Im headin to toronto for 10 days from the 28th of april. Im just lookin for any reccomendations for good things do or any great places to stay in the general area. Or if anyone knows of any festival or event thats takin place around this time. Im up for anything ... outdoors, music, clubs, culture. I havent done any research yet but im hopin to get some info on somethin that isnt mentioned in every tour guide as i plan to look somethin up over the next few weeks. Anything will be appreciated.
Go to see Niagara Falls but ignore the town, it's bad. Instead go a few miles further to Niagara-on-the-Lake, which is far,far nicer.
What?!! Niagara Falls, the town, is freaking awesome. It's kitchy as hell, and looks like the perfect setting for a bad hollywood horror movie, but for both those reasons it rules. I would suggest staying a night in one of the older motels, that have nearly been put out of business by the towering casinos built practically on top of the falls.
In Toronto: Just walk up and down Queen. You can shop, watch people, eat at wicked little restaraunts. There's this cheap burrito place called New York Subs I think. Go there. Go to Kensington Market (though it may be in a tourist book) and buy a cool jacket (if you come from somewhere where it gets cool). WATCH Kevin Quain play. Usually he is at Cameron Public House on Sunday evenings with The Mad Bastards. Buy groceries in Chinatown and make dinner at your hostel or wherever you are, preferably with a new friend. Go for breakfast to STEM kitchen (if it still exists and that's what it's called - on Queen). Those may be typical things, I don't know. There are lots of clubs, but it depends on what you are into. These are all things I would do. I wish I was going to Toronto.
Stay on a subway line or in the downtown core and you'll be fine for getting around. Seeing as you mentioned the guides, I'll skip over the obvious tourist stuff like the CN Tower or Hockey Hall of Fame (though both are worth going to once).
Toronto is a city of cool neighbourhoods. Check out this post: Toronto and the advice that kyk gives in post #8. It's an excellent primer to the Toronto neighbourhoods.
Pick up a copy of the NOW or EYE magazines - they come out free on Thursdays, and list all the events going on. You can find them online as well.
Also, if you want to get out and see some nature, try hiking parts of the Bruce Trail. I've done Hole In the Wall which is a fine little bit to explore. Check out the Toronto Bruce Trail Club for other hikes.
I agree with GrewW, definitely pick up a free copy of "Now" or "Eye Weekly" to see what's going on in the city. The "Hot Docs" festival will be on while you're here if you're into documentary films. You should be able to check out some live music any night of the week, but it depends on your taste (both the Drake and Gladstone hotel are fun places for a night out, the Rivoli usually has something going on too- and the food isn't too bad either).
The Adelaide and Richmond area is main club district. It's close to Chinatown and Kensignton if you want to focus on those areas. St Lawrence Market is by King and Front and the area is pretty good for a few pictures, a drink or a meal. Little Italy is located on College and is also fun for a night out, but I find it can be a bit expensive too.
You might want to take the ferry over to the Toronto islands for a different view of the city and to walk around a bit (you might be able to rent a bike or canoe, but I'm not sure when the season starts exactly)...but there is not very much to do there otherwise.
I'd highly recommend seeing the Distillery district if you can. There's some great galleries and cafes in the area. It's car-free and it's one of my favourite little parts of the city. There's a couple of theatres and dance troupes in the area and you could try to get inexpensive rush tickets for a show if any are playing while you're there and if you're interested.
I can keep going, but I'll restrain myself.
Enjoy your trip!
[ Edit: Edited on Apr 3, 2007, at 10:22 AM by delirious ]
Thanks a million for all of ur help! Sounds really easy to get a round and a cool spot. I'll have to get some hiking in too. 10 days seems like a short time now. Its great to get everyones different views on the city just cant wait to get there......!
If you can find your way out there, check out the Scarborough Bluffs - the Canadian version of the Cliffs of Dover (and just as tall or taller than motherland's version!)
Your time in the museums or galleries may be misplaced. Both the ROM (Royal Ontario Museum) and the AGO (Art Gallery of Ontario) are under renovations, and you'll miss the grand openings by a few weeks. The ROM still has some interesting exhibits. Right now they have a great 'treasures of peru' exhibition. The AGO however, currently only has 2 exhibits left open - and one of them is a wall full of postcard sized self portraits made almost entirely by kindergardeners. The other is comprised of a few Group of 7 works and a giant floor-hamburger.
Definately check out the Toronto entertainment district. Some of the biggest shows are playing right now... Anywhere around University of Toronto is excellent - affordable and cultural. Also, if you're looking for some art, just wander around the UofToronto buildings (esp. Old Vic, Pratt Library, and University College) - since a good few members of the Group of 7 were alumni, they have a lot of their work just hanging around.
10 days only in Toronto isn't good idea~
2~3 days in toronto is enough. go other cities around Toronto on extra days.
you must visit Niagara falls. it's awesome spot!!~
and try to go Ottawa or Montreal, etc..
from Toronto to Ottawa it takes 5 hours by bus. form Ottawa to Montreal is 2 hours.
it might be long jurney, but quite worthy!!~
Toronto island, hall of fame, Eaton centre... are all closely located, near habor front.
clubs are gathered around Union station, maybe..
'Republic' is one of the hottest clubs in Toronto.
I agree with champgod - I love Toronto but I start to get twitchy after 3-4 days.
Do not miss a walking visit through Chinatown and Kensington Market. Lots of colour and delicious things to eat - one of my favourite Toronto things to do.
No one has mentioned the Beaches. Hope on the Queen St streetcar and head east to the Beaches. You'll know when to get off. Along the water there are nice beaches, a boardwalk, parks and hours of people watching. Queen St has all sorts of shops and pubs. The houses and streets are beautiful and good for a stroll.
Another good option for a day trip is Kingston. You can take the train or bus there for a day trip. It's not as touristy as Niagara but there is always tons of things going on there. It is a good look into Canada's early roots. First Prime Ministers house, Military College and Fort, Haunted Tours, trolley rides, pubs, farmers markets and all sorts of stuff.