November 29, 2011
Did you know that Toronto's nicknames include T Dot, Hollywood North, and the Big Smoke? If not--because you're not from Canada--then you probably also don't know all the great things to see and do in the capital of Ontario and Canada's largest city in the coldest months of the year. With some tips from a native, we've put together a solid list of how to best spend a day (for places to spend the night, check out IgoUgo's hotels in Toronto
). If you're wondering how to get between the stops on our list below, try TTC's trip planner
. It will have you on the right subway, streetcar, or bus in no time.
The geese at Eaton Centre, an instillation by Michael Snow. Photo by Muchmore.
A holiday season visit to Toronto would not be complete without checking out the Eaton Centre
, both for the shopping and the big tree they put up every year. If you've already made it there, also head across the street to The Bay. It's home to Hudson Bay blankets and other cold weather staples.
Once you've had enough (window) shopping, get outside for some skating. Lots of folks head to City Hall's rink, but the insiders know the best spot is the big rink on the waterfront at Harbourfront Centre. If you make skating your last stop on some weekend nights, they'll even be DJs to skate to. Check out their site
for more info and hours. Post-skating, hot chocolate is usually in order. Second Cup is the recommended spot, and as a local Ontario chain, there's a few locations
to choose from.
C'est What? photo by tvordj.
If you're in the mood for more drinks, and at this point, perhaps some dinner, head to C'est What? on Front Street. Tvordj enjoyed her visit
there, and you can, too, with a pint of Ontario craft beer and some shepherd's pie (or some tourtiere, a French-Canadian meat pie) in front of the fireplace.
If that's not enough to occupy you, check out all of IgoUgo's things to do in Toronto, or browse these journals:
By Anna Welch (eyesoftheworld)