addition to this park!
Carol Fung - 3 months ago
If your kid loves trains, take him here. It's a good preface or epilogue to a visit at the aquarium across the street. There were no running trains when we went (it seems like there should have been) but as long as your kid can walk the tracks happily, you're golden.
Eric Malette - 3 months ago