Must See / Do things in Toronto?

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    Jul 15, 2013 9:21 PM GMT
    Headed to Toronto, Ontario Canada area in a few days.

    Anything there that one should NOT miss seeing?

    I do like architecture and historical settings/items.


    Suggestions?

    Comments?

    Derogatory remarks? (It is RJ, after all...)
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    Jul 16, 2013 1:43 AM GMT
    The Royal Ontario Museum is quite excellent.
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    Jul 16, 2013 2:01 AM GMT
    The CN tower is a no brainer, just to take some nice shots of the skyline.
    Get to Toronto Island via the ferry, which has some great views of the city.
    Queen's Park is the provincial legislature and some great architecture, as well as the original city hall. All within walking distance if you're staying downtown.
  • Stregone

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    Jul 16, 2013 2:05 AM GMT
    Shawnathan said
    StudlyScrewRite said

    Derogatory remarks? (It is RJ, after all...)


    Can't leave T. without smoking some crack with the mayor.


    sounds like some hardcore stuff can happen
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    Jul 16, 2013 2:08 AM GMT
    Fenriscgy saidThe CN tower is a no brainer, just to take some nice shots of the skyline.
    Get to Toronto Island via the ferry, which has some great views of the city.
    Queen's Park is the provincial legislature and some great architecture, as well as the original city hall. All within walking distance if you're staying downtown.


    There's a gay nude beach somewhere on that Island too.
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    Jul 16, 2013 2:08 AM GMT
    ShawnathanCan't leave T. without smoking some crack with the mayor.


    Ah yes. Quite the classy fellow, that Mr. Ford.
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    Jul 16, 2013 2:11 AM GMT
    See me. I'll be there Wednesday night, probably at Woody's with a couple of girls.
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    Jul 16, 2013 2:19 AM GMT
    Go to the village last...otherwise you will not leave it.. haha..
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    Jul 16, 2013 2:38 AM GMT
    Toronto Island. I love going and renting bikes and riding around the island. icon_smile.gif
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    Jul 16, 2013 2:59 AM GMT
    Summerlicious is on in Toronto right now. There are a large selection of excellent restaurants with fixed price, 3 course menus. It's a great way to check out some of the food culture in the city. You can check out the website here: http://www.toronto.ca/special_events/summerlicious/2013/index.htm

    If you want a low-key afternoon, hit up 'The Beaches' community in Toronto. It's on Queen St. East. There are plenty of great little shops to check out, as well as a pretty nice beach, though the water in Lake Ontario isn't great for swimming in.

    Once you're done catching some sun, be sure to check out "Ed's Real Scoop" on your way back into the core of the city. It's a very popular spot to grab ice cream. They make all of their ice creams in house and feature a rotating selection. My personal favorite combo so far was a scoop of Dark Chocolate and another of Stout ice cream.

    If you want some late night low key fun, hit up the Annex. It's on Bloor St. West. There you'll find Honest Ed's, BMV and Future Bakery, which features a ton of cakes that you can order by the slice. If you've got a group together you can also hit up Snakes & Latte's, a sit down bistro where you can play a nearly endless variety of board games with friends for as long as you like for the cover charge of $5. Food & drinks are extra, but they'll deliver it right to your table.

    Queen West used to be the off-beat neighborhood, but it's been overrun by the mainstream sprawl. Still, it can be a fun place to wander, grab a Starbucks and do some shopping. There are still lots of pubs and bars on the strip, and the odd independent store that makes it worth checking out.

    If you want to mingle with the upper crust, hit up Yorkville. It's the area just north of Bloor St. between Spadina and Yonge St. Lots of boutiques, couture and designer clothing shops, over-priced coffee spots and some very calm green spaces.

    Of course Gaytown aka "The Ghetto", is on Church St. Primarily north of Carlton, and south of Bloor, it's where most of the homos go. It has become more mainstream over the past few years, and while many gay men in the city have moved outside of it, there are still lots of men who flock there every weekend.

    In terms of shopping hit up "Out on the Street" or "Priape" for gay paraphernalia, ie. underwear, lube, tight tshirts, leather, and sex toys. Priape is always fun even just for a laugh. If I remember correctly they still have a horse cock dildo, and some extreme leather & rubber gear.

    I'm sort of clueless when it comes to gay clubs as I haven't been to one in months. There has been some shake up as a few clubs have sold their property to make way for more condos.

    If you want to workout while in the city, Goodlife is your best bet as they're all over the city and have a near monopoly. For a single visit they'll charge you $10.

    Hope that helps! If you have any specific questions let me know.
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    Jul 16, 2013 5:49 AM GMT
    Just like other major cities, Toronto has plenty of places that are fun to visit, as well as ones that you'd be better off avoiding. If you've been to other metropolises such as NYC or SF, I would strongly recommend against visiting the following:

    1) Royal Ontario Museum

    2) Art Gallery of Ontario

    3) CN Tower

    4) Church street (unless if you really want to visit the gay scene)

    The places I recommend the most often to my friends who have visited the city included:

    1) Distillery District & general area surrounding St. Lawrence market

    2) Dundas Square & City Hall

    3) University of Toronto (if you are into "old school" architecture, this place is a must).

    4) Toronto Island *** (this place is a must, especially if you decide to skip on CN tower. On the ferry ride, you will be able to catch some beautiful shots of downtown Toronto)

    5) China Town (if you like Chinese food, otherwise I wouldn't recommend it since it is always crowded and Chinese grocery stores aren't exactly known to smell nice).

    6) Harbourfront area

    I've also heard some amazing things about Queens West, though I have never visited there myself so I can't say much about it.

    Well, I hope you have an awesome time there. It's a fantastic city, but it isn't without tourist traps so be mindful of those!
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    Jul 16, 2013 5:57 AM GMT
    If you like architecture try to grab a tour of Casa Loma. It's a real castle built by a super rich guy about a hundred years ago. It's downtown and relatively easy to get too. The Science Centre is also pretty neat to visit, but I've been to several all over North America and most are the same so skip it if you've been to one before.
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    Jul 16, 2013 6:38 AM GMT
    The best view of Toronto is in the rearview mirror.
  • pandamarama

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    Jul 16, 2013 7:18 AM GMT
    I'm going there tomorrow, it'll be my first time. Anyone know where I can find some really good poutine?icon_smile.gif
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    Jul 16, 2013 7:14 PM GMT
    mickeytopogigio saidSee me. I'll be there Wednesday night, probably at Woody's with a couple of girls.

    Might try to do that!
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    Jul 16, 2013 7:15 PM GMT
    Thanks, guys! Don't know if I'll be able to see all that you've suggested, but plan to give it a go!
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    Jul 17, 2013 1:44 AM GMT
    pandamaramaI'm going there tomorrow, it'll be my first time. Anyone know where I can find some really good poutine?


    For "good" poutine, you had best go to Montréal. "Good" poutine is made with fresh cheese curds. Every poutine I have had outside of Québec turned out to be rather disappointing.

    I have this theory that it is impossible to seriously meditate on the idea of poutine for longer than five minutes and still want to eat one.
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    Jul 18, 2013 4:11 AM GMT
    Hit up "Smoke's" for a variety of over the top options when it comes to poutine. My favorite for the pure classic poutine goes to "Poutini's". Both shops use actual cheese curds, the kind that squeak when you bite through them.

    I have yet to grab some in Quebec, so I'm not sure how they compare; although I highly doubt a Quebec native would ever admit that Torontonians can even come close.icon_wink.gif
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    Jul 18, 2013 11:44 AM GMT
    Dunno what poutine is, but ya'll seem enthralled with it. icon_lol.gif

    I don't consumce dairy, so ......thanks anyway!
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    Jul 18, 2013 3:02 PM GMT
    When I visited I liked the outing to Toronto Island the most, if you like walks - that and the steambaths. The art museum was a bit boring if you come from Europe, though if you like Henry Moore there's plenty of that going around. Next time I go I'll make a point of visiting the 4 Seasons theatre to catch some performances. If you like drives for a day's outing, Niagara Falls are worth seeing if you haven't yet, though not as great as falls in nature.