The Aga Khan Museum
The Aga Khan Museum is a relatively new museum in Toronto, having just been opened in May 2014. This the is personal collection of Islamic art owned by the Aga Khan. Apparently when he decided to put his collection on display for public viewing he decided upon Toronto over many other famous cities. This is quite a honour, all the more so since this museum is very near to where I live in Toronto.
Now why do I consider this priceless collection of Islamic art to be a tourist trap? It is because it is very overpriced for what you see. I am not new to Islamic art as I have traveled through the Middle East and North Africa. Although this collection compares well in quality, it is not that large and for $20.00 it is a very expensive visit
Unique Suggestions: I think you must have a very keen interest is Islamic art to feel that this collection is worth $20.00 for your visit. The collection itself is mostly from North Africa. There are some worthy pieces here.
Fun Alternatives: I believe it is also possible to visit the mosque also run by the Aga Khan. It sits as part of the same compound. I found it interesting with some very good hand carved reliefs. I have been told that the mosque and the museum are quite a sight at night as the dome over the mosque glows. As both the mosque and museum sit on a hilltop, this might be very impressive.Related to:
- Religious Travel
- Arts and Culture
Toronto Harbour Cruises Lunch cruise
Boat needs major repair.
Food was OK. As noted elsewhere, service is plastic plates served from chaffing dishes on folding tables.
Board carpets are disgusting, need replacing..
Wash rooms a disgrace to tourism in TO.
Cut rate dinner/lunch cruise--no ambience beyond tape tracked music and occasional announcements from DJ.
When I asked about a commentary along the way, I was told Not A Tour Boat.
Well, given the shabby docking arrangement, decrepit boat with musty smell and so so food, these guys need to have something to bring people back and right now, they haven't got nottin!
Only saving grace is we got a deal on Wagjag so thankfully didn't pay full price.
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Unique Suggestions: Get a deal. Don't pay full price. Lower your expectations.
Fun Alternatives: Any of the major Harbour Cruises that operate at foot of Bay St.Related to:
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
- Family Travel
Yorkville costs more
Sometimes it is not easy giving advice for the obvious reason that everyone is different.
Toronto has a really beautiful area called Yorkville, just outside the downtown. It is extremely upscale with boutiques and other trendy shops etc. There are also many restaurants there. In my opinion, they are overpriced purely because they are in Yorkville.
You may wish to eat after leaving Yorkville. The wait will save you money. Some people may prefer paying more and eating in Yorkville. There is no right or wrong. I am just bringing the price differences to your attention.
Unique Suggestions: You may wish to pay more because you love the area.
You may wish to look around and maybe find a place not as expensive.
You may wish to enjoy Yorkville but do your eating before or after your Yorkville visit.Add to your Trip Planner
"Honest" Ed Mirvish
the world's biggest self-serve store on over 160,000 square feet
Unique Suggestions: buy soemthing that is CHEAP
> > the world's biggest self-serve store on over 160,000 square feet
Fun Alternatives: click to see his weekly special
http://www.toronto.com/infosite/147659/12.shtmlAdd to your Trip Planner
Toronto Zoo's restaurants, shops, and even ATM machines take ONLY Mastercard. I had Visa, American Express, and some more, but...
Unique Suggestions: Take cash or Master Card with you, or you wiould end as I was with 3 dollars, a bunch of credit cards and hungry :)
P.S. You cannot go outside for they do not stamp you or anything.Related to:
- Family Travel
If you can help it, don't concern yourself with buying little trinkets and souveniors that you really don't NEED....I went home with stuff I was wondering why I bought...lol....
Instead, I would invest in film (or a good digital cam).....I take tons of photos- of EVERYTHING!!! I came home with 4 rolls of film, and wish I took more....It's so much more fun to make your own photo albums with all your memories :)Add to your Trip Planner
When you go skating in Canada...
When you go skating in Canada make sure to wear some snow pants or extra padded clothes. Its okay to fall everybody does it :-) younge and old. Just get out there and have some fun :-) This picture was taken on the pond of my cottage 2:30 hours north of Toronto. During the wintertime everywere in Canada is frozen its very easy to find a nice spot to skate.Add to your Trip Planner
To paraphrase a well known...
To paraphrase a well known adage, 'The only things certain in this world is death and taxes.'
You cannot escape tax here. Unlike many countries whose VAT is included in the price, we Canadians figure you should see just how much you're paying in tax, so we just slap it on after.
A friend of mine complained that while purchasing a 99 cents bag of crisps (potato chips) he handed over the cashier a dollar. He was a tad bit disgruntled when he was told that the chips weren't 99 cents as the price stated, but rather $1.14 because the price does not include the 15% tax. The tax is made up of two different taxes, GST which is 7% and PST which is the Provincial Sales Tax, and of course, Ontario leads with 8%. So, when you're budgeting and you see those wonderful sale prices, remember that when you reach the counter that it will be 15% more.
Hotel rates have 12% tax added on to their rates (no, that's not 12% on top of 15%)
And liquor? A whopping 17% on anything alcoholic. So when you're at a restaurant, and you notice a seperate tax, that's because alcohol is often taxed seperately.
Good news is, you can get much of your GST back.
The Canadian Goods and Services tax (GST) is a 7% tax charged on most goods and services sold in Canada. Under a Canadian government program, “Tax Refund For Visitors to Canada”, you are entitled to a rebate of the tax you paid on goods you take home and on accommodations in Canada, provided it is less than one month per lodging establishment.
To qualify for a tax rebate, you must:
- reside outside of Canada
- spend $200 Canadian or more on qualifying goods and/or accommodation anywhere in Canada
- possess your original receipts
- submit individual receipts showing a minimum
- purchase of $50 Canadian per receipt
- apply for the rebate within 12 months of purchasing the qualifying goods and/or accommodations
For further information, call 1-800-668-4748 within Canada or 902-432-5608 outside Canada. A refund form is also available at http://www.ccra-adrc.gc.ca/Add to your Trip Planner
Paying Double TipIf you're...
Paying Double Tip
If you're traveling in a large group, and i mean 6 or more, when paying the bill, double-check to see if gratuities have already been added to the bill. In some establishments, they will add gratuity to the end total. If not careful, you may be tipping them twice. If they have not been already added, a 15% tip will usually suffice.Add to your Trip Planner
Get out of Toronto! So many...
Get out of Toronto! So many people come here and never leave the city. If your here in the winter go up north skiing for the weekend at Blue Mountain, Collingwood (1 1/2 hours away). In the summer get a group together and rent a cottage in the Muskokas (beautiful forests and lakes). Or go camping in Algonquin Provincial Park, Huntsville (3 1/2 hours away). Algonquin is beautiful and will give you a real feel of Ontarios wilderness. Your pretty much guarenteed to see moose, deer, beavers, otter and many other species. I love it there and belive me the canoing is amazing!Add to your Trip Planner
'Unknown' (Camille -- lives in...
'Unknown' (Camille -- lives in Toronto) has the best list of Toronto tourist traps I've seen so far. Go there for details. To start with, forget about the monstrosity pictured here on the left. It's boring and expensive.Add to your Trip Planner
okay- I can't think of...
okay- I can't think of anything yet, but an fyi item: some of the musuems/gallery's may offer free or discounted admission prices- I think the musuem offers free admission on wednesday's after 4/5 pm and they're open til 7:30. also the science centre offers free or discounted admin after 4pm- I think Tuesdays-Add to your Trip Planner
Any of a number of local...
Any of a number of local amusement parks or theme parks including Ontario Place (on the waterfront in the heart of Toronto) and Canada's Wonderland (which is about 45 minute drive from Toronto). If you have young children, then either of these places could amuse the kids for days on end, but if you are over the age of 16 I wouldn't recommend either. Take advantge of other things in Toronto while you're here and save your money to do to Florida's theme parks.Add to your Trip Planner
The tourist traps of Toronto...
The tourist traps of Toronto are pretty obvious to start. There's the CN Tower, which has quite a plethora of somewhat entertaining features beneath it. I can't remember them all at the moment, but there's at least four movie/ride simulations in there. You can visit the glass floor up top, for those of you who love your vertigo, or dine in the rotating restaurant. As with any tourist trap, it's rather expensive.
We have the SkyDome. If you like baseball or football, this is the place to see it. The building's complete with a retractable roof. It takes about half an hour to open and close, and they never do so with a full audience in it. Sorry for the disappointment.
Ontario Place is enjoyable. You can see a nice slice of Toronto's Waterfront and recreational boating harbour. The price here is expensive, but if you're here to visit, or even here to stay, and are looking for a family-style outing, this is a good day.
Centre Island (on Lake Ontario) is my favorite tourist trap that comes to mind so far. It's a beautiful parkland out there, complete with beaches and a petting zoo and amusement park for the kids. I'd like to camp out there, but I don't think it's allowed. If you enjoy biking or rollerblading, there's a nicely paved path going right across the island. I've heard rumours that the island is made of landfill... but it doesn't stink and has been made quite beautiful.Add to your Trip Planner
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