September 04

“Little Canada”- Toronto’s Newest Museum !

By Sally Warburton
It’s open! Little Canada, the miniature cities museum. This has been the dream of Jean Louis Brenninkmeijer ever since he emigrated to Canada. Planned and created by his team of artists and engineers over years and finally opened here in Toronto … Little Canada, Toronto’s newest museum.

The museum of miniatures covers two floors on the lower levels of the 10 Dundas Building at Yonge & Dundas. Easy to locate. Just diagonal from the Eaton Centre. At the Dundas subway.

Your visit starts with friendly and helpful staff who greet visitors and explain about the Little Canada miniature museum. The first room on the upper level is Little Niagara Falls. The Falls are flowing. The projection of Niagara Falls on the miniature landscape creates the feeling of being right in Niagara! The Maid of the Mist boat is sailing along with its passengers. It’s spectacular.

Then the lower level. Everything that is Toronto is there in miniature – CN Tower. Distillery district. City Hall. The famous Toronto sign. Streets are filled with streetcars, cars, trucks, fire engines, cyclists, pedestrians, trees, sidewalks and then there are the GO Trains and even an accident with police cars and ambulance. You look and then you keep searching for more. Every few minutes the cities change from day to night.

No detail is left out. There’s so much to see and absorb. And you go back to check to see what you’ve missed…more than once. The Rogers Centre has an amazing roof which opens and closes….baseball fans are there with the teams! Scotiabank Arena is filled with people and has a Raptors Game showing on the Videotron. The flashes of fans’ cameras are an awesome touch!
The Little Golden Horseshoe includes important places in Ontario for tourism and business. Sifto Salt mine in Goderich. Stratford with its theatres. Hamilton’s industries. Oakville and Burlington. Canada’s capital city, Little Ottawa, includes the Houses of Parliament with projections which change ending with the flag of Canada and fireworks in the sky celebrating Canada Day. Petit Quebec City has the Château Frontenac, snow scenes and skating at the winter festival. Each miniature city either brings back memories or wishes for future travel.

 

Signs for future miniature parts of Canada are for the Little East Coast, Little Montreal, Little North, Little West Coast, Little Rockies and Little Prairies. On site you can watch the team of ‘Miniature Makers’ working on upkeep and new creations.
The Little Bites Café serves a selection of healthy food and Little Things Gift shop has a wide selection of Canadian souvenirs. A unique way of becoming part of the museum is by getting ‘Littlized’ – a Little Me created by a photo and different sizes of 3D models of yourself for a cost.

Little Canada is a fascinating miniature museum! It makes you want to return to see any details you missed. A must-see when visiting Toronto. A unique and awe-inspiring museum of miniatures. Jean Louis Brenninkmeijer’s dream has been achieved. And continues to grow! We look forward to that!