Toronto Journals

Learning and Adventure in Toronto

Best of IgoUgo

An August 2009 trip to Toronto by MilwVon

CN Tower Photo, Toronto, Ontario More Photos
Quote: ASAE went north of the border for their four day annual meeting, exposition and conference. While there was a fair amount of free time for the many activities planned for attendees, this city also provided opportunity for visitors to do some exploring on their own.

Toronto Tours: Niagara Falls Tour

Best Of IgoUgo

Story/Tip

Rainbow over Niagara Falls Photo, Toronto, Ontario
Quote:
In terms of my free time in Toronto, the Afternoon Niagara Falls tour that I did was a highlight! Some of my friends were going to blow off Tuesday's meetings and educational sessions to do the full "day" tour (10 hours) but I simply could not justify it. I could, however, make the afternoon tour on Monday since the conference schedule was pretty wide open to include a three hour "lunch and expo" slot right in the middle of the early afternoon.I booked with Toronto Tours rather than Gray Line because of their pricing and what looked to be a nice offering of stops during the day. While I don't know what they did on the other company(ies) offering Niagara Falls tours, I can tell you that ...Read More

CN Tower

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction | "A Lovely View on a Clear Day!"

CN Tower Photo, Toronto, Ontario
Quote:
The CN Tower was built in the mid 1970's and at the time was the tallest structure in the world, a record it held for over three decades. Today it remains the second tallest, with still the highest lookout point for visitors in the world. It is the landmark most recognized on the Toronto skyline.Originally built by Canadian National as a television tower to improve reception within the city limits of Toronto, today the CN Tower is a top attraction in Ontario with over two million visitors annually.During my visit to Toronto, I made an early morning of it, being the first one at the admission booth when they opened at 9:00am. Having already purchased my "CN Tower Total Tower ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 20, 2009

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

Hilton Toronto

Best Of IgoUgo

Hotel | "Very Nice Downtown Hotel"

Hilton Toronto Photo, Toronto, Ontario
Quote:
I enjoyed my stay at the Hilton Hotel located in the downtown business area of Toronto. I should start with a commercial message regarding Hilton and their support of the association management profession and associations in general. A major sponsor of ASAE, they supported scholarship recipients with an outstanding room rate of $99 (USD). I was most appreciative of their efforts to make this conference more affordable to me, and more importantly, my employer.The hotel also supported ASAE attendees through a special welcome reception area where wary travelers could enjoy a bottle of freshly squeezed lemonade and a small snack sized Canadian bacon sandwich, that was simply delightful. Ea...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 16, 2009

Hilton Toronto
145 Richmond Street West
Toronto, Ontario M5H2L2
(416) 869-3456

Mediterra

Best Of IgoUgo

Restaurant | "Quaint Restaurant Near the Hilton"

Mediterra Photo, Toronto, Ontario
Quote:
The Mediterra Restaurant is located on the corner of Richmond Street and York Street, adjacent to the Hilton Hotel and across the street from the Sheraton Centre Hotel. It is in a nice location, especially for those who are from out of town and don't feel much like venturing too far from "home" for dinner.The atmosphere was very inviting and the host immediately sat me midway back in the dining area. I was directly across from the wood grill, which only added to the ambiance and pleasant aromas from "the kitchen" . . . in quotes because the kitchen is open air, and not in the back or out of the line of sight of guests.Before ordering, you have an opportunity to lo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 16, 2009

Mediterra
133 Richmond St West (at York Street)
Toronto, Ontario M5H 2L3
(416) 861-1211

Fionn MacCool's

Best Of IgoUgo

Restaurant | "Not Bad for a Chain Restaurant"

Fionn MacCool's Photo, Toronto, Ontario
Quote:
Fionn MacCool's is a small Canadian chain that is a division of Prime Pubs. There are six MacCool locations, mostly in Ontario, with one in Calgary, Alberta. The other brand names within this franchise structure are Tir nan Og, Patty Flaherty's and D'Arcy McGees . . . also located throughout Ontario. From what I could tell on their web site (www.primepubs.com) the menu is the same throughout.Being a downtown location, in the street level of a large office building that is also adjacent and connected to the Hilton Hotel, they were very quiet on a Saturday night. My guess is that during the week, they probably have a great happy hour, especially on Friday's when they have "2 pint Fridays...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 15, 2009

Fionn MacCool's
181 University Avenue
Toronto M5H 3M7
(416) 363-1944