Hidden Gem in Toronto: The Guild Inn Estate
Theme: Arts & Architecture; History & Culture
By Chris Drew
In a city as geographically big as Toronto, it's easy to miss cool sites even if you've lived in the city all of your life or for almost two decades like myself. There are so many sites that someone arriving in Toronto for the first time may also wonder where to start. One place I highly recommend is the Guild Inn Estate on the Scaborough Bluffs. It's easy to get to with the TTC or GO Transit. It's only a short walk or bike ride from the recently renovated Guildwood GO Station. There is TTC bus service on Guildwood Parkway.
The Guild Inn has an interesting history that I encourage people to check out. Recently, the City of Toronto renovated the historic inn and added meeting and conference rooms to it. This expanded and accessible space now allows for even more events and wedding. This is where I got married in 2019 on a sunny June Saturday. Here's a Metrolinx article and pictures by Nitish Bissonauth on the journey. As part of the renovation, a space was added for weddings with open-air sides to let the fresh breeze roll in. The meeting rooms for the wedding reception also feature an outdoor patio space. There is a restaurant at the Guild Inn for weekend brunches.
The grounds of the Guild Inn have beautiful flowers and impressive trees. The unique part though is the historic artifacts on site. As Victorian, Beaux-Arts, and Gothic Revival buildings throughout the city were pulled down to make way for Toronto's post-war growth and new attitudes towards planning, more than 60 structures were amassed on the site (source text: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guild_Inn). Here is the Guild Inn Estate website.
In addition to seeing these artifacts, you can also get a great and safe view of Lake Ontario from the top of the Scarborough Bluffs, and through the trails access the shoreline.
I highly recommend visiting if you haven't been. Here are photos on the trip to the Guild Inn and what the grounds look like on a wedding day. Even if it's not a wedding day (although I totally endorse it as a wedding venue), it's an amazing part of Toronto to visit. Specifically, it's an amazing part of the Scarborough community to check out.
Photo Credit: Revel Photography http://revelphotography.ca/