Houski’s Guidebook - Toronto, ON

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Houski’s Guidebook - Toronto, ON

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The Royal Ontario Museum is a museum of art, world culture and natural history in Toronto. It is one of the largest museums in North America and the largest in Canada. It attracts more than one million visitors every year, making the ROM the most-visited museum in Canada.
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Royal Ontario Museum
100 Queens Park
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The Royal Ontario Museum is a museum of art, world culture and natural history in Toronto. It is one of the largest museums in North America and the largest in Canada. It attracts more than one million visitors every year, making the ROM the most-visited museum in Canada.
With a collection of more than 90000 works of art, the Art Gallery of Ontario is among the most distinguished art museums in North America.
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Art Gallery of Ontario
317 Dundas St W
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With a collection of more than 90000 works of art, the Art Gallery of Ontario is among the most distinguished art museums in North America.
A prime example of modern Toronto’s commitment to its rich history, Casa Loma was first built in 1914 by financier Sir Henry Pellatt. The castle located in midtown Toronto, is now owned by the City of Toronto and is regarded as a treasured heritage landmark. Today, Casa Loma is one of Toronto’s top tourist attractions and hospitality venues. Each year over 650,000 visitors tour Casa Loma and the estate gardens. A perfect backdrop for special occasions, Casa Loma also plays host to over 250 private events annually. The unique architecture has also made it a highly desirable location for film, television and photo shoots. Onsite Dining: Offering guests an opportunity to enjoy a casual meal al fresco in the center of Casa Loma’s award-winning gardens surrounded by spectacular views of the city skyline and the majestic castle. Includes access to Casa Loma’s stunning estate gardens for Toronto’s best patio experience. Tuesday, Wednesday and select Thursdays evenings 5pm – 11pm
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Casa Loma
1 Austin Terrace
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A prime example of modern Toronto’s commitment to its rich history, Casa Loma was first built in 1914 by financier Sir Henry Pellatt. The castle located in midtown Toronto, is now owned by the City of Toronto and is regarded as a treasured heritage landmark. Today, Casa Loma is one of Toronto’s top tourist attractions and hospitality venues. Each year over 650,000 visitors tour Casa Loma and the estate gardens. A perfect backdrop for special occasions, Casa Loma also plays host to over 250 private events annually. The unique architecture has also made it a highly desirable location for film, television and photo shoots. Onsite Dining: Offering guests an opportunity to enjoy a casual meal al fresco in the center of Casa Loma’s award-winning gardens surrounded by spectacular views of the city skyline and the majestic castle. Includes access to Casa Loma’s stunning estate gardens for Toronto’s best patio experience. Tuesday, Wednesday and select Thursdays evenings 5pm – 11pm
The Toronto Islands are comprised of 15 small islands in Lake Ontario, right off of the mainland. These scenic and nature-dense islands are a shining example of the city of Toronto’s values in spending time outdoors and appreciating all that this beautiful region has to offer. Just a short ferry ride from the city of Toronto, and all connected by boardwalks and walking trails, the Toronto Islands are the perfect place to spend a day with the family, someone special, or on your own. Check out these awesome attractions on Toronto Islands.
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Toronto Islands
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The Toronto Islands are comprised of 15 small islands in Lake Ontario, right off of the mainland. These scenic and nature-dense islands are a shining example of the city of Toronto’s values in spending time outdoors and appreciating all that this beautiful region has to offer. Just a short ferry ride from the city of Toronto, and all connected by boardwalks and walking trails, the Toronto Islands are the perfect place to spend a day with the family, someone special, or on your own. Check out these awesome attractions on Toronto Islands.
Sugar Beach draws upon the industrial heritage of the area and its relationship to the neighbouring Redpath Sugar Refinery Museum to create a whimsical urban beach at the water’s edge. The beach allows visitors to while away the afternoon as they read, play in the sand or watch boats on the lake. A dynamic water feature embedded in a granite maple leaf beside the beach makes cooling off fun for adults and children. The park’s plaza offers a dynamic space for public events. A large candy-striped granite rock outcropping and three grass mounds give the public unique vantage points for larger events and the space between the mounds result in a natural performance space for smaller events.
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Sugar Beach
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Sugar Beach draws upon the industrial heritage of the area and its relationship to the neighbouring Redpath Sugar Refinery Museum to create a whimsical urban beach at the water’s edge. The beach allows visitors to while away the afternoon as they read, play in the sand or watch boats on the lake. A dynamic water feature embedded in a granite maple leaf beside the beach makes cooling off fun for adults and children. The park’s plaza offers a dynamic space for public events. A large candy-striped granite rock outcropping and three grass mounds give the public unique vantage points for larger events and the space between the mounds result in a natural performance space for smaller events.
Rogers Centre is a multi-purpose retractable roof stadium in Downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada, situated at the base of the CN Tower near the northern shore of Lake Ontario. Opened in 1989 on the former Railway Lands, it is home to the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball.
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Rogers Centre
1 Blue Jays Way
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Rogers Centre is a multi-purpose retractable roof stadium in Downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada, situated at the base of the CN Tower near the northern shore of Lake Ontario. Opened in 1989 on the former Railway Lands, it is home to the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball.
Designed entirely out of shipping containers, the market is an ever-evolving cultural marketplace featuring a mix of shops, a microbrewery, top chefs, killer city views + lots of ongoing community programming.
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stackt market
28 Bathurst St
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Designed entirely out of shipping containers, the market is an ever-evolving cultural marketplace featuring a mix of shops, a microbrewery, top chefs, killer city views + lots of ongoing community programming.
An iconic culinary hotspot. Eat, shop and savour the best foods, served up by over 120 merchants and farmers.
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St. Lawrence Market
93 Front St E
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An iconic culinary hotspot. Eat, shop and savour the best foods, served up by over 120 merchants and farmers.
Fronting on Toronto's inner harbour, the Toronto Music Garden is one of the city's most enchanted locations. The park design is inspired by Bach's First Suite for Unaccompanied Cello, with each dance movement within the suite corresponding to a different section of the garden. During the summer, enjoy free, outstanding classical performances from around the world.
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Toronto Music Garden
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Fronting on Toronto's inner harbour, the Toronto Music Garden is one of the city's most enchanted locations. The park design is inspired by Bach's First Suite for Unaccompanied Cello, with each dance movement within the suite corresponding to a different section of the garden. During the summer, enjoy free, outstanding classical performances from around the world.

Neighbourhoods

Arguably one of the city’s trendiest strips, Ossington is hugely popular with the under-30 crowd. It’s the spot for a great night out. You can make a reservation in advance or walk the main drag and hit a great spot to settle in for the evening. If live music is more your jam, stop in at The Dakota Tavern for nightly Southern-style live music. Don’t miss: -Bellwoods Brewery, which specializes in puckeringly sour and tartly hoppy ales -Taking the kids for the city’s most popular ice cream sandwich at Bang Bang Ice Cream & Bakery -A luxurious spread of Latin American-by-way-of-Asia dishes at Foxley, a favourite of local foodies -Stopping at Telegramme Prints and Custom Framing for a retro poster, or Rotate This for must-have vinyl records -The laneways leading off Ossington Avenue, where you’ll spot some of the city’s coolest art BOUNDARIES: Ossington Avenue, between Dundas Street West and Queen Street West. PUBLIC TRANSIT (TTC): 501 streetcar from downtown. Or Ossington subway station, then take the 63 bus southbound.
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Ossington Avenue
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Arguably one of the city’s trendiest strips, Ossington is hugely popular with the under-30 crowd. It’s the spot for a great night out. You can make a reservation in advance or walk the main drag and hit a great spot to settle in for the evening. If live music is more your jam, stop in at The Dakota Tavern for nightly Southern-style live music. Don’t miss: -Bellwoods Brewery, which specializes in puckeringly sour and tartly hoppy ales -Taking the kids for the city’s most popular ice cream sandwich at Bang Bang Ice Cream & Bakery -A luxurious spread of Latin American-by-way-of-Asia dishes at Foxley, a favourite of local foodies -Stopping at Telegramme Prints and Custom Framing for a retro poster, or Rotate This for must-have vinyl records -The laneways leading off Ossington Avenue, where you’ll spot some of the city’s coolest art BOUNDARIES: Ossington Avenue, between Dundas Street West and Queen Street West. PUBLIC TRANSIT (TTC): 501 streetcar from downtown. Or Ossington subway station, then take the 63 bus southbound.
Whether it’s an evening of dancing or fine dining, King Street West is the place to set your sights. This formerly industrial part of Toronto is now one of the buzziest nighttime haunts that the city has to offer. You’ll find high-end stores sandwiched between ritzy restaurants and rooftop patios. Don't miss: -Drinks and dancing at one of the many bars and nightclubs -Joining the locals for a class at barre3 or boxing gym Studio K-O -Portland Street for its must-try restaurants like Chubby’s Jamaican Kitchen, Bar Buca and Gusto 101 -Food stalls and shopping at stackt market, an outdoor marketplace made out of shipping containers -Booking a moment of self-care at Hammam Spa BOUNDARIES: King Street West, between Spadina Avenue and Sudbury Street. PUBLIC TRANSIT (TTC): St. Andrew subway station and 504 streetcar westbound.
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King Street West
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Whether it’s an evening of dancing or fine dining, King Street West is the place to set your sights. This formerly industrial part of Toronto is now one of the buzziest nighttime haunts that the city has to offer. You’ll find high-end stores sandwiched between ritzy restaurants and rooftop patios. Don't miss: -Drinks and dancing at one of the many bars and nightclubs -Joining the locals for a class at barre3 or boxing gym Studio K-O -Portland Street for its must-try restaurants like Chubby’s Jamaican Kitchen, Bar Buca and Gusto 101 -Food stalls and shopping at stackt market, an outdoor marketplace made out of shipping containers -Booking a moment of self-care at Hammam Spa BOUNDARIES: King Street West, between Spadina Avenue and Sudbury Street. PUBLIC TRANSIT (TTC): St. Andrew subway station and 504 streetcar westbound.
The dynamic energy of Toronto’s Queen Street West is unmatched anywhere else in the city. The area is a hub of the city’s best restaurants, cafés, independent boutiques, street art and galleries, and is a must-see for anyone visiting the city. Vogue Magazine named it one of the world’s coolest neighbourhoods and it’s no surprise why. Don’t miss: -Exploring the high concentration of independent boutiques and chain retailers along Queen Street West -Trinity Bellwoods Park for the vibrant scene and bustling dog park -Direct access to the city’s up-and-coming artists at the Queen West Art Crawl each September -A stay at one of the area’s art hotels, The Drake Hotel or Gladstone Hotel -Brunch at one of the many options, some popular ones being Hello 123, Café Neon and The Good Son BOUNDARIES: Queen Street West between Simcoe Street and Bathurst Street. PUBLIC TRANSIT (TTC): Queen or Osgoode subway station, then walk or take the 501 streetcar westbound.
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Queen Street West
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The dynamic energy of Toronto’s Queen Street West is unmatched anywhere else in the city. The area is a hub of the city’s best restaurants, cafés, independent boutiques, street art and galleries, and is a must-see for anyone visiting the city. Vogue Magazine named it one of the world’s coolest neighbourhoods and it’s no surprise why. Don’t miss: -Exploring the high concentration of independent boutiques and chain retailers along Queen Street West -Trinity Bellwoods Park for the vibrant scene and bustling dog park -Direct access to the city’s up-and-coming artists at the Queen West Art Crawl each September -A stay at one of the area’s art hotels, The Drake Hotel or Gladstone Hotel -Brunch at one of the many options, some popular ones being Hello 123, Café Neon and The Good Son BOUNDARIES: Queen Street West between Simcoe Street and Bathurst Street. PUBLIC TRANSIT (TTC): Queen or Osgoode subway station, then walk or take the 501 streetcar westbound.
Heady with Gen Z and millennial energy, Liberty Village has a youthful, campus-meets-condo vibe. Bars, pubs, restaurants and cafes buzz with energy, especially on game nights when one of the local teams (Toronto Wolfpack and Toronto FC) take to the pitch. Liberty Village also functions as one of the city’s creative corridors with production facilities, agencies and tech firms operating out of lofts and studio spaces in converted former warehouses. Don’t miss: -Toasting sunshine and good vibes at the Summer Craft Beer Festival -Saturday morning brunch at local faves Mildred’s Temple Kitchen, School Restaurant or Brodflour -The Wolfpack, Toronto’s Super League rugby team based out of Lamport Stadium -A rainy afternoon bouldering at Joe Rockhead’s Indoor Rock Climbing -Enjoying a craft brew at 3 Brewers, The Craft Brasserie & Grill and Liberty Commons at Big Rock Brewery BOUNDARIES: King Street West to the north, Dufferin Street to the west, Gardiner Expressway to the south and Strachan Avenue to the east. PUBLIC TRANSIT (TTC): 504 streetcar to the Atlantic Avenue stop. Or Ossington subway station, then take the 63 bus southbound.
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Liberty Village
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Heady with Gen Z and millennial energy, Liberty Village has a youthful, campus-meets-condo vibe. Bars, pubs, restaurants and cafes buzz with energy, especially on game nights when one of the local teams (Toronto Wolfpack and Toronto FC) take to the pitch. Liberty Village also functions as one of the city’s creative corridors with production facilities, agencies and tech firms operating out of lofts and studio spaces in converted former warehouses. Don’t miss: -Toasting sunshine and good vibes at the Summer Craft Beer Festival -Saturday morning brunch at local faves Mildred’s Temple Kitchen, School Restaurant or Brodflour -The Wolfpack, Toronto’s Super League rugby team based out of Lamport Stadium -A rainy afternoon bouldering at Joe Rockhead’s Indoor Rock Climbing -Enjoying a craft brew at 3 Brewers, The Craft Brasserie & Grill and Liberty Commons at Big Rock Brewery BOUNDARIES: King Street West to the north, Dufferin Street to the west, Gardiner Expressway to the south and Strachan Avenue to the east. PUBLIC TRANSIT (TTC): 504 streetcar to the Atlantic Avenue stop. Or Ossington subway station, then take the 63 bus southbound.

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GETTING AROUND - FROM THE AIRPORT

Take the UP Express (Union-Pearson Express), a dedicated express rail service connecting Union Station and Toronto Pearson airport, departing every 15 minutes. UP gets you downtown in 25 minutes with free on-board WiFi along the way. The fare is up to $12.35 depending on destination and type of pass. Go to UP Express to find out more. Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (formerly Toronto City Centre Airport) is one of the most convenient urban airports in the world. It is located on Toronto Island, minutes from the downtown core with links to the city by a short ferry ride or pedestrian tunnel.
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GETTING AROUND - BY TRAIN

VIA Rail and AMTRAK bring visitors into the heart of the city each day. Toronto’s Union Station is centrally located downtown and connects to the subway by underground tunnel. Niagara GO Train is a summer weekend excursion train from Union Station to Niagara Falls with stops in Port Credit, Oakville, Burlington, St. Catharines and Niagara Falls. The ride takes approximately 2 hours from Union station to the Niagara Falls station.
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GETTING AROUND - BY CAR

Several highways, including Highways 2, 401, 407 and the Queen Elizabeth Way, link surrounding cities to Toronto. The nearest Canada-U.S. border crossings are at Niagara Falls, Fort Erie and Windsor.
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GETTING AROUND - PUBLIC TRANSIT

Explore Toronto on one of North America’s finest transportation systems—the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC). With easy-to-navigate subways, buses and streetcars, getting around the city is a snap. GO Transit is Ontario’s inter-regional bus and train service. It links Toronto with outlying areas of the Greater Toronto and beyond. GO Trains and buses depart from Toronto’s Union Station at regular intervals throughout the day. If you are planning to use public transit, be sure to purchase a PRESTO card, an easy-to-use reloadable payment card for the TTC, GO Transit & UP Express.
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DRIVING AROUND TOWN

Toronto’s streets follow a basic grid pattern and are easy to navigate. Speed limit signs are posted on each street. Note that the city’s weekday “rush hour” is more than an hour long—count on heavy traffic from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and again from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Plenty of Toronto’s major streets have bicycle lanes nearest the curb. Please respect cyclists in the city—they’re environmentally friendly!
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PARKING

Parking on most downtown streets is limited to specific times of day, and often requires you to purchase and display a ticket from one of the parking machines located along the street. Be sure to check and obey the signs posted along the street to make sure your vehicle doesn’t get ticketed or, worse, towed away. There are also a variety of public parking lots throughout the city. City-owned lots are indicated by the ‘Green P’ logo—a large ‘P’ in a green circle. Plan in advance using Green P’s parking locator to find the nearest lot.
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HAIL A TAXI, UBER OR LYFT

There are a number of different taxi companies in Toronto, including Co-Op Cabs. Ride sharing services Uber and Lyft are available in the city too. Taxi fares are standard, metered and non-negotiable The driver should start the meter at the beginning of your ride and stop it when you reach your destination If your service was acceptable, a 10 to 15% tip is customary
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The 12 Most Instagrammable Places in Toronto

Toronto is a fantastic place to get some drool-worthy shots for your Instagram feed. The city’s beautiful skyline, stunning architecture, quality street art, amazing interiors and even some well-designed bathrooms make it hard to resist pulling those cameras out. So get your hashtags ready, here come the 12 most Instagrammable places in Toronto. 1. Nathan Phillips Square 2. Graffiti Alley 3. Distillery District 4. June Callwood Park 5. Sweet Jesus 6. Sugar Beach 7. Kate Moss mural 8. The Aga Khan Museum 9. Vog Vault 10. Polson Pier 11. Museum Subway Stop 12. Spadina Avenue Bridge