Doors Open at the Canada Life Building

Canada Life was the country’s first domestic life insurance company.

Over the weekend, GWL Realty Advisors was pleased to participate once again in Doors Open Toronto by welcoming over 5,000 visitors, from nearby and far away, to the Canada Life building on University Avenue. Now in it’s 19th year, Doors Open Toronto provides people with the opportunity to see inside more than 100 historically, culturally, and architecturally significant buildings across the Greater Toronto Area.

Canada Life Floor

Visitors were invited to embark on a self-guided tour through the lobby, that features the Canada Life company’s original brass plaque embedded into the floor, to the Hugh C. Baker Room where they could watch a video about the history of the building. Throughout the hallway, historic documents and photos were laid out illustrating the rich history of the building and the surrounding area.

Canada Life Building Weather Beacon

Guests were then invited to the 17th floor to take in beautiful views of the city. A few floors above this observation deck is the Canada Life Beacon. Inspired by a similar beacon in New York, it became operational in August 1951. For years, many Torontonians depended on it for weather forecasts. Today, the information is updated four times daily, seven days a week, by Environment Canada’s Weather Centre at Pearson International Airport.

Throughout the weekend, we were proud to show off the building, which is normally closed off to the public, to the community. We appreciated hearing stories from visitors who had a personal connection to the building through their families and friends, and we look forward to opening the building to the public once again next year.

Thank you to our wonderful volunteers who made the weekend a big success.

Two people looking at a Doors Open Toronto map +
People in the Canada Life observation room +

GWL Realty Advisors

GWL Realty Advisors Inc. is a leading North American real estate investment advisor providing comprehensive asset management, property management, development and specialized real estate advisory services to pension funds and institutional clients. GWL Realty Advisors Inc. manages a diverse portfolio of office, industrial, retail and multi-residential assets as well as an active pipeline of new development projects.