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1. Posted by sandy456 (Full Member 213 posts) 9y

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Toronto, off the beaten path

I am visiting Toronto for 5-7 days. I am searching for off-the beaten path, not-to miss opportunities. Please share your favourite T/O spots according to the following interest criteria. Thanks.

-memorable/dramatic scenery & landscape photography. Where do I find the best (viewpoints, panoramas, skylines, sunsets, etc..)?
-fall foliage (natural wonders), the outdoors, hikes/hilltops/lookouts, and amazing views...
-lovely/charming streets, magnificent architecture
-non-typical, interesting, and unique experiences (full of original character), and local only to the area. The best authentic local experiences/most unforgettable travel experiences.
-specialty/unique local cuisine
-& the best free things to do

2. Posted by kezin (Budding Member 104 posts) 9y

Sandy, hello again.
Toronto is- as you can see- a huge city with a plethora of options for the traveller to pursue in the game of interesting and worthwhile diversions. Find a copy of 'NOW' magazine: a popular entertainment and news weekly. Within it's pages you will have no difficulty finding listings for cultural events, intriguing restaurants, clubs to see bands whether they are local or international, museums, galleries, attractions, etc.
- I dislike the expression 'world- class' but will use it anyway to describe the ROM (Royal Ontario Museum) Bloor @ University on the T.T.C.
- The financial district around King, Queen, and Front St.'s with Bay St. slicing through the 3 of them, is worth checking out for the mix of old and new architecture. Old City Hall next to New City Hall at Bay & Queen St.
- Queen St. west of Spadina offers endless contemporary options in respect to 'novel' cafes, galleries, clubs, places to hang- out, etc. Just about anywhere south of here, especially in the new 'distillery district', ditto.
- Don't miss the old Kensington Market: just west of Spadina between Dundas St. & College St.
- Try to get to the Toronto Necropolis & Crematorium @ 200 Winchester St. in Cabbagetown (Gerrard Streetcar on Carleton St. East.) - Extraordinary historical site, easily navigated, and extremely attractive to wander about in. Don't miss the small, gothic chapel. This is a 'living cemetery'; more of a community park than anything. Arts events of wide description take place here.
- Ride the commuter ferry over to the Toronto Islands in the harbour and take some snaps.
- Hockey Hall of Fame...Front & Yonge St. just east of Union Station.
- Greektown: Bloor E. @ Broadview
- Little Italy: ST. Clair W. of Bathurst
- Koreantown: Bloor W. of Bathurst
- Little Poland: Roncesvalles between Dundas W. & Queen St. W.
- Little India: Gerrard St. East @ Coxwell.
- Chinatown: (East): Dundas E. @ Broadview. (West): Dundas W. @ Spadina
- Little Portugal: Dundas St. W. of Bathurst to Ossington
- Toronto's Jewish district: Bathurst N. of Eglinton
- And other 'ethnic quarters'- Sri Lankian, Jamaican, Vietnamese, Maltese, Ethiopian, etc....
- The excellent transit system (T.T.C.) includes both streetcars and subway, interchangeable. With a transit map and a city guide you can travel in not much time to any of the locations I have mentioned.
- Again, access 'NOW' for info on attractions and events.
- Kevin.

3. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 9y

-memorable/dramatic scenery & landscape photography. Where do I find the best (viewpoints, panoramas, skylines, sunsets, etc..)?

For city views, I think that the Tommy Thompson park can't be beat. It is located on a man-made peninsula that extends five kilometres into Lake Ontario and curves around, giving you a view of the Toronto skyline from the water. It's closed to vehicular traffic, so it's just cyclists and walkers. You get a nice view of Toronto with the Toronto islands in the foreground and the city itself in the background. To get there on public transit, take the 83 bus south from the Donlands subway station. If you are driving, take Leslie street south from Lakeshore Boulevard.

Another great view of the city is from the Panorama lounge atop the Manulife Centre at 55 Bloor Street West, just by the Bay or Yonge/Bloor subway stops. Pricey for dinner, but not a bad place to have a drink and catch the view. contact info.

-fall foliage (natural wonders), the outdoors, hikes/hilltops/lookouts, and amazing views...

Check out the Bruce Trail, which isn't too far north of Toronto for some nice hikes.

In the city, there are tons of ravines in Toronto with lots of paths. The City of Toronto Parks and Rec department has put together what it calls the discovery walk. There are a number of different walks of varying nature. I often walk the Central Ravines and the Don Valley Hills walks as they are close to my house.

-lovely/charming streets, magnificent architecture

I would check out both the Annex and Cabbagetown.

Cabbagetown is east of Sherbourne Street from Bloor down south to Carlton, basically. The Annex is bounded by Bathurst to the West, Avenue Road to the east, Dupont to the north and Bloor street to the South. Heading South from the Annex, you can walk through the University of Toronto, which has some nice old buildings as well.

-non-typical, interesting, and unique experiences (full of original character), and local only to the area. The best authentic local experiences/most unforgettable travel experiences.
-specialty/unique local cuisine

Chinatown is most famous, on Spadina around Dundas. I also like Little India (Gerrard Street and Coxwell Avenue) and Little Jamaica, heading West from Eglinton West Subway station on Eglinton towards Dufferin. Check out the Toronto Neighbourhoods section of the destination guide here: Toronto Neighbourhoods, which has a good list of places to see.

4. Posted by scarlette (Budding Member 19 posts) 9y

all of the above, just a little correction:

greek town is acutally on Danforth. between Broadview and Pape. Don't miss Athen bakery, trust me.

I'd say one of my favourite things about Toronto is all the different communities. Get a weekly pass from the TTC, and eat out in a different community everynight.

Send me a message if you want a list of my favourite cheap eats. (its a very long list, I like to eat)

5. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 9y

Do explain to me how you're going to see Toronto AND Quebec City at the same time! And you're asking the EXACT SAME questions for every city, to boot!

I can't believe I spent a half hour diging up info for you yesterday when you're obviously gathering people's opinions to put together a guide or something. I feel like a total sucker, but fool me once...

6. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 9y

Actually, I don't think you (or I) have been fooled, Tway. While the questions are the same, if you take a look at all the posts that Sandy has made, you'll see a progression of a trip that has progressed up from Central America, along the eastern coast of the USA and now is in Canada.

7. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 9y

Probably not fooled, but that sandy guy/girl asks a lot of questions, but never ever replies again with more questions or whatever. He does not give answers about other places as well.
It looks as he or she is a taker, not a giver. And now all of Central and North America which was 'off the beaten track' (whatever that may be) is not anymore, because he/she has been there

8. Posted by kezin (Budding Member 104 posts) 8y

- I am in agreement with the last 2 posts. The odd reply or acknowledgement wouldn't hurt.

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