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Frequently asked questions about Toronto

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The city of Toronto is a great choice for a vacation, regardless if it is a family holiday, weekend getaway for a group of friends or a romantic trip to celebrate a special occasion. The many attractions, interesting sites and diverse neighborhoods of Toronto, make this a very appealing city to explore.

POPULAR ATTRACTIONS:

ART GALLERY OF ONTARIO

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GARDINER MUSEUM OF CERAMIC ART

www.gardinermuseum.on.ca/default_noflash.aspx

ROYAL ONTARIO MUSEUM

http://www.rom.on.ca/

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BATA SHOE MUSEUM

http://www.batashoemuseum.ca/

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TEXTILE MUSEUM OF CANADA

http://www.textilemuseum.ca/

HOCKEY HALL OF FAME

http://www.hhof.com/index.htm

CANADA'S SPORTS HALL OF FAME

http://www.cshof.ca/index.html

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TORONTO AERO SPACE MUSEUM

http://www.torontoaerospacemuseum.com/

The TODMORDEN MILLS HERITAGE MUSEUM AND ARTS CENTRE

http://www.toronto.ca/todmorden/

CASA LOMA

http://www.casaloma.org/

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CN TOWER

http://www.cntower.ca/portal/

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ONTARIO PLACE

http://www.torontoharbour.com/ontario-place/

TORONTO ISLANDS

http://www.toronto.ca/parks/island/index.htm

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ONTARIO SCIENCE CENTRE

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TORONTO ZOO

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FAMILY FUN IN TORONTO

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hotelfun4kids.com/travelnews/…toronto.htm

VILLAGES

Black Creek Pioneer Village

http://www.blackcreek.ca/

Montgomerys Inn

http://www.montgomerysinn.com/

UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO

http://www.utoronto.ca/

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SCHOOLS, UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES IN TORONTO

http://www.torontoplace.com/universities.htm

OLD TOWN TORONTO

http://www.oldtowntoronto1793.com/

HOTELS

There is a nice variety of accomodations available in Toronto, suitable to every taste regardless if you are on a budget or if you wish to splurge. Many of the hotels are conveniently located in the downtown area. As well, there is a good selection of hotels in the entertainment and theatre district as well as near the Toronto Pearson Airport.

TRENDY HOTELS

http://www.metropolitan.com/soho/

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http://www.germaintoronto.com/en/accueil.asp

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http://www.gladstonehotel.com/

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http://www.thedrakehotel.ca/home.asp

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http://www.cosmotoronto.com/

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SPA HOTELS

http://www.windsorarmshotel.com/

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www.oldmilltoronto.com/PrivacyPolicy.html

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UPSCALE HOTELS

http://www.fourseasons.com/toronto/

parktoronto.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels/index.jsp

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http://toronto.intercontinental.com/

SUITE HOTELS

http://www.cambridgesuitestoronto.com/

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http://www.onekingwest.com/

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HOTELS LINKED TO MALLS

marriott.com/property/propertypage/YYZEC

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HOTELS NEAR TORONTO AIRPORT

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Search?where=body&returnTo=&geo=1&q=toronto+airport+hotels&submit.x=7&submit.y=8&submit=submit

TORONTO FAMILY HOTELS

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Search?returnTo=%2F&geo=1&q=toronto+family+hotels&submit.x=23&submit.y=1

TORONTO B & B's

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MARKETS

The two most popular markets in Toronto are the St.Lawrence Market and Kensington Market. The St. Lawrence Market is a great place to go on a rainy day, except Sundays and Mondays when it is closed. It has an amazinig selection of fruit and vegetable stands, delis, bakeries, fish and meat markets to name a few. Best of all is their famous early morning farmer's market every Saturday. Kensington Market is another very enjoyable experience. It has many food and cheese markets, plus vintage clothing stores and a few other eclectic boutiques.

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SHOPPING

Toronto offers an incredible variety of shopping for it's residents as well as tourists. Everything from grabbing bargains at outlet stores on Spadina Avenue, to upscale stores on Bloor Street and Yorkville such as Hermes, Holt Renfrew, Hugo Boss, Dolce and Cabanna is available in this city. Queen Street West is just one example of the many popular and trendy areas to shop in Toronto. Everything from vintage to current trends can be found on Queen Street. For the mall enthusiast, there are several in Toronto, located in all areas of the city.

MOST POPULAR MALLS

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http://www.sherwaygardens.ca/home/index.ch2

http://www.yorkdale.com/

http://www.shopsquareone.com/

UPSCALE MALLS AND SHOPPING AREAS

www.hazeltonlanes.com/default_opening.html

http://www.bayviewvillageshops.com/

http://queensquay.sites.toronto.com/

http://www.bloor-yorkville.com/

http://www.where.ca/toronto/article_feature~listing_id~115.htm

OTHER POPULAR SHOPPING SPOTS

toronto.worldweb.com/Shopping/ShoppingMalls/

toronto.worldweb.com/Shopping/ShoppingMalls/

http://www.winners.ca/en/index.asp

http://www.potterybarn.ca/stores.cfm

www.restorationhardware.com/rh/index.jsp

http://www.torontoantiquescenter.com/

http://hcanteen.com/

SHOE SHOPPING IN TORONTO

http://www.where.ca/toronto/subcategory_guide~subcategory_id~15~category_id~17~subtitle_id~117.htm

BEAUTY RELATED SHOPPING IN TORONTO

http://www.civello.com/

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OUTLET MALLS

www.vaughanmills.com.

http://www.searchon.ca/cookstown/index.php

ANTIQUING IN TORONTO

http://www.torontoantiquescenter.com/

atomagemedia.com/toronto/antiques_toronto.ht…

torontolife.com/guide/…

http://www.torontotourism.com/Media/MediaKit/Antiquing+in+Toronto.htm

shopintoronto.com/Auctions___Collectibles/

SPORTS WEAR for yoga and other sporting activities

www.lululemon.com/toronto/yorkdale/community

http://www.newbalancetoronto.ca/store.htm

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UNIQUE CULTURAL EXPERIENCES

http://glenngouldstudio.cbc.ca/

http://www.toronto.ca/parks/music_index.htm

http://www.doorsopen.org/

http://www.ccca.ca/nuitblanche/

http://www.thedistillerydistrict.com/

http://www.coc.ca/house/house.html

toronto.ca/special_events/…winterlicious.htm

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http://www.tasteofthedanforth.com/

TORONTO ARCHITECTURE

historyoftoronto.ca/history/buildings2.html

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TORONTO DINING

www.cntower.ca/portal/GetPage.aspx?at=860

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ITALIAN

Authentic, fresh food, reasonably priced. Casual atmosphere.

http://www.terroni.ca/

Great pizzas! Barbra Streisand's favorite when she was in Toronto.

http://www.ilfornello.com/

A little more expensive, very good Italian food. Romantic ambience.

http://www.donatellorestaurant.ca/

Expensive good food, amazing presentation. Largest wine list ever. Great place to go for a special occasion.

http://www.viaallegroristorante.com/

INDIAN

Reasonable prices, good buffet.

http://www.dineataroma.com/lunch.htm

A little more expensive, more formal atmosphere.

http://www.dhaba.ca/

www.dine.to/bestofto_v2.php?bestof_id=19

FRENCH

Affordable lovely french restaurant, amazing crepes.

http://www.lepapillon.ca/menu.html

Sophisticated, romantic, more expensive than above.

http://www.lamaquette.com/home.php

GREEK

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CHINESE

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SOME OF TORONTO'S BEST RATED RESTAURANTS

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TORONTO CHEAP EATS

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http://www.torontolife.com/restaurant_search/?cheapeats=%2425+Gourmet

OTHER INTERESTING RESTAURANTS WORTH INVESTIGATING

http://www.scaramoucherestaurant.com/

www.dine.to/bestofto_v2.php?bestof_id=66

http://www.rainrestaurant.ca/

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http://www.north44restaurant.com/

TORONTO NIGHTLIFE

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TORONTO NEIGHBORHOODS

Toronto has a profusion of neighborhoods that make the city what it is. It really is phenomenal, to see just how many distinct areas there are in this city.

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OTHER IMPORTANT SITES Including LOCAL TRANSPORTATION and TORONTO TOURISM sites.

http://www.torontotourism.com/visitor

transit.toronto.on.ca/gotransit/2111.shtml

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http://www.gtaa.com/en/home/

http://www.toronto.com/

http://www.toronto.worldweb.com/

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www.expedia.ca/pub/agent.dll…

TORONTO WEATHER

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FESTIVALS, EXHIBITIONS AND SPECIAL EVENTS

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www.grouptourplanner.com/festival_944.cfm

http://www.theex.com/index.php

http://www.caribana.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pride_Week_(Toronto)

THEATRES IN TORONTO

http://www.mirvish.com/OurTheatres/

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http://www.actingupstage.com/

www.toronto.com/arts/listing/000-100-481

CONCERT VENUES

http://www.theaircanadacentre.com/

http://www.roythomson.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massey_Hall

TORONTO HOME TEAMS

http://www.mapleleafs.com/tickets/index.html

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http://www.nba.com/raptors/

http://www.argonauts.ca/Argos/Tickets/

TORONTO NEWSPAPERS AND MAGAZINES

relocatecanada.com/toronto/publish.html

TORONTO HOSPITALS

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POPULAR DAY TRIPS

http://www.kleinburgvillage.com/

http://www.mcmichael.com/

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markham.ca/markham/…mainstunionville.htm

http://www.stjacobs.com/

http://www.city.niagarafalls.on.ca/

OFF THE BEATEN PATH

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A FEW SURPRISES

www.expedia.ca/pub/agent.dll…

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www.toronto.ca/tfto/2005todate.htm#years

toronto.ca/you-belong/attractions/tours.htm

http://www.artinsite.com/

Academy of Spherical Arts

http://www.sphericalarts.com/

Colossus Movie Theatre (Gigantic movie theatre ..looks like a flying saucer)

www.toronto.com/movies/listing/000-100-415

…indigo.ca/home/storeLocator/storeDetails/200

www.towaterfront.ca/index.php?home=true

http://www.tso.ca/season/index.cfm

A COUPLE OF USEFUL TIPS

Book early if visiting the city in the summer.

Bring warm clothes if visiting in the winter, pair of warm boots wouldn't hurt either...just in case.

Research, get a map.

Look into getting coupon books for discounts to many attractions and restaurants

Visitors may wish to purchase transportation passes.

Good luck and have fun in Toronto!

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1. Re: Frequently asked questions about Toronto

Square one is not in Toronto. It's in Mississauga, a suburb of toronto.

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2. Re: Frequently asked questions about Toronto

Best bet for 'local' reviews of restaurants particularly is www.blogto.com /

A couple of my favs:

Toronto's best burger: Burger Shoppe

www.burgershoppe.com/newsite1/splash.html

Toronto's best BBQ: Phils Original BBQ

http://www.philsoriginalbbq.com/

Cheers!

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3. Re: Frequently asked questions about Toronto

I didn't read the whole FAQ section yet, but I am wondering if parts of Toronto are easy to get around walking? I am thinking of a weekend trip, might fly in instead of the 5 hour drive...

I also read a little about the good public transportation system.

Going to check out all the info that northerndecorator so nicely posted!

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4. Re: Frequently asked questions about Toronto

Heads up for UK Visitors - when using the cash points (ATMs) you may find your card doesnt work ! Have no problems with Nationwide cards but Barclays only seem to work in ScotiaBank terminals .

Have been to several different parts/provinces of Canada and only ever got a Barclays cash point to work in a Scotia Bank terminal, otherwise it seems to think its a local Canadian account and transaction fails

5. Re: Frequently asked questions about Toronto

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6. Re: Frequently asked questions about Toronto

The information here is great, even for those of us Torontonians who need a reminder of all the great things to do and see in our city. Thanks ND!

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7. Re: Frequently asked questions about Toronto

I agree!

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8. Re: Frequently asked questions about Toronto

A couple things the OP left out:

HIGH PARK:

http://www.highpark.org/

YONGE-DUNDAS SQUARE:

http://www.ydsquare.ca/

TORONTO REFERENCE LIBRARY:

www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp…

To ozbound08,

It is easy to get around on foot in downtown Toronto. A lot of attractions are within easy walking distance. If you want to see anything that is further out the public transportation system is good and runs 24/7. Here is some info on the public transit system:

www.ttc.ca - (official TTC website)

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If you're using public transit in the suburbs, here are the websites of some of the public transit systems out there:

www.mississauga.ca/portal/miway (Mississauga public transit- Mississauga is where Square One Mall is located. Mississauga is just west of Toronto).

www.brampton.ca/en/residents/transit (Brampton transit. Brampton is north of Mississauga).

www.yorkregiontransit.com/ (York Region transit. York Region is north of Toronto. It includes the towns of Markham and Richmond Hill).

www.durhamregiontransit.com (Durham region transit. Durham region is just east of Toronto and includes the towns of Pickering, Whitby and Oshawa).

www.oakvilletransit.com (Oakville transit- Oakville is west of Mississauga).

www.gotransit.com (Go Transit- this service links Toronto with other municipalities in south-eastern Ontario, including Niagara Falls).

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