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
Nice and open area just in front of CN tower and Ripley's Aquarium. Attractions include Canadian Railway Museum, Steam Whistle and The Rec Room. Very busy place during the summers.
Nabeel Tariq - 2 days ago
The railroad museum here and the Steamwhistle brewery presents an amazing opportunity for families and couples to have a diverse range of entertainment. The kids will be thrilled by the various trains they can actually climb onto and explore, not to mention the occasional mini-train rides. For the adults, the Steamwhistle brewery might be a place of interest. They even have free samples of their beverages. Right beside the park is the Ripley's aquarium as well as the Rogers center, so there's plenty of things to see and be entertained with ranging from free to paid.
Michael Lee - 15 days ago
My kids love it here. Nice to spend a little time before the ball game. And there is a nice little kids play ground tucked in behind there if you have little ones
William Richardson - 1 month ago
This small park itself is in terrible condition: super muddy, dead or non existent grass, and the one area that has better grass is hilly with trees, so it's not a great park if you want to play sports, but decent for walking your dog. However, the fact that it's bordered and filled with a brewery (Steam Whistle), the train museum, and the currently-being-built Rec Room (Cineplex's games room concept for adults) means there's many things to see and do. The train-related buildings, locomotive engines, and paraphernalia keep it interesting. The roundhouse is an interesting building, and the working turntable is cool if you get to see it in action. In the summer, there's also a mini train you can ride with your kids for a small fee.
Trish Y - 1 month ago
Small but historic park. Glad the city kept the roundhouse and incorporated it into the park. The old trains displayed are cool and unobtrusive. In the summer, a small train ride runs and you'll often see food trucks as well. A nice urban park.
Angry iOqY - 4 months ago