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A May 2002 trip to Toronto by UPSCWRU

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Quote: We went up to Toronto early for a conference that was held downtown, giving us time to do a little of the touristy things in the city.

Springtime in Toronto

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Overview

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Casa Loma was very impressive at the top of the hill overlooking the city. The CN Tower should be visited, but not on a day filled with clouds, as we did. For a bit of pop culture, take in dinner and a show at the Second City theater.

Quick Tips:

Grab a tourist magazine from your hotel and tear out the maps to: the subway, downtown, and The Path. You will need them all, we found.

Best Way To Get Around:

We took the Airport Express bus from the airport to the hotel - CDN or so round trip - having been advised that taxis would be CDN one way. Once downtown, we found the subways to be very easy to maneuver and were very thankful for The Path when the rain came.

Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel

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Hotel | "Sheraton Centre Toronto"

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I expected more, actually. There was no mini bar (not that I use them, but sometimes it's nice to have a place to put things needing to be kept cold). The rooms did not have separate controls for heat or cool - and although the windows opened and we had the window unit on, we just couldn't cool the room enough. The bare minimum was provided in the bathrooms. The soap was very drying. There were no mints on the pillows. They charge for access to the gym equipment. The hotel was fine for sleeping and it was handy in that it was where my conference was held. It is just that I have come to expect a little more from the nice hotels in the world. They do have dataports on the phones and cables t...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 16, 2002

Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel
123 Queen Street West
Toronto, Ontario M5H2M9
(416) 361-1000

Leoni's Italian Kitchen

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Restaurant

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As part of the dinner and show combo for the Second City Theatre, we dined at Leoni's at 6:00 on a Saturday night. It was packed, though we got in with a call that afternoon for the tickets. The restaurant is family-style Italian. If you are doing the dinner and show, you get a simplified menu (we didn't see the other) that allows them to serve large groups of people all trying to get to the 8:00 show next door. The menu gives you a choice of salad, pasta, entrée, and dessert - each of which is to be shared between two people. A good exercise in compromise. Larger groups will be able to try more dishes, as you order one for every two people. The food was good, not great. Though if you are...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 16, 2002

Leoni's Italian Kitchen
56 Blue Jays Way
Toronto, Ontario M5V 2G3
+1 416 343 0044

Second City

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Attraction | "The Second City Theatre"

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Trying to come up with something "Toronto" to do, we chose to see a show at Second City, the home of alumni such as Gilda Radner, Martin Short, John Candy, Dan Ackroyd, and Mike Myers. Although known for its improv comedy, the show we saw was more sketch comedy, like that seen on Saturday Night Live. They did inform us that they do an improv show at 12:30 pm, however - and there is no charge for that. The show itself, called Psychedelicatessen at this May 11 showing, was quite funny, though we felt kind of bad for the Canadians by the end. There were a number of jokes highlighting Canadian image problems in relation to its giant neighbor. All in all, though, the cast was very good, the skits...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 16, 2002

Second City
51 Mercer Street
Toronto, Ontario
(416) 343 0011

Casa Loma

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Attraction

Casa Loma Photo, Toronto, Ontario
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Although "tourist attraction" is a phrase that usually causes me to look elsewhere, this tourist attraction is not to be missed on a visit to Toronto. Casa Loma (House on the Hill) is one of many castles built by industrialists in North America in the first decades of the 20th century, this one really is splendid.This castle was built by Sir Henry Mill Pellatt, a Toronto financier, industrialist and military man. It was begun in 1911, though never completely finished to his vision, as financial misfortune struck after only a decade in residence. In 1924, he had to sell the castle and the contents for a small fraction of what he had paid, so many of the interior contents are no longer original. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 19, 2002

Casa Loma
1 Austin Terrace (at Spadina)
Toronto, Ontario M5R 1X8
(416) 923-1171

The Path

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Many of Toronto's downtown buildings are connected by way of an underground they call The Path. There is a massive amount of shopping to be had down there, but equally important is the opportunity to escape the cold or wet conditions that might be going on above ground. Several subway stations link in to The Path as well as municipal buildings, hotels, department stores, and office buildings. Carry a separate Path map with you if you are walking around the city. If it starts to rain (or snow or sleet or hail), find the nearest link by comparing the above ground city map and The Path map, and you will find yourself in a controlled temperature environment that should get you pretty close to where...Read More