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Apr 5, 2024

Little Canada - Miniature World, Big Wonder

Guests at Little Canada enjoying the sights and details

In the heart of Toronto at Dundas Square, we made our way down a couple of escalators to Ontarios #1 attraction and one of the most fun things to do with family in Toronto — Little CanadaLink opens in a new tab! Not knowing what to expect (the tiny humans depicted in the scenes are literally ¾ inch) this turned out to be one of the most unique experiences in Canada for the PLAY family! We wanted to share how we explored Canada in one day, including the intricacies and details of this really big small world. Let's go!

Canada meets the charm of miniaturization

Picture this: you, a towering giant, stepping into the whimsical world, a place where the grandeur of Canada meets the charm of miniaturization. As you venture through this enchanting realm, you're not just tourists—you're intrepid explorers on a scavenger hunt like no other. Suddenly, you spot a familiar face. There, hanging out on a PLAY airlines billboard in Hamilton, is none other than Playfin, the beloved mascot of yours truly! It's a delightful surprise, adding a playful twist to the adventure.

Playfin sitting on a PLAY airlines billboard in the heart of Hamilton at Little Canada

It's in the details of Canada

The attention to detail in Little Canada is truly astounding. From the realistic noises of road traffic on the bustling streets of Toronto to the frosty ice of quaint Quebec, every element is carefully crafted to immerse visitors in an authentic experience. But it's not just the sights and sounds that captivate us; it's the moving parts that truly bring this miniature world to life.

Embarking on this adventure, we discovered Niagara Falls with all the glamor and excitement to be expected, including a Maid of the Mist boat filled with teeny, tiny tourists, headed towards the famous Falls. But that was just the beginning. All of a sudden the room's lights started to dim as day turned to night. Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls‘ crazy tourist strip of lights and attractions, came to life! It was a whimsical start to our adventure, setting the tone for the wonders to come.

Puffins dancing around a large rock on the East Coast of Little Canada

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Celebrating all things Canadian

Throughout the journey, we were greeted by friendly Experience Guides eager to share hints and secrets hidden in plain sight. Whether a bunch of frolicking puffins on a large rock over here or a not-so-Bigfoot sneaking into a car in an alleyway over there, something whimsical was to be discovered when looking just a little closer. As pop-culture fans we were psyched to stumble upon scenes of both The Handmaid‘s Tale and Star Trek being shot at Toronto‘s City Hall. With one of the more thrilling events such as the retractable roof of the Rogers Centre opening and revealing a lively Blue Jays game, we were treated to a spectacle that mirrors the real world in a big small way.

But the fun didn’t stop there with Indigenous celebrations in New Brunswick, to Canada Day celebrations in Ottawa to to Lunar New Year festival in Toronto’s Chinatown. It felt like home in a short moment of time. When we traversed through the East Coast, someone quickly pointed out the Bay of Fundy, where the tide rolled in and out every eight minutes, adding a touch of realism to this miniature marvel.

Giants watching a Blue Jay's game at the Rogers Centre, from above

Become a part of Little Canada

We'll also never forget the behind-the-scenes magic that makes it all possible. With mechanics lessons and sneak peeks of the West Coast workmanship at the Miniature Makers Space, we received a glimpse into the intricate craftsmanship that goes into every detail of the realm. Finally, we made a pit stop at the Littlization StationLink opens in a new tab, where some of us struck a fun pose in a 3D photo booth so we could see what a ¾ inches tall version of ourselves would look like (and possibly be placed somewhere in Little Canada!). Although we declined a mini-me model this time, we will dress our best for the next visit to make a permanent mark in Toronto and "Be a part of something small."

Testing out the Littlization Station

Conclusion: you have to go!

So, fellow giants, are you ready to embark on this unforgettable journey through the enchanting landscapes of Little Canada? This larger-than-life world is not just a miniature marvel; it's a celebration of all things Canadian, where every detail tells a story and every corner holds a surprise. Grab your magnifying glass and dive headfirst into a world of wonder, discovery, and excitement! Book your tickets nowLink opens in a new tab—you won't be disappointed.

Guests at Little Canada enjoying the sights and details

Helpful tips about your visit to Little Canada

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Opening Hours

Monday - Friday 10:00 - 18:00 (6PM)

Saturday: 10:00 - 19:30 (7:30PM)

Sunday: 12:00 - 19:30 (7:30PM)

How much does it cost?

Adult admission to Little Canada costs €23 to €31 depending on your preferences (early 2024 prices). Children aged 4-12 costs €17 (ages 3 and under are free!). Student and senior admission costs from €21 to €24.

Individual and family Annual Passports are also available for €76 and €191, respectively. This is for those who who can't get enough of Little Canada. Besides unlimited visits, discounts are available if you want a snack while exploring or want to take home something special as a reminder of your trip through Canada!

How to get there

You can get there by subway, bus or car. Look out for the Little Canada signs located in the heart of downtown Toronto at 10 Dundas East, across the street from Yonge-Dundas Square and Toronto Eaton Centre.

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