its not actually called NEW toronto as this page suggests!!! Also, unlike most north american cities of its size, people really live in and occupy the downtown core. We haver residential and tree...
The winter sux!
To appreciate the best of toronto in my opionion, you have to be the type to look past the often sterile facades to see the real anything goes nitty gritty city.
As something that started out in someone's front yard - the Charity Haunt that will take place in October 2009, looks like something worth visiting! With volunteers ready to scare you in, what is to be, one of Toronto's most haunted locations - you're guaranteed a good Halloween scare! Even better - the money raised goes towards Sick Kids Hospital...more
Completed in September of 2009 - the Mastercard Centre houses four hockey rinks, one of which is Olympic size and is the new practice home for both the Toronto Maple Leafs and their farm team the Toronto Marlies. The centre currently opens every Saturday between September 2009 - June 2010, between the hours of 2:15pm and 4:15pm, for a public skate....more
The best part about living in New Toronto is being so close to the lake. We're a two minute walk away, so in the summer it's a great place to take a walk. It's nice to be in the city, but away from a lot of the busy aspects of the city and so close to nature. It's really the best way to get the best of both worlds while living or visiting Toronto.more
Located almost directly across from our house, it was a given that we would eventually visit this restaurant. Coming home from work one night, we decided it was time to give it a go and headed over to see what they had to offer. It's a very small place, and if you look hard it's a little shabby, but it's clean and the staff were friendly.I ordered...more
This place is small and just off Lakeshore - practically hidden and probably something you would miss if you didn't know where to look for it. We actually discovered it by reading some local booklet that arrived in the mail. We've been twice and we love the atmosphere and the food. It's a little pricey but so worth it for local grown produce and...more
We discovered Fresh Wood Grill one night when we tried to go to another restaurant in the area - only to find that they only accepted cash, no seating and were way too busy for how hungry we were. So we stopped in here and were impressed by the food. They had a variety of different burgers, and all of the meat they provide is local from an Ontario...more
Mandarin is a Toronto institution! I think everyone I know has been there at least once. Not only do they offer and all you can eat buffet, but they also have menu items available...the restaurant is clean, pretty inexpensive and has a huge variety of food available, from Chinese to West Indian to East Indian, Canadian, American, Japanese, BBQ, a...more
Burrito Boyz is one of those chains in the city where you will always find a line up, simply because their burritos are delicious. They have your usual steak and chicken options, but they also offer other great options like Halibut, Haddock and Shrimp, as well as vegetarian options. This location is a little less busy based on where they are, but...more
Pulcinella is a brand new (as of early 2010), Italian Restaurant in South Etobicoke (New Toronto / Long Branch area). We had watched with interest as the restaurant prepared to open, and were quick to try it out. The atmosphere of the restaurant is fantastic. The staff were friendly and knowledgeable, and the design and decor was beautiful. We...more
We decided to try this place after spending our first night in our first home. Just up the street (really close to the Mastercard Centre), it doesn't look like much (you'll know it by the dinosaur out front!), but we were pleased with the food! Big breakfast for a great price and I was able to get a nice big bowl of fresh fruit which was a great...more
One Friday evening we both got home late and were looking for something to do for dinner. We'd heard a few people bring up "Dish It Out" before - a Thai place around the corner from our house. So we decided to head down there and see what they had to offer. I ordered the Beef with Shanghai Noodles and my boyfriend ordered their Chicken Pad Thai. We...more
Carmens is a very famous steakhouse located in the heart of downtown Toronto. It's a former mansion, I think it was opened in the 50's. The hallways are lined with stars endorsements (but don't let that turn you off) and the woodwork in the place is great. It's quite cluttered with porcelain, pewter, and paintings.The food is second to none, with a...more
This former warehouse area boasts hundreds of restaurants, nightclubs, hotels, and theatres. It's large (about eight square blocks) and Thursday to Saturday is alive from sun down to sun up. Moreso in the summer than the winter, but weekends in the winter it still draws the crowds. There is a website you can check out that will give you more information...I checked it out and it seems that onyl businesses that subscribe to the district association are on there, even though there are so many more. One nmore tip, forget about parking in the area, not only expensive, but traffic is terrible, park elsewhere and walk (it's a nice walk in the warm weather from anywhere in downtown, and is easily accessible from the subway)
Dress Code: A lot of clubs are pretty strict about the sneaker (everyone) and jeans(women can get away with it) rule, so it's best to dress up a little bit to be sure you can get in. Theatre in Toronto is a mish mash of people and dress. I've seen jeans to gowns. Restaurants are not too picky here, wear what you want.
Though New Toronto is located in the far south-west end of the city, it really isn't a hard place to get to. If you are located close to the Danforth-Bloor subway line you can take it straight to the end (Kipling Station) and catch the 44 Kipling South which will let you off right at the corner of Kipling and Lakeshore. From there you want to walk...more
If visiting take a bus/taxi from the airport to downtown. Do not rent a car. Driving in toronto will get you into an accident and parking is realllllly expensive. Also if you do decide to get a car only park where it is allowed since you will get a ticket otherwise!!!!...On hwys do not speed..limit is 120....A car is good to get if you decide to go...more
My family and I went there once last year and were so disgusted and disappointed we didn't last all day. It's billed as Canada's biggest waterpark or something along those lines....it may be big in area, but it has little else to offer. We found it to be old and in need of a serious renovation. The slides sucked, it was dirty and smelly and it was...more
Luggage and bags:
If you like to shop bring an extra bag for those purchases. There are so many good deals to be had, you may buy more than you thought you would.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Comfortable shoes if you are planning to walk everywhere.
In summer the weather is hot and humid, we are prone to heatwaves and sudden thunderstorms. Nights are warm with the humidity and on low humid days nights are blissfully cool. Average daily temperature is about 25 in July and August 5 degrees lower in June and September. So it is best to dress in comfortable lightweight clothes, and maybe bring a light sweater for the cooler nights.
In winter be sure to dress in layers, and have warm boots, face covering and gloves. The windchill is the temperature it feels like outside. So it may only be -10C but it feels like -25 because of the wind. Exposed skin can freeze in seconds. News programs will give you both the actual temperature and the "feels like" temperature.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: If you forget anything there are 24 hour drugstores/ grocery stores all over the city
Because Toronto is so diverse the neighbourhoods reflect that diversity, there are so many to list, you can check out the following site for info on all major Toronto neighbourhoods:
Favorite thing: One thing I recommend for people arriving in Toronto is that the transportation system from the airport to downtown is generally take a taxi for 50 dollars or an airport express bus that stops at several places along the way at about 15 dollars per person as the subway system does not come out to the airport. Simply go to the departures level of any termainal to the TTC bus stop outside on the curb and for 2 dollars you take a ten minute busride to kipling subway station and from there you can get to anywhere downtown.