Welcome to Walk Liberty!
Walk Liberty is an interactive, online portal that showcases the rich history, public spaces, and dynamic and eclectic businesses of Liberty Village. Get outside, explore the neighbourhood and support your local businesses.
This is one of thirteen stops along a walking tour of Liberty Village.
Though Exhibition Place is best known for annual events such as the Canadian National Exhibition, the Royal Winter Fair, and the Honda Indy, the grounds are home to dozens of sporting events, concerts, conventions, and trade shows.
Immediately south of this point is the Horse Palace, one of the oldest buildings on the Exhibition grounds. It is the home of the Toronto Police Service’s Mounted Unit; officers can often be spotted exercising their horses through Exhibition Place and Liberty Village.
Exhibition Place has long been a centre for professional sports. The Toronto Blue Jays played at Exhibition Stadium from 1977 to 1989 before moving to SkyDome. Coca-Cola Coliseum, to the east of the Horse Palace, is the home of the Marlies, the Toronto Maple Leafs’ American Hockey League affiliate. To the south is BMO Field, home of Major League Soccer’s Toronto FC and the Toronto Argonauts, North America’s oldest professional sports club. The Toronto Raptors – yet another championship team – have their practice and training facility on the Exhibition Grounds. Enercare Centre and Beanfield Centre (located in the Art Deco Automotive Building) host conferences and trade shows, including the popular One Of A Kind show. Next door to the Beanfield Centre, Hotel X offers luxury accommodations, complementing the many sports and entertainment offerings.
South of Lake Shore Boulevard is Ontario Place, home to open-air concerts and music festivals at Budweiser Stage and Echo Beach, and film screenings at the iconic Cinesphere. Trillium Park, on the east end of Ontario Place has reopened the Ontario Place grounds for casual strolling, offering great views of Lake Ontario and the Downtown Toronto skyline.
The proximity between Exhibition Place, Ontario Place, and Liberty Village creates an interesting synergy. Sports fans can enjoy Liberty Village’s restaurants, pubs, cafés, and shops before or after games. Local artists can show off their wares at the various shows and festivals at Exhibition Place. Meanwhile, the presence of Live Nation, Universal Music, and broadcasters such as Indie 88, Jazz 91, and Zoomer Radio in Liberty Village complement the live music venues south of Exhibition Station.
Exhibition Place itself is a fascinating place to stroll, especially during the off-season. Look for the remains of “New” Fort York at Hotel X, the site of Fort Rouillé, and the eclectic mix of architecture throughout. In early-to-mid May, look for the cherry blossoms near the Liberty Grand building, and from April through October, the flower gardens on the east side of the grounds.
Year-round accessible public washrooms are open at the Horse Palace from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, seven days a week.
Ontario Place, Exhibition Place, and Liberty Village, early 1980s, looking northwest. Note the green-tented Forum, the predecessor to Budweiser Stage, and Exhibition Stadium at centre, which hosted Blue Jays baseball and Argonauts football until 1989.
City of Toronto Archives Series 1465, File 391, Item 4.
Cherry blossoms in front of the Ontario Government Building (Liberty Grand), Exhibition Place
Continue your tour and check out great local businesses…
Continue north, through the Exhibition GO Station underpass to…
Location 11 Exhibition Grounds – north side of GO Station on Atlantic Avenue (1 Atlantic Avenue)
Location 13 Hanna Avenue and Liberty Street – 450 metres north-east (2 Liberty Street)
Or walk west through the Exhibition Grounds to…
Location 8 Dufferin Gate – 900 metres west via Exhibition Place & Dufferin Street (157 Dufferin Street)
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