Capital City Scavenger Hunt: Toronto, Ontario

By Kevin Naulls, CBC Parents Staff

Illustrations by Luba Magnus

May 10, 2022

There's this perfunctory joke some people make about Toronto.

It goes like this: Toronto only has two seasons, winter and construction.

It's the kind of joke your dad might tell. Maybe your dad tells it every year. Maybe you've asked him to stop.

But I'm here to tell you that as much as there is an annoying amount of construction, and streetcars short turn way too often, and the heat makes it feel like you're perpetually sitting in a bowl of soup, summer in Toronto is arguably the most alive the city ever is. 

Which is why it was it was a lot of fun taking our next stop on our tour of capital cities for our scavenger hunt series.

Toronto has its icons, like the CN tower. After looking up, way up, at its majesty, tour the city streets to find a local pigeon (there are many), a streetcar and a Blue Jays cap. 

And yep, you'll even have to spot some construction. 

Not in Toronto?

I know not everyone is flying out to places these days, but I don't want that to stop you from having a great time with this scavenger hunt (and the six more to come!). Here are some thoughts to make Toronto come to you: 

  • Print out the printable below and cut out each item. If you don't have a printer, check out your local library.
  • Once you've cut out each item, hide the items around your home, some in trickier places than others. If you have access to some outdoor space (backyard, public park, etc.), choose a nice day and hide them outside. 
  • When your little ones are done collecting the items (either print out a second sheet for them to keep track, or have the printable up on a device), it's a great opportunity to research some of the landmarks on Google Maps. What do the items look like in real life?
  • After that, if any of the items inspire questions from your kids, do a bit of further research with them. Each scavenger hunt is an invitation to honour and celebrate places across Canada! 

Ready to start searching? Check out the printables below!






We hope you enjoy looking for all of these iconic Toronto items! If your family gets out and hunts for these local treasures, tag @cbckidsca and @cbctoronto on Instagram

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