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Old 06-29-2004, 09:18 PM   #1
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Default Toronto: places to visit?

My gf and I are going to be in Toronto for a few days, and were looking for tips on places to visit, decent restaraunts, etc.

We'll be visiting Niagara Falls one day, and are looking for other places of significance to fill up the other 3 or so days.

General Canadian travel tips are welcome, too (places to change money, etc).

We'll be coming in through Windsor and leaving through Niagara Falls.

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Old 06-30-2004, 01:39 AM   #2
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Queen St in Toronto ain't so bad.

CITY TV, Much Music, around that area spreading outwards
has a lot of night life.

Personal fav
http://www.toronto.com/infosite/147307/1.shtml
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Old 06-30-2004, 12:07 PM   #3
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Queen Street West is definately the 'in' place at the moment, from University Avenue west. The farther west you go the funkier it gets. One of my favorite restaurants is The Gypsy Co-op at 815 Queen West.

The beach neighbourhood is also nice, located along Queen Street East, east of Woodbine Avenue. The boardwalk along the lakeshore is very popular among locals.

Other interesting neighbourhoods close to downtown are:
Chinatown (Dundas @ Spadina) - Good food
Kensington Market (just NW of Dundas & Spadina) - Good deals
Little Italy (College @ Clinton) - Lots of good food
The Annex (Bloor @ Bathurst), - Good Restaurants
Yorkville (Yorkville Ave. @ Belair) - Expensive, moviestar sighting
The Danforth (Danforth @ Pape) - Greek food

The best place to change money is at any bank machine. The banks generally charge less than exchange places. Just look for a machine with the right symbol (Cirrus, Plus - look at the back of your bank card).

Also Pinocchio Restaurant, 4800 Dundas Street West at Islington Avenue in Etobicoke (western suburb of Toronto) is owned by one of the mods of the Toronto Subaru Club (Sinic, I think). I've never eaten there but I've heard it's good.
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Old 06-30-2004, 03:59 PM   #4
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Thanks, guys.

You've definitely given me something to work with - the boardwalk should be interesting, and I'll hit the site both of you quoted.

Are there any cultural/touristy places that you'd recommend?

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Old 06-30-2004, 04:49 PM   #5
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I'd suggest a run up the CN Tower, and if you have the time, the ferry ride and a walk around Toronto Island, quite relaxing...

There is the hockey hall of fame down near Union Station and Yonge and Front, The Toronto Zoo, The Ontario Science Center,

If you want to shop and stuff, do the Eaton Center at Yonge and Dundas. You can walk north for as long as you want for more shopping if that doesn't fill your day up.

You can always find more things to do here in town at www.toronto.com and other stuff in Ontario at www.ontariotravel.net and http://soto.on.ca/

A word of warning if you are coming downtown.. Traffic on the major highways in and out of the city is rediculous between 6:00 AM and 9:30 and from about 3:30 to 7:30... You will want to make your entrance in the middle of the day, or the night before.

That ought to keep you busy!!!
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Old 06-30-2004, 06:14 PM   #6
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That ought to keep you busy!!!
Boy, will it!

We'll be arriving at about 10pm - midnight, so rush hour won't really be an issue. It might be, in Detroit, but not in Toronto.

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Old 06-30-2004, 06:56 PM   #7
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They also have comedy listings. @ www.nowtoronto.com
Check it out, its a free toronto Magazine about whats happening in the city and stuff..
Let us know how your visit goes. Have a good time!
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Old 07-13-2004, 04:12 PM   #8
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I think I've finally recovered from the drive...

We went up on the 1st through Detroit, and took the Ambassador bridge into Windsor. Little did I know that I'd be boxed in on all sides by semis, preventing the view that I wanted my gf to have. We changed money in the casino in Windsor, and took off for Toronto. There were a couple of unexplained blockages, so we finally pulled in around 1am.

On the 2nd, we went on a walking tour of Toronto, through old Chinatown and that immediate area. We liked it a _lot_. Dinner was at Spring Rolls, with dessert at some dessert place. Yummy, but the restraunt had _very_ westernized dishes. We were hoping for something a little more traditional.

The 3rd saw us driving to Niagara, where we ate at the Minolta tower (filet mignon, mmmmmmmm....) and then saw a little more than we bargained for because we couldn't remember where I parked.

We cooked out w/ my sister and her husband on the 4th, after going shopping and getting _drenched_ in a sudden downpour. You're know you're screwed when you can see a wall of rain advancing towards you and there's nohere to hide. The PATH proved to be our saviour, because we somehow managed to emerge about 2 blocks away from where we needed to be. What would it take to get the signs changed to show an overview, along with the block-by-block maps? Sheesh.

We came back on the 5th, taking the tunnel to Detroit this time. Much faster, and we actually got home before dark.

Then we lost the housekeys in the back of the car and I got to spend 45 minutes looking for them.

It was a good trip; we learned stuff, saw a friendly, clean city, and had a lot of fun. We even considered a summer home there, 'cause winter would be way too cold.

I know americans are hit with strict immigration policies, but what about Brits (dual citizenship 0wnz!)?

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Hope you had fun up here... Sorry 'bout the rain and the lame maps. I guess the locals just understand how the PATH works, I personally have only used it once...

I should have suggested a visit to Niagara on the Lake, it's right beside Niagara falls, but like a quaint little vollage rather than an extremely commerialized tourist trap. Anyways, hope you made the required 'donation' at the Casino.
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Too bad about Spring Rolls. Perhaps, you should have stuck with Chinatown for din-din. Spring Rolls is disgusting, not indicative of the fine fare found elsewhere in TO. Do visit again. Later.
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Next time you come down PM and ill show you some TO"HOT" spots!








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Old 07-13-2004, 08:06 PM   #12
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Hope you had fun up here... Sorry 'bout the rain and the lame maps. I guess the locals just understand how the PATH works, I personally have only used it once...
We had a blast. I got to see family that I've barely talked to in 6 months, and we all got to explore the city.

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Too bad about Spring Rolls. Perhaps, you should have stuck with Chinatown for din-din. Spring Rolls is disgusting, not indicative of the fine fare found elsewhere in TO. Do visit again. Later.
Yeah, we were a little disappointed by it. Then we found Happy (or Lucky, can't remember) Seven on Spadina. The squid and vegetables was rather delicious. We're determined to come back.

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Next time you come down PM and ill show you some TO"HOT" spots!
We're not much into clubbing (we're young old farts ), but good food is always welcome. We'd most likely be based near the CN tower, if that gives you an idea of places near walking distance. We did walk all the way over to the mall w/ the silver Elvis on the day we got soaked, so a good chunk of the city is within our waking distance.

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Next time you come down PM and ill show you some TO"HOT" spots!
Scoobs
I second that! first round on me! Scoobs, where about do you usually go for "hot" spots? I'm up here in York region, so I usually go to the Vaughn area. We should meet up one time.

Also on the asian cuisine, if you can, make it up to Markham or richmondhill. The chinese food is very authentic and your hair won't fall out from ingesting massive amounts of MSG. Good to hear your Toronto visit was a positive one.
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Dang double posts. Gotta love server crashes. At least it counts towards my post total...

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I second that! first round on me! Scoobs, where about do you usually go for "hot" spots? I'm up here in York region, so I usually go to the Vaughn area. We should meet up one time.

Also on the asian cuisine, if you can, make it up to Markham or richmondhill. The chinese food is very authentic and your hair won't fall out from ingesting massive amounts of MSG. Good to hear your Toronto visit was a positive one.

PM me if you ever want to hook up and we can chill...eat some chinese...I luv chinese and criuse downtown.


Lemme know,



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