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    17 Buildings You Would Not Believe Are In Ontario

    Don't forget your camera! You wont need to travel to Europe to see this gorgeous architecture

    1. Church of Our Lady Immaculate

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    Located in Guelph the church was built between 1875 and 1883. When John Galt founded Guelph, Ontario in 1827, he allocated the highest point in the centre of the newly founded town to Roman Catholics as a compliment to his friend, Bishop Alexander Macdonell. Built of local limestone in Gothic Revival style, the Church of Our Lady can only be appreciated first hand.

    2. St. Paul's Cathedral

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    Located in London and built between 1844 and 1846, it is the oldest in the city, replacing the previous church, which was built in 1834 and burned down in 1844. This gem offers gorgeous stained glass and an interior and a set of 11 chimes that fill the courtyard.

    3. Victoria Hall

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    Located in Cobourg and built in the 1850's and was thankfully restored in the 1970's by a group of architectural lovers. It is now a concert hall offering a variety of shows to the community.

    4. Cathedral of Saint Mary

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    Located in Kingston and completed in 1846, this Gothic Style building had a 7 million restoration that began in 1987. Which is pretty impressive, since it only cost $30,000 to build originally!

    5. Parkwood Estate

    Located in Oshawa and constructed in 1916 this was the home of Samuel McLaughlin, the founder of General Motors of Canada, and remained in the family until 1972. In 1989 it was declared a National Historic Site of Canada and you can see inside firsthand in year round tours.

    6. Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King

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    Located in Hamilton and built in 1933, it had to undergo an interior reconstruction in 1981 and is now done in complete 13th Century English Gothic with 82 stained glass windows.

    7. Parliament Hill

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    Located in Ottawa Parliament Hill is a Gothic revival suite of buildings that serves as the home of the Parliament of Canada, attracting 3 million visitors a year.

    8. University of Toronto

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    Located in Toronto, this school was established in 1853 by The University of Toronto Act and the doors were opened in 1859. With over 150 years of history, this school is been apart of major reforms and wars.

    9. Dundurn Castle

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    Located in Hamilton and completed in 1834 this seventy-two room castle featured the latest conveniences of gas lighting and running water. After nearly 3 million spent on renovations by the city, Dundurn National Historic Site can be seen through guided tours.

    10. Casa Loma

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    Located in Toronto this castle was constructed between 1911-1914 for SIr Henry Pellat, most notable for his role in bringing hydro-electricity to Toronto, Ontario. Casa Loma cost approximately $3.5 million and a team of 300 workers 3 years to build. Construction was halted at the start of World War I and the depression that followed forced Pellat out of his castle. It was temporarily used for a hotel and after it was once again seized, it was leased by the Kiwanis Club of West Toronto who began using it as a tourist destination. Now you can take your own tour of this beautiful castle and its grounds.

    11. Willistead Manor

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    Located in Windsor this 36-room mansion that sit within a 15-acre park. Built in 1906, the Manor was briefly the home of Edward Chandler Walker, the son of Hiram Walker, creator of Canadian Club Whiskey. Today, this cultural gem in the City of Windsor is a perfect location for weddings, receptions, meetings and other special events.

    12. Central Presbyterian Church

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    Located in Cambridge and opened in 1882 this was a combination of other churches in the area. It now holds documents from the early 1800's and for more than 100 years, this chime has been played before services and to mark special occasions, a feature that seems loved by the community.

    13. Middlesex County Court House National Historic Site of Canada

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    Located in London and completed in 1831 it is believed that the courthouse was partially modelled after the ancestral home of Thomas Talbot, Malahide Castle, near Dublin, Ireland. After its completion it became an immediate landmark and focal point for community events – including markets, fairs and hangings.

    14. Hockey Hall of Fame

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    Located in Toronto this building was built in 1888 and hosted a Bank of Montreal for almost 100 years. During this time there was a robbery and it is said a young girl was shot and killed and she still wanders the spot she was killed. There is another story of a woman who shot and killed herself over a love affair named Dorothy. Although many claim since its conversion, however some night staff have reported seeing her and have felt cold patches... But its going to take more than ghosts to keep a Canadian away from hockey

    15. Martyrs' Shrine

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    Located in Midland and completed in 1925, it is Canada’s only national shrine outside of Quebec. The mission of the Martyrs’ Shrine is to preserve a place of peace, reconciliation, healing and spiritual renewal that welcomes people of all faiths and cultures, so theres definitely nothing stopping you from checking this place out

    16. Thomas Foster Memorial

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    Located in Uxbridge and built in 1936 for Thomas Foster, Mayor of Toronto and member of the House of Commons. He was a great traveler and on one of his trips he was inspired by the Taj Mahal. In 1935 and 1936 he had a memorial temple constructed on a hill between Leaskdale and Uxbridge, Ontario, for his family at a cost of $200,000.

    17. Keg Mansion

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    Located in Toronto in Euclid Hall, this building was originally built in 1868 by Arthur McMaster, nephew of the prominent businessman William McMaster (director of BMO and founder of McMaster University). It was bought eventually by the Massey Family. There have been many sightings of paranormal activity in this building, from running footsteps, a hanging maid above the stairs, a child playing in the hallways. Another feature is a tunnel that connects it with the original Wellesley Hospital building which it is believe that Hart Massy used it to quietly bring their son in for treatment.

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