Toronto Journals

Early Spring in Toronto

An April 2005 trip to Toronto by FSO_Michael

CN Tower Photo, Toronto, Ontario More Photos
Quote: Mid-April in Toronto was nicer than I had expected, even though there wasn't much greenery to be seen just yet. There's a lot to see, regardless of the weather.

Early Spring in Toronto

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Toronto has a well-deserved reputation as a diverse, multicultural metropolis. However, unlike its American counterparts, like New York and Chicago, Toronto feels infinitely more hospitable. While our trip was short (3 full days), there were several highlights, including the CN Tower, Chinatown, the Ontario Science Centre, and Casa Loma. Going back to the topic of diversity: Toronto is basically a collection of neighborhoods and communities that represents more than 80 ethnic groups. This represents huge opportunities in terms of dining and sightseeing and we didn’t even come close to scratching the service. The Chinese and Indian cultures seem very well represented in Toronto, both in v...Read More

Hilton Suites Toronto Markham Conference Center

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Markham is a suburb of Toronto, located about 15 miles north of downtown and 25 miles east of the airport. The hotel is rather striking from the outside – a myriad of reflective windows makes it look more futuristic than one might imagine a business-oriented hotel to be. Once inside, there is a beautiful 10-story atrium (the hotel used to be an Embassy Suites). The suites themselves are quite roomy. My mother-in-law booked a standard suite at her conference rate and was happy to have a room to herself (her colleagues were quadrupled up in the same standard suites). For ourselves, we booked a parlor suite, which had upgraded furnishings and more room overall, at a nightly cost of $139CAD. The upgraded ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 21, 2005

Hilton Suites Toronto Markham Conference Center
8500 Warden Avenue
Markham, Ontario L6G1A5
(905) 470-8500

Bright Pearl Seafood

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We love dim sum and try to experience it in every city we visit. For the uninitiated, dim sum consists of a wide array of small, individually prepared dishes. Dishes are typically ordered from roving carts and different types of dumplings predominate on the menu. One of the best descriptions I’ve found to date is on Wikipedia. Getting to Bright Pearl was quite easy. It’s located in one of the three Chinatowns in Toronto, within minutes of downtown. We enjoyed the food so much that we ate lunch here all three days we were in Toronto! On our first visit (on Friday), they had a dim sum happy hour, which meant that eve...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 21, 2005

Bright Pearl Seafood
346-348 Spadina Ave
Toronto, Ontario M5T 2G2
+1 416 979 3988

CN Tower

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Attraction

CN Tower Photo, Toronto, Ontario
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The CN Tower is absolutely phenomenal. Before I visited, I had heard the hype, namely that it's the world tallest free-standing structure or, as the website (www.cntower.ca) states, the world's tallest building. I didn't necessarily get the same sense of wonder that I did the first time I saw the World Trade Center in NYC, but it was a close second! Highlights: 1) When we first entered the lobby and told our son that it was called the CN Tower, he heard "cien" tower and asked if it was made out of 100 blocks. It looks like he actually is learning something in his kindergarten Spanish lessons! 2) The glass floor and observation deck, at 1,122 feet, were interesting, althoug...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 21, 2005

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

Casa Loma

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Casa Loma Photo, Toronto, Ontario
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Prior to this visit, I had never heard of Casa Loma and even if I had, I don’t think I would have expected it to be in Toronto, given its Spanish name. I very fortuitously came across this tourist site via WHERE magazine and immediately was intrigued by the description of a castle with secret passageways, opulent rooms, and turrets. Since I had my laptop with me, I surfed the website to get more information. Let me tell you, the website does not do justice to this amazing castle! This historic property was once the home of a Canadian financier and soldier named Sir Henry Pellatt. He was a self-made millionaire whose fortune was worth $11 million when he started planning for Casa Loma in the early...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 21, 2005

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

Ontario Science Centre

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Ontario Science Centre Photo, Toronto, Ontario
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The Ontario Science Centre is located about 10 kilometers northeast of downtown Toronto and is easily accessible by car or public transport. Visiting science museums is always a highlight for our family when we travel and our Toronto trip was no exception. Parking onsite cost $8CAD. While I would say the outside of the building was not all that impressive, the interior was full of interesting exhibits, gadgets, and family fun! The highlight for our son was the area called KidSpark. Imagine a large area filled with kids running from exhibit to exhibit, making noise, and squealing with delight. Okay, it was hectic, but, hey, that's what parents do for their kids. Some of the kid-friendly e...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 21, 2005

Ontario Science Centre
770 Don Mills Rd
Toronto, Ontario M3C 1T3
+1 416 696 1000