toronto for $15! when, where, what?!?!

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    Mar 22, 2011 8:24 PM GMT
    for people living on the east coast, am i late or did everyone know that a megabus trip from baltimore/dc to toronto is only $15 (or even less) roundtrip? unbelievable! how the hell do they make any money?

    in any case, i've never been to toronto, but hear great things about the city. i've noticed there are quite a few RJs in the city and was hoping you could give me some advice on when to go, where to stay, what to do etc.???

    btw, i'm a grad student on a budget. but since getting there is only going to cost me $15, i think i can splurge a little on accommodations. by splurge, i mean i can afford maybe $50 a night on a hotel.

    thx guys,

    S
  • mizu5

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    Mar 22, 2011 8:33 PM GMT
    Because it's 15 dollars one way.
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    Mar 22, 2011 9:00 PM GMT
    mizu5 saidBecause it's 15 dollars one way.


    you would think so, but not true. you have to play around with the dates. even at $30 roundtrip that would be an amazing deal, though. if you reserve a ticket far enough in advance, you can even get the roundtrip ticket for $2.
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    Mar 22, 2011 10:10 PM GMT
    Wow! That is an awesome deal.

    I've never been before, but I do know Toronto Pride is at the end of June this year.

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    Mar 23, 2011 2:42 AM GMT
    nerdjock saidWow! That is an awesome deal.

    I've never been before, but I do know Toronto Pride is at the end of June this year.



    thanks, but i can't go that weekend because i'll be in santa cruz for a friend's wedding.
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    Mar 23, 2011 2:55 AM GMT
    A free trip there and back wouldn't even do it for me. What's there that's not here? Lol
  • iErik

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    Mar 23, 2011 3:08 AM GMT
    Not much... lol. Sure there's a few gay bars/clubs, but that's about it.
  • mizu5

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    Mar 24, 2011 7:08 AM GMT
    well as Toronto isn one of the alrgest gay cities in the world... we offer a shitton of fun and events.
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    Mar 24, 2011 7:20 PM GMT
    Wow, great. Enjoy it!
    I wish it would be the same price from Montreal icon_sad.gif
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    Mar 24, 2011 7:23 PM GMT
    The catch?

    What about Ontario in winter, how's that for a catch icon_wink.gif
  • TrentGrad

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    Mar 24, 2011 8:18 PM GMT
    Tazo995 saidThe catch?

    What about Ontario in winter, how's that for a catch icon_wink.gif


    It's spring now! :p

    Though we did get a snowstorm yesterday. ;)

    Things to check out in Toronto...depends on what you're looking for.

    I think the Art Gallery of Ontario is still hosting a Maharaj treasures exhibition...if you're under 25 years old, you get in for free.

    Most of Toronto's gay haunts can be found on Church Street between Wellesley and Carleton St.- Priape (a gay clothing/toy/porn shop) has sweet new digs...so that can sometimes be fun to venture into. Woody's was one of the featured bars on the US version of "Queer as Folk."

    Now there is a new area along Queen Street west of Spadina I guess...which has become more popular for younger gay guys. It's not really a gay area...there aren't any official gay bars, but in the bars there, it's certainly not uncommon to bump into lots of young gay guys there. The area has been nicknamed "Queer West."

    It's hard to give specific suggestions on what to do because I don't know what you like to do...but downtown Toronto has lots of Shopping, plenty of museums, some inexpensive but very tasty eateries, and of course sporting events with the Leafs (though you'll never get a ticket) or the Raptors (which usually you can get a ticket for), etc...

    I remember my buddy from Whitby...he was strolling past the Ryerson campus downtown, and he saw a couple of girls, and a couple of hot guys selling hugs for like $5 or something. Naturally the girls stepped forward to hug him...but he's gay, and he knew he wanted one of the guys to take his shirt off and give him a hug.

    Maybe in any other city, this might not have worked out so well...but one of the hot, straight guys did indeed take off his shirt and gave my friend a hug...it was pretty cool! LOL

    I would imagine that might also work in Vancouver though. ;)
  • Midas426

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    Mar 25, 2011 12:17 AM GMT
    Wow a $30 roundtrip from DC to Toronto is nice. That is quite the steal. I too wonder how Megabus manages to make any money.
  • pandx970

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    Mar 25, 2011 12:22 AM GMT
    MegaBus is great if you can get the first 2 or 3 tickets then it starts ramping up after a while it costs about the same as the greyhound.
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    Mar 25, 2011 12:30 AM GMT
    pandx970 saidMegaBus is great if you can get the first 2 or 3 tickets then it starts ramping up after a while it costs about the same as the greyhound.


    True story. The price varies depending on when you get the tickets. I was able to travel round-trip from Raleigh to DC for $8, while other people on the same bus paid $20 for the same seats.

    MegaBus FTW!
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    Mar 25, 2011 12:37 AM GMT
    TrentGrad said
    Tazo995 saidThe catch?

    What about Ontario in winter, how's that for a catch icon_wink.gif


    It's spring now! :p

    SPRING IN ONTARIO IS THE MOST DISGUSTING SEASON EVER.
  • iErik

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    Mar 25, 2011 12:47 AM GMT
    _ADA said
    TrentGrad said
    Tazo995 saidThe catch?

    What about Ontario in winter, how's that for a catch icon_wink.gif


    It's spring now! :p

    SPRING IN ONTARIO IS THE MOST DISGUSTING SEASON EVER.


    ^This. Hahah.

    Toronto really only has two season - Winter and Summer.
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    Mar 25, 2011 12:49 AM GMT
    iErik said
    _ADA saidSPRING IN ONTARIO IS THE MOST DISGUSTING SEASON EVER.


    ^This. Hahah.

    Toronto really only has two season - Winter and Summer.

    Exactly, which sucks because the only season worth having is Autumn.
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    Mar 25, 2011 2:17 AM GMT
    TrentGrad said
    Tazo995 saidThe catch?

    What about Ontario in winter, how's that for a catch icon_wink.gif


    It's spring now! :p

    Though we did get a snowstorm yesterday. ;)

    Things to check out in Toronto...depends on what you're looking for.

    I think the Art Gallery of Ontario is still hosting a Maharaj treasures exhibition...if you're under 25 years old, you get in for free.

    Most of Toronto's gay haunts can be found on Church Street between Wellesley and Carleton St.- Priape (a gay clothing/toy/porn shop) has sweet new digs...so that can sometimes be fun to venture into. Woody's was one of the featured bars on the US version of "Queer as Folk."

    Now there is a new area along Queen Street west of Spadina I guess...which has become more popular for younger gay guys. It's not really a gay area...there aren't any official gay bars, but in the bars there, it's certainly not uncommon to bump into lots of young gay guys there. The area has been nicknamed "Queer West."

    It's hard to give specific suggestions on what to do because I don't know what you like to do...but downtown Toronto has lots of Shopping, plenty of museums, some inexpensive but very tasty eateries, and of course sporting events with the Leafs (though you'll never get a ticket) or the Raptors (which usually you can get a ticket for), etc...

    I remember my buddy from Whitby...he was strolling past the Ryerson campus downtown, and he saw a couple of girls, and a couple of hot guys selling hugs for like $5 or something. Naturally the girls stepped forward to hug him...but he's gay, and he knew he wanted one of the guys to take his shirt off and give him a hug.

    Maybe in any other city, this might not have worked out so well...but one of the hot, straight guys did indeed take off his shirt and gave my friend a hug...it was pretty cool! LOL

    I would imagine that might also work in Vancouver though. ;)


    thanks for the suggestions. i am not big on gay bar/club scenes; however, i may check out "Woody's," just to say i've been there. looking for suggestions on hidden treasures in the city: lesser known attractions, hole-in-the-wall restaurants with amazing food and low prices, comfy places to stay with a chance to meet other travelers (perhaps a hostel). think backpacker through toronto.

    thanks again.

  • TrentGrad

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    Mar 25, 2011 4:49 AM GMT
    sean_zurithanks for the suggestions. i am not big on gay bar/club scenes; however, i may check out "Woody's," just to say i've been there. looking for suggestions on hidden treasures in the city: lesser known attractions, hole-in-the-wall restaurants with amazing food and low prices, comfy places to stay with a chance to meet other travelers (perhaps a hostel). think backpacker through toronto.

    thanks again.



    Well, here's a backpackers hostel located around Dundas & University, which would be right in the heart of Downtown Toronto:

    http://www.backpackersondundas.com/EN/Default.aspx

    A good, cheap hole in the wall eatery in downtown Toronto is Amato's Pizza...it's on Yonge St., just south of College St. For $5, you still get a large slice and a drink...although the digs there are strictly cafeteria style. Do not mistake them with "The Big Slice," a grotesque pizza place on Yonge St., much closer to Dundas St.

    I like the restaurant "Garlic Pepper" on Yonge St., just north of Wellesley...HOWEVER it's not something everyone likes. The General Tso Chicken they had was fantastic in my opinion!

    Toronto does have a lot of hidden treasures and excursions...but most of those are available in the summer. If I can think of anything else, I'll let you know...but the Frank Geary redesigned Art Gallery of Ontario would be the big recent attraction in Toronto. It's just not hidden treasure anymore. ;)