At the northern end of University Avenue, with University of Toronto buildings to the east and west, lies Queen’s Park, a lovely green place in the heart of the city. Embedded in its center is the rose-tinted sandstone-and-granite Ontario Legislature, which has stood here since 1893. New Yorker comic writer Bruce McCall labeled it an example of “Early Penitentiary” style, but many find it stately and attractive. Be sure to call ahead before you visit to make sure that the building will be open to the public that day. Try to take the afternoon “Art & Architecture” tour—it’s free, but advance reservations are required to participate (visit the website for details; times vary). If you’re interested in observing the Ontario Legislature in session, the public is welcome to watch as laws and policies are made. With Doug Ford—ex–Toronto mayor Rob’s brother—as Premier, the shows at Queen’s Park have been more dramatic than a "Jerry Springer" episode. Shortly after Ford was elected, the official opposition, the New Democratic Party, was kicked out of the Ontario Legislature for banging on tables in protest of the Premier’s decision to slash Toronto’s city council in half. Call for tour information and reservations.