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1 day and 1 night in Toronto - What to do...?

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1. Posted by arancia (Inactive 426 posts) 11y

I'm off to Canada in August for two weeks (Family Wedding!) There aren't any direct flights to Winnipeg so i'm stopping in Toronto for the day..and night.

Anyone know of any good cheap hostels/hotels in the city? What i could do, where i could go and the best way to get around the city. I'll arrive in Toronto on 3rd August in the evening so i'll have the whole of thursday.
Suggestions and ideas would be much appreciated! xx

I should let know that i will be returning to Toronto at the end of the trip to see relatives so they'll probably take me to Niagra Falls and the CN Tower

Arancia ;)

2. Posted by arancia (Inactive 426 posts) 11y

Should have mentioned budget...yeah its real tight.

One more thing can anybody recommend any good sights to book cheap internal flights or would it be better if i booked them when i got there?
I need to book three: Toronto to Winnipeg (5th - 10th Aug)
Winnipeg to Edmunton (10th -14th Aug)
Edmunton to Toronto (14th -18th)

3. Posted by simo1981 (Budding Member 22 posts) 11y

for flights try
they seem very reasonable.
Ive been looking at LA - Vegas for £55 return

4. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

Southwest does not fly in Canada.

Check out Westjet, Canjet or Air Canada for flights.

5. Posted by georgep (Respected Member 201 posts) 11y

Hi Arancia,

you can check out the "cheap" flight options here for Toronto, Winipeg and Edmonton.

And some information about Toronto and what you can do there you can find here

Hope it helps you.

George :)

6. Posted by Yve (Full Member 47 posts) 11y

the best way to get around toronto is the ttc. you can buy day passes for 8$ at any subway station, this will get you anywhere you want for cheap. for cheap hostels i've heard good things about kensington castle, but i've never stayed there. And what do i do when i go home to toronto? I eat and eat.One day isn't much time, so this is what i would do since you're going to all the big sights with your family. if you send me a message, i can tell you some of the best places to eat around the city in all the different neighbourhoods.

7. Posted by Reece Sanford (Travel Guru 1368 posts) 11y

Arancia dont go to stinkypeg i mean winnepeg.Thats been the worst part of my trip so far lol.And dont stay in the dundas hostel in church street/dundas street either as its a dump as well.

8. Posted by kyk (Budding Member 8 posts) 11y

Honestly, I think the best thing to do in Toronto in just one day is just walk around the different neighbourhoods. Just about every neighbourhood has its own character. Some of my favourites are, probably in this order:
- Kensington Market -- very lively place where hippies, hipsters, latinos, West Indians, East Europeans, Portuguese, Chinese and more all mix together
- Chinatown -- very close to Kensington Market -- huge and full of good food. You'll think you're in Hong Kong or Kuala Lumpur.
- Queen Street West near Bathhurst -- lot of funky shops and restaurants, much cooler than too-hip-for-words Queen Street West in the University to Spadina area
- The Annex -- Bloor Street West around Spadina -- near the U of T, full of students and good patios to have coffee/beer. If you go further west you'll hit Korea-town and Honest Ed's, the largest and craziest discount store you'll ever see. Don't laugh -- it really is worth a visit.
- Little Italy -- College Street near Bathhurst
- Greektown -- Danforth Ave from Broadview to Pape. Good restaurants and shopping.
- Little India -- Gerrard Street between about Greenwood and Coxwell -- great food, shops and an Indian bazaar
- The Beaches -- Queen Street East at about Woodbine -- If you want to go somewhere a little quieter but still urban, you can take a walk along the lake, then go to the somewhat yuppie cafes on Queen.

I'm sure you won't get to all these places, but have fun checking out what you can. If it's hot (and it has been!) you might also want to check out the Royal Ontario Museum and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Have fun!

9. Posted by Yve (Full Member 47 posts) 11y

Honestly, I think the best thing to do in Toronto in just one day is just walk around the different neighbourhoods. Just about every neighbourhood has its own character.

I agree, the best thing about toronto is how multicultural it is. if you have the energy you can make it to most of these places and eat or shop a little bit in each area. you'll just be missing caribana by two days, too bad:(

10. Posted by moscowmetr (Full Member 267 posts) 11y

Ofcourse Toronto is the festival capital during the summer with every weekend having some sort of community gathering or cultural showcase being brought to the forefront for celebration. Have not been back home too Toronto for almost a year so this may require a little research.

these weeklys will let you know if there is a music festival or a street festival of some sort. Toronto was also rated on of the top 5 bicycle frendly cities in North America. So you could rent one or something and tool around the neighborhoods mentioned above. Last summer I was spending alot of time at the beach, For a Americana megatropolis on a lake no less the beach is actually pretty good.
Should go to the island if its really hot too. I personnaly think it a waste of time to goto Skydome and CN Tower and hang out on the tourist stretch of Front St.

Have fun.