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Qutenkringley

Fun things to do in Toronto!

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Qutenkringley

Aside from attending WP events, that is... :)

Here are some of the places I'm looking forward to (re)visiting:

The CN Tower: This was, for quite some time, the world's tallest tower and still hosts an impressive view (and some very, scary activities).

Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament: Jousting! Sword-play! Eating everything with your hands! What more can you ask for!? Yes, it's pricey, but the experience is worth every penny! (Or every nickel, now that we've gotten rid of pennies...)

Ward's Island: This is a cool little community a very short ferry ride away from downtown Toronto, which features a lot of creative little cottages tucked into the woods and a very quiet and pleasant little beach. Yes, there WILL be picnicking by yours truly.

Royal Ontario Museum: There's cool stuff to be seen, including a most wonderful statue of Buddha.

Plus lots of other cool places, such as Queen Street for shopping. Feel free to add places you're interested in visiting!

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Fitzsimmons ♡

Niagara Falls aren't that far, are they :3 Maybe we could organize a meetup (more than one!) to visit all these awesome places! (That is, if I actually manage to be there :redface: )

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Palovana

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Just nevermind...no one else would be interested...

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Qutenkringley

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Just nevermind...no one else would be interested...

Wait. What? Now, I'm curious... :mellow:

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Neostar

Toronto isn't a bad city I've been there twice. Although I prefer Ottawa there are much more things to do here than in Toronto.

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Niagra falls is like maybe an hour or an hour and a half south and sort of east of toronto on the other side of the lake. You can take the GO train I think direct from Union Station...might need to check on that though.

Go to china town...eat dumplings.

Go to 2nd to 7th china town...eat dumplings.

Go to all other ---towns and eat respective snacks!

Ride around subway / tram all day.

Go to cool furniture and home design shops.

Go to little Italy for ice cream and pizza.

Go to brewery district for cool shops.

Go to farmers markets.

Go check out the LGBT town.

See sports games.

Eat poutine!

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Neostar

Sens vs Leafs are the best games you can ever attend but ticket costs will be high.

I've been to Niagara falls when I was about 7 years old I was never big on it. The falls are okay looking and the history is cool and people always try to ride barrels down it and you can go behind the falls and everything but the fun ends there really.

Toronto isn't a bad city though, I'd recommend going there.

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5_♦♣

Check out the Ontario Science Center. Seriously, it's cool. There's so much interactive stuff and there's also an IMAX theater.

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marki

Eat Tim Horton's!

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swim2thesun

as someone who lives pretty close to toronto I find it extremely hard to actually think of something to do down there. I'm not particularly a big fan of the city and I'm pretty sure im going to be trying to steer clear of the city, especially during world pride.

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Toronto isn't a bad city I've been there twice. Although I prefer Ottawa there are much more things to do here than in Toronto.

Really?! My uncle lives in Ottawa and I've been there many times, and while I certainly won't deny there are things to do there, I'd much rather spend time in Toronto. It's so much more diverse. Personal preference though I guess, haha.

I'm going to second Qute's recommendation of Ward's Island (or rather, all the Toronto Islands). I've been there only once, with my mum and dad, nearly a decade ago... and that wasn't nearly enough to experience the whole place. It's like a little nature-y and kinda-hippie-ish oasis just off the mainland. There's a posh yacht club there as well, but that aside, I love the Toronto Islands. There are plenty of houses flying rainbow pride flags, and it's definitely got a fairly laid-back small community vibe -- not to mention extensive walking and bike trails (you can rent bikes), gardens, beachfront, Centreville Amusement Park (primarily geared towards kids, though), and... I can't remember what else, haha. Oh and you get to take a pretty cool old wooden ferry over to the islands.

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Qutenkringley

as someone who lives pretty close to toronto I find it extremely hard to actually think of something to do down there. I'm not particularly a big fan of the city and I'm pretty sure im going to be trying to steer clear of the city, especially during world pride.

And, thus, missing out on meeting all the aces gathering in Toronto for World Pride? :P

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There's also High Park. Free and definitely enjoyable if you like large-ish semi-wilderness-in-the-middle-of-the-city parks. Actually, the first time Zoids (aka, fellow AVENite zoidberger, and now my husband for those who don't know) came to visit me, we went to High Park after meeting up at Union Station. They also have wallabies there... which we planned to smuggle into the trunk of his car. :P Somehow that didn't work out; nearly five years later and we have yet to steal a wallaby! My mum and I once spent a while blowing bubbles there as well, with folks looking at us like we were a bit nuts. Which we are.

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There's also High Park. Free and definitely enjoyable if you like large-ish semi-wilderness-in-the-middle-of-the-city parks. Actually, the first time Zoids (aka, fellow AVENite zoidberger, and now my husband for those who don't know) came to visit me, we went to High Park after meeting up at Union Station. They also have wallabies there... which we planned to smuggle into the trunk of his car. :P Somehow that didn't work out; nearly five years later and we have yet to steal a wallaby! My mum and I once spent a while blowing bubbles there as well, with folks looking at us like we were a bit nuts. Which we are.

MUST. SEE. WALLABIES.

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I personally really liked the St Lawrence market right downtown. And walking around anywhere down there was just an enjoyable experience.

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There's also High Park. Free and definitely enjoyable if you like large-ish semi-wilderness-in-the-middle-of-the-city parks. Actually, the first time Zoids (aka, fellow AVENite zoidberger, and now my husband for those who don't know) came to visit me, we went to High Park after meeting up at Union Station. They also have wallabies there... which we planned to smuggle into the trunk of his car. :P Somehow that didn't work out; nearly five years later and we have yet to steal a wallaby! My mum and I once spent a while blowing bubbles there as well, with folks looking at us like we were a bit nuts. Which we are.

MUST. SEE. WALLABIES.

Maybe with a third accomplice, we'll finally achieve our dream of wallaby smuggling? :ph34r:

Oooohhh! Everyone could drop in on mayor Rob Ford. Definitely worth it if you smoke crack. (Sorry, couldn't resist. :P)

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marki

Can Ford get me a good deal on escorts? I've always wanted to be escorted someplace!

Oh don't forget the most famous Toronto attraction of all!!

Sitting in traffic on the Don Valley Expressway...

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^^ Any 400 series highway will do, really. The Gardiner is a barrel of fun too, or Yonge Street at rush hour.

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marki

Take teh TTC yay!

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Neostar

Toronto isn't a bad city I've been there twice. Although I prefer Ottawa there are much more things to do here than in Toronto.

Really?! My uncle lives in Ottawa and I've been there many times, and while I certainly won't deny there are things to do there, I'd much rather spend time in Toronto. It's so much more diverse. Personal preference though I guess, haha.

I'm going to second Qute's recommendation of Ward's Island (or rather, all the Toronto Islands). I've been there only once, with my mum and dad, nearly a decade ago... and that wasn't nearly enough to experience the whole place. It's like a little nature-y and kinda-hippie-ish oasis just off the mainland. There's a posh yacht club there as well, but that aside, I love the Toronto Islands. There are plenty of houses flying rainbow pride flags, and it's definitely got a fairly laid-back small community vibe -- not to mention extensive walking and bike trails (you can rent bikes), gardens, beachfront, Centreville Amusement Park (primarily geared towards kids, though), and... I can't remember what else, haha. Oh and you get to take a pretty cool old wooden ferry over to the islands.

To each their own. It's kind of like how I didn't like going to Niagara Falls as a kid. Many people have went to Niagara Falls and consider the place to be awesome on both the American and Canadian side. I considered it to be a meh experience. We spent about a week there and it was fun only about the first day. After that it was just a "Been there done that seen that" kind of thing.

I would never move out of Ottawa though and if I had a second choice, I'd move to Toronto. But Toronto is also decently far enough away from my folks and I like staying close to them. Toronto is about a 7-8 hour drive from them and Ottawa is a little under an hour to 2 hours. I don't really want to fly unless I absolutely have to as I'm massively afraid of heights. Have been ever since I was a kid and if something happens to my dad (he's not in the greatest health) I'd like to be able to be there for him. I do have an Aunt who lives on the outskirts of Toronto though. Brampton I think?

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I did tours for a couple foreigners in Toronto already. I can show everyone around whether it's city sights or nature hikes. I even toured my current hubby around when he first visited me in Toronto. I know this place and transits very very well. I made a itinerary back in the days if anyone cares to look! I am missing a boat load of stuff on the slide show as mentioned above and there are so many towns, districts, pacific mall, gardens, art galleries, free concerts and so so so much more I can show and tell ;)

https://skydrive.live.com/redir?resid=A6EBC4D5167D134B!3960&authkey=!ADtcyl7LYLOjZh0&ithint=file%2c.pptx

I made this slide show for my hubby back in 2011 for his first visit here and I used it a few times to get our friends from US to visit here. If you are interested in a food, cultural and music tour, I am the right person. I just hope this won't collide with my up coming work schedule. The city is laid out in a grid system and there are so many ways to get around. I would suggest to couch surf with Torontoians.

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I did tours for a couple foreigners in Toronto already. I can show everyone around whether it's city sights or nature hikes. I even toured my current hubby around when he first visited me in Toronto. I know this place and transits very very well. I made a itinerary back in the days if anyone cares to look! I am missing a boat load of stuff on the slide show as mentioned above and there are so many towns, districts, pacific mall, gardens, art galleries, free concerts and so so so much more I can show and tell ;)

https://skydrive.live.com/redir?resid=A6EBC4D5167D134B!3960&authkey=!ADtcyl7LYLOjZh0&ithint=file%2c.pptx

I made this slide show for my hubby back in 2011 for his first visit here and I used it a few times to get our friends from US to visit here. If you are interested in a food, cultural and music tour, I am the right person. I just hope this won't collide with my up coming work schedule. The city is laid out in a grid system and there are so many ways to get around. I would suggest to couch surf with Torontoians.

If you have traveling tips you'd like to share about getting around Toronto or have any advice regarding accommodations around Toronto, you might want to suggest them in in the Traveling Masterpost and the Accommodations thread. If you know anyone around Toronto who is willing to share their homes for WorldPride travelers, you can also suggest them in this thread.

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venividivici

Hey everyone,

If you like history, the city's historical museums are really cool: Mackenzie House, Spadina Museum, etc. ... The Ed Mirvish theatre, a heritage building, does tours on the weekends (shows on at night). Casa Loma is another place to visit.

The Muddy York Walking Tours have a lot of different things to check out: http://www.muddyyorktours.com/ including historical tours of popular areas, ghost tours, or a tour through the historical Mount Pleasant Cemetery, which is over 130 years old and is where Canadian Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King was buried among others

Don't forget the Toronto Zoo with the panda bears

Cheers

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Qutenkringley

Hey everyone,

If you like history, the city's historical museums are really cool: Mackenzie House, Spadina Museum, etc. ... The Ed Mirvish theatre, a heritage building, does tours on the weekends (shows on at night). Casa Loma is another place to visit.

The Muddy York Walking Tours have a lot of different things to check out: http://www.muddyyorktours.com/ including historical tours of popular areas, ghost tours, or a tour through the historical Mount Pleasant Cemetery, which is over 130 years old and is where Canadian Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King was buried among others

Don't forget the Toronto Zoo with the panda bears

Cheers

Oooo! Ghost tours! And PANDAS!!! :D

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Zash

There is also the Metro Toronto Zoo (which is huge), and also the Rouge Valley park system if you want to go hiking. There is the Sears Centre, and the Asia-Pacific malls, if that is more your thing.

There is also some major theaters (as in live theater performances, I saw Les Miserables earlier this month, and it was amazing) if you have deeper pockets. Not sure what is playing that week though.

This probably won't be of interest to most, but there is a lot of bars/pubs/clubs downtown too.

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The Evil Cashew

If your not from a place that has castles... I would recommend Castle Loma. Its really pretty and has beautiful gardens. Its not a castle but i guess a very large mansion based on a castle's design. It's got some history to it.

Also depending on your time and likes i suppose there is also CAnada's wonderland (which is simply an amusement park)

TOronto also now has an Aquarium - Ripleys aquarium. Its next to the CN tower. I havent been yet nor heard anything about it but i know it exsists

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Fitzsimmons ♡

*cries* I'll be there (yay), but I only have a few days free for tourism (boo), considering I'll be there on the 23rd evening (about 6PM at the airport), and leave on the 30th evening (about 8.50 PM). And that includes WP and conferences.

Please, could anyone kindly kidnap me and don't make me go through the pain of having to choose where to go and where NOT to go? :p

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Does everyone have a pickup from the air port and a city map? Traveler's health insurance ready? Does anyone know how to navigate through the city?

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