Toronto Journals

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A travel journal to Toronto by tvordj

CN Tower Photo, Toronto, Ontario More Photos
Quote: This is a collection of various reviews and stories from several trips I've made to Toronto over the years plus some other recommendations.

Canada's Walk of Fame

Attraction | "Walk with Canada's Famed"

Canada's Walk of Fame Photo, Toronto, Ontario
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Canada has produced a lot of very talented people in the arts. For the past 15 years, there has been a "Walk of Fame" in Toronto with inductees from the various arts including, music, television, literary, sports and other aspects of entertainment and the arts. They are all commemorated in plaques set into the sidewalk along Simcoe Street and King St. West in the theatre district. Roy Thompson Hall is the main venue with the Royal Alexandra Theatre having more plaques as well. All of these people have contributed significantly to Canadian culture in some way. It's interesting to wander along to see how many you recognize and maybe, weren't even aware of the ones that were born in Canada.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 3, 2013

Canada's Walk of Fame
Simcoe St.
Toronto

Fionn MacCool's

Restaurant | "Cool pub"

Fionn McCool's  Photo, Toronto, Ontario
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Fionn MacCool's is one of the brand names of Prime Pubs. There are lots of them all over Toronto. The one I visited is on The Esplanade, along the Toronto lakefront in the Financial District close to the intersection with Church Street. There are a number of pubs and restaurants along the Esplanade so you are spoiled for choice. It's a good pub, Irish themed, with decent food. They do music and other events there. It's been ten years since I've been there but I would assume, being part of a chain of pubs, the food is fairly consistent and typical pub food and their menu will be standard across all the pubs in the chain under all the brand names. Still, decent food, reasonable prices, you can't really...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 3, 2013

Fionn MacCool's
70 The Esplanade
Toronto, Ontario
(416) 362-2495

Sporting Toronto

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Practice for Lacross Photo, Toronto, Ontario
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If you are a sport fan, Toronto has something for you, no matter what major league sport you follow. The Air Canada Centre hosts the Toronto Maple Leafs, one of the original 6 teams of the NHL. They also host the Toronto Raptors, the Basketball team. The Rogers Centre (formerly the Skydome at the foot of the CN Tower) hosts the Toronto Blue Jays (baseball) and the Toronto Argos (Canadian Football League). The new BMO field hosts the Toronto Football Club (aka soccer). There's also a league lacross team in town. Every summer, Toronto hosts the Rogers Cup tennis tournament. Tickets aren't cheap and are not always easy to get but if you're vigilant you will succeed! For Hockey fans, there's t...Read More

Textile Museum of Canada

Attraction | "Lesser known museum in Toronto"

Bugs! Photo, Toronto, Ontario
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The Textile Museum of Canada is a great little museum that not a lot of people know about. Their collection incudes fabric, clothing, costume, beadwork, carpeting and other things that bring to the forefront different cultures and civilizations. It's easy to get to from downtown Toronto, close to the St. Patrick subway station and the Art Gallery of Ontario nearby as well. I spent a very interesting hour in here some years ago when one of the exhibits featured decorations using insects. You would walk into a room that looked like it had a Victorian pattern wallpaper and discover it was all made from moths and beetles! Very disconcerting! It opens at 11:00 a.m. and closes at 5:00 with an ev...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 2, 2013

Textile Museum of Canada
55 Centre Avenue
Toronto, Ontario
(416) 599-5321

Art Gallery of Ontario

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Attraction | "Pricey Art Gallery"

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The Art Gallery of Ontario has a diverse collection of galleries that feature a wide variety of art. They have a strong focus on Canadian art, and Toronto and Ontario in particular of course, but they also feature galleries on the history of photography, Old masters (Dutch, Italian and French including some Impressionists), prints and drawings through history, and there's also a modern art collection. They have good temporary and traveling exhibits as well. In the fall of 2013, I notice that they are going to have the David Bowie exhibit that debuted in London's Victoria and Albert museum earlier this year to very high marks from people I know that have seen it. I've been there once, many years ago n...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 2, 2013

Art Gallery of Ontario
317 Dundas St West (At McCaul)
Toronto, Ontario M5T 1G4
(416) 979-6648

Delta Chelsea Hotel

Hotel | "Toronto City Centre Hotel"

Delta Chelsea Hotel Photo, Toronto, Ontario
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The Delta Chelsea is one of, if not the largest hotel in Canada with almost 1600 rooms over 27 floors. I've stayed at the Delta Chelsea a couple of times over the years, once on business and once for pleasure. I have a friend to goes to Toronto every summer for a long weekend and she always stays at the Delta. We both agree, the service is excellent and the location is amazing. It is set in off Yonge Street and away from the worst of the traffic noise yet it's only a quick stumble to the buzz of Yonge and a block from the Bay and the subway station there. The Eaton Centre is only a couple of blocks away and the theatre district is walking distance too. The rooms are a decent size, some larger than ot...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 25, 2009

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

Strathcona Hotel

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Hotel | "Average Hotel downtown Toronto"

Strathcona Hotel Photo, Toronto, Ontario
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I've stayed at the Strathcona Hotel once before but i don't remember much about that stay other than it didn't leave a negative or overly positive impression. I guess it was just fine. This time, the rates we got of Travelocity were attractive enough to jump at it. The room we booked was a "superior queen", one up from the basic room and it was fine. The room was clean, not overly large but large enough for two. There's a sort of bench type seat along one side of the bed and a bedside table on the other. There's a desk in the corner and a closet with space for your suitcase and the bathroom is small but not cramped. We found the mattress a bit hard but oddly we weren't that stiff in the morning. Beds...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 10, 2010

Strathcona Hotel
60 YORK STREET
Toronto, Ontario M5J1S8
416-363-3321

Kensington Market

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Attraction | "Kensington Market = Funkytown"

Kensington Market Photo, Toronto, Ontario
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The Kensington Market is more than a market, it's a funky neighbourhood in Toronto. The main "drag" is Kensington Avenue but it's actually a few blocks of shops, markets, cafes, bakeries within the perimeters of Dundas Street W, Spadina Ave, College St. and Bathurst St. Kensington and Augusta are the main streets with several cross streets making up the bulk of the shops, many of which are in old houses. There are a lot of vintage clothing and jewelry shops and we also saw craft shops and costume shops, bakeries, and fruit and Veg stands. There are bright murals on buildings and there are racks of clothes and bright fabrics, lanterns and flags outside many of the shops. It makes for a very colourful n...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 11, 2010

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

CN Tower

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Attraction | "Toronto from the sky"

CN Tower Photo, Toronto, Ontario
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The CN Tower is one of the "must do" attractions in Toronto. Yes, it's probably also a tourist trap and it's not cheap, but most major attractions aren't cheap and some are still worth doing. This is one of them. The basic visit will cost an adult about $25 to go up to the observation deck. You can look out from inside or go outside on the deck which is caged in and get a 360 view. The view from inside is nearly that and if it's windy, which it probably will be, you might want to stay inside. Besides, because of the caging, you won't get good photos from outside anyway. The outside deck and the glass floor looking down hundreds of feet to the plaza below are on one level and the inside obs...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 11, 2010

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

Royal Ontario Museum

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Attraction | "Excellent museum in Toronto"

Royal Ontario Museum Photo, Toronto, Ontario
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The Royal Ontario Museum, or ROM, is a huge museum in a historic old building. There is a newer annex and another building nearby that houses the ceramic museum. It covers natural history and ancient civilizations including ancient Rome, Egypt and Byzantium. It's quite a large museum so budget a few hours to see it all. The one visit I've made so far, back in 1998 was brief so I didn't have enough time to see everything. I concentrated on the European section that had antiques and displays from the Rennaissance up to Art Deco. I love antiques and reproductions so I spent most of my time reading the information on society during those periods and reading about the individual pieces of furniture and ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 2, 2013

Royal Ontario Museum
100 Queen's Park
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C6
(416) 586-8000

An early visit to Toronto circa 1998

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CN Tower Photo, Toronto, Ontario
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In 1998, I was in Toronto for a course for work. I arrived on Halloween on a Saturday in the late afternoon. Since I was on expenses, I got a taxi to the hotel downtown, the Delta Chelsea, one of the hotels the course sponsors had on their list for special rates. It's near the subway so it will be easy to get up to North York for the classes next week. It's a huge hotel, too. My room is on the ninth floor, a double room with a balcony overlooking the busy Yonge Street. I headed out straight away to walk down Yonge Street and poked about in the huge Eaton Centre shopping mall. At this time, the department store, Eaton's, was still open. Now it's gone and Sears has moved in to the floors tha...Read More

Friends and photos, circa 2006

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Toronto at dusk Photo, Toronto, Ontario
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The year is 2006 and it's mid March. The air still has that winter chill in it but at least we're not in sub-zero temps anymore. I am in Toronto to attend a seminar about travel photography that was put on by National Geographic Traveller magazine. It's a treat for me after a rough winter.I decided to stay at the Delta Chelsea which is convenient to downtown Toronto. Got a standard room and crashed out for the night after a late night in the rooftop bar with a friend putting the world to rest. Only I forgot to close the curtains and my room faced east. With the rising sun. Too bright at 6 a.m.! Back to bed for me! I decided not to have the $13 family buffet breakfast in the hot...Read More

Fleeting visit circa 2002

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Bata Shoe Museum Photo, Toronto, Ontario
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The year was 2002. I arrived in Toronto and had arranged to meet one friend at the hotel at 3:30 (Strathcona, see other review) and we were to then travel by subway to meet another friend at the Bata Shoe museum at 3:45. I got sorted out at the hotel, checked in and in the room before 3 and I thought I would have plenty of time to get to the Greyhound bus station to pick up a ticket for Peterborough tomorrow. Ha. It took a good 10 minutes to navigate Union Station which is not only a train station but a GO Train (commuter) station and a subway station. Two stops up and three blocks over and the queue for tickets was 30 people deep! Aggh! No way to get through all that and back to the hotel by 3:30 so ...Read More

Hot House Cafe

Restaurant | "Hot spot downtown Toronto"

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With an extended wine and cocktail list, this restaurant/bar was going to be a hit from the start! There's a large outdoor patio and lots of seating indoors. It's near the St. Lawrence Market and not far from the Distillery district as well. When I went there many years ago they had a buffet on Wednesday nights. It's a casual restaurant that now also has wi-fi and is wheelchair accessible. The prices are very reasonable for the location as well. According to the awards on the website, they seem to do an awesome breakfast and brunch so that would be well worth looking into. We had the buffet and there was more than enough to keep us happy and full. I don't know if they do the Wednesday buffet anymore, ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 2, 2013

Hot House Cafe
35 Church St
Toronto, Ontario
(416) 366-7800

Bata Shoe Museum

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Attraction | "For all shoe fans!"

Bata Shoe Museum Photo, Toronto, Ontario
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The Bata Shoe museum in Toronto tells the story of footwear and there are hundreds of examples of shoes and footwear in all types of material from all over the world and various eras through history. At that time, there was an exhibit for wedding attire and shoes that was spectacular. They always have a new exhibit on and their permanent collection is quite good. What was really heartbreaking and horrifying were the descriptions and diagrams of how and why the Chinese used to bind the feet of women from childhood. The feet were deliberately deformed, the twisted conception of beauty being a status symbol. The small shoes looked like something a doll with half molded feet would wear. There ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 2, 2013

Bata Shoe Museum
327 Bloor Street West
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1W7
(416) 979-7799

Getting to and around Toronto

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Toronto smog in the morning Photo, Toronto, Ontario
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Flying into Toronto (the airport is actually in Mississauga, but it's all one big urban sprawl) is interesting. That part of the province of Ontario along the Great Lakes is very flat and mostly rural if you approach from the north. All of a sudden, you're over civilization as you descend to the airport. There are suburban neighbourhoods dotted with bright blue pools at nearly every house. There are chunky blocks of tall buildings in the distance by the edge of Lake Ontario, downtown Toronto and more chunky blocks as you move out towards the 401 highway periodically. If you're at the right angle and on the right side of the plane you can see the slender CN Tower rise above it all in the distance as we...Read More