St Andrew's is a beautiful church in downtown Toronto. It was constructed in the
19th century out of sandstone. This was done in a very Romanesque Revival style.
What strikes me the most is the big difference between the new and the old.
And yet they live together in perfect harmony.
There is a 'Toronto City Pass' that can get you into 5 different Toronto attractions for one price. Many different cities have this city pass: Seattle, Hollywood, San Fransisco, and Ney York to name a few. I believe Toronto is the only Canadian city that offers it. It can be purchased online or at any of the participating attractions, which are:
*The CN Tower
*Royal Ontario Museum
*Ontario Science Centre
The cost for a city pass for an adult was roughly $58 USD in 2012, and the combined value of visiting all those attractions is almost $100. So it's a good deal if those are things you want to see.
Here's the website to visit if you want to purchase the city pass online.
Hockey is Canada's national sport. The National Hockey League (NHL) consists of teams from Canada and the US, with players from all around the world. The majority of its players however are Canadian!
A few interesting hockey facts about Canada:
* hockey originated in Canada in the late 1800s. The first official hockey game was held at McGill University in Montreal, in 1901.
* Tim Hortons, the most popular Canadian chain restaurant is named after hockey player Tim Horton who died in 1974.
* The Stanley Cup (the price for winning the NHL championship each year) is named after Lord Stanley, the Governer General of Canada from 1888-1893. His sons were hockey players in Canada and he was the first to present the Stanley Cup.
Toronto's hockey team is the Toronto Maple Leafs and they are very popular here, although many people will express disapointment on how seldomly they win or make the championships. The only other Ontarian hockey team in the NHL is the Ottawa Senators. It's common to see things like "GO LEAFS GO" written on people's windows or on their driveways with chalk in Toronto.
If you're interested in any more information about the Toronto Maple Leafs, then visit
When I was in Toronto I purchased a CityPass which includes admission to six attractions: CN Tower, Casa Loma, Ontario Science Centre, Art Gallery of Ontario (not available on the pass anymore), Toronto Zoo and Royal Ontario Museum. Purchasing the pass, I've made a significant saving along with time (I didn't have to queue) when I visited four of the atrractions during my stay in Toronto. The CityPass lasts 9 days from when used at the first attraction.
I would recommend purchasing a CityPass for visiting the cities in Canada and the US especially if you're spending most of the time downtown.
Further information is available at Toronto City Pass
TORONTO TELEVISION PRODUCTIONS
When you visit Toronto, especially if you are from the U.S., watch TV. Yes, you read correctly, I did say watch TV. Toronto has a huge film and television production industry. Some of the best and most unique TV programs come out of Toronto, especially comedies. Canadian comedy is very raw. As a matter-of-fact it is not unusual to hear the F-word on TV here.
Hi If you're talking about Mississauga, for one person you can get a room for $400 to $800., and for an apartment.,2 bedroom, its between $1000 to $2000, alot depends on location. East Mississauga is relatively cheaper because its not as nice as West Mississauga,. and North Mississauga theres alot of new houses and apartments being built, so its mostly new stuff there.
Hope this helps, if you're looking for recent ads for places, check out craigs list, it has alot.
At Dundas and Yonge (the Eaton Centre)
There is a ticket booth that sells last minute theatre tickets at a discount. "Rush Tickets"
There are $5.00 tickets for in school youth ages 15-19. Bring an international student card if you are from outside of Canada.
One thing about Toronto is all of the streets that run in an East/West direction are divided that way (i.e. Queen St East and Queen St West). This is something important to pay attention to if you are on your way somewhere - make sure you are familiar with whether your location is located on the East or West portion of the Street.
The dividing point for all of these streets in Yonge St. So quite obviously - all streets change at this point - so everything is East, east of Yonge (i.e. Queen St East, King St East, Bloor St East) and everything west is... well WEST! (i.e. Queen St West, King St West, Bloor St West).
May seem like a simple thing - but if you're not from the city and you're not paying attention its a simple thing like this that can get you lost on the way to your destination. May also be helpful in picking your hotel location! Just something to keep in mind when you're visiting the city!
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 :)
Fondest memory: 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!
Below are photos taken on the freeway to Niagara Falls and sign road on to the BIG APPLE! For those who have not been here, perhaps it will give you an idea how efficient the road signs are here in America, they surely will give you enough warning when to exit which is very helpful lessen the driving accidents and you need not to make sudden change of lanes...Well, also with the help of GPS, it surely is highly recommendable now a days...Enjoy the photos signs...
Fondest memory: Signs are very efficient and well lite at nights and when rain comes, they are large enough for drivers with poor eye sight...
Hi VT member,
The weather currently here in TO has been hovering around the +14. You will need a jacket, even though the temps could hover around the mid teens, it has been rather windy.
Since your staying around the UofT area, you shouldn't have a problem finding casual restaurants. If you wonder over to Yonge St (casual/inexpensive), just north of Gloucester theres a mix of ethnic restaurants, mainly asian.
I like going to Spring Rolls -thai, then theres Ginger - vietnamese. You will also come across a McD's, KFC, Starbucks.
Take the airport express to Delta Chelsea Inn. Theres always cabs parked in front of the hotel, and Gloucester St. is no more than a 5-10 min ride north.
As for shopping, since your close to Yonge st, there's some souvenir stores(combined with all sorts of nick naks). Your best bet is the Eaton Centre Yonge/Dundas, just by the Delta Chelsea Inn. It's three storeys. For something a little more high end, head over to Bloor St. West.
Have a great time visiting Toronto.
Fondest memory: Multiculturalism
You can talk unlimited for 50 cents on a payphone
Getting away from the airport by public transit:
At both terminals on ground level there are public bus stops. Look for the express to Kipling Subway Station (I think it's #192). This will take you to the nearest subway stop, approximately 20 minutes away. This is the western-most stop on the Bloor/Danforth Line. If you are going centrally downtown you would take the train (either side of the platform) to either Spadina, St. George or Yonge Stations. These connect to the Yonge/Spadina line and by going south on this line, will take you to central downtown. Travel time in total would be under one hour. Cost is $2.75 per adult.
I'm not a fan of shopping, but many people that visit Toronto are - basically for UK visitors, what you get for £1 you can get for $1. So, basically your spending power is double here. The Eaton Centre is not the least expensive place to buy things, but it's worth a visit.
For our American cousins, don't forget your dollar is worth $1.25 (average) up here, so you're money goes further too.
I like the Eaton Centre for the architecture. It looks like crap from the outside but as you can see in the pic below, it's really cool inside.
Other things to do:
Hockey Hall of Fame:
Historic Fort York
The question of requirements to get into the US from Canada if one is visiting from another country continually comes up in the forums.
I've decided to put information here for any searchers and for my future reference when answering.
Visa Waiver Program and a list of eligible Third -Country Nationals:
The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) allows foreign nationals from certain countries to be admitted to the U.S. under limited conditions and for a limited time without obtaining a visa. Visitors to Canada who wish to travel on to the United States, and who are citizens of countries included in the program, have only to present their passports at any U.S. port of entry.
U.S. Consulate in Toronto
To Book a Visa Appointment:
From Canada - 1-900-451-2778
From The U.S. - 1-900-443-3131
Main line (416) 595-1700 (Our switchboard operator has no consular or visa information.)
(416) 201-4100 Emergency-After Hours Only
(416) 595-6506 Death or Arrest of a U.S. Citizen
(416) 595-6501 Fax - American Citizen Services
(416) 595-5466 Fax - Visas
Mail from Canada:
U.S. Consulate General
360 University Avenue
Mail from U.S.:
U.S. Consulate General
PO Box 135
Lewiston, NY 14092-0135
Local Toronto Information is available from the kiosk at the City Hall square at Queen Street W.
Useful links for Toronto:
Toronto downtown traffic webcams
401 highway webcams
Flowers in gardens and greens in parks is everywhere in Toronto. Canada blooms in the month of March when the flower and garden festival is being held. It is indeed a treat to Garden-lovers from Canada and the United States to come to Toronto to enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of spring and learn the latest about the flowers and plants in Canada.
Canada Blooms is just one of the festivals being held here in the city of Toronto. Another famous festival is held in Ottawa with thousands variety of tulips. Next year it will be held from May 2 to 19, 2008.
There are many more flower festivals held all over Canada. It is a clear indication on how we love to preserve the beauty of the greens and flowers.
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