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Oscen and I are headed to Canada on Sunday for a *real* vacation - woo hoo!! We are flying into Toronto and will be there for 2 days before heading down to Niagara and then up to Tobermory and Flowerpot Island. Just wondering if anybody had been to Toronto and could suggest some places to see and eat.

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Wish I could help, but I haven't been there since I was a kid. I grew up about 100 miles up the lake from there. I imagine it's changed a bit since then.

Steve
We lived in Toronto for several years and truly loved the city which I think is the most cosmopolitan in North America. It has the broadest range of cuisine outside of (or possibly including) New York, N.Y. so get ready to pick your favorite.

A short ferry trip and walk around the Toronto Islands is a very pleasant way to spend a summer afternoon, as is a walk along the boardwalk through the region known as "the Beaches" on the Eastern side of the city. There are some terrific Greek eateries (both fancy and pedestrian) on the Danforth, which is the Eastern extension of Bloor street after it crosses the river. Bloor Street is the main East-West corridor and Yonge street the main North-South corridor but it is a large city with excellent public transit so Bloor-Yonge is a kind of cipher for city center. Be sure to explore the underground tunnels which connect the city's main downtown buildings to each other, extend for miles, and offer a pedestrian environment even in the worst winter weather. I hope you have a good time.

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P.S. If you prefer inside activities the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) has some fine collections and the Ontario Science Center provides lots of hands-on fun. Two days is just barely enough to get a sense of the place so again, good luck and have fun!
I went to Toronto in 87 so i would not be much help.
the flight was full with ...5 people.
I went there to see my famous Canadian painting by Lawren Harris sell at Sotheby's.
We did go to the Toronto Art Museum, and that was cool,
but at the time they had one section full of awful absolutely modern art.
We met the Canadian art curator Dennis Reid there who authenticated our painting,
as it was unsigned in which Harris did not sign his art after 1920.
Thanks for the suggestions! We will probably opt for the outdoor activities, but if the weather turns bad and rains we will hit the museums.
If you're a member of AAA, git you a free guidebook to Toronto. The ones I've used for other places have been quite useful and up-to-date.
<img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/applause.gif" alt="Applause" title="applause" /> oh how fun! Have a good time-I've never been to that part of the country before though I did know a guy from Buffalo-he loved it there.
Back in the 80s there was a Canadian cop show called Night Heat. Ninety percent of it was filmed (yes, filmed not videotaped) outdoors at night in downtown Toronto and I watched it just to see the city.
I may be a bit biased here, but I think Montreal is much better place to travel to. While Toronto is a big sprawling city, it still seems like just another US destination. Montreal on the other hand Is like a slice of old Europe. Visit Old Montreal and you may think your in Paris or Rome. Forget Toronto restaurants, Montreal by far has the best eateries in Canada. Lots of nightlife as well (Bars and Clubs close at 3:00 AM. Toronto = 12:00 AM). I would also suggest that Montreal is a much safer city to walk around in than Toronto. Formula 1, world renowned Jazz festival, Just For Laughs Comedy fest, just to name a few of the events you can catch in Montreal. Don't worry about language since everyone here speaks both french and english.
Quote:I may be a bit biased here, but I think Montreal is much better place to travel to. While Toronto is a big sprawling city, it still seems like just another US destination. Montreal on the other hand Is like a slice of old Europe. Visit Old Montreal and you may think your in Paris or Rome. Forget Toronto restaurants, Montreal by far has the best eateries in Canada. Lots of nightlife as well (Bars and Clubs close at 3:00 AM. Toronto = 12:00 AM). I would also suggest that Montreal is a much safer city to walk around in than Toronto. Formula 1, world renowned Jazz festival, Just For Laughs Comedy fest, just to name a few of the events you can catch in Montreal. Don't worry about language since everyone here speaks both french and english.

Sounds wonderful - maybe next time!
Quote:[quote author="xyz"]I may be a bit biased here, but I think Montreal is much better place to travel to. While Toronto is a big sprawling city, it still seems like just another US destination. Montreal on the other hand Is like a slice of old Europe. Visit Old Montreal and you may think your in Paris or Rome. Forget Toronto restaurants, Montreal by far has the best eateries in Canada. Lots of nightlife as well (Bars and Clubs close at 3:00 AM. Toronto = 12:00 AM). I would also suggest that Montreal is a much safer city to walk around in than Toronto. Formula 1, world renowned Jazz festival, Just For Laughs Comedy fest, just to name a few of the events you can catch in Montreal. Don't worry about language since everyone here speaks both french and english.

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Montreal.
French Canadian women are fun.
The ones I met were completely different than BC women who are also fun outgoing people,
but the Montreal gals were just a uniquely different cultural brew of female.
Quote:French Canadian women are fun.
The ones I met were completely different than BC women who are also fun outgoing people,
but the Montreal gals were just a uniquely different cultural brew of female.

I'm partial to Cape Breton/Newfie girls myself.

Quote:Don't worry about language since everyone here speaks both french and english.

Step outside the tourist traps and it can become a very big issue.

Steve
Oh crap I wonder if sarafina is back yet? Toronto has that damn G20 meeting going on with 20,000 extra jackboots and sonic attack cannons.
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Yeah, I hope sarafina has managed to avoid that.

I agree Montreal is an absolutely fabulous city with a unique European flavor, but there is also Quebec (city) maybe even more so perhaps? Oh . . . for another glass or three of screech in St. Johns, Newfoundland! And then there is Halifax, Winnepeg, Calgary (where steve lives), and those are just some of the cities, not to mention smaller places and the enormity of un-named places . . . Canada is a huge, diverse and endlessly interesting country.

Sarafina asked about Toronto. I have no intention of demeaning Montreal, Quebec, Ottawa(even!) or any other destination nor of promoting any destination, sarafina only asked about Toronto. We can talk about other destinations or conversational gambits but this thread was a question about anything we knew or could help her with Toronto since she was going there.

So, sarafina, may you escape the negative police-state over-reaction incipient in Toronto and return safe and sound and please tell us: how was your summer vacation? Applause
I heard they spent 933 million CND just on security. Source: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/toronto/story/2...toews.html
It'd be cool to get sarafina's view on how the city was this week.

Personally, I like Toronto. This little place called 'The Loose Moose' across the street from the SkyDome is a lot of fun I remember. The road to Niagara also has a lot of fun, pretty places to stop.
Quote:Oh crap I wonder if sarafina is back yet? Toronto has that damn G20 meeting going on with 20,000 extra jackboots and sonic attack cannons.

Oh I don't know I'd go there just in case one of them accidently dropped a 20G note!

No advice to offer at all Sarafina except that it doesn't sound like a good place to relocate a yurt!
But hope you're both having a great time (or had a great time?!)

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Thanks guys! - I am back and we definitely weren't planning on being there when the G20 stink rolled into town. They were already posting signs when we left about expecting several hours of delays going in and out of the city during the G20. We were only in Toronto for a day and a half, but enjoyed walking around downtown and taking a ferry over to Ward Island for some hiking. It would have been a whole different experience with the G20 in town and not one I would have wanted. We ate at a Moroccan restaurant that was excellent in downtown Toronto and I wanted some of those decorations for my yurt Lol

Niagara was beautiful and we hiked all of Goat Island on the US side and went to several garden conservatories on the Canadian side.

Tobermory on Lake Huron was also stunningly beautiful with the rocky shoreline and blue-green water.

Now...... I realize my husband planned a lot of things away from the tourist areas, but I was struck by how we were practically alone almost the whole trip - very few people wherever we went (once we left Toronto). It was so nice!
I've got a funny story about my kid. He will be 16 in a few months and was supposed to stay with his Dad while we were gone, but ended up staying at the house by himself the whole week. He did a good job taking are of our cats and fish and is a good kid so I wasn't worried about him.

I checked my cell phone provider and found out a phone call from Canada was going to run $1.60/min but texts were free. I told my son to text me every day with an update and I would do the same and only call IF IT WAS AN EMERGENCY.

We texted every day and all was fine until Thu afternoon when my phone rang with his ringtone.............. I though OMG - cat died, fish tank overflowing, house on fire....... Oscen noticed the ringtone too and said "you better answer that!". I grabbed the phone and said "What's WRONG!!"............

He answered in a dire, serious voice........ MOM..... THE INTERNET IS OUT !!!"

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That was surely an emergency LOL. He sounded panicked and said he had reset everything. I laughed and told him I couldn't fix it from Canada and just wait an hour and reset again and hopefully Comcast would have him back online (they did). Crisis averted..........
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Like Momma, like son! He gets it honest........

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