My friend Grace and I love returning to our alma mater the University of Toronto to walk the gorgeous grounds and reminisce about our university days. Grace and I met at a mature students group at the university and immediately clicked. Having both ditched our careers to return to university, we spent time between classes working out at the Hart House gym, seeing plays at U of T’s Hart House Theatre and meeting for coffee at Sammy’s Exchange on campus. We have a shared love of books since I specialized in English while Grace majored in English and Sociology. After not seeing each other for over two years due to the pandemic, we decided to meet on the Victoria College campus to catch up before heading off for lunch on a patio.
I didn’t spend a lot of time at the Victoria College campus when I was a student because none of my classes were held there. Grace had one of her classes at Vic College so she is more familiar with the campus. Victoria College is at the easterly section of the University of Toronto, just a block or two southwest of the frenetic, upscale Bay and Bloor neighbourhood. [If you ever want to escape the busy pace of Bay and Bloor, I highly recommend walking south to Charles Street and then walking two blocks west where you will find yourself on the Victoria College campus.]
Upon arriving at our meeting place, I felt an immediate sense of calmness overtake me. Our get-together took place in late August while Toronto was experiencing high 30°C weather so we were able to enjoy the stunning array of flowers. In late September and early October, the campus will be dressed in autumn glory – a sight not to be missed!
If you live in Toronto and have never been to the Victoria College campus, come on in…I’m leading the way!
Below is a view of the Victoria College campus looking east. You can see the condos of Bay Street in the background.
Grace and I stumbled upon this set of stairs leading to a backway path to some other buildings on campus. It looked very Harry-Potterish to me as it was unexpected and led to unknown places lol. I would not want to descend those stairs after dusk!
Famous alumni of Victoria College include Margaret Atwood, Lester B. Pearson, Norman Jewison, Northrop Frye and Donald Sutherland.
If you find yourself in the Bay and Bloor neighbourhood and have some time on your hands, definitely take a walk through the Victoria College campus. You’ll be impressed by the architecture and ambiance. And best of luck to all students returning to school this year!
If you’re wondering what I’m wearing…
Jacket: Levi’s, purchased at Winners in Fall 2021
Sweater: Le Chateau, purchased nine years ago
Jeans: NYDJ Ami Skinny Tulip-Hem Ankle Jeans, purchased at Hudson’s Bay in Fall 2021
Chelsea Boots: Cole Haan, purchased at Hudson’s Bay in Fall 2021
Crossbody: Roots, purchased eight years ago