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Things To Do In Toronto?

Sun Aug 15, 2004 10:14 am

I was thinking about taking a four day trip to Toronto but don't know a whole lot about the city.

Is late September a good time? Is it easy to get to Pearson Airport from the downtown. Is public transit acceptable or is a rental car necessary? If yes, how are the areas drivers (especially in the eyes of someone who doesn't know the roads.) Good, reasonable hotels?

Any advice greatly appreciated.
 
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RE: Things To Do In Toronto?

Sun Aug 15, 2004 10:54 am

I was just up there 2 weeks ago for an overnighter. There is definately plenty to do. Public transit is pretty good, especially for most of the places that you will want to go. Bus, subway, commuter train, and streetcar services are pretty extensive and generally run throughout the entire day and night.

Priceline can get you some good hotel deals too. Sean (B747-437B) or Nuno (CaptainGomes) would be able to fill you in more as the official A.net Toronto ambassadors.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
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RE: Things To Do In Toronto?

Sun Aug 15, 2004 11:45 am

Transit to the Airport is pathetic compared to most other cities in the world...maybe not comapred to some cities in the USA though. There is one or two public transit buses that serve the airport...plan on at least about 1 1/2 hour to get there that way from downtown. There is a private motorcoach service that stops at the downtown hotels which is better (faster) but costs more. The transit service website in Toronto is http://www.ttc.ca

I would reccomend you rent a car so you can go down to Niagara Falls if you haven't been there before  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Bus, subway, commuter train, and streetcar services are pretty extensive and generally run throughout the entire day and night

In the downtown core, yes. Otherwise the transit service is really bad.

 
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RE: Things To Do In Toronto?

Sun Aug 15, 2004 11:49 am

WELCOME!!! Good to hear SOME people are still making their way north of the border!!! Late Sept. is usually a VERY nice time here in the city as far as the weather is concerned, but considering the weather we've experienced this year, anything could happen. Yorkville in Downtown TO is wonderful for shopping and eating, as well as the women. The club district is REALLY pumping if you're into that. Other than that, hope your stay is safe & pleasant!!

Regds.
 
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RE: Things To Do In Toronto?

Sun Aug 15, 2004 1:14 pm

Personally...I NEVER use public transportation when I visit Toronto. A Cab downtown from the airport is over $40. Do yourself a favour and rent a car. Don't worry about getting lost because there are no "dangerous" places in town that you need to fear.

There's alot to see and do, but my family's favorites are:

1) The CN tower
2) Canada's Wonderland
3) The Ontario Science Centre
4) Niagra Falls (fairly short drive from Toronto)
5) Royal Ontario Museum

Of course those are "kid" oriented places to go.

Yorkville is the token "trendy" area if you're in to that. South Yonge Street tends to be the place where hookers hang out. South Bay Street is the business section.

There are thousands of interesting places to shop. Don't restrict yourself to Yorkville unless you are only interested in over-priced designer labels.

You can also check out a Blue Jays game in the Skydome. The harbour front and Ontario Place have plenty of great views and restaraunts to visit.
 
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RE: Things To Do In Toronto?

Sun Aug 15, 2004 10:55 pm

Thanks for all the help.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

My concern about renting a car is about my own neuroses. If I'm driving in places I'm unfamiliar with I have had panic attacks before. Another motorist crossing into MY lane or rain/wind seem to be the triggers. I just don't want to have to pull to the side of Hwy. 401 and curl into the fetal position and bawl.

I have seen Niagra Falls. I believe it was in 1987. I remember seeing the road sign that Toronto was like 36km away. Unfortunately, no detours.
 
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RE: Things To Do In Toronto?

Mon Aug 16, 2004 12:49 am

hey!
hope you enjoy your visit to Toronto.
Normally September is probably the best time to visit the city - the weather is fine (however this year the weather is off) keep in mind that mid September Toronto hosts the Toronto International Film Festival so areas such as Yorkville are busy with actors and their fans and hanger-ons.

If you plan on staying in downtown Toronto don't bother with a car, parking is a pain and expensive. Transit in the city is good with subways and streetcars. Also there are lots of day trips going to Niagara Falls so no car is required for that either.

As for the member that said south yonge street has hookers..dont believe him..i walk there almost everyday and have yet to see 1 hooker there in 10 years..

for most tourists the top spots are:
CN Tower
Hockey Hall of Fame
Casa Loma

If you are looking for a more "Toronto" urban experience check out Queen Street West or Bloor West Annex (between Spadina and Bathurst) with all the shops and gallerys or college street "little italy" strip with all the trendy restaurants and bars.
Yorkville is not really trendy just the place for Gucci and Prada and their like - its mostly a stuffy area appealing to label whores and rich bitches..not a nice area for tourists in my opinion.

From the airport the cheapest method is the Pacific Western Bus to the downtown Airports as a taxi or limo will set you back $40 CAD.

The cheapest downtown hotels will be the chain style Courtyard by Marriott or Hotel Victoria or Strathcona..most hotels will be over $150.00 try expedia or orbitz if there are cheaper rates for the chains..for a really cool experience try the Drake Hotel on Queen West (target is younger types 18-40) rooms there start at $99 and its new.

have fun and cheers!
Alek
 
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RE: Things To Do In Toronto?

Mon Aug 16, 2004 3:34 am


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RE: Things To Do In Toronto?

Mon Aug 16, 2004 3:37 am

I disagree with others regarding public transit to downtown. I live right on one of the subway stations downtown, and I can get to the airport via TTC (public transit) in 45 minutes consistently. If you take the subway and transfer onto a bus that leaves from Kipling station (or v.v.), it's actually faster than driving, especially during the daytime. The bus doesn't make any stops in between the airport and the subway station, so it's pretty fast. I used to drive, or take the airport limo to the airport, but if you're packing light, TTC is definitely a good choice.

As mentioned above, most attractions are located in the downtown core, within walking distance of each other. You don't need a car. Taxi's are plentiful and safe.

As for hotel, check www.biddingfortravel.com and www.betterbidding.com . Those sites give you bidding tips/strategies on how to win your bidding without overpaying.
 
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RE: Things To Do In Toronto?

Mon Aug 16, 2004 1:57 pm

Watewate, I agree...TTC to the airport from Kipling is really great and only costs you $2.25 one way per adult. You can then take the shuttle from one termal to another for free.........and you don't have to pay for parking!

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RE: Things To Do In Toronto?

Mon Aug 16, 2004 3:02 pm

If I'm driving in places I'm unfamiliar with I have had panic attacks before.

Your profile doesn't say where you are, so I don't know what you're used to as far as driving goes.

I was in Toronto recently and rented a car there. Having driven in a lot of places (urban, rural, right side, left side), I thought that Toronto driving was a breeze (as far as big cities go, that is). Rental rates were surprisingly reasonable as well.

If you have done some bigger-city driving, or if you currently reside in a larger US city, I think you'd do just fine.

Enjoy your trip!
 
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RE: Things To Do In Toronto?

Mon Aug 16, 2004 9:23 pm

I'm in Portland, Maine. Metro-area pop. is about 100k. We do have limited access highways, paved even.

I've driven to metro Boston twice. One of those times was when the car started coming into me on I-95/MA-128 and I freaked. The other time without incident but I wasn't alone.

Is Discover Card widely accepted in Canada or should I take a Visa or MC?
 
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RE: Things To Do In Toronto?

Mon Aug 16, 2004 10:13 pm

Is Discover Card widely accepted in Canada or should I take a Visa or MC?

That's a good question. The Discover Card is not widely accepted (if at all). Visa and MC are accepted everywhere. ATM's are also everywhere and you'd have no problems with a Cirrus or Plus bank card.
 
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RE: Things To Do In Toronto?

Tue Aug 17, 2004 2:07 am

Cool. ATM/Debit is either VISA, PLUS, or NYCE, as need be. Plus the other two CC's.

I've decided to take the plunge. Here is my air itinerary!

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NW#1500 DTW-YYZ

NW#3274 YYZ-DTW (9/29)
NW#1036 DTW-PWM

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RE: Things To Do In Toronto?

Tue Aug 17, 2004 2:11 am

How about visiting the "Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum" at YHM.
It's only about an hour away.

Here is the website

http://www.warplane.com/

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RE: Things To Do In Toronto?

Tue Aug 17, 2004 2:37 am

I'd do as YHMFAN said, take the hour drive down the highway to CYHM and check out the CWHM. If I'm correct, almost all of their aircraft are in flying condition and I've heard they fly them on days with good weather. Infact on Saturday afternoon, while at the Indian bazaar at Coxwell/Gerrard, I heard a loud rumble overhead, looked up, and was amazed to see the CWHM's Lancaster flying overheard, nice sound of 4 merlins overheard the city. The Lancaster enough is reason to head out to Hamilton for the day, besides the CWHM, Hamilton itself isn't half as crappy as many of us in Toronto make it out to be, there is a happenin' area downtown called Hess Village, and of course the area by McMaster University is full of places for the younger crowd (such as myself). Here's hoping you have a good time here!

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RE: Things To Do In Toronto?

Wed Aug 18, 2004 7:51 am

I disagree with others regarding public transit to downtown.

If you are going to restrict your travels to downtown, I agree. Normally however I like to get out a little farther and a car is indispensible. Furthermore, I don't normally stay downtown because a good hotel downtown is relatively expensive and noisy.

As for the member that said south yonge street has hookers..dont believe him..i walk there almost everyday and have yet to see 1 hooker there in 10 years..


South Yonge Street has a long and violent history as an area where drug dealers and hookers hang out. Argubly, the residents have been involved in a "take the neighborhood back" movement that has cleaned the area up considerably over the past few years. But...regardless of the poster's luck at only seeing 1 hooker in 10 years, my original statement stands.

Also...I want to apend my list after seeing Casa Loma mentioned. Its definitely worth a visit too!



 
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RE: Things To Do In Toronto?

Wed Aug 18, 2004 8:05 am

CN Tower. Niagara Falls. Toronto Island. Eatons Centre maybe.

Casa Loma -- no. Hard to find for out of towners.

Do not rent a car to drive downtown. Expensive and you will not enjoy the traffic.

South Yonge Street has a long and violent history as an area where drug dealers and hookers hang out.

Correct. Until about 1977.  Insane It's 2004 now.



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RE: Things To Do In Toronto?

Wed Aug 18, 2004 8:07 am

Toronto has some of the best night clubs. I like The Docks the best, but there are plent of good ones such as MONEY, GOVERNMENT, PLAZZAO....Etc..check out http://www.Z1035.com for more.
 
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RE: Things To Do In Toronto?

Wed Aug 18, 2004 11:00 am

What sort of things are you into buddy? You single? Married? Kids? Looking?
You into nightlife? Are you looking to catch a show? You into bars? Pubs? What kind? You on a tight budget? Toronto's got something for everyone...literally.

In answer to your question -- Visa or Mastercard are the best. Most places take AmEx, but not everywhere if you stray from tourist spots. I don't know anyone with a Discover card, so I'm not sure about that one.

Toronto is a great place. September weather is usually pretty good.

Drop any of us YYZers an email if you want. I'm sure any of us would be happy to help you out and answer any questions you may have. You can also check out this link - http://www.toronto.com/.

Enjoy your trip.

G
 
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RE: Things To Do In Toronto?

Wed Aug 18, 2004 12:55 pm

Things To Do In Toronto?

Toronto chicks. Definately Toronto chicks.  Big grin
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RE: Things To Do In Toronto?

Wed Aug 18, 2004 1:43 pm

Things to do in Toronto?

Get a cab from downtown to Pearson airport; buy one-way ticket to Vancouver; get on plane; never go back.
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RE: Things To Do In Toronto?

Thu Aug 19, 2004 6:56 am

I'm 28, single with no kids. Not really an extrovert so I don't see myself going to any clubs. I drink only a little bit I doubt I'll be visiting any bars or pubs. Hmm, this probably explains why I'm 28 and single and very lonely...  Crying

Budget is flexible. Won't be counting pennies but I don't want to spend too much either.

Thanks.
 
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RE: Things To Do In Toronto?

Thu Aug 19, 2004 8:46 am

Casa Loma -- no. Hard to find for out of towners.

This is exactly the type of place to check out. Its out of the way, off the beaten track and worth the visit.



 
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RE: Things To Do In Toronto?

Thu Aug 19, 2004 11:45 am

Some things to do:

-Shopping on Queen Street West - Eaton Centre is way too generic. It's nothing you can't find elsewhere. The new Dundas Square across from the Eaton Centre, if some event is on, is actually a pretty nice place to go. There should be the new Olympics exhibition building by the Square (I've no clue why Toronto would get such a venue; maybe it was a pity award for losing multiple Olympic bids).
-Dining - fine places all over the downtown core. Go to Toronto.com and narrow your search from there.
-Early morning jog to Casa Loma. Jogging may not be your thing, but it's really rewarding to go up the steep steps and look down on a beautiful view by the castle.
-AGO (Art Gallery of Ontario) - there's an impressionist exhibit at AGO. It's the only stop in N. America, and apparently Americans are flocking to see the show. Should pay a visit.
-A lot of great bars. If you want to go to a bar full of young people. check out Maddy's on Madison Avenue. Not only do a lot of UofT people go there, but lots of young people in general.
-Lounges. There are many lounges in the club district. You gotta pick the 'right' club/lounge to party with your 'kind' of crowd, but well worth your time.
-Niagara Falls.


Things NOT to do:
-Skip the CN Tower and SkyDome. Both very boring and dull.
-The Zoo, Wonderland, and any generic shopping centres. All offer nothing substantially different from their equivalents in other US cities.

Again, don't book your hotel unless you check out priceline. Always good deals to be had as long as you're not dead-set on staying at a particular hotel.
 
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RE: Things To Do In Toronto?

Thu Aug 19, 2004 11:19 pm

Shopping on Queen Street West....Skip the CN Tower

Yes. Go "shopping". You just can't do THAT anywhere else in the world....and skip visiting the world's tallest free standing structure with it's breathtaking views and cool glass floor. Much too boring.

 Yeah sure

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