TORONTO for 2.5 months this summer. Tell me where to go and what to do!

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    Apr 10, 2010 4:27 AM GMT
    Hey guys. Work will be bringing me to Toronto this summer for 2.5 months. Tell me your favorite spots! I know there are a ton of Canucks on here icon_smile.gif

  • OptimusMatt

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    Apr 10, 2010 2:23 PM GMT


    Go check out the ROM - I could spend a weekend there. Plus they added this horrible glass extension-wing thing on it and it's fun to laugh at the idiocy.

    There's a ton of museums in T.O. but I can't think of them all offhand - lots of places to lose yourself for a day or so
  • Fritter

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    Apr 10, 2010 2:48 PM GMT
    I can suggest the Beaches for eye candy. I guess it would help to know what your interests are. There is the CN Tower, you could catch a Jays game at Rogers Centre. GO Transit will be offering weekend trains to Niagara Falls starting the May 24 weekend. Any more info needed I'm always available to help out! Enjoy your stay in the Great White North. lol
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    Apr 10, 2010 3:43 PM GMT
    I would definitely take a trip to Niagara Falls from Toronto, if you have never seen the falls. It's not that far. And if you have a cute hot guy to share your hotel room with, even better. icon_smile.gif My bf and I go there once in awhile for a weekend and we have fun. icon_smile.gif
  • dantoujours

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    Apr 10, 2010 4:08 PM GMT
    Hop the train or fly and visit Ottawa, Montréal and Québec City. They're worth it.

    Take a trip to Toronto Island, Harbour cruise, hit the beaches, walk around Cabbagetown.

    Eat - in moderation, but Toronto has some outstanding food. Go to a CFL game.
  • torontoguy222...

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    Apr 10, 2010 4:55 PM GMT
    lol, it's funny, this seems like such an easy question for someone like me who's living in toronto all my life, yet when i have to answer it it's a bit a challenge.

    This city has a TONNE to do. I'll admit I haven't experienced most of it lol, but I know it's out there. One really good resource is which has a tonne of info on almost anything you can do here. The city's official tourism website can be found here I don't use it as much (I'm not exactly a tourist i guess), but it's similar to in that it gives you a crapload of info on events, attractions, festivals, and so on. They even have a "Gay Toronto" tab which I find really interesting. I don't really know what kind of things you like, but surely you can find something that interests you on those sites.

    Some of the obvious places have already been mentioned: CN Tower, Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), Rogers Center (formerly known as the SkyDome), maybe catch a show at the Air Canada Centre or Roy Thomson Hall, visit Canada's Wonderland, etc. etc.

    A few perhaps less-advertised things that I personally enjoy is spending some time along Toronto's waterfront. It's really quite beautiful (with beautiful people too, hehe). Woodbine Beach is probably the busiest stretch of the beach, and it's got a 50m Olympic-sized swimming pool, along with tennis courts and volleyball nets to boot.

    I also love indulging in Toronto's many neighbourhoods. Some that jump out at me include The Annex, College Street, Little Italy, Yorkville, the Financial District, Yonge-Eglinton, Kensington Market, St. Lawrence, The Distillery District, Cabbagetown, Chinatown, etc etc. I guess it depends where you're staying too, as some of these will be more accessible than others.

    Finally, you have to visit Toronto's Church-Wellesley Gay Village. It's a hub of anything gay and boasts some decent restaurants, fun nightclubs, bars, and, of course, cute gay boys.

    If you have more specific interests or things you wanna see (ie. Shopping, Parks, Recreation, History, Arts/Culture, Music, Fun stuff, Gay stuff), shoot me a message or post here.

    Telling someone about what there is to do here requires a 300 page book, and can hardly be done in a single post. But here's my shot at it.

    Good luck,

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    Apr 10, 2010 5:03 PM GMT
    Always a good time is the CN Tower but it's kinda pricey these days. The Zoo is amazing, DEFINITELY hit up Toronto Islands. See the Argos play, instead of the Jays. If it's on, go to the CNE, and take a 30 dollar (per person) helicopter tour of the city from Ontario Place, definitely a hidden gem of the city.
  • OptimusMatt

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    Apr 10, 2010 5:45 PM GMT
    Yeah, actually Kensington market's pretty sweet - even if you're not really shopping you'll find something to buy LOL. Good Saturday brunch activity, haha
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    Apr 12, 2010 2:39 AM GMT
    The Bata shoe museum is kinda fun icon_razz.gif It's history based btw, not just a whole lotta heels ahaha.

    Yorkville is good for a wander and nicely dressed eye candy.
  • jrs1

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    Apr 12, 2010 2:41 AM GMT

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    Apr 12, 2010 2:49 AM GMT
    Canada's Wonderland!

    Hockey Hall of Fame
  • MSUBioNerd

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    Apr 12, 2010 2:50 AM GMT
    Toronto has a fantastic zoo. And, if you're enough of a nerd, the Ontario Science Center is like a 5 story science museum on par with the Smithsonian in DC.

    Also, I agree, if you've never been to Niagara Falls, you need to drive down to see it. Conveniently for you, the nicer view is from the Canadian side, but the most fun thing about it is over on the American side, where you can do the Cave of the Winds tour -- you'll get sandals and a poncho and get to walk out onto wooden decking built in the spray of one of the offshoots of the main waterfall, which gives you a better sense of just how powerful the water is.
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    Apr 12, 2010 3:51 AM GMT
    It's hard to make suggestions without knowing what you're into. But a day trip to Niagara falls must be included for any visitor to Toronto.

    You might be interested in checking out some of the various festivals happening in the summer months:
    Inside Out - Toronto LGBT Film Festival - May 20-30
    Doors Open Toronto - architecture-themed weekend - May 29-30
    Worldwide Short Film Festival - June 1-6
    Luminato - Festival of Arts and Creativity - June 11-20
    NXNE Music Festival - June 16-18
    Pride Week - June 25 to July 4
    Canada Day fireworks - July 1
    Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition - July 9-11

    Give me a shout if you are interested in the Toronto art scene. Welcome to Toronto.
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    Apr 12, 2010 3:51 AM GMT
    But it gets boring in town for some people. There's lots of nice places outside of Toronto to go see besides the falls. .. Go to Bayfield or Sauble Beach and poke around or any number of great beach communities within a couple of hours drive or so.
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    Apr 18, 2010 1:44 PM GMT
    Thanks guys. These are GREAT suggestions! Keep em coming!
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    Apr 18, 2010 2:27 PM GMT
    Like torontoguy2222 mentioned, the huge number of diverse neighbourhoods are a big part of what defines Toronto. So definitely don't make the mistake of focusing solely on downtown -- streets like Queen and College get much nicer once you go just a bit farther out.

    Something I like to do is pick one of the main streets of the old city (Bloor, College, Dundas, Queen, King) and just wander along it -- they go on for what seems like forever, through all sorts of vibrant neighbourhoods, and you'll run into all kinds of interesting stuff (and lots of beautiful Victorian architecture).

    It's more low-key than going to particular events or attractions, but it's definitely a great way to get a true feel for the city, if that interests you. And if you get tired you can just hop on a streetcar.