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A December 2003 trip to Toronto by panda2

Brooklin Bakery & Delicatessen Photo, Brooklin, Ontario More Photos
Quote: Toronto was freezing cold, but here's a journal of the things I did and saw there.

Holiday Inn Waterfront

Hotel | "Good Central Location, Wonderful Water View - Eventually"

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The hotel parking lot was full. Checking with the hotel staff got help with the hotel security to park illegally temporarily. Our room was on the riverside but our view was to the parking lot where people may see into our room. The room was spacious and told there was a king size bed but it was a double size bed for two. The hotel was fully booked and couldn't move us to another room the first night. We got moved for the next night to a riverside room with a balcony which turned out be to quite nice with a view of the water.The hotel features include a restaurant, lounge, pool, jacuzzi, fitness room, self-service laundry, free wi-fi, free parking, mini-fridge, coffee maker, iron and b...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 10, 2009

Holiday Inn Waterfront
150 George St
Peterborough, Ontario K9J3G5
1-705-743-1144

Travelodge Oshawa Whitby

Hotel | "Misleading Rate CAD 78.99 Weekly Not Daily Outside"

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Travelodge Oshawa Whitby Despite the initial put...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 10, 2009

Travelodge Oshawa Whitby
940 Champlain Ave
Oshawa, Ontario L1J 7A6
(905) 436-9500

Canadian Automotive Museum

Attraction | "Discover Here Some Interesting Products of the Past"

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Canadian Automotive Museum has an impressive collection of automotive products housed in 25,000 square feet on two floors worthy of a visit here. Among the collection are a 1914 Galt Gas-Electric was an early hybrid model and next to it is 1898 Fischer Electric all-electric vehicle.

Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday-Sunday 10am-6pm, closed Christmas Day, admission is CAD 5.00. Bring your camera.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 10, 2009

Canadian Automotive Museum
99 Simcoe Street South
Oshawa, Ontario L1G 4G7
(905) 576-1222

Master Steaks

Restaurant | "Good Value Restaurant Food"

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Master Steaks, established 1978, is a butcher shop and a restaurant. We were staying at the nearby Best Western hotel, the hotel restaurant just closed, it was late and we were in the mood for some food. This restaurant is within a five minute walk from the hotel. We were fortunate to find this old establishment to satisfy our hunger.We found they have vacuum packed meat ready for travel. We wanted something prepared and served. There's is large menu overhead at the order counter. There was also a hand written items, like Montreal style smoked meat sandwich for $5.99. Along with that I ordered 20 ounces of pork spare ribs for $12.95. Also noticed 12 ounces lamb for $12.95, comes wit...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 20, 2009

Master Steaks
5895 Dixie Rd.
Mississauga, Ontario L4W 1E8
(905) 670-3313

Best Western Toronto Airport West

Hotel | "Decent Hotel, Good to Be Staged Near Airport"

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Best Western Toronto Airport West was chosen simply because the low cost car rental Zoom is located next door. Any flying out next morning makes this a good choice. Master Steaks, a nearby restaurant opened late within a five minute walk from the hotel. There are two elevators, and can be a long wait when they have a busload of people waiting to use it along with their luggage.There's a restaurant, fitness facility, spa, swimming pool, complimentary high speed wi-fi with a password, mini-fridge. The swipe reader to the swimming pool didn't work. Someone nearby inform us to wave someone inside to ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 20, 2009

Best Western Toronto Airport West
5825 Dixie Rd
Mississauga, Ontario L4W4V7
905-670-8180

YYZ

Overview

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Toronto gets hot in the summer, with people showing skin and wearing skimpy clothes, to bitterly cold winters. It has great underground shopping to stay out of the cold or the heat. Toronto has the Eaton Centre, a massive shopping complex.Quick Tips: Links: Toronto, Citypass, ...Read More

Sheraton Gateway Hotel Toronto Airport

Hotel | "Sheraton Gateway Hotel"

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At the Sheraton Gateway Hotel, we had a very comfortable bed with lots of big, firm pillows, and the room itself was quite nice. There was a fitness center with a swimming pool and treadmills that was accessible by swipe card.


The higher price of having a hotel right next to the airport proved its worth, literally a two-minute walk from the hotel lobby to the airport terminal 3 via the overhead walkway ramp. No worries about traffic delays getting to the airport, only oversleeping. Even that isn't a real problem, because the hotel offers wake-up service.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 14, 2003

Sheraton Gateway Hotel Toronto Airport
TERMINAL 3
Toronto, Ontario L5P1C4
905-672-7000

Delta Chelsea Hotel

Hotel | "Delta Chelsea Inn"

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Delta Chelsea Inn was a nice place to stay, with a convenient downtown location for shopping, dining, and entertainment. The room was clean, spacious, and even came with a kitchenette. We saw from our room that people were ice-skating below one winter. But after they renovated the hotel, the prices skyrocketed. If price isn't an issue, this is a definite place to consider.


Email: deltanet@deltahotels.com

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 7, 2003

Delta Chelsea Hotel
33 Gerrard St West
Toronto, Ontario M5G1Z4
416-595-1975

Ramada Plaza Toronto

Hotel | "Ramada Hotel & Suites"

Ramada Plaza Toronto Photo, Toronto, Ontario
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Ramada Hotel & Suites has decent accommodations for the downtown Toronto area, a short walk to the gay scene, comfortable bed, and a restful sleep. The lobby is rather oddly designed in that if you drive in, you have to ascend, then descend some stairs to reach the registration lobby. Don't bring your heavy luggage through this route. From the street entrance it's ascending some stairs. Amenities include free high-speed Internet access through a Category 5 cable connection - ask the front desk for the login and password upon check in, swimming pool 6am-midnight, sauna, racquetball court, fitness room, restaurant, underground garage parking for ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 28, 2005

Ramada Plaza Toronto
300 JARVIS STREET
Toronto, Ontario M5B2C5
1-416-977-4823

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Carriage Inn Motel is a budget-class motel with very basic amenities. It has a mini-fridge and a microwave, which are pluses. On the minus, I couldn't get a good night's sleep and kept waking up. There's no coffeemaker, but instant coffee packets are provided. I had to keep moving the towels around, as there aren't enough towel racks, so they are placed over the shower pole. The water tasted bad to me. There are other motels along this road, so competition is stiff, but they're all probably about the same in quality.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 28, 2005

Carriage Inn Motel
963 Highway 7 East
Toronto, Ontario K9H 6X8
(705) 745-0573

Brooklin Diner

Restaurant

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This diner in Brooklin has been closed and replaced with another restaurant. We'd been driving for a while and still hadn't stopped for a decent lunch when the blue-and-white sign of this diner caught my eye as we drove through town. My partner ordered the halibut and chips, but asked for the halibut grilled and without the coating and for the seasoned potatoes cooked either in the oven or on the stovetop. Both the fish and the potatoes were very good. On the return trip through town, we stopped by again. My partner ordered the halibut, but cooked normally this time, because the waiter suggested that it was better that way. We didn't agree, though. My food wasn't very good because I ordered ...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on September 20, 2004

Brooklin Diner
53A Baldwin St N
Toronto, Ontario
(905) 655-8982

Hong Shing

Restaurant

Hong Shing Photo, Toronto, Ontario
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Hong Shing isn't fancy nor trendy. Its atmosphere is so-so. The waiter doesn't smile and bangs the plates on our table. The food we ordered was pretty good: item #74, vegetables with crabmeat sauce, and item #11 off the white board, special steamed fish. The steamed fish will take a while before it arrives, but it's worth the wait. The vegetables with crabmeat sauce were really tasty without being too salty.

Delivery available with minimum $20 pre-tax order after 6pm. Credit cards accepted.

Sunday-Wednesday 11am-5am, Thursday-Saturday 11am-6am.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 28, 2005

Hong Shing
195 Dundas St. West & Centre St.
Toronto, Ontario
416/977-3338

Marty Moo's

Restaurant

Marty Moo's Photo, Peterborough, Ontario
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Marty Moo's in Peterborough is a family owned business offering large serving sizes and pretty good-tasting food in an unpretentious, basic atmosphere. I liked their Moo's ribs with their tasty honey-garlic sauce, where the meat is almost ready to fall off the bones. Their Marty Moo's Combo wasn't as appealing as the dark-meat chicken was overcooked and somewhat dry. Their french fries vary, depending on how busy they are and who's cooking them. Their rolls are fresh, and chocolate creme pie was good without being overly sweet.On another visit, their salmon was done to perfection, a New York ordered medium came out well done and dry, the full rack of ribs came out burnt. We complained, an...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on April 28, 2005

Marty Moo's
2205 Keene Road
Peterborough, Ontario
(705) 740-0558

Starlight Dining Lounge Photo, Toronto, Ontario
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Starlight Dining Lounge in Peterborough is very popular, with its $2.99 breakfast. One day we tried going there, the place was packed with people waiting to be seated. We decided to go to another place instead of waiting. Another time, it was too late for their breakfast, and they were out of sausages because their weekend was so busy. The turkey stew I had was rather bland and unsatisfying.

Monday-Thursday 8am-8pm, Friday-Saturday 8am-9pm, Sunday 8am-3pm

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 29, 2005

Starlight Dining Lounge
809 E Chemong Road
Toronto, Ontario
(705) 748-0140

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Brookdale Restaurant is in the same strip mall as the Starlite. On the day we came out, we first tried the Starlite, but it was packed there, so we decided to come here. There's a breakfast special with two eggs, a choice of meat - bacon, ham, or sausage - potatoes, and toast for $3.99, a dollar more than the other place. But it wasn't packed, and we could get seated right away, and the breakfast was good enough, that I wanted to come back again to this place. I particularly liked their sausage with the breakfast. They make good use of the space available in a plain, simple, comfortable setting. The breakfast special is good all day Sunday. There are other things you can order off the menu, but I'm so...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 29, 2005

Brookdale Restaurant
821 Chemong Rd
Toronto, Ontario
705.742.8775

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Holiday Inn Peterborough has a Christmas Day buffet that requires advanced reservations. The atmosphere, service, and food were all good. They didn't have any selection of low-carb desserts for dieters when inquired.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 5, 2005

Holiday Inn Peterborough
150 George St.
Toronto, Ontario K9J 3G5
705-7431144

Coffee Time

Restaurant

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Coffee Time is open 24 hours at this location just outside of Peterborough. They don't offer cooked eggs for breakfast on demand, but they offer things that are already pre-made, including savory food items. We had awakened after a very long flight and a moderate drive and were hungry. Fortunately, this place is there when we wanted something to eat at the time that wasn't just vending-machine food. There are no refills on coffee. The sugary flavored fruit drinks should be avoided. There is a large parking lot.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 5, 2005

Coffee Time
Fowler's Corners R.R. #2
Toronto, Ontario
(705) 748-9267

Eaton Centre

Attraction

Eaton Centre Photo, Toronto, Ontario
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Eaton Centre is the number-one attraction in Toronto, a shopping complex built in 1979 and modeled after the Galleria in Milan, Italy. It's a multileveled, glass-roofed galleria with more than 300 shops and restaurants, 17 cinemas, and a 400-room Marriott hotel. Shopping around Christmas is like a madhouse in here, packed with people everywhere. I had to get out of there to have some sanity and peace after a while being inside. There's just no way to relax during the Christmas season.Regular retail hours: Monday-Friday 10am-9pm, Saturday 9:30am-7pm, Sunday 12pm-6pmPhon...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 12, 2003

Eaton Centre
220 Yonge Street Suite 110
Toronto, Ontario M5B 2H1
(416) 598-8560

Brooklin Bakery & Delicatessen

Restaurant | "Brooklin Bakery"

Brooklin Bakery & Delicatessen Photo, Brooklin, Ontario
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When we first found this place, my partner only allowed us to buy two pastries, one for each of us. The shop was small, with only mediocre service. We bought the two pastries but didn't eat them right away. We drove to Petersborough and cut the pastries up into smaller pieces to share with my partner's dad. His dad said they were of really good quality—quality he hasn't tasted in years. It used to be this good many years ago, he was saying.Baked beef rolls, chicken pot pie, fresh sandwiches, sugar-free baked goods, raspberry or mango mousse, double fudge eruption, strawberry shortcake made with real whipped cream are first class. There are samples available at their counter.Th...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 20, 2004

Brooklin Bakery & Delicatessen
61 Baldwin Street
Brooklin, Ontario
(905) 655-4951

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Canadian Canoe Museum has an extensive collection of canoes, along with the history of opening up trade throughout Canada and into the U.S. A trading post has been recreated. There are videos showing the building of a canoe and volunteers. The staff is friendly on this worthwhile visit.

Phone: (866) 34-CANOE (22663), (705) 748-9153, fax: (705) 748-0616

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 28, 2005

Canadian Canoe Museum
910 Monaghan Road
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4

CN Tower

Attraction

CN Tower Photo, Toronto, Ontario
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CN Tower is a popular attraction, with a height of 553.33m (1,815 ft., 5 inches). The land was undeveloped in the immediate area when I visited this attraction, but now it's all built up. Citypass includes this attraction.Open daily 11am-7pm to the tower top.Refer to CN Tower's website for current prices, which start at $19.99 for adult for basic lookout and glass floor, or $31.99 for their total tower experience which includes lookout, glass floor, skypod, movie, motion simulator ride (minimum...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 29, 2005

CN Tower
301 Front St West
Toronto, Ontario M5V 2T6
(416) 868-6937

Steamworks Toronto

Attraction

Steamworks Toronto Photo, Toronto, Ontario
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Steamworks Toronto is a chain bath house for men. The place is nicely designed throughout. You could spend close to an hour just exploring the facilities: showers, gym, steam, sauna, video, public and private areas. The music played by the live DJ was negative, filled with death messages and just awful. Rental lockers or rooms are for six-hour periods, and cost varies from $8-45, plus a $5 key deposit for non-members that is refunded when you return the key at checkout.

Telephone: (416) 925-1571

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 1, 2005

Steamworks Toronto
540 Church St, Level 2
Toronto, Ontario
(416) 925-1571

Galaxy Cinemas

Attraction

Galaxy Cinemas Photo, Toronto, Ontario
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Galaxy Cinemas, part of the Cineplex Odeon chain, is an eleven-screen theatre with a restaurant adjacent to it. Stadium seating, digital sound, cafe, ice cream, hot foods, and party rooms are available. Seating, temperature, and viewing experience were good. Credit cards are accepted for tickets. Street and underground parking are available.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 1, 2005

Galaxy Cinemas
320 Water St/Charlotte St
Toronto, Ontario K9H 3L5
(705 )749-2000

Bar 501

Attraction

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Bar 501 had a live performer with a female impersonator when we walked by. The illusion was pretty enticing, with the floor fan blowing the hair up. Live performance on Wednesday starts at 10:30pm. It's a local neighborhood bar for locals to gather in the afternoon.

Daily 11am-2am

Phone: (416) 944-3272

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 1, 2005

Bar 501
501 Church St
Toronto, Ontario M4Y 2C6
+1 416 944 3272

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Pegasus Billiard Lounge was a quiet place with soothing music in the background. The place offers free wi-fi, but the signal was down, so we left. There were pool tables.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 1, 2005

Pegasus Billiard Lounge
489 Church St
Toronto, Ontario M4Y 2C6
+1 416 927 8832

Sneakers

Attraction

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Sneakers is a gay cruise bar with commercial rent boys for those who like sleaze. I was questioned and my backpack inspected, and I was asked repeatedly if I had been drinking before I was finally allowed in. Pool and pinball are available. I didn't care for the place and only came because of my partner. We left after less than ten minutes.

Daily 11am-2am
Telephone: (416) 961-5808

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on May 1, 2005

Sneakers
502A Yonge St/Alexander St
Toronto, Ontario
(416) 961.5808

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Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery promotes public art with exhibitions, collection, interpretation and the preservation of art. There were displays of art by children mixed in among professional artists on display in one of the areas. One of the displays, which I didn't understand, was artwork on camera with a computer monitor showing the artwork and a voice interpretation of what the software program "sees." Another computer shows a geographical area, and as you move the mouse cursor over the area, sounds recorded from that area are played back in short background sounds of birds, traffic, and rail, which was a rather neat but easily overlooked stationed near the sta...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 12, 2005

Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery
101 Queen St. N.
Toronto, Ontario N2H 6P7
(519) 579-5860

Homer Watson House & Gallery

Attraction | "Homer Watson House & Gallery"

Homer Watson House & Gallery Photo, Toronto, Ontario
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Homer Watson House & Gallery is set in a very nice neighborhood of affluence. A self-taught painter of landscape, he built this house and gallery to show and sell his work. Admission is $6.

The gallery is open Tuesday to Sunday from 12pm to 4:30pm.

Telphone: (519) 748-4377

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 12, 2005

Homer Watson House & Gallery
1754 Old Mill Rd.
Toronto, Ontario N2P 1H7
(519) 748-4377

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YYZ - Toronto PearsonInternational Airport originally opened in 1939 as Malton Airport, andtoday it serves as the hub for Ontario with three terminals, 27kmnorthwest of the city. The facility offers restaurants, retailstores, duty-free shopping, a medical center, massage, chiropractictreatment, Internet kiosks, religious centers, a hair salon, andchildren’s play areas. Ground transportation includes taxis, shuttles, limousines and public bus services. Public transit includes ...Read More

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