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Trip to Toronto

Postby LeftLaneCruiser » Mon Feb 23, 2009 10:29 pm

Yesterday (as in Sunday, sorry; due to the odd working hours my sense of time gets a little weird sometimes) I got a really cool / awesome / marvellous present from my mother and sister: a ticket to Canada !! :8)

Upcoming March our father and I are going to visit my younger brother who lives in Toronto. Knowing that quite a few of you live in Canada, and maybe even in the GTA, I'd like to ask what are the places to go and the sites to see ?

Ofcourse the Niagara falls are a must-see, and being a lover of architecture and a baseball enthousiast the CN-tower and skydome are also on my whish-list. But apart from that i'm curious what Torontians and people of Ontario themselves find worthwhile visiting. The latter also because we might rent a car to travel outside the city as well.


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Re: Trip to Toronto

Postby GingerBreadMan » Mon Feb 23, 2009 10:47 pm

Heh, Toronto. Don't go there unless I absolutely have too. I'm about 70 minutes away from Toronto.

CN Tower will be the most expensive elevator ride you'll ever take. Niagra Falls is always good to see - any time of the year. March has nothing of interest, at least that I could think of in Southern Ontario.

What do you like? If you could be more specific of what your interests are, I could make a few suggestions. March is too early in the season for anything spring, too late in the season for anything winter. Its a mixed bag of winter/slush/sleet weather with the possibility of sunshine or just gray skies. And cold.

Sorry to disappoint, but I live here. In March, if we can, we go somewhere else. :)

One final note, there is the GTA (greater Toronto Area) and then there is the rest of southern Ontario which is totally unlike the GTA.
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Re: Trip to Toronto

Postby phanmo » Tue Feb 24, 2009 2:39 am

I have to agree with GBM.... March is not the best time of year to visit Toronto... If you like architecture, Casa Loma is worth going to see. I don't know if they've finished the additions to the Art Gallery of Ontario (by Frank Gehry) and the Royal Ontario Museum(by Daniel Libeskind) but they're pretty controversial, so worth checking out.
Personally I love Toronto, but then again it's my home town.
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Re: Trip to Toronto

Postby GingerBreadMan » Tue Feb 24, 2009 7:39 am

Didn't mean to sound too pessimistic, call it the February blahs.

Toronto does have lots of site seeing places, shopping, restaurants, etc. I grew up in Toronto (moved away about 20 years ago). Toronto and the GTA( greater toronto area) is very built up and has a huge population. Just outside the city is farms, trees, rivers, lakes, smaller towns/cities etc. A total different world then the big city. This is my personal preference, I'm more an outdoor person and prefer canoeing to riding a subway.
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Re: Trip to Toronto

Postby minime » Tue Feb 24, 2009 7:59 am

If you're going to the Niagara area there are many outstanding Wineries in the area if that interests you. Pick one of the smaller ones to get a personalize tour and tasting experience.
Traveling by car in the GTA can be a challenge at the best of times. You don't want to be traveling in rush hour which is pretty much all day now but the downtown area is readily accessible by the Go Train. There's the Science center, Planetarium, Art Galleries, Royal Museum (Dino displays are my favorite) and great multi-cultural eating experiences throughout the city.
Do a little planning and you should have a great time.
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Re: Trip to Toronto

Postby big worm » Tue Feb 24, 2009 11:16 am

take dad to the million dollar club.....ask for mckala :D when i visited toronto i did not have time to do much sight seeing plus about 2000cm of snow on the ground....lol i do wish to see canada in its green coat at least one time.
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Re: Trip to Toronto

Postby Ugly » Tue Feb 24, 2009 1:29 pm

big worm wrote:take dad to the million dollar club.....ask for mckala :D when i visited toronto i did not have time to do much sight seeing plus about 2000cm of snow on the ground....lol i do wish to see canada in its green coat at least one time.


LOL @ Mckala... she's probably from Montreal or an old eastern bloc country. I spent more money in that dump than I care to think about.

Toronto in March is not so hot, neither is the Niagara peninsula for that matter. I'm going down in a couple weeks to pick up some new gas pumps and I'm hitting Royal Ontario Museum and the Science Center with the kids and Madame Ugly is going to join me for a nice dinner at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse the following day. Since I left Toronto I generally only go when I HAVE to go (I went down for my eye surgery for example).

On a global comparison it's a very odd city, it's spread out all over the place with a relatively small downtown core. Having said that, you can pretty much buy or do anything somewhere within the Greater Toronto Area. There really are no dangerous places, it's not like getting turned around in Atlanta or something :shock:
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Re: Trip to Toronto

Postby olcarguy » Tue Feb 24, 2009 7:27 pm

There is always Peterborough, it has the worlds largest hydrolic lift lock. How ever in March it's not operational. You should try to wait a couple months if you can. Sept is a beautiful time of year in the more northerly part of the provence.
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Re: Trip to Toronto

Postby LeftLaneCruiser » Thu Feb 26, 2009 12:25 pm

Thanks for all the suggestions guys. I know that March isn't the best time for travelling and sightseeing, but it's the only time this year i got vacation. And besides; the tickets were given to me, and you aren't gonna look a given horse in the mouth, do you ?

Ofcourse i did some browsing at tourist internetsites about Toronto myself and made up a list of things i want to see. Out of personal interest the "Distillery District" , the Casino Rama and Woodbine are on it ;). I was thinking about renting a bike, or buying one for a few dollars from a junkie (once a student, always a student ;)), but my brother warned that cycling in the city is quite a dangerous thing to do. So i'll probably stick to a TTC pass..

Big Worm, you mention the Million Dollar Saloon, but i can't seem to find a website of them [www.milliondollar.com leads to a similar bar in Dallas, Texas... :roll: ]. Can you share some info, as you seem quite knowledgable ?


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Re: Trip to Toronto

Postby Ugly » Thu Feb 26, 2009 2:18 pm

I agree with your bro, TO is not bike friendly, TTC is easy. Note that Casino Rama is a long drive from the city, it's actually in Barrie.

For details, including the latest assault reports, enter Million Dollar Saloon Mississauga into Google. :lol:
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Re: Trip to Toronto

Postby olcarguy » Thu Feb 26, 2009 6:21 pm

Rama is really north of Barrie and east of Orillia. There are shuttle busses from To.
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Re: Trip to Toronto

Postby phanmo » Fri Feb 27, 2009 3:21 am

I think a Metropass is your best bet. Cycling is not too bad but in March they'll probably be slush and crud on the sides of the roads so not ideal. They do week long metropasses now but keep in mind that it's from monday sunday, not 7 days from when you buy it. On the weekend you can get a family pass for about 8 bucks; it's good for 2 adults, unlimited travel for one day. If you think you'll take the TTC more than three times, it's worth it even for one person.
Check out Kensington Market and Chinatown; there's a decent Tex-Mex dive at the corner of College and Bathurst called Sneaky Dee's; they do excellent nachos and it's pretty much an institution. I got drunk there for the first time in a bar when I was 15. At that point it was a punk bar, now it's more of a student type hangout. All along Bloor Street between Bathurst and Christie is Little Korea, if you like sushi try Il Bun Ji.
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