Walking In Toronto
For the most part, I find the best way to see the city is to walk. If you have two feet and a heartbeat why not? You really get out there and see the things that you would normally miss if you were driving or taking public transit.
Toronto isn't a huge city, so if your best bet is to plan in advance and pick out the areas you want to explore. Divide your trip into days and decide what days that you want to conquer what neighbourhoods in the city. Once you make your way to wherever it is you want to see definitely walk. Especially in the summer it's a great city to explore by foot.
If you decide this is the best thing for you and you need help with some specific planning feel free to shoot me a message - i'd be more than happy to provide some specific tips to anyone looking for them :) Anytime I bring someone new to see the city (which I find I have done a lot) I always make sure that we do a lot of walking. I believe that no matter where you are in the world, seeing it by foot is always the best way!
You must absolutely try out...
You must absolutely try out Canada's Wonderland. Its not exactly DisneyWorld, but it's a fun place to be (and not very expensive). I miss the cold weather, the snow. I also miss the friendly smiling people.
Runs hot and cold
We have very strange weather in Canada.
If you come in the winter, you'll find it to be very cold. Sometimes in Toronto we have temperatures as cold as -35 degrees celcius. (where I live, -40.) There's also lots of snow. If you come in the summer, however it can get pretty hot. Temeratures range from 30-35 degrees celcius. Bring your swimsuit!
My favourite season is the fall. The red and orange leaves look gorgeous in contrast with the blue Lake Ontario. During the winters in Toronto, I remember always going ice skating at Nathan Philips' Square.
During the summer, there's the annual Canadian National Exhibition and Ontario Place (see my must-see activities for more info on those.)
When was a child my grandma always took my to High Park. If you have kids, you could take them there any time during the year. There's a playground, it's relaxing for parents. And you may want to bring some bread-crumbs incase you decide to feed the swans ;)
Visit one of the many...
Visit one of the many Toronto's Live Theaters:
ARTWORD THEATRE, 75 Portland Street, Tel: 416-408-1146;
DNA THEATRE, 133 Bathurst St. Phone: (416) 504-5099;
FACTORY THEATRE, 125 Bathurst Street, Box Office: 416-504-9971;
HARBOURFRONT CENTRE, 235 Queens Quay West, BOX OFFICE: 416-973-4000;
THE MASSEY HALL and ROY THOMSON HALL
60 Simcoe Street, For Tickets Call: (416) 872-4255;
THE SECOND CITY TORONTO, 56 Blue Jays Way, Toronto Box office: 416.343.0011;
SOLAR STAGE CHILDREN'S THEATRE, The Madison Centre, Lower Level, 4950 Yonge Street, 416 368 8031;
STRATFORD FESTIVAL THEATRES:
Box Office 1-800-567-1600;
THE TARRAGON THEATRE, 30 Bridgman Ave. Toronto,
Box Office number: 416-531-1827;
THEATRE PASSE MURAILLE, 16 Ryerson Avenue, Box Office: 416 504 PLAY (7529), firstname.lastname@example.org;
ST. LAWRENCE FOR THE ARTS, 27 Front St. East,
Box Office: 1 800 708-6754;
PRINCESS OF WALES THEATRE and ROYAL ALEXANDRE THEATRE
For tickets call (416) 872 -1212 or 1-800-461-3333;
TORONTO DANCE THEATRE, 80 Winchester Street,
French in Toronto - Hardly
From outside the country, people are advised that Canada is a bilingual French-English society. Well,not exactly...
In Toronto, Canada's largest metropolitan area of over 5 million people, French speakers barely add up to 2 percent of the population - one of the smallest language groups!
By contrast, Chinese and Italian are well over 10 percent each, with many other communities far outnumbering the French.
Almost all the French communications in the Toronto area are the result of some government regulation.
Almost all of Canada's six million French-speakers reside in the Province of Quebec. While most of the rest, totaling several hundred thousand reside in Northern Ontario, they are still several hundred miles removed from this city.