Visiting Toronto - What To Do?

Sat Jul 14, 2001 12:51 am

Hey everyone,

I'm planning a little trip to Toronto for a couple of days for me and my girlfriend because we really need to get our heads off from the job! I'm not quite familiar with Toronto (except T1 where i spent 6 hours  Laugh out loud ) so could anyone tell me what we could do there? The CN tower is already in the plans but aprat from that i don't know.

Also, is there any Comfort Inns or hotel of the type close to downtown or is it all in the suburbs?

Thanks guys,


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RE: Visiting Toronto - What To Do?

Sat Jul 14, 2001 2:07 am

Well, there is always the ROM (Royal Ontario Museum), City Centre Airport, Toronto Island, catch a Jays game (if in town), walk through Union Station, Hockey Hall of Fame, Eaton's Centre, ride the subway if you've never riden one before. Walk all the way up Yonge St. from Front to Bloor to see all the interesting people you come across ! If you have a rental car you could always do a day trip down to Niagara Falls.

There are a ton of hotels around the airport (obviously!) and west of Toronto that are all pretty closeby, especially if you have a car (check out what is in the City of Mississauga). The link below has more info on downtown hotels.


RE: Visiting Toronto - What To Do?

Sat Jul 14, 2001 4:09 am

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RE: Visiting Toronto - What To Do?

Sat Jul 14, 2001 10:16 am

Have a romantic dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe and watch a Blue Jays game (if they're home) while eating the BIG Juicy Hogburger. Big grin

The CN Tower is a great viewing area and once you go outside, it'll be WINDY as heck. I was there in April, and the winds were blowing over 50 mph. It's pretty cool.

Have fun!

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RE: Visiting Toronto - What To Do?

Mon Jul 16, 2001 3:23 pm

Hotels in downtown Toronto are quite affordable compared to US standards. But if you're looking for something more affordable, there are some 'American Style' motels lined up along Lakeshore West along that should come cheap. It's not quite walking distance to the downtown Toronto, but it's close to Queen St. W. where most of the actions at anyways. Be sure to drop a line at the Speaker's Corner and be one of many weirdos that make the cut to the air.
If you want something different, try the Renaissance Hotel at SkyDome where about 90 or so rooms are available with the view overlooking the baseball field. You can see the games for free if you happen to be by when the Jays' are playing. They block your window with a big drape if there's a concert, however. If that's out of your budget, try Crown Plaza by SkyDome on Front St West. That should be cheap. Enjoy your stay.
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RE: Visiting Toronto - What To Do?

Tue Jul 17, 2001 3:51 am


That should have quite a bit of info.

Lots to do and lots of places to go: Centre Island, Queen St. W., Theatre District on King St. W., Harbourfront, Eaton Centre, Yonge St., Church St...

Have a great time!
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RE: Visiting Toronto - What To Do?

Tue Jul 17, 2001 10:23 am

Wonderland is good too if your into roller coasters and theme parks
its a bit north of Toronto. Other than the attractions mentioned above, i can't think of anything else.
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RE: Visiting Toronto - What To Do?

Tue Jul 17, 2001 2:13 pm

Paramount Canada's Wonderland...good one! More roller coasters than any other theme park in North America!
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RE: Visiting Toronto - What To Do?

Tue Jul 17, 2001 3:27 pm


I'm probably among the best to comment on your situtation, since my girlfriend lives just outside of Toronto, and I have spent the last 15 months flying back and forth visiting her and her family. We often have to venture downtown on couple excursions to have fun, so I think I can help you out.

First, of course, do go and see the CN Tower. It's a remarkable sturcture, and it affords a remarkable view from up top. You can get there by taking the TTC Subway to Union Station and walking via the Skywalk. The Tower's ticket booth is located between it and SkyDome, the tall, white-roofed structure to its side. Tickets are somewhat expensive for what you get (just a view), but it's not too bad, especially with the ~65% exchange rate. I'd recommend to not get the Total Tower Experience Package, simply because it seems like a waste of money--all you get is two simulator rides and a movie down at the base. That stuff's been there since the tower opened, I've been told, and it's not all that thrilling. I would recommend that you get the next cheapest package, including the Look Out, the Glass Floor, and the Sky Pod. The cost should be around $20-25 CDN, if I remember correctly.

Be forwarned, though, that the lines around the CN Tower can get ungodly long at peak times (ie, on weekends and holidays). We happened to go up on Canada Day after a Jays game, and we spent more than an hour in line to get up to the main level, then another hour and a half in line for the elevator up to the SkyPod (the highest observation deck), then another 15-20 minutes waiting to get down. It shouldn't be that bad usually, but you'll probably have to wait, especially if it's a nice day.

Moving on, if you and your girlfriend are sports fans, you might want to take in a game at SkyDome, right next door to the CN Tower. The Blue Jays and the Argonauts play baseball and football there, respectively. The Jays games are decently attended and have an okay major-league atmosphere; the Argos are generally poorly attended, with an atmosphere resembling minor league or arena football. But good seats are generally very plentiful at either team's games, so if they're in town, you might want to check them out. Prices are not too bad for an evening of entertainment--we spent about $35 CDN apiece for the Jays (lower tier, 6 rows from the field), and $33 CDN apiece for the Argos (sideline, 15 rows from the field).

If you're into shopping, you might want to check out Eaton Centre, Toronto's main shopping mall, located primarily below the surface of the city. You can get there by taking the TTC to the Dundas station and walking through the underground tunnel into the mall. It's no Mall of America, but it's still pretty darn nice.

Another nice place to go for an afternoon is Centre Island, an island park out away from the Toronto shoreline. There, you'll find an abundance of trails, grassy picnic lawns, and beaches. There's an interesting hedge maze in there on the southern side of the island, which is very nice for a couple to get lost in (beware the gnat swarms on hot days, though!). Also, and best of all for me and my girlfriend, there's Centreville, a small amusement park on the island. It's targeted more towards kids than anyone else, but it's fun and cute to have a go at the Centre Island Monster, the ferris wheel, the carousel, the sky ride, and so on and so forth. The miniature golf course is also pretty fun, although you can forget actually playing well there--you'd stand a better chance on Pebble Beach. Plus, it's cheaper than Paramount Canada's Wonderland, the local amusement park--only about $20 CDN apiece for an all-day ride pass.

To get there, just head to the Harbourfront from Union Station (you have to walk underneath the highway overpass to get there--fortunately, there are sidewalks). Then pay the fare to take the ferry across to the island ($5 CDN, or $3 if you have a student ID). Pack a picnic lunch and you can make a fun afternoon outing out of it!

Some other recommendations I would make would be the Hockey Hall of Fame, and the Toronto Zoo (located outside the downtown area) and Niagara Falls (about a 2-3 hour drive away). If you need any directions or further assistance with any of these recommendations, please feel free to e-mail me!  Smile

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Tue Jul 17, 2001 3:59 pm

Hey old bud!!

When you get back lemme know how it was!! I'm moving to Maui in about 2-3 years, but sometime after that I'm taking a trip there as well. Would also love to drop by Montreal and Vancouver while I'm at it.

What's the sights in Montreal?


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RE: Visiting Toronto - What To Do?

Wed Jul 18, 2001 3:48 am

Hey guys thanks alot for all the infomations!  Smile

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RE: Visiting Toronto - What To Do?

Wed Jul 18, 2001 5:19 am

Don't forget Casa Loma!

Contrary to what N202PA said, Niagara Falls is only about a 45-1hr drive, and it is well worth it. Just hop on the 401 and head west, after your pass Pearson and get a really good view!, you will have to change and get onto the QEW I believe.

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RE: Visiting Toronto - What To Do?

Wed Jul 18, 2001 6:12 am

Travel time to Niagara depends on where you're coming from, and how bad traffic is.

I doubt you could get there in 45 minutes--it takes about that long to get from the airport to Guelph. Maybe in an hour to an hour fifteen. I do remember driving up from Buffalo to Brampton (a comparable distance) about two years ago took about two hours without too much traffic, so that's what I was going on.
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RE: Visiting Toronto - What To Do?

Thu Jul 19, 2001 12:45 pm

I always wind up wandering aimlessly down Queen Street, then getting a Guinness in that British-style pub.
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