Skipping class in style

Mapping you to cheap thrills while playing hooky

Map of activities in Toronto

Mapping you to cheap thrills while playing hooky. Graph by Manar Hossain/The Dialog

1. Concert series

Canadian Opera Company

It’s almost noon and you can go to class or take in a classy music performance. Go to the Canadian Opera Company (145 Queen St. W.) and take in one of the 76 free noon concerts. Noon on Tues, Weds, and Thurs, starting Sept. 26.

2. Distillery District

Distillery District, Toronto

The Distillery District was a centre for Toronto’s boozy past, and it’s a must-see if you’re down in the waterfront area. It’s walkable from Waterfront campus and there are cheap brewery tours, like the one at Mill Street (21 Tank House Lane) weekdays at 4 p.m. Ten bucks gets you a pint of samples and tour.

3. Allan Gardens

Allan Gardens

A good way to relax in between (or during) classes is getting close to nature. Allan Gardens Conservatory (19 Horticultural Ave.) has a vast plant collection organized into six greenhouses: Two tropical, one cool temperate, one arid, a palm house, and a tropical landscape house.

4. Five Dollar Movies

Rainbow Cinema Market Square

Want to see major new movies for super cheap, walking distance from St. James? On Tuesdays, the Market Square Cinema (80 Front St. E) shows movies all day for only a five bucks. Or you could be in class.

5. Architecture and gardens at Casa Loma

Casa Loma

Yes. There is actually a castle in Toronto. It’s called Casa Loma (1 Austin Terrace) and it attracts tourists and visitors from all over the world. Tours are expensive ($27) but you can just relax and enjoy the great city view, away from the saw dust, plumbing pipe and fabric dyes of Casa Loma campus.

6. Historical records of the City of Toronto

City of Toronto Archives

The City of Toronto is constantly evolving. Every year, new buildings, parks and stores arise, changing the neighborhoods. If you want to skip class, learn about the history of Toronto and see how it has changed, the City of Toronto Archives (255 Spadina Rd.) is the place to go.

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