New York Post rates Aga Khan Museum one of Toronto’s top destinations to visit during the 2015 Pan Am Games

As Toronto gears up for the arrival of thousands of athletes from the Western Hemisphere for the 2015 Pan Am Games (July 10-26) and Parapan Games (Aug. 7-15), Canada’s largest city is brushing up on good manners and fine-tuning its infrastructure.

Case in point: The chic and speedy air-rail link UP Express — part of a $16 billion provincial transportation infrastructure plan — debuted in early June, ahead of the games.

Now, jetting into Canada’s largest city and making a beeline to the downtown core is a snap.

But what to do once you land? Here’s your itinerary:

Visit Aga Khan Museum

Aga Khan Museum within the Aga Khan Park - (Photo: Janet Kimber via Aga Khan Museum)
Aga Khan Museum within the Aga Khan Park – (Photo: Janet Kimber via Aga Khan Museum)

Located outside the city’s downtown core in North York, the 113,000-square-foot Aga Khan Museum is an architecturally impressive venue housing more than 1,000 artifacts showcasing the artistic, intellectual and scientific contributions of Muslim civilizations.

Opened in September 2014, it features pieces — including ceramics, metalwork, paintings and Qur’an manuscripts — from the private collections of His Highness the Aga Khan, London’s Institute of Ismaili Studies, and Prince and Princess Sadruddin Aga Khan. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning Japanese architect Fumihiko Maki, the museum is set within formal gardens and surrounded by the Aga Khan Park, creating a wonderfully serene setting suitable for it suburban surroundings.

Ismaili Centre, Toronto within the Aga Khan Park, reflecting in one of the five infinity pools (Photo: Janet Kimber via Aga Khan Museum  / New York Post)
Ismaili Centre, Toronto within the Aga Khan Park, reflecting in one of the five infinity pools (Photo: Janet Kimber via Aga Khan Museum / New York Post)

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