I am going to toronto for my first time in december. It's a very short stay. Arrive Dec 30 and leave Jan 2. Can anybody tell me some things to do (besides the obvious like the CN tower). I will be by myself and I'm not the most outgoing person (but I'm not too bad either). Would like to do something fun on new years.
Also, where is a good, cheap place to stay. So far i have seen the HI hostel for $22 CDN per night. Is this a good place? Or are there better places?
Other than the obvious tourist stuff (CN Tower, Casa Loma, Niagara Falls), Toronto has a good restaurant and music scene. Lots of different ethnic foods.
Check out the Eye magazine once we get closer to the date to see who and what is playing where in Toronto. Eye Magazine. You can also pick it up free once in Toronto.
On New Years the big outdoor party is at Nathan Phillips Square. Hosted by City-TV, it has musically guests, fireworks and usually Ronnie Hawkins singing Auld Lang Syne at midnight. There is also the First Night Celebration, which is a dry, kid friendly event (if that is your thing). Other than that, mostly people hit bars and party it up there. Prices can range from free to a couple of hundred bucks.
I have heard good things about the HI. Also recommended I have heard the Canadiana Backpackers on Widmer and the Global Village Backpackers on the corner of Spadina and King. This site lists information on the hostels Toronto Hostels
P.S. Grey Cup Parade today! Go ARGOS!!! (Actually, I'm a Ti-cats fan, but seeing as they got knocked out, I'll go for the home team).
Maybe my section on Toronto can help you. Here is the link
Have fun it's a great city,
I've lived in Toronto all my life. and here are a few suggestions:
Queen St. W shopping - lots of little hip stores, with some great finds.
much music - right in the queen st. w fashion district
eaton centre - lots of shopping, will be quite crazy during holiday times though
yorkville - posh shopping district on bloor st., celeb hangout
restaurants - TONS of good places on King St. W
lots of theatre
the art gallery
the royal ontario museum
there's also a free picasso ceramics exhibit at the Univeristy
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