Little Canada is coming to Toronto

Little Canada will be the first store to feature miniatures of Canadian landmarks in downtown Toronto

Miniature room on snow
While Little Canada is waiting to open its doors, many collectors are building their own collection. Andro Fam/Toronto Observer

Want to travel all of Canada in one day? Well, this is your lucky chance — you can visit the opening of Little Canada at Dundas and Yonge Streets.

Little Canada is a miniature store that displays famous Canadian landmarks, in an attempt to tell the nation’s little stories. It’s a highly detailed miniature world featuring destinations such as Little Niagara, Little Toronto, Petit Québec and Ottawa.

Many miniature collectors and fans are awaiting the opening which is set to take place sometime this year. There is a large fan base online comprised of Facebook groups and Instagram pages, which are dedicated to the collection and creation of miniatures models.

Everton Cabral runs an Instagram page dedicated to building miniature railroad models.

“In the world today we have begun to understand how people search for hobbies for everyday life,” Cabral said.

“There are many people who have different hobbies; running, cycling, dancing even singing. The miniature hobby has been one hobby picked up during the pandemic, it’s been gaining more and more fans and increasing in popularity.”

Video by CBC Arts about Little Canada

Little Canada will be the first store of its kind in downtown Toronto to feature miniature models of Canadian landmarks and cityscapes. Once operational the cost of visiting will range from $19 to $29 depending on age, and they will also feature yearly rates.

Passionate online creators like Edz Camila loves the miniature hobby and dedicates an instagram page to her collection. She currently sits at 20,000 followers.

“I love miniatures and building models, it just allows me to see the world through my own perspective. I would love to own my own shop one day to sell and build miniature sets.”

Miniatures are not just built for the fun of it. Some collectors display their work as art. “I really do spend a lot of time building them, so getting to display them after in my home is great,” Camila said.

An exciting part about all this is that Little Canada gives you the chance to experience a process they call “littlization,” by which you enter their 3D scanner and become printed in multiple sizes Prices will vary from $79 to $479 depending on size.

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Posted: Mar 1 2021 11:18 am
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