School, Student Life

Family Friendly Spaces On Campus

Now that it’s March and the weather is becoming warmer, are you looking for interesting places to visit with your family on St. George campus? The following is a list of family friendly spaces our staff would like to share with you!  There are outdoor locations which you can visit depending on the weather, as well as indoor options.

Woman and man holding baby's hand, walking with a stroller.

OUTSIDE SPACES

Philosopher’s Walk

 Running north-south between Bloor Street and Hoskin Avenue, the Philosopher’s Walk is located just west of Queen’s Park, beside the Royal Ontario Museum. There’s a path surrounded by trees with strategically placed benches. A stroller friendly area where you can bring children and enjoy outdoor time, weather permitting!

 

Hart House Quad

The Hart House Quad is a stunning outdoor space, frequently booked for weddings!  If there are no events, I recommend a visit so you can walk around or sit at one of the benches and simply absorb the scenery in this unique place.

 

Knox College Quad

Another outdoor space worth visiting is the Knox College quad, located at King’s College Circle in the middle of St. George campus. This is a lovely green space to sit in the shade and relax in the warmer weather with your family. In the fall, children can enjoy watching and playing with the changing colours of the leaves in cooler weather.

 

Trinity College Courtyard 

 The Trinity College quad is in the centre of the historic building. It has several benches and it can be a quiet outdoor space in the middle of the campus to relax, as long as there are no social gatherings!

 

Victoria College – Peace Garden

 Victoria College is located on the east side of St. George campus on Queen’s Park, but it’s worth visiting!  The Lester B. Pearson Garden for Peace and International Understanding next to E.J. Pratt Library is very beautiful, especially in the spring and summer. This small oasis near the Museum subway station has benches, trees and even a waterfall, with a view of the historic Victoria College building.

 

INSIDE SPACES 

Terrence Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research

For a completely different experience, within a modern U of T building on College Street, visit an indoor mini bamboo forest!  You can enjoy this atrium with younger people and older folks alike.

A secluded bamboo forest with lots of greenery inside the University of Toronto.

The beautiful bamboo forest, courtesy of the Varsity.

Innis Café

Not only is Innis Café a great place for a coffee and snack, but it’s also a stroller friendly space with cozy seating. The space can be busy at the lunch hour (maybe you’ll meet some new people along the way), but it’s a great location to grab a healthy bite to eat and relax with your family.

 

Hart House

Hart House’s Gothic architecture and winding staircases were a bit daunting for me at first, but after discovering the Family Sundays and Drop-in-Fitness programs, it slowly won my heart over. You can also purchase food at the Gallery Grill located on the second floor, accessible for strollers through an elevator on the main floor.

 

Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE)

Connected directly to the St. George subway through an underground passage at the Bedford Road exit, OISE’s ground floor entrance has a small café, comfortable sofas, and a library. The space is stroller friendly, and you can view the CN Tower if you take the elevator to a higher floor.

 

Let us know if you have any other suggestions for family friendly locations to visit on St. George campus! You may also be interested in the Map of Family Friendly Spaces at the U of T Mississauga campus. If you have any tri-campus suggestions, we hope to highlight U of T Mississauga and Scarborough campuses soon!