Toronto Travel Guide

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Toronto Things to Do

  • CN Tower

    4 out of 5 stars

    Visited the tower after being told of the incredible view, found that the view was limited to half the glassed area due to a restaurant occupying the other half of the floor. Going outside was worse, even though you have 360 views, the are severely affected by the birdcage like enclosure. The staff were inattentive seeming to prefer talking to...

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  • Chinatown

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Another Chinatown, with the same colors, the same smells, the same... garbage, as all the other. But with an incidental small difference: After a week travelling in the USA, and being warned about the characteristic violence of the American society, without any problem, it was in the peaceful Canada, in Toronto's Chinatown, that we met the signs...

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  • Harbourfront & Toronto Islands

    4 out of 5 stars

    I will always recall the Toronto Islands with enormous affection, if only for the most wonderful - and utterly unexpected - 'guided tour' that I was on the receiving end of! I had a spare afternoon in Toronto, and as it was a beautiful, if crisp, spring day, I decided that I would take the ferry out to Centre Island and go for a walk. As I was...

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Toronto Hotels

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Toronto Restaurants

  • CN tower Revolving restaurant

    4 out of 5 stars

    Ok so you can't come to Toronto without going to the CN tower restaurant. They kindly gave us a window seat as we were on our honeymoon and i have to say it was amazing!!! - we got there for 6pm so watched the sun set and the lights come on. The food was nothing special. Yes the portions were quite good but the peri peri chicken I don't think had...

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  • Le Marche - Movenpick

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    I went back to the hotel at lunchtime, and walked around in the area to find a place to eat. This Movenpick place looked interesting. Apparently it is a sort of a chain, as there are restaurants with this name in various places in Toronto. Movenpick Restaurant 416.535.8711 650 Dupont St Movenpick Restaurants 416.366.5234 165 York St Movenpick...

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  • Tim Horton's

    4 out of 5 stars

    Tim Hortons is a coffee-and-doughnut fast food restaurant chain largely based in Canada. Founded in Hamilton, Ontario, in 1964. the store rapidly expanded across Canada to become the country's largest quick-service food chain. Tim Hortons franchise stores are plentiful in Canadian cities and towns and Since there are NO Tim Hortons in California, I...

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Toronto Nightlife

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  • Nightclubs and bars

    This is the place to go to if you want to see a quality blues band during your stay in Toronto. This is actually since there is not much to choose from as Toronto is not a great blues town. However the Silver Dollar does host some noted acts from time to time. For instance I saw Alvin Youngblood Hart and Mem Shannon here. Other notables roll...

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  • City views by night

    The view of the city is incredible and can be admired from the city's highest outdoor patios on both sides of the building (north and south), with teak deck chairs and small tables for sky-high socializing. If inside is more to your liking, the main room and bar has floor to ceiling windows with a spectacular city view. Panorama is well known for...

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  • Theatres

    During Luminato, Roy Thomson Hall is one of the main venues. I saw Not the Messiah, a show based upon Monty Python's Life of Brian. Eric Idle starred; it's worth seeing just for his Boby Dylan imitation. This theatre has something going on all the time. In addition, the same company owns the famed Massey Hall. Jazz fans may remember that this was...

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Toronto Transportation

  • The Train

    Unioun station at 65 Front St. West is the central station for all destinations. From here you can take Toronto's subway.Union station services Canadian Via Rail] and American Amtrak trains, the latter to/from New York and Chicago.Canadian Pacific Railway 888-333-6370 Via Rail Canada Inc 888-842-7245Real time Public Transportation info on the...

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  • YTZ Billy Bishop Airport

    Toronto has a small city airport located at the Toronto Island at the Harbour front. It's calledBilly Bishop Toronto City Airport (BBTCA) with YTZ as Aiport Code.The street address is: 2 Eireann Quay, Toronto, ON M5V 1A1, CanadaThere are air services to 18 cities in Canada and the U.S.A.BBTCA is owned and operated by the Toronto Port Authority...

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  • ParkBus

    Visiting the Provincial and National Parks in Ontario has pretty well always required a car, as there really has been no public transport for people wishing to get to these places.There is a service out of Toronto, called Park Bus that will pick you and your camping gear up and take you to your campsite at the Bruce Penninsula. Killarney / French...

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Toronto Shopping

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  • Eaton Centre

    Opened in 1977 the Eaton centre shopping complex is situated in the heart of downtown Toronto,it is the largest shopping mall in eastern Canada and 3rd largest in the country.There are 230 stores and services operating on 5 floors than occupy 1,722,000 sq ft.It recieves over 1 million visitors every week.The architect was Eberhand Zeider. Opening...

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  • Pacific Mall

    We went there to unlock my cell phone today. A guy in the store (maybe the owner) told my husband that he'll come back in 2 mint. then took away my cell before my husband could stop him. We didn't know where he went. This guy didn't come back until we asked his colleague to call him. Because I don't feel good that he took my cell away without...

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  • Tax rebate

    If you are visiting Toronto (or any other part of Canada) save the receipts for purchases over $50 Canadian (before tax). You can get a refund of the GST (Goods and Services Tax) if you spend at least $200 on goods and/or accommodation. The GST amounts to 7 percent of your bill. You will see it at the bottom of the sales slip, along with the 8...

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Toronto Local Customs

  • People / Different cultures

    Tastes of Thailand offered a wealth of activities that surely made a mark to event goers who like cultural dance and music. I have enjoyed the parade of native Thai costumes. It was colourful. You will also taste the Thai food in the many booths that was installed on the street. The mouth watering taste of noodle dish, satay, tamarind tofu, shrimp...

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  • Liquor / Beer / Wine

    The laws concerning alcohol consumption in Toronto follow mostly Ontario laws. The government regulates all sales of beer, wine and liquor, so you can expect prices to be expensive here. Even local wines and beers will cost you more than one might think. Expect to pay 10-15 CAD dollars for a bottle of wine (even ones made in Ontario) in LCBO...

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  • Tipping

    Think. Don't listen to ignorant people about tipping. 10% is an insult at a sit down restaurant. Remember, 15% is an average standard tip all over the world, and included in EVERY bill in most countries in Europe. A waiter makes below minimum wage, serves you food, drinks, takes your sometimes rude attitude, cleans up after you...basically is your...

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Toronto Warnings and Dangers

  • Shooting

    I was in Eaton centre on June 2,2012.And 10 minutes after I left the mall one man was shot dead and other 7 injured near a burger inside Eaton.It was 6.30 PM,Saturday.It is much more probable that a car hit you crossing Dundas st than being a victim fom a gunman,but...the fact is:there are gangs in Toronto.

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  • Toronto Mounted Police in Crowd Control...

    Toronto, as the largest city in Canada, is also the Provincial capital of the Province of Ontario (also the largest province, from a population standpoint).This means that it gets its fair shard of protests. In a half-hour period, we saw two such demonstrations. The first one was down young street and was a group of Syrians campaining for a regime...

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  • Don't Be A Banker!

    Whilst Toronto has an abundance of excellent bars and restaurants it seems that the banking fraternity (and I use the word "fraternity" in its loosest possible connotation) is condemned to be behind bars. This pic was taken of a bar below the Meryll Lynch building and reminds me that I really should have visited the aquarium.Good money though!

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Toronto Tourist Traps

  • CN Tower

    This is the my rule with every major city I go, if it's a familiar landmark, I'm on it! But then aren't we all? Aren't we all wanting a slice of that tourist pie? I wanted to cross visiting the CN Tower in downtown Toronto off my list before I left. Wow, it's just like Madame Tussauds or any other major cheesy tourist attraction in the world. You...

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  • Canada's Wonderland

    Canada's Wonderland is expensive, I won't lie. At almost $60 a person and another $17 to park, it can certainly set a family back. You also aren't allowed to bring your own food (although you can sneak it in, but be aware that they may take it from you at the gate) so you'll be paying for that too. The lines for the rides can be long, as it is the...

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  • beggers in the streets

    Please don't encourage the "homeless" by giving them money. Offering food or coffee, or used clothing is a nice gesture - but not money. The more aggressive ones tend to be scam artists and your generousity only tends to encourage them. The truly needy folk can often be found keeping warm on a grate somewhere with their belongings scattered about...

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Toronto What to Pack

  • Footwear in December

    At that time of year, you should prepare for anything. So regular runners or street shoes could suffice. But, if there is any snow, it could be slushy and mixed with sand and salt. You want good weather proof boots in this case as you could be miserable walking around with wet shoes.

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  • Toronto has FOUR SEASONS: Packing list...

    Everyday Footwear:One comfortable running/walking shoeOne dress shoeSeasonal Footwear:Winter: Pair of winter boots (warm hiking / ski are great)Spring: Rain boots, galoshesSummer: Sport / dressy sandalsFall: Dress bootsCLOTHINGWinter: warm coat/parka, fleece (pants, tops, etc.), undershirt and long johns (underpants), warm hat, gloves, and scarf,...

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  • It's not cold all year round....

    Contrary to some of our neighbours to the south's impression of our country, it is not winter all year round here. Hot & humid June - August....September (summer wear), September/October - cool & comfortable (light jacket/sweater), November - March - cold, really cold (winter jacket, gloves, hat). April/May/October/November can be anything from...

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Toronto Off The Beaten Path

  • Outside Greater Toronto area

    In VT the 1000 Islands are referred as an US attraction, and I believe they should be. But the fact is that they follow the border between USA and Canada, in St. Lawrence river, occupying both sides of the border. I didn't have time to visit them, and only saw some of them from distance, in our way from Toronto to Montreal. It seems (surfing VT...

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  • Parks & Gardens

    In the midst of 'The Beaches' commercial heart, on Queen Street East, a small park stands on the north side of the main road, between Glen Manor Drive & MaClean Avenue. It is called the Glen Stewart Park, and is the start of a walk through the Glen Stewart Ravine, It is quite remarkable. one minute, you are in a manicured park, with benches and...

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  • Churches & Cathedrals

    The Bloor Street United Church is remarkable mainly because it is an old building among otherwise ugly modern structures that belong to the University of Toronto or are apartment buildings. The Church was built in 1890 as a Presbyterian church (in 1925 the Presbyterians merged with the Congregationalists and the Methodists to form the United...

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Toronto Sports & Outdoors

  • Skydome (baseball)

    Toronto has following teams: Baseball: Blue Jays playing in Rogers Centre Basketball : Raptors playing in Air Canada Centre Hockey: Maple Leafs playing in Air Canada Centre Lacross: Rocks playing in Air Canada Centre Soccer: Toronto FC Canadian Football: Argonauts playing in Rogers Centre If you are in Canada, do not expect to see NFL here....

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  • Air Canada Centre (basketball / hockey)

    Only 1 member of our family is a Toronto Maple Leafs fan - Rayyan. While all of us enjoy watching hockey on TV, it is father and son who go to see Maple Leafs play live at Air Canada Centre. Now unlike Argonauts fans, Maple Leafs fans are not noisy at all. This is a well known fact. People say this is a noticible difference between a typical Leaf...

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  • Hockey Hall of Fame

    It is at the BCE Place at the corner of Yonge & Front Streets. Hockey fan or not, visiting the Hockey Hall of Fame is a treat. You will be amazed with the display of trophies and memorabilia and a souvenir photo beside the Stanley Cup. The Hall is open everyday and the general admission is C$13.00. It will definitely be a hockey experience for the...

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Toronto Favorites

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  • People / Different cultures

    Toronto is now one of the most multicultural cities in the world. Over 140 languages and dialects are spoken here, and just over 30 per cent of Toronto residents speak a language other than English or French at home. There was a massive increase in immigration between 2001 and 2006. By the end of that period, half of Toronto's population was born...

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  • Harbourfront & Toronto Islands

    Toronto Island Park is a place to unwind. Spend more time here because there is so much to do aside from relaxation. Spend a day! Can you see the map of the Toronto Island Park? This is what I am telling you. It is so huge that you almost have no time to sit. This is if you really want to explore the whole of it. As soon as you disembark from the...

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  • Overview / tips in one

    Toronto's cityscape is full of interesting architecture, both historic and modern. Walking around might perhaps be the best way to see all this at a leisurely pace if you have a map, a list of what to see, a good sense of direction, and time to spare, but I was lacking in the last element. I didn't have a bicycle with me (the only bicycles I saw...

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