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September 2, 2019 | Campus

Remember these gorgeous campus spots? True Blue tours U of T in a quest for Instagram fame

By Isabel Armiento

The True Blue mascot raises both arms while standing on a stone bridge arching over a lush pond in a sunlit woods.

True Blue strikes a pose at U of T Mississauga's Wilson Pond Bridge (all photos by Johnny Guatto)


With its plethora of unique architectural styles, the University of Toronto is the perfect place to take photos: from U of T Mississauga’s idyllic nature spots to the St. George campus’s historic settings and U of T Scarborough’s newly renovated modern backdrops.

Follow True Blue, U of T’s mascot – and part-time Instagram model – as they tour some of the most Insta-worthy locations at the three campuses.


St. George campus

Between the 19th-century elegance of Trinity College, the modern brutalism of Robarts and the edgy hybrid style of the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, the St. George campus boasts a diverse range of Instagram-worthy spots.

The True Blue mascot props one foot on the base of a tall pillar outside Convocation Hall.
Convocation Hall

True Blue took advantage of the sunlight – and lack of pedestrian traffic – for a dazzling photo.

The True Blue mascot stretches along a wooden bench in an atrium next to a bamboo grove.
Donnelly Centre's bamboo forest

Savvy True Blue captured nature’s beauty without actually having to go outside.

The True Blue mascot sits on the grass under a tree, arms around knees, and looks over Front Campus at University College.
University College

What a pensive (but cute) pose! Does it mean True Blue is killing it – both academically and aesthetically?

Help U of T preserve the historic core of St. George campus through the Landmark Project


U of T Mississauga

As alumni know, natural landscapes make UTM the perfect place for a rugged photoshoot along one of U of T Mississauga's many hiking trails. But will True Blue’s Instagram success be overshadowed by accounts dedicated to the ubiquitous deer at U of T Mississauga?

The True Blue mascot sits on the edge of a stone bridge without railings, arcing over a pond in the sunlit woods.
Wilson Pond Bridge

True Blue’s photographer donned their most fashionable hiking boots to capture a picturesque swamp-chic photo.

The True Blue mascot relaxes in an armchair in a stone-and-wood rotunda with high ceilings.
Kaneff Centre

True Blue takes advantage of the Kaneff Centre’s gorgeous architectural backdrop.

The True Blue mascot and the UTM Eagle mascot high five each other on a paved pedestrian walkway.
Middle Road

U of T Mississauga's Middle Road is the setting for the perfect squad photo, as  the UTM Eagle joins True Blue.)


U of T Scarborough

Over the past decade, U of T Scarborough has undergone an architectural revamp, transforming the campus into a hub of sleek, modern buildings. True Blue chooses between the old-school campus staples and the new gleaming glass structures.

The True Blue mascot points at the camera in front of a background of a tall concrete tower topped with three smokestacks.
Humanities Wing boiler stacks

Looking ‘smoking’ in front of the iconic U of T Scarborough boiler stacks. 

Standing amidt flowering planters, the True Blue mascot points up at the U of T Scarborough logo on a concrete tower.
The Terrace

Playing peek-a-boo with the camera while enjoying a walk through the Terrace, the Science Wing patio.

The True Blue mascot waves while standing under the skylight and concrete balconies of UTSC's Meeting Place.
Meeting Place

Striking a pose against the Meeting Place’s scenic skylight and checked tiles.

Adapted from a story originally published by U of T News.

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