Toronto Journals

Toronto, the Meeting Place

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An April 2010 trip to Toronto by Ana Astri-O'Reilly

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Quote: A vibrant and eclectic travel destination.

Taste of the Danforth

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Attraction | "Food and Culture in Greektown"

Taste of the Danforth Photo, Toronto, Ontario
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The Taste of the Danforth is a weekend-long festival takes place every year in Greektown in early August. Danforth Avenue is closed to traffic between Bayview and Bloor, stages for live music are set up as well as food stalls. Many local restaurants have a chance to promote their food this way.We went there on the Saturday night. It may not have been a wise decision since there was a lot of traffic and huge crowds. We were greeted by a Scola do Samba show on the Bayview stage- Brazilian musicians and dancers doing the traditional Carnival moves. We walked along Danforth Ave trying to decide what to eat. There weren't many stalls at that end. We bought pi...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 15, 2010

Taste of the Danforth
Danforth Ave (broadview East To Jones)
Toronto, Ontario M4K 3Z2
+1 416 469 5634

Black Creek Pioneer Village

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Attraction | "A Day in the Life of a 1860's Farmer"

Black Creek Pioneer Village Photo, Toronto, Ontario
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Black Creek Pioneer Village is a museum dedicated to Toronto’s area pioneers. It was built around an original farm and now includes more than 30 faithfully restored historic buildings, most of which were moved here from other communities. The aim of this museum is to recreate what life was like in Ontario in the 1860s.The buildings house a Masonic Lodge, a barn, a cider mill, a printing office, private homes, the doctor’s office, a weaver’s shop, a school, a church, the town hall and many others.There is an interpreter in period costume in each building that explains what the building was used for, who lived in it, what daily activities took place and the like. They are quite k...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 27, 2010

Black Creek Pioneer Village
1000 Murray Ross Parkway
Toronto, Ontario M3J 2P3
(416) 736-1733

Casa Loma

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Casa Loma is Toronto’s only castle. It is located at 1 Austin Terrace at the top of a hill that dominates the city. The views are fantastic! Casa Loma is easily reached by public transport. Since it was such a lovely day, I decided to take the subway to Spadina and walk the rest of the way. I strolled along Spadina Avenue enjoying the peace and quiet of the Annex North neighbourhood. Spadina Avenues seems to end at Davenport but it actually goes round the hill. In order to get to Casa Loma, I climbed the Baldwin Steps up the hill. They were named after former Ontario premier and landowner Robert Baldwin. The steps are set among lovely gardens with lots of fragrant flowers. The ...Read More

The Financial District

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Union Station Photo, Toronto, Ontario
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The Financial District is located in downtown Toronto and it is also the financial heart of Canada. Roughly, its boundaries are Queen Street West to the north, Yonge Street to the east, Front Street to the south, and University Avenue to the west.It is very easy to get to with Toronto’s handy public transport network. Because we were staying in Mississauga, I always took the bus to Islington subway station and then the subway to Union Station. It is said that Union Station is the busiest passenger transportation facility in Canada. It didn’t seem so when I was there but then again it wasn’t rush hour. I took a few minutes to see the station. It was built in the Beaux-Arts style...Read More

Cabbagetown

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Toronto Necropolis Photo, Toronto, Ontario
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Cabbagetown is a lovely neighbourhood northwest of Downtown Toronto. It is easily reached by subway (Sherbourne or Castle Frank.) The name had its origins in the customs of its early residents, Irish settlers, who planted vegetables in their front gardens. And the Irish influence can still be seen in the names of some streets. Originally a working class enclave, nowadays it’s a sedate and stylish neighbourhood. The tree-lined streets snake around lovely parks, the Toronto Necropolis and Riverdale Farm. Some of the homes have the Cabbagetown flag on the front. The flag has vertical dark green stripes at the sides and the central white stripe has a green cabbage in the centre. On...Read More

Kensington Market

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Attraction | "Great Street Market"

Kensington Market Photo, Toronto, Ontario
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Kensington Market is an eclectic street market said to be among the best in North America. It’s located in the Dundas St. – Kensington Ave area.I took the subway to St. Patrick station and then walked west along Dundas but visitors can also take the streetcar along Dundas.As soon as I turned off Dundas into Kensington Ave, I entered a different world. I visited the market on a Monday before noon and loved its quiet almost sleepy atmosphere. I was greeted by colourful old Victorian townhouses, some even garish, converted into shops. The air was fragrant with the aroma of spices and foods. A few shopkeepers had displayed their wares on what used to be the front garden: second-han...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 23, 2010

Kensington Market
67 Kensington Ave (at Dundas Street West)
Toronto, Ontario M5T 2K2
+1 416 392 0880