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  1. 1. one day unlimited group pass FOR ONE ADULT AND FIVE CHILDREN (UNDER 19) FOR TWO ADULTS AND FOUR CHILDREN (UNDER 19) OR CITY EXPLORE THE FARE GET YOUR at any subway station Conditions apply. See ttc.ca for details. Downtown toPearson Airport in 45 minutes with your TTC fare 401 401 401 401 401 404 QEW QEW QEW 404400 400 407 407 410 410 403 403 427 427 427 409 407 407 407 MAJOR MACKENZIE DR AIRPORTRD WESTONRD ALBIONRD AIRPORTRD BRAMALEARDTORBRAMRD DIXIERD MAINST DIXIERD HURONTARIOST REXDALEBLVD KEELEST KEELEST BATHURSTST DUFFERINST DUFFERI BATHURSTST BATHURSTST YONGEST YONGEST BAYVIEWAVE BAYVIEW BAYVIEWAVE LESLIEST DONMILLSRD DONMILLSRD DONVALLEYPARKWAY AVENUERD MARKHAMRD KENNEDYRD WARDEN WOODB KENNED McCOWANRD MAJOR MACKENZIE DR MAJOR MACKENZIE DR RUTHERFORD RD RUTHERFORD RD CENTRE ST CENTRE ST 16TH AVE HWY 7 HWY 7 14TH AVE FINCH AVE W FINCH AVE E SHEPPARD AVE W SHEPPARD AVE E ELLESMERE RD YORK MILLS RD DANFORTH RD DANFORTH RD KINGSTONRD WILSON AVE LAWRENCE AVE W LAWRENCE AVE E EGLINTON AVE E QUEEN ST E THE QUEENSWAY LAKE SHORE BLVD W LAKESHORERD DUNDASSTE DUNDAS ST W EGLINTON AVE E EGLINTON AVE W DUPONT ST ST CLAIR AVE W BLOOR ST COLLEGE ST BLOOR ST W ST CLAIR AVE E STEELES AVE W STEELESAVEW QUEENST BOVAIRDDR QUEENSTE. CASTLEMORERD MAYFIELDRD STEELES AVE E OCONN O R DR Lake Ontario GARDINEREXPRESSWAY UNIONVILLE MARKHAM RICHMOND HILL VAUGHAN MALTON ALBION ISLINGTON WOODBRIDGE KLEINBURG STREETSVILLE TORONTOETOBICOKE SCARBOROUGH NORTH YORK EAST YORK PORT CREDIT YORK REGION NORTH TORONTO WEST TORONTO MIDTOWN DOWNTOWN AIRPORT AREA TORONTO EAST BRAMPTON MISSISSAUGA Yorkdale McMichael Canadian Art Collection Canada’s Wonderland Reptilia The Niagara Region Glen Abbey Golf Club Vaughan Mills Lucky Strike Lanes NASCAR SpeedPark LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Black Creek Pioneer Village York University & Rexall Tennis Centre Magnotta Winery Wild Water Kingdom Historic Zion Schoolhouse Markham Museum Markham Theatre For Performing Arts Varley Art Gallery of Markham Market Village Markham Toronto Zoo Scarborough Civic Centre Scarborough Historical Museum Centreville Metro Toronto Convention Centre Rogers Centre CN Tower Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada Exhibition Place/ Direct Energy Centre Allstream Centre Casa Loma Todmorden Mills Heritage Museum & Arts Centre Montgomery’s Inn York Historical Museum High Park Humber Bay Park Etobicoke Civic Centre Art Gallery Neilson Park Creative Centre Famous PEOPLE Players Stage West Hershey Centre Mississauga Civic Centre & Living Arts Centre Playdium Lionhead Golf & Country Club Toronto Congress Centre Woodbine Racetrack & OLG Slots Woodbine Laser Quest International Centre Gage Park Powerade Centre Rose Theatre City Hall Peel Heritage Complex Chinguacousy Park Professor’s Lake Heart Lake Conservation Area Air Combat Zone The Holocaust Centre of Toronto RINX Downsview Park Gibson House Museum Toronto Centre for the Arts Toronto Botanical Gardens Aga Khan Museum & Ismaili Centre Aga Khan Museum & Ismaili Centre Ontario Science Centre Evergreen Brickworks Union Station Toronto Pearson International Airport Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport Downsview Airport Buttonville Airport Historic Unionville Centennial Park Guildwood Park Scarborough Bluffs Bluffer’s Park Ashbridge’s Bay Park Greektown Bloor West Village Corso Italia Roncesvalles Village Gerrard India Bazaar The Beaches Leslie- ville Toronto Hamilton Niagara-on-the-Lake St. Catharines Niagara Falls Lake Ontario Buffalo CANADA USA AA BB CC 1 1 2 2 3 4 5 6 3 4 5 6 DD EE FF GG DD EE FF AA BB CC GG Points of Interest Parks & Golf Courses Highways Bloor-Danforth Line Yonge-University Line Scarborough RT Line Sheppard Line Harbourfront Streetcar Waterfront Trail GO Train LEGEND While every effort has been made to ensure accuracy, this map is provided for informational purposes only. No representation is made or warranty given as to its content, road conditions, route usability, expeditiousness or any other matter related to this map. 401 OFFICIALTORONTOVISITORGUIDE2015SeeTorontoNow.com NEIGHBOURHOODS, MAPS, ATTRACTIONS & MORE! O F F I C I A L T O R O N T O V I S I T O R G U I D E 2 0 1 5
  2. 2. @SeeTorontoNow l VisitToronto TORONTO 2015 • 3 Follow us: @SeeTorontoNow VisitToronto Membership enquiries: 647-202-3042 Ad sales (Spafax Canada): 416-350-2425 Circulation: 600,000 Published by Tourism Toronto Queen’s Quay Terminal, Suite 405, 207 Queens Quay West, Toronto, ON Canada   M5J 1A7 Tel: 416-203-2600  Fax: 416-203-6753 Printed in Canada Toronto Visitor Guide © 2015. Produced in cooperation with the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. All rights reserved. Reproduction without permission is prohibited. All information is current as of press time. The publisher cannot and does not guarantee the accuracy of all information and will not be responsible for errors, changes or omissions. We’ve been expecting you! We’re proud to present the latest edition of the Toronto Visitor Guide, featuring inspiration from across our great region and all the practical information you’ll need to craft your own unique adventure. You’ll find a cosmopolitan city with a style that is authentically Toronto and distinctly Canadian. Walk the streets by day and by night. Savour the sights, sounds and diverse tastes of every café, restaurant, market and festival. Throughout the seasons, our streets are alive with entertainment and the excitement of major-league sporting events, premier shopping and renowned hotels. The region is booming, and it shows in our growth and the revitalization of such marquee visitor areas as the Toronto Waterfront, the new South Core district and Union Station, which is now directly connected to Toronto Pearson International Airport by a rail link, UP (Union Pearson) Express, opening this year. In 2015, the province of Ontario is excited and proud to be hosting the Pan American/Parapan American Games. Thousands of athletes from 41 countries will come together while public squares and arts venues will be bursting with performances, exhibitions and festivals celebrating the Americas and the Caribbean. An intimate yet vibrant downtown core is the gateway to extraordinary neighbourhood experiences found around every corner. Beyond the downtown core, endless opportunities await you in Brampton and Mississauga. The entire region boasts some of the finest attractions, golf courses, parks, trails, racetracks and shopping centres for you to explore. Venture outside the Greater Toronto Area to see the breathtaking wilderness of Ontario’s famed cottage country, or head around Lake Ontario to the Niagara region for some of the world’s finest wineries. You’ll quickly discover why Ontario is not just a place to see but also a place to experience. Visit SeeTorontoNow.com to get up-to-the-minute event listings. While here, be sure to pick up your copy of the 2015 Toronto magazine. In it, you’ll find all the information you’ll need to explore one of the most exciting and unique cities you’ve ever visited. More than 315,000 dedicated individuals are working in tourism and hospitality in Toronto, and we’re all here to welcome you and make your visit one you’ll remember for a long time. On behalf of all of us, welcome to Toronto! Ontario is truly yours to discover. Tourism Toronto Chair of the Board Heather McCrory President & CEO David Whitaker Editorial Director: Executive Vice President Andrew Weir Managing Editor: Corporate Communications Manager Cathy Riches Director, Creative Services Bridget LeGrow Director, Industry Relations Pamela Laite Member Care Director Denise Belgrove Spafax Canada Inc. spafax.com Editorial Executive Editor Amanda Eaton Deputy Editor Karen Eull Copy Editor Debbie Madsen Villamere Art Art Director Gordon Alexander Designer Claire Zidar-Triassi Operations Production Director Joelle Irvine Acting Production Director Maureen Veilly Production Manager Andréanne Lafond Ad Production Manager Mary Shaw Ad Production Coordinator Anne-Marie Nguyen Proofreaders Jennifer Krissilas Jacob Sheen Sales Media Director Laura Maurice National Sales Manager Tracy Miller Account Manager Marjorie Callaghan Account Management Director, Brand Alliances, Marketing & PR Courtney MacNeil Senior Strategist, Luxury and Lifestyle Brands Christal Agostino Account Manager, Luxury and Lifestyle Brands Celyn Harding-Jones Chief Executive Officer Niall McBain President, Content Marketing Raymond Girard Executive Vice President, Content Marketing Nino DiCara Senior Vice President, Content Strategy Arjun Basu Vice President, Finance & Operations Paula Pergantis This publication is printed on stock FSC ® certified and is 100% recyclable. welcome David Whitaker President and CEO, Tourism Toronto Michael Coteau Ontario Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport
  3. 3. contents Kid stuff 6 Toronto’s got it  20 awesome things you can only find here. 10 News 12 Well cultured 14 A taste of Toronto Try the city’s top local flavours and edible souvenirs. 15 Splurges steals Where to find the best retail therapy. 16 Let the Games begin! Here’s your quick and fast guide to navigating the celebrations and attending the sporting events this summer. 18 Exploring YYZ Staying near Toronto Pearson International Airport? 20 Music scene  Where to go to catch the city’s best live music for every taste. 22 Kid stuff The biggest problem family travellers have in Toronto? Finding time to fit in all of our exciting all-ages attractions! 24 Great outdoors! Work up a sweat while enjoying the city’s top active adventures. 27 Winter magic  15 ways to heat up your visit. 3 Welcome 8 2015 events 36 Finding your feet How to get around town. Discover Toronto . 40 Accommodations 45 BBs, Residences Campgrounds 48 Attractions 82 Restaurants 100 Retail / Shopping 108 Tour Operators / Tour Partners 110 Transportaion City, regional and transit maps are located on the back cover. On the Cover Michael Snow’s sculptural installation, The Audience, at Rogers Centre, greets visitors with his larger-than-life figures that spill out over the edges. Unveiled in 1989, the installation along with the domed architecture of the facility immediately became an icon that shapes our skyline. As one of Canada’s most celebrated artists, Snow’s works adorn many of our most central spaces including the Eaton Centre. NEIGHBOURHOODS, MAPS, ATTRACTIONS MORE! O F F I C I A L T O R O N T O V I S I T O R G U I D E 2 0 1 5 roup pass TWO ADULTS OUR CHILDREN UNDER 19) Y E ation for details. Dow ntow n toPear son Airpo rt in 45 minu tes withyour TTC fare ART_00_TTC46315_E-3 : TTC CT: CORPORATE 5-1/4 X 8-1/2 : 4C ATION: T.O. VISITOR GUIDE 2015 2014-12-01 2:33 PM 14-12-11 2:14 PM OFFICIALTORONTOVISITORGUIDE2015SeeTorontoNow.com 2015-01-02 1:51 PM TORONTO VISITOR GUIDE 2015 Photography: David Leyes (Luminato), Owen Byrne (Ontario Science Centre) Heart of the city 29 Exploring Toronto’s neighbourhoods  Where the city comes alive. Experience, Explore, Enjoy 4 • TORONTO 2015 l www.SeeTorontoNow.com
  4. 4. J. E. H. MacDonald, The Little Falls (detail), 1918. Oil on composite wood-pulp board. Purchase, 1933. © 2014 Art Gallery of Ontario. TheAGOisyourinspirationdestination The Art Gallery of Ontario is among the most distinguished art museums in North America, with a collection of more than 80,000 works of art. Situated in downtown Toronto, the Gallery offers an incomparable art experience and something for everyone, from international blockbuster exhibitions and the extensive Canadian collection to the cutting-edge works in the contemporary tower and the legendary Thomson Collection of European Art. Start planning your visit today at ago.net
  5. 5. 6 • TORONTO 2015 l www.SeeTorontoNow.com Toronto’s got it The Distillery Historic District 20 awesome things you can only find here. By Chaya Klar CN Tower EdgeWalk Photography:DaniellePetti(CasaLoma),JeffreyCarlson(ferry), DaniellePetti(Chinatown),GabrielLi-derozan(basketball) 4Stargaze at the Toronto International Film Festival, or catch a flick or a design exhibit any time of year at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. 5Grab a peameal-bacon sandwich at the 200-year-old St. Lawrence Market, ranked best among food markets anywhere. 6Amble through cafés and galleries amid North America’s largest and best-preserved collection of Victorian industrial architecture at The Distillery Historic District. 7Celebrate diversity at one of the world’s best-attended LGBT events: Toronto Pride Week. More than one million people from the full-spectrum rainbow attend to prove that life’s better together. 1Push your boundaries with the CN Tower EdgeWalk. Stroll the edge of the tower’s main pod 365 metres above street level and take in unparalleled vistas on the world’s highest full-circle, hands-free walk. 2Go sole searching at the Bata Shoe Museum, home of the most comprehensive collection of footwear and related artifacts on the planet. 3Take shots, score a goal, and snag a photo with the Stanley Cup! It’s all in a day’s fun at the Hockey Hall of Fame, which showcases the world’s largest collection of hockey memorabilia.
  6. 6. @SeeTorontoNow l VisitToronto TORONTO 2015 • 7 Street a of oper experience, explore, enjoy - 8Feel the beat at North America’s biggest Caribbean festival, the Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto. Show off your dance moves and your costume while grooving to soca, calypso, salsa and reggae bands. 9Experience the bright lights and bustle of Yonge-Dundas Square. Enjoy the interactive fountains, catch a live band or watch an outdoor movie before choosing a spot to shop, sip or dine from any of the plentiful possibilities in the surrounding blocks. 10Play make-believe in North America’s only authentic full-sized castle, Casa Loma. With 98 rooms, plus turrets, secret passageways and lush gardens, it’s an elegant escape from the urban jungle. 11Explore the PATH, the longest underground walkway on record, which , chili p Por fi s Aq links about 1,200 shops, restaurants and services along its 30-km (18.5- mile) climate-controlled route. 12Tour the world in one of the Toronto region’s five (yes, five!) Chinatowns, as well as Little Italy on College Street, Corso Italia on St. Clair Avenue West, GreekTown on the Danforth Little Portugal on Dundas Street West and Gerrard India Bazaar on Gerrard East. 13Ride the Red Rocket! Pass through the diverse neighbourhoods of downtown and the waterfront by boarding streetcar along one 11 streetcar routes ated by the Toronto Transit Commission. 14Strip down to the bare essentials at clothing optional Hanlan’s Point on the Toronto Islands or suit up and frolic on Centre Island’s beach or historic carousel. The Islands are Canada’s largest car- free urban community. 15Examine one-of-a-kind dinosaur fossils, rare Malagasy textiles and the largest collection of Chinese architectural artifacts outside China at the Royal Ontario Museum,  or view a renowned collection of Henry Moore sculptures along with elite Canadian art collections at the Art Gallery of Ontario. 16View the world through a new lens at the Ryerson Image Centre; its famous Black Star Collection includes more than a quarter million images of iconic 20th-century photojournalism. 17Take a stroll along the boardwalk in The Beaches for one of the most scenic views of Lake Ontario. 18Shop for Jamaican coffee, Mexican eppers, Ethiopian injera bread and tuguese chorizo sausage—or a ne suit—in just a few blocks of Kensington Market. 19Say hello to Canada’s only giant pandas at the Toronto Zoo, or come face-to-face with harks and stingrays at Ripley’s uarium of Canada. 20Catch a Toronto Raptors game or cheer on the Toronto Blue Jays—Canada’s only NBA and MLB teams.
  7. 7. 8 • TORONTO 2015 l www.SeeTorontoNow.com January Toronto International Boat Show January 9 –18 torontoboatshow.com Winterlicious January 20 – February 12 toronto.ca Interior Design Show January 22 – 25 interiordesignshow.com February Toronto Sportsmen’s Show February 5 – 8 torontosportshow.ca Canadian International AutoShow February 13 – 22 autoshow.ca Beach Village BIA’s Family Sunday in the Beach February 15 thebeachvillage.com Bloor-Yorkville Icefest February 21 – 22 bloor-yorkville.com March Canada Blooms:The Flower and Garden Festival March 13 – 22 canadablooms.com National Home Show March 13 – 22 nationalhomeshow.com St. Patrick’s Day Parade March 15 topatrick.com One of a Kind Spring Show Sale March 25 – 29 oneofakindshow.com April TIFF Kids International Film Festival April 7 – 19 tiff.net 2015 events Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival April 23 – May 3 hotdocs.ca Creativ Festival April 24 – 25 csnf.com Toronto Jewish Film Festival April 30 – May 10 tjff.com May Canadian Music Week May 1 – 10 cmw.net Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival May 1 – 31 scotiabankcontactphoto.com Mississauga Marathon May 2 – 3 mississaugamarathon.com GoodLife Fitness Toronto Marathon May 3 torontomarathon.com Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival May 21– 31 insideout.ca Carassauga: Mississauga’s Festival of Cultures May 22 – 24 carassauga.com Doors Open Toronto May 23 – 24 toronto.ca Woofstock May 23 – 24 woofstock.ca June Streetsville Founders’ Bread Honey Festival June 5 – 7 breadandhoney.com Honda Indy Toronto June 12 – 14 hondaindytoronto.com Mississauga Waterfront Festival June 12 – 14 themwf.com CeleBRAMPTON and the Flower City Parade June 13 brampton.ca Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition June 13 – 14 torontooutdoorart.org Ideacity June 17–19 ideacityonline.com North by Northeast June 17 – 21 nxne.com TD Toronto Jazz Festival June 18 – 27 torontojazz.com Barilla Taste of Little Italy June 19 – 21 tasteoflittleitaly.ca Luminato Festival June 19 – 28 luminatofestival.com Redpath Waterfront Festival June 19 – 21 towaterfrontfest.com Toronto Pride Week June 19 – 28 pridetoronto.com Digital Dreams Music Festival June 27 – 28 digitaldreamsfest.ca Ontario Craft Beer Week June ocbweek.ca The Pepsi North America Cup Horse Race June woodbineentertainment.com July Brampton Chinguacousy Park’s Canada Day July 1 brampton.ca Canada Day July 1 toronto.ca
  8. 8. @SeeTorontoNow l VisitToronto TORONTO 2015 • 9 calendar Mississauga Celebration Square’s Canada Day July 1 mississaugacelebration square.ca Toronto Fringe Festival July 1 – 12 fringetoronto.com Taste of Toronto July 2 – 5 tasteoftoronto.com Summerlicious July 3 – 19 toronto.ca Salsa on St. Clair July 4 – 5 salsaintoronto.com Beaches International Jazz Festival July 10 – 26 beachesjazz.com Pan Am Games July 10 – 26 toronto2015.org Toronto Urban Roots Festival July 10 – 12 torontourbanrootsfest.com Toronto International Flamenco Festival July 16 – 19 torontoflamencofestival.com RBC Canadian Open July 20 – 26 rbccanadianopen.com Toronto’s Festival of Beer July 24 – 26 beerfestival.ca Corso Italia Toronto Fiesta July torontofiesta.com Queen’s Plate July woodbineentertainment.com August Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto August 1 torontocaribbeancarnival.com VELD Music Festival August 1 – 2 veldmusicfestival.com Krinos Taste of the Danforth August 7 – 9 tasteofthedanforth.com Parapan Am Games August 7 – 15 toronto2015.org Rogers Cup Tennis August 8 – 16 rogerscup.com TD Mosaic South Asian Heritage Festival of Mississauga August 14 – 15 mosaicfest.com Canadian National Exhibition August 21 – September 7 theex.com Scotiabank BuskerFest August 27 – 30 torontobuskerfest.com September Tim Hortons Southside Shuffle Blues Jazz Festival September 4 – 6 southsideshuffle.com Toronto International Film Festival September 10 – 20 tiff.net Toronto Food Wine Festival September 18 – 20 torontofoodandwine.com Toronto Craft Beer Week September 18 – 26 torontobeerweek.com JFL42 September 24 – October 3 jfl42.com The Word on the Street September 27 thewordonthestreet.ca October Scotiabank Nuit Blanche October 3 scotiabanknuit blanche.ca Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon October 18 torontowaterfront marathon.com Buffer Festival October 22 – 25 bufferfestival.com International Festival of Authors October 22 – November 1 ifoa.org Art Toronto: Toronto International Art Fair October 23 – 26 tiafair.com Hallowe’en on Church October 31 churchwellesleyvillage.ca November Royal Agricultural Winter Fair November 6 – 15 royalfair.org The Santa Claus Parade November 15 thesantaclausparade.ca Inspire! Toronto International Book Fair November 20 – 22 torontobookfair.ca Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival November 25 – 29 planetinfocus.org One of a Kind Christmas Show Sale November 26 – December 6 oneofakindshow.com Cavalcade of Lights November 28 toronto.ca Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Weekend Celebration November hhof.com December Toronto Christmas Market November 27 – December 20 (closed Mondays) torontochristmasmarket.com New Year’s Eve at Nathan Phillips Square December 31 toronto.ca Please note: Dates subject to change without notice. Please consult websites. For a complete calendar, visit: SeeTorontoNow.com
  9. 9. 10 • TORONTO 2015 l www.SeeTorontoNow.com News UP Express 1. Travelling to and from the airport? UP Express beginning Spring 2015 Getting to and from Toronto’s Union Station downtown, regional hubs and Toronto Pearson International Airport is now even easier. The Union Pearson (UP) Express connection is a dedicated airport-train station express rail service. Designed with busy travellers in mind, UP Express provides a quick, dependable service between the two busiest transportation hubs in Canada. Trains depart every 15 minutes, with a total ride time of 25 minutes door to door. Link up to Wi-Fi, download the See Toronto app and enjoy the ride! UPexpress.com 2. Walk to Billy Bishop Airport! Visitors and locals alike rave about the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport for its ultra-convenient location in downtown Toronto—and now you can walk to the airport in minutes via a new tunnel that connects the island airport to downtown. In about six minutes, travellers can stroll from city street to runway on moving sidewalks, commuting under Lake Ontario. (Construction is set to be complete in early 2015.) Passengers who prefer crossing by ferry to enjoy breathtaking views of the skyline en route will still be able to do so. 3. New Fort York Visitor Centre Commemorate and celebrate the site of the Battle of York during the War of 1812, where Canadian militia and First Nations fought side by side with British troops against the invading Americans in what is now downtown Toronto. And this sum- mer, the stunning new Visitor Centre will host the Magna Carta. fortyorkfoundation.ca 4. Brampton Square Beautification The new Garden Square in downtown Brampton is planning upgrades to make it even more inviting to the community. The current plan for the beautification of Garden Square includes two stages for concerts, an LED screen to broadcast live events like sports, movies, concert nights and farmers’ markets. Walk Brampton’s new Arts Walk of Fame, which recognizes Bramptonian stars like actors Michael Cera and Scott Thompson, and author Rohinton Mistry. 5. Streetsville Village Square This community hot spot in Mississauga is back in action after a major revamp. The space now boasts a covered stage, sound system and new lighting. The focal point is the fully restored Streetsville Cenotaph, constructed in 1926 to commemorate local veterans who died during World War I. The cenotaph, a historical landmark, has long been an important centre for community gatherings and ceremonies. Fort York Visitor Centre Photography:StephanieCalvet(FortYork),JanetKimber(AgaKhanMuseum)
  10. 10. @SeeTorontoNow l VisitToronto TORONTO 2015 • 11 experience, explore, enjoy WHAT’S ON! Pompeii: In the Shadow of the Volcano Royal Ontario Museum October 6, 2015 to January 3, 2016 View more than 200 artifacts that provide insight into the daily life of the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, buried under metres of volcanic ash nearly 2,000 years ago by the eruption of Vesuvius. Pompeii was hidden for almost 1,700 years, until archaeological excavations uncovered the city frozen in time. rom.on.ca From the Forest to the Sea: Emily Carr in British Columbia The Art Gallery of Ontario April 11 to July 12, 2015 London Dulwich Picture Gallery and Toronto’s Art Gallery of Ontario present the works of Emily Carr, one of Canada’s most beloved and esteemed artists. The exhibition will include key major works and historic indigenous artifacts from the Pacific Northwest Coast, including masks, baskets and ceremonial objects by Haida, Kwakwaka’wakw, Nuu-chah-nulth, Salish, Tsimshian and Tlingit makers. ago.net Mythbusters: The Explosive Exhibition Ontario Science Centre June to September, 2015 Join Discovery Channel’s Mythbusters to debunk myths and expose truths for yourself through explosive live demonstrations. It’s sure to be a blast. Plus, from solar observing, giant IMAX films and the Rock Band Experience to the hair-raising Electricity Demo, the Ontario Science Centre has got having fun nailed down to a science. ontariosciencecentre.ca Kent Monkman: The Rise and Fall of Civilization The Gardiner Museum October 6, 2015 to January 3, 2016 Canadian First Nations artist Kent Monkman’s latest installation, The Rise and Fall of Civilization explores the extermination of the American bison in the 1800s. This specific installation piece was created in response to the Gardiner Museum’s permanent collection. Monkman’s internationally acclaimed multidisciplinary works challenge images of First Nations and indigenous Americans throughout history. gardinermuseum.on.ca Dressed to Win Design Exchange July 8 to November 15, 2015 Find out how sportswear has interwoven layers of ethnographics, nature, fashion and performance over its history as a fashion item. Dive into the performance-enhancing, sharkskin-inspired swimsuits, see how major fashion brands play with sportswear, or find out how the iconic parka was influenced by First Nations kamleikas. dx.org Aga Khan Museum 6. Aga Khan Museum and Ismaili Centre The Aga Khan Museum, which opened in the fall of 2014, is the first museum in North America dedicated to presenting an overview of the artistic, intellectual and scientific contribution that Muslim civilizations have made to world heritage. The museum will present its more than 1,000-item collection of metalwork, ceramics, textiles, paintings, Koran manuscripts, ivory and other significant artifacts. Educational and inspiring, the museum connects cultures through Islamic art. Stroll the beautiful grounds and admire this impressive new structure created by renowned architect Fumihiko Maki to house generous gallery spaces, areas for art conservation, and a 350-seat theatre. agakhanmuseum.org Emily Carr, Odds and Ends, 1939.
  11. 11. 12 • TORONTO 2015 l www.SeeTorontoNow.com experience, explore, enjoy Well cultured Get your culture fix at these top venues and attractions. Art Gallery of Ontario Museums and galleries The Royal Ontario Museum is an architectural spectacle famous for its Bat Cave, dinosaurs and antiquities from ancient Egypt and Asia. The Art Gallery of Ontario attracts crowds with its special exhibitions, stellar collection of Canadian art and a Frank Gehry-designed expansion. The new Aga Khan Museum presents 11 centuries of Islamic art and artifacts. Other remarkable focused collections include those at the Gardiner Museum (international ceramic arts), the Bata Shoe Museum, the eclectic Textile Museum and the Museum of Inuit Art. (The first three venues are launching a $20 three-museum pass that will be valid for 60 days.) Fort York National Historic Site added a spectacular visitor centre in 2014; a highlight will be the Magna Carta’s three-week stay in the fall of 2015. Theatre With productions in four outstanding theatres, Mirvish Productions brings the best of Broadway to town—often before the shows reach Manhattan. Local theatre companies such as Canadian Stage, Soulpepper and Starvox Entertainment add to the scene, alongside productions from around the world at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, Rose Theatre Brampton and Living Arts Centre. Film and photography TIFF Bell Lightbox is the year- round HQ of the Toronto International Film Festival. The venue offers a multi- screen cinema, plus galleries, feature exhibits and restaurants. It hosts many smaller annual film festivals (Toronto has more than 75 in total!), including the TIFF Kids International Film Festival. The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema is a heritage theatre dedicated to documentaries, indie films and festivals. Each May, the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival is the largest festival of its kind in the world, featuring 1,500 artists at galleries and some unusual spaces. Explore the art and history of photography and photojournalism all year round at the Ryerson Image Centre. Performance The Canadian Opera Company and The National Ballet of Canada perform at the magnificent Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, highly praised for its superb acoustics and edgy architecture. Luminato Festival is an eclectic mix of music, theatre, dance and visual arts. Quick tip: Purchase half-price tickets at the T.O. Tix booth at Yonge-Dundas Square. Photography:DanielTran(AGO),DougBrown(AmandaSeyfried), UserRrafson(Nike) Amanda Seyfried at TIFF The Heart of Robin Hood at the Royal Alexandra Theatre Bata Shoe Museum
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  13. 13. ing fiddlehead If you’re be lo (t ww.SeeTorontoNow.com experience, explore, enjoy Ninutik's Maple Sugar Cube 57 A taste of Toronto Try the city’s top local flavours and edible souvenirs. 1. Chow down on the classic peameal-bacon sandwich. St. Lawrence Market’s Carousel Bakery is the city’s best-known purveyor. 2. Load up on Ontario maple syrup, available practically everywhere. For an upscale gift, splurge on Ninutik’s Cube 57, an arty maple sugar cube presented in a handcrafted maple box. 3. Try birch syrup, maple’s more complex sister, with semi-sweet nuances of honey, caramel and licorice, plus balsamic spice. Intrigued? Forbes Wild Foods offers this and other traditional preserves. 4. With 30 award-winning varieties, Kozlik’s artisan mustards pass muster with discerning sandwich lovers (salad dressing mixologists, marinade crafters, etc.). 5. Enjoy Ontario’s late-spr harvest. Freshly harvested fiddleheads usually hit restaurant menus and farmers’ markets in June. 6. Carb-load on Canada’s original quick flatbread, bannock, at—where else?—Bannock, on the ground floor of the Hudson’s Bay flagship store at Queen West and Yonge Street. r y es ord rioche 7. Ontario is known fo deliciously ooey-gooe butter tarts. You can find them throughout town, but try local fav Mabel’s Bakery, Harb Bakery and Bonjour B for starters. 8. Wow your taste buds with world-famous Niagara icewine. Pick it up at LCBO stores or make a day trip to Niagara for a winery tour. 9. Get hooked on Lake Erie pickerel. Enjoy this flavourful whitefish from Ontario’s Great Lakes on many menus. 10. Canucks love Tim Hortons coffee. an international visitor, sure to order yours like a cal: “double-double” wo creams, two sugars). Photography:KrisVera-Phillips(sandwich) 14 • TORONTO 2015 l w
  14. 14. @SeeTorontoNow l VisitToronto TORONTO 2015 • 15 Photography:HoltRenfrewYorkdale(HoltRenfrewYorkdale), DouglasBrown(AntiqueShopping) Splurges stealsWhere to find the best retail therapy. Yorkdale Shopping Centre Shopping around the Toronto region ranges from indie boutiques and designer showrooms to extensive malls with retail’s heavy hitters. Here’s what to find and where. Shopping centres and malls Great shopping complexes dot every part of the city. The popular Toronto Eaton Centre (connected to the flagship Hudson’s Bay store) and the intimate, upscale Hazelton Lanes are downtown, with the alfresco Shops at Don Mills uptown east and the ever-expanding Yorkdale Shopping Centre, which recently added Versace and Jimmy Choo, and Vaughan Mills farther north. To the west are Sherway Gardens, Brampton’s Bramalea City Centre and Mississauga’s Square One; beyond these lie the vast new Toronto Premium Outlets, with 85 famous brand-name stores, in Halton Hills. Central district Toronto street shopping offers a lively retail landscape, with great cafés and restaurants where you can recharge before round two of the bargain quest. Lovers of luxury should make a beeline to Yorkville and Bloor Street (Toronto’s Mink Mile) for all of the biggest designer names, from Chanel and Tiffany Co. to Holt Renfrew, Canada’s own upscale department store, and the flagship Roots store. Gentlemen, take note: Harry Rosen, Gotstyle and the Queen West area all deliver the goods, with both international and local labels. When inclement weather threatens, discover the underground PATH system, which connects some 1,200 shops and services in indoor comfort. Antiques and home décor If you love the thrill of the hunt, head to King and Queen East, where the ebullient districts of Riverside, Leslieville and The Beaches entice strollers with one-of-a-kind boutiques, vintage furniture shops and galleries. Visit the western fringe of the Queen West strip for myriad mid-century and older finds, or drop in to Kensington Market for quirky, creative and multicultural treasures. Scour The Junction for unique architectural salvage alongside contemporary design. Outside the central core, Mississauga’s Streetsville and Port Credit, as well as Brampton’s Main Street, are worth the trip for their eclectic assortment of one-of-a-kind boutiques. Queen Street Antique shopping in Mississauga
  15. 15. experience, explore, enjoy PanAm Gam July 10 to 26 Catch the sport! More than 10,000 athletes, coaches and officials from 41 countries will participate in the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games this summer in Toronto and throughout southern Ontario. It’s the largest multi-sport games ever held in Canada, with more athletes and events than even the Vancouver Olympics. The Games feature 51 different events at dozens of venues, including 10 new and expanded facilities for high-level sport. Expect to see the highest level of competition as most of the Pan Am and Parapan Am events in Toronto 2015 will be qualifying events for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Tickets are easily accessible, with 75% of tickets under $45 and half price for kids and seniors. Catch a wide range of events from the Opening Ceremonies featuring Cirque du Soleil to the highly anticipated competition in track and field, swimming, gymnastics, volleyball, beach volleyball, rugby, baseball, basketball, karate, wrestling, tennis, wakeboard and more. 16 • TORONTO 2015 l www.SeeTorontoNow.com Catch the spirit! The excitement and energy of the Games goes beyond the stadiums and pools. Throughout the region fans will gather and celebrate the spirit of sport and of the diverse cultures of South, Central and North America and the Caribbean. Make sure to stop by these special fan zones  Panamania Live at Nathan Phillips Square Join thousands of fans to watch the day’s sporting events live on the giant screen and catch nightly medal ceremonies and concerts. Check listings for the full Panamania lineup of cultural events, concerts, theatre and exhibitions.  Ontario Celebration Zone at Harbourfront Centre Experience Toronto’s new Waterfront promenade, watch live sports events on the big screens and savour the best of Ontario food, wine and beer while enjoying some of Ontario’s top musical talents.  PrideHouse Celebrates on Church Street Making these the most inclusive games ever, PrideHouse celebrates diversity with a special weekend festival each weekend of the Games.  Celebration Square Mississauga Step into the celebration with live viewing on the big screens and a full fiesta of music, food and events. Don’t miss: Many of Toronto’s famous summer festivals take on spicy PanAmerican flavours this year from the Redpath Toronto Waterfront Festival, Beaches International Jazz Festival, Salsa on St. Clair and Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival. Did The the por four Markham, O you know? official mascot for Games is Pachi the cupine, designed by Grade 8 students from nt. They submitted him as one of more than 4,000 contest entries from children across Canada. Pachi only has 41 quills—one for each participating country. With passionate athletes and fans from 41 countries of the Americas, Toronto is in for an exciting ride in 2015. Let the Games begin! es and Parapan Am Games August 7 to 15
  16. 16. FIND IT ALL AT SeeTorontoNow.com FIND OUT WHAT’S ON NOW NIGHTLIFE • CULTURE • SHOPPING • ART • CUISINE • FESTIVALS • NEIGHBOURHOODS • THEATRE • SPORTS • SPECIAL EVENTS • DAY TRIPS • ATTRACTIONS Photo by Ronnie Yip
  17. 17. 18 • TORONTO 2015 l www.SeeTorontoNow.com experience, explore, enjoy AD Exploring YYZ Staying near Toronto Pearson International Airport? By Chaya Klar I Dreamed I Could Fly, by Jonathan Borofsky at Toronto Pearson International Airport, Terminal 1 Chow down… … at one of Pearson’s exciting new restaurants. Toronto chefs’ cool multicultural fare and artisanal burgers are on the menu if you know where to look. Restaurant Makeover chef Massimo Capra’s Boccone Trattoria Veloce offers casual Italian, as does chef Rocco Agostino at Corso. Build your own burger or try one created by chef Mark McEwan at Nobel Burger Bar. Or enjoy authentic Indian street fare at Marathi, with its unique menu designed by Toronto chef Hemant Bhagwani. Acer serves contemporary Japanese cuisine by chef Guy Rubino. Toronto favourite Zane Caplansky brings traditional Jewish deli offerings at Caplansky’s Deli and Caplansky’s Snack Bar.  Guy Rubino at Acer Whether you’re seeking distraction during a layover or exploring around your hotel, there’s a lot to discover near Toronto’s major airport. Win big … … trying your luck at OLG Slots at Woodbine Racetrack—one of North America’s premier horse-racing tracks—open year-round. With over 2,500 slot machines, electronic table games and three exciting restaurants, including the walk-up noodle bar, odds are good you’ll have a great time! Be amazed … … by our country’s exciting thoroughbred and standardbred racing history. The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame at Woodbine Racetrack honours heroes of the sport, both two- and four-legged. Enjoy the midway … … at Fantasy Fair, Ontario’s largest indoor amusement park. With arcade games and 11 full-sized family rides, it’s a sure bet for families. Best part: Its location inside Woodbine Shopping Centre means you can shop, too! Catch a public show … … or a trade fair or a deep-discount designer clearance sale at the International Centre or Toronto Congress Centre. Photography:RobertGuerra(TorontoPearson InternationalAirport),Ayngelina(GuyRubino) Work up a sweat … … at the 900-square-metre (10,000-square-foot) GoodLife Fitness gym on the arrivals level of Terminal 1 at Pearson. A nominal fee nets you state-of-the-art equipment— plus, showers and towel service. There’s also Reebok rental gear for those who packed light. Go shopping … … at Square One, one of the province’s biggest malls. Featuring designer labels, local shops, a movie multiplex and a food court, you’ll find plenty to scope out here. Zone out … … during a decadent massage, facial or body treatment at Zen Spa. Seaweed detox body wrap, anyone?
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  19. 19. 20 • TORONTO 2015 l www.SeeTorontoNow.com experience, explore, enjoy Music sceneWhere to go to catch the city’s best live music. By Yuki Hayashi Indie rock Catch up-and-comers at The Cameron House, the legendary Horseshoe Tavern, The Drake Hotel and The Dakota Tavern. Salsa For muy caliente spice, head to Babaluu Supper Club in upscale Yorkville, Lula Lounge in the west end, or Harbourfront Centre during festival season. Classical and opera Take in Tafelmusik at Trinity St. Paul’s Centre or Koerner Hall. Hear the sweet sound of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra at Roy Thomson Hall. Enjoy operatic highs from the Canadian Opera Company at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. Hip hop Catch the remix at a late-night DJ set at Crawford or The Everleigh. DJ/EDM Party in style at one of the city’s premier EDM super-clubs. Try Fly 2.0 (flyyyyz.com) for an LGBT- positive vibe. Jazz, blues and folk Visit the historic Rex Hotel for live jazz seven days and nights a week or try Monarchs Pub and Jazz Bistro. Reservoir Lounge is one of the classiest joints in town. Head to dinner and blues or folk at Hugh’s Room. Hot tickets Toronto is a must-stop on the international tour circuit. If you’re catching a big-name artist, it’s most likely going to be at Massey Hall, Rogers Centre, The Air Canada Centre, Phoenix Concert Theatre or Sound Academy.  Photography:RyanTir (nightclub),DavidLeyes(Luminato)
  20. 20. 22 • TORONTO 2015 l www.SeeTorontoNow.com Kid stuffThe biggest problem family travellers have in Toronto? Finding time to fit in all of our exciting all-ages attractions! Ontario Science Centre experience, explore, enjoy  Roll up your sleeves at the hands-on Ontario Science Centre. Then take in a science, tech or nature flick screened on the ginormous OMNIMAX dome screen.  Ooh and aah over the Toronto Zoo’s marquee stars, Da Mao and Er Shun, a pair of giant  Re the  stea pandas from China.  Get up close with sand tiger sharks and sea turtles at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada.  At the CN Tower, walk on a glass floor elevator perched 342 metres (1,100 feet) above street level.  Explore Toronto’s fairy-tale castle, Casa Loma, with its towers and turrets, 240-metre (800-foot) tunnel, stable and secret passages.  Cheer on one of our professional sports teams: the Blue Jays, Maple Leafs, Raptors, Argos, Toronto FC and Toronto Rock.  Visit the Hockey Hall of Fame for its cool interactive zone and to touch the Stanley Cup. wind to life in 1800s at Black Creek Pioneer Village. Kids can try their hand at making mittens, baking bread or churning butter. Burn off some m at Mississauga’s o r Harbourfront Centre. Playdium, an interactive entertainment centre with everything from video games t batting cages.  Enjoy the country’s biggest roller coasters at Canada’s Wonderland, as well as tame fun in the amusement park’s kids’ and toddler zones. See a llama, fish in a pond or explore the exciting kid- designed Jamie r CN Tower Glass Floor elevator Bell Adventure Playground at High Park.  Take in a kids’ program at the Gardine Museum, the Royal Ontario Museum and the Art Gallery of Ontario.  Check out a live performance by Famous PEOPLE Players, Young People’s Theatre or Ross Petty Productions’ annual holiday pantomime spectacular.  Head to Centre Island via a ferry and enjoy an amusement park surrounded by water. Kids can drive “antique” cars, ride a pony and take a spin on a merry-go-round from 1907.  Meet furry friends at downtown’s Riverdale Farm.  Explore the waterfront and Harbourfront Centre by foot or rental bike.  Channel your inner Tarzan with six treetop courses, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canadaseven ziplines and aerial games at Treetop Trekking in Brampton.  Spoil your dog or cat at PawsWay’s pet- friendly playground at Photography:OwenByrne(OntarioScienceCentre), PeterKudlacz(dog)Action-packed attractions for kids of all ages.
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  22. 22. 24 • TORONTO 2015 l www.SeeTorontoNow.com Great outdoorsWork up a sweat while enjoying the city’s top active adventures. By Baron Lee 1. Play a game of golf. Try one of these centrally located 18-hole courses: Don Valley Golf Course, Humber Valley Golf Course, Dentonia Park or the Tam O’Shanter Golf Course. Choose a premium course like The Club at Bond Head, Glen Abbey Golf Club, Lionhead Golf Country Club, Wooden Sticks Golf Club or Angus Glen Golf Club, set to host the first Pan Am Games golf tournament in July 20 Miss or s or Ash Canad Canoeing in Lake Ontario 15. Head west to issauga’s Lakeview Scottish Highland- tyle BraeBen, north to Copper Creek in Kleinburg or the Doug Carrick- designed Osprey Valley in Caledon, or east to Deer Creek in Ajax Whitby’s Royal burn, ranked among a’s top 50. 2. Stand-up paddle board (SUP) at Cherry Beach. Rentals and lessons are available through Surf Ontario. 3. Rent a canoe or a kayak and paddle around the Toronto Islands. You can find the boat-rental facility near the Centre Island shrubbery maze. 4. Run a few laps around Queen’s Park in the centre of town or along midtown’s Kay Gardner Beltline Park and Trail. 5. Encounter 150-year-old trees during a hike in one of the city’s leafy ravines. 6. Ski or snowboard at Centennial Park, a 2015 Pan Am Games locale in west-end Etobicoke. 7. Cycle along the waterfront’s Martin Goodman Trail. 8. Take in the lush, natural surroundings while hiking west-end High Park or east-end Rouge National Park. 9. Slather on your sunscreen and swim at the Blue Flag-certified Woodbine Beach. 10. Find your bliss with yoga in the park at Trinity Bellwoods. Photography:GohIromoto(Canoe) A Toronto ravine experience, explore, enjoy
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  24. 24. Speechless? We don’t blame you. Whether it’s your first time or 500th, the power and beauty of Niagara Falls always leaves you looking for words. Luckily, you’ll have plenty of time to find them exploring Ontario’s Niagara Parks. From the thundering waters of Journey Behind the Falls and White Water Walk, to the serenity of the Butterfly Conservatory, Botanical Gardens, and Niagara Glen nature trails. Enjoy our award winning golf courses and storied heritage sites in between, and then savour it all with our artisan restaurants, showcasing the amazing flavours of the Niagara region. Just a Quick Trip from Toronto, with Seasonal GO Bus and Train Service! Start planning your adventure today at niagaraparks.com/explore An agency of the Government of Ontario since 1885 ...
  25. 25. @SeeTorontoNow l VisitToronto TORONTO 2015 • 27 1. Pack your red nose and welcome Saint Nick at the 110th annual edition of The Santa Claus Parade, whose route weaves through several downtown neighbourhoods every November. 2. Embrace your inner Joannie Rochette with a tour around an outdoor skating rink. Three that offer both rentals and lockers are Nathan Phillips Square, the Natrel Rink at Harbourfront Centre and Celebration Square in Mississauga. 3. Brush up on your hockey-hero trivia, practise your slap shot or test your play- by-play skills behind the mic with a visit to the Hockey Hall of Fame. 4. Shop the European-style Toronto Christmas Market in The Distillery Historic District, where carollers, choirs and mulled wine enhance the “winterrific” vibe. experience, explore, enjoy 5. Join locals at Nathan Phillips Square in front of City Hall for the Cavalcade of Lights, the lighting of Toronto’s official Christmas tree, accompanied by a dance party, live music and fireworks. 6. Celebrate Ontario’s agricultural heritage at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, which takes place every tions res while ans d November. Top attrac include equestrian shows, butter sculptu and a petting farm. 7. Tackle your gift list discovering local artis at the One of a Kind Christmas Show an Sale, which boasts booths from 800-plus craftspeople, artists and designers. 8. Take in The National Ballet of Canada’s mesmerizing and perennially popular interpretation of the classic Christmas tale The Nutcracker. Charm youngsters with Ross Petty’s nutty annual pantomime over the holidays or treat yourself to a musical at one of the Mirvish theatres. 9. Book a table during Winterlicious to fill your belly for less with prix-fixe lunch and dinner steals at more than 200 of Toronto’s top restaurants. 10. Don your warmest boots and take the subway to High Park for a winter wonderland walk through the trees. 11. Brighten dark evenings and practise nighttime photography skills with a tour of Toronto’s most lit-up neighbourhoods, including Bloor-Yorkville, Downtown Yonge, Chinatown and Bloor West Village. 12. Admire the creativity of window-display designers at the Queen and Yonge flagship store of classic Canadian retailer Hudson’s Bay, where Christmas vignettes are unveiled every holiday season. 13. Get lost on purpose in the PATH, the world’s largest underground shopping complex, with 1,200 shops and services spread across more than 30 km (18.5 miles) throughout much of the downtown core. 14. Marvel at the artists’ skills at Icefest, Yorkville’s ice-sculpture festival, which features ice-carving demos and an on-street ice- skating performance. 15. Book some pamper-and-preen time at the Champagne Nail Bar, one of the indulgent amenities at Spa My Blend by Clarins at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel. Aqua therapy and a tea lounge are among the charms of the Stillwater Spa at the Park Hyatt Toronto Yorkville. Winter magic15 ways to heat up your visit. By Kat Tancock Christmas market
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  27. 27. @SeeTorontoNow l VisitToronto TORONTO 2015 • 29 Queen Street West Where the city comes alive. Exploring Toronto’s neighbourhoods heart of the city Bloor-Yorkville This well-loved shopping area has grown up and flourished since its days as a hippie hangout in the 1960s. Today, Bloor-Yorkville is home to Toronto’s Mink Mile, featuring top international names such as Tiffany Co., Gucci, Cartier and Prada alongside the best of Canada at Holt Renfrew, Harry Rosen and Roots. Yorkville’s bustling streets and cobbled lanes house designer boutiques, luxury hotels, galleries and fine dining, all surrounding one of the city’s top gathering spots at Village of Yorkville Park. Toronto’s neighbourhoods are the heart of the city. They pulse with life, and each has a personality all its own. A visit isn’t complete without exploring this matrix of culturally diverse regions that makes Toronto the vibrant, eclectic destination that it is. From century-old enclaves to the newest and most recently rejuvenated, there is always something fresh to discover just around the corner. Entertainment District By night, this downtown hub packs in plenty of the city’s hippest restaurants, theatres, bars and nightclubs. During the day, it’s just as lively, with popular attractions such as the CN Tower, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada and the TIFF Bell Lightbox, home to the Toronto International Film Festival. As you stroll, look beneath your feet to see the who’s who of entertainment immortalized with their own stars in the sidewalk that makes up Canada’s Walk of Fame.
  28. 28. 30 • TORONTO 2015 l www.SeeTorontoNow.com Flatiron building Queen West Welcome to funky town and the centre of all things cool and trendsetting. Somehow, the mix of textile stores, tattoo parlours, chic boutiques, loft spaces, vintage stores and bars is a harmonious one, creating a real neighbourhood where people actually live and play. It’s no surprise that Vogue magazine ranked West Queen Street West as the second-hippest district in the world. A new crop of chic watering holes, spas and indie fashion outlets stocking mostly Canadian designers is the latest addition to this wildly eclectic downtown hub. The Waterfront The Water’s Edge Promenade is the pathway to everything happening along the shore of Lake Ontario; it’s punctuated by unique mini-parks: Sherbourne Common, with its water sculptures, plus Sugar Beach, HTO Park and the Toronto Music Garden. Harbourfront Centre offers exciting arts and culture festivals, theatres, an international contemporary art venue (The Power Plant) and brand-new public spaces (Ontario Square and Canada Square). Catch a ferry to the nearby Toronto Islands to enjoy nature or visit the kiddie amusement park. Photography:AntenneSpringborn(KensingtonMarket), BradSaunders(Flatironbuilding) Downtown Yonge There’s plenty of fun to be had in the Yonge and Dundas area. It’s a prime spot for people-watching, catching a movie, dining and, of course, shopping at the landmark Toronto Eaton Centre, one of the most visited attractions in the city. Across the street, Yonge-Dundas Square serves as a dynamic venue for concerts, events, community celebrations and cappuccino sipping. On balmy days, it’s a blast to watch kids run through the numerous fountains dotted throughout the square. Kensington Market The world comes together here. Considered among the best street markets in North America, this dense cultural labyrinth of narrow streets houses a mix of Caribbean, Latin American, European, African and Middle Eastern shops and restaurants. Peppered within are vintage clothing stores, fishmongers, street musicians and cafés. This is the place to pick up everything from your favourite ’70s bands on vinyl to exotic produce to artisanal cheese. Old Town Toronto The city began in this neighbourhood, once home to the first parliament and ports. Nibble your way through St. Lawrence Market, rated as one of the top markets in the world, or browse through the North Market on a Sunday in search of an antique treasure. The well-preserved Victorian architecture serves as a great background for vacation photos. Sit and watch the black squirrels scurrying around St. James Park once you’ve had your fill of the shopping, theatres, galleries and restaurants in the area. Kensington Market
  29. 29. @SeeTorontoNow l VisitToronto TORONTO 2015 • 31 heart of the city Liberty Village Once dot-com central, Liberty Village has parlayed its tech cred into a growing residential community, with former factories from the industrial era being turned into trendy lofts. The revitalized Liberty Market Building is quickly becoming a local landmark, home to a growing mix of houses. An emerging art scene and modern eateries make this an area that’s equally welcoming to visitors and local residents. Church-Wellesley/The Gay Village Within the downtown core, this neighbourhood is the gathering place for the city’s LGBT community (Canada’s largest), but everyone is always welcome to visit its lively offerings of restaurants, shops, coffee houses and clubs. Every summer, it’s also action central with the arrival of Pride Week, a popular city-wide event that’s capped by the highly attended Pride Parade. Chinatown Photography:AntenneSpringborn(Chinatown) Chinatown at Spadina and Dundas The crowds come to this bustling area for its authentic Asian spirit found at the eateries, malls, markets and street vendors. Souvenir shopping is an adventure here, with imported goods from China, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam and beyond. Take a seat in one of the traditional Asian restaurants dishing out plates of fine (and budget-friendly) food. Find the flavours of Szechuan, Hunan, Mandarin, Cantonese and Vietnamese cuisines here, from bubble tea to pho (soup).
  30. 30. 32 • TORONTO 2015 l www.SeeTorontoNow.com Kite-flying at the beach The Danforth/GreekTown A walk along Danforth Avenue reveals Toronto’s rich Greek heritage, with traditional Greek grocers and restaurants. These mix seamlessly with trendy nightclubs and cafés that stay open late into the night. Street-front patios provide a perfect window onto the bustling scene. Linger longer and stay for dinner, too, so you can sample grilled souvlaki, saganaki (flaming cheese) and honey-soaked baklava. Little Italy Italian heritage runs deep, with family-owned- and-operated restaurants, gelaterias, bakeries and grocers lining the streets of this lively neighbourhood that’s home to a cultural mix of residents. Everyone loves this area of the city. The food attracts many, as authentic dishes taste like they were made by the Italian grandmother you always wish you had. A lively range of nightspots completes the picture. Corso Italia Centred around St. Clair and Dufferin, this neighbourhood also shows off its Italian roots with stores that feature the best of Italian fashion, produce and restaurants. The most authentic espresso this side of Rome and cannoli worth blowing any diet for make this a must-visit area. La dolce vita reaches a crescendo during the Corso Italia festival each summer, when “Eat, drink and be merry” is the prevailing theme. The Annex and Mirvish Village Surrounding the University of Toronto, bohemia rules in this student-populated and ethnically diverse neighbourhood. The landmark Honest Ed’s bargain department store at the corner of Bathurst and Bloor sets the tone, while budget- friendly restaurants, bookstores, quaint cafés and iconic bars keep this spot casual and full of a youthful spirit that’s entertaining no matter your age. The Beaches Enjoy the relaxed pace and the eclectic bohemian feel found among the sushi spots, froyo bars and quirky shops that line Queen Street East. Head toward the lake and pass lovingly tended cottage-style homes before roaming along the boardwalk, which gives visitors unencumbered views of Lake Ontario. Local sunbathers and swimmers gather here to celebrate summer in the city. GreekTown on the Danforth Photography:DougBrown(GreekTown),DanielTran(Beach)
  31. 31. @SeeTorontoNow l VisitToronto TORONTO 2015 • 33 The Financial District’s Toronto-Dominion Centre heart of the city Financial District/South Core/ PATH/The Underground City Look up, look way up, to view the monolithic skyscrapers of glass and steel that rule this neighbourhood. South of Union Station, which is undergoing extensive renovation, a new area is rising, with multiple condo and office towers around The Air Canada Centre and Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada. Beneath, an underground city awaits with 30 km (19 miles) of interconnecting passageways known as the PATH (the world’s most extensive underground network). It links 50 office towers, more than 1,200 stores, many of the city’s top restaurants, hotels and visitor attractions, and six subway stations, including Union Station train and bus terminal. Gerrard India Bazaar Bloor West Village and High Park Here in the city’s greenest neighbourhood, you can delight in eastern European pastries, coffee and culture. Expansive High Park attracts runners, walkers and people-watchers. Take your time and explore its manicured gardens, zoo, swimming pool, restaurants and vegetable gardens—a welcome oasis of calm. Check for events such as Shakespeare in High Park, an annual summer tradition. East Side A gradual evolution has turned these former working-class neighbourhoods into the sought-after communities that make Cabbagetown, Riverside and Leslieville true gathering places, thanks to a plethora of galleries, cafés and cozy restaurants. In the heart of Cabbagetown lies Riverdale Farm—complete with chickens, ducks, goats, cows and pigs—the perfect site for vacationing families who like a bit of country charm thrown in with the urban hum. Gerrard India Bazaar Home to the largest South Asian marketplace in North America, Gerrard India Bazaar (in Little India) is where Toronto’s Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan and Bangladeshi communities congregate. Browse for unique souvenirs among the traditional Indian greengrocers and sari and gift shops. When your shopping bags are filled, relax over wickedly good Indian cuisine that uses authentic flavours and cooking techniques. Photography:PaulBica(FinancialDistrict),PaulHenman(dancer)
  32. 32. 34 • TORONTO 2015 l www.SeeTorontoNow.com More to explore Shopping in Streetsville Vibrant, lively, historic, green—find it all in the cities and neighbourhoods beyond central Toronto. Name your experience, and you can have it here. Visit award-winning wineries, hit the links at an outstanding golf course, stroll through quaint cobblestone streets and browse chic shops and antique stores. Woodbine and Airport Area Standard arrivals and departures? Hardly. In this eclectic area, you can stay in a luxe hotel, sample innovative cuisine in sophisticated restaurants and shop at Woodbine Shopping Centre, where little ones flock to the indoor Fantasy Fair, featuring pint-sized rides. Adults can cheer on their favourite horses or play the slots (more than 2,500 to choose from!) at Woodbine Racetrack; the venue attracts some of the top racehorses in North America. Albion Islington Square This vibrant shopping district is a destination for shoppers looking for a bit of sparkle. It has Toronto’s highest concentration of jewellers specializing in gold and diamond designer jewellery. Brampton Brampton earned its Flower City moniker with its ever-blossoming flower festivals, award-winning flower beds and gorgeous floral displays. Garden Square in the heart of the historic downtown is a cultural hub, alive with outdoor Shakespeare, films and a weekly farmers’ market, right next to the Rose Theatre Brampton, home to top-tier theatre, musicals and symphony performances. Nearby, nature rules at the city’s picturesque Gage Park, with its skating and running trails; it’s adjacent to PAMA, the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archive, a vibrant new art space. Brampton’s diverse ethnic population, which boasts a strong South Asian community, means that restaurants offering authentic cuisine are abundant and well worth visiting. Streetsville Lively and rich in history, Mississauga’s scenic Village in the City sits on the banks of the Credit River. Here, you can enjoy modern comforts— shopping, spa treatments, relaxing with a latte at an inviting café—while admiring the largest concentration of historic buildings in Mississauga. An evening walking tour, conducted by candlelight, reveals the stories behind the charming facades and how the town has evolved, beginning with five mills established in its early days. The annual Bread Honey Festival pays homage to those roots. Gage Park Photography:SeanMarshall(GagePark) heart of the city
  33. 33. @SeeTorontoNow l VisitToronto TORONTO 2015 • 35 The famous Horseshoe Falls Port Credit lighthouse Port Credit Known as Mississauga’s Village on the Lake, Port Credit is situated at the mouth of the Credit River along the shores of Lake Ontario—making it one of the most picturesque areas in the province. It recently celebrated its 180th birthday. Its beginnings as a harbour town (receiving mainly grain and lumber) are still very much part of the present. Hikes along the 15-km (nine-mile) section of the Waterfront Trail show off the natural beauty of the area. Outdoorsy types can go fishing now that the salmon stock is flourishing in the Credit River. Meanwhile, explore the farmers’ market (Saturdays, from June to October) or browse boutiques well stocked with jewellery, crafts and fashion from local artisans. Niagara Region While the Falls themselves are spectacular enough to warrant a visit, the Niagara Region offers a dynamic year-round visitor experience. The best views come at the base of the Falls, aboard Hornblower Niagara Cruises. Museums with big names such as Ripley’s and Louis Tussaud (Madame’s great-grandson) are always a hit with the kids. A must-do? Explore the award- winning wineries, many of which offer inexpensive tastings and on-site restaurants dedicated to creating dishes that bring out the best flavours in the wine.
  34. 34. 36 • TORONTO 2015 l www.SeeTorontoNow.com Finding your feet How to get around town. AIRPORT 411 Toronto Pearson International Airport (code YYZ) is the main point of landing for most domestic and international flights. Toronto Pearson is 27 km (17 miles) west of downtown (about a half-hour drive). To get from the airport to downtown, you can: 1. Take the UP (Union Pearson) Express, a brand-new dedicated express rail service connecting Union station to Toronto Pearson, departing every 15 minutes. Fares cost up to $27.50 depending on destination and type of pass, go to UPExpress.com to find out more. 2. Hire a taxi or an airport limo: Look for the lineup signs for taxis. The average cost into the city is about $50. 3. Catch a shuttle bus: Many hotels offer airport shuttles, so check whether yours does. 4. Rent a car: You’ll find major car-rental outfits at both Terminal 1 and Terminal 3. Most are open daily from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m.  Alamo, 1-800-GO-ALAMO  Avis, 1-800-TRY-AVIS  Budget, 1-800-268-8900  Dollar, 1-800-800-4000  Enterprise, 1-800-261-7331  Hertz, 1-800-263-0600  National, 1-800-CAR-RENT  Thrifty, 1-800-THRIFTY Find detailed directions to the city at torontopearson.com. 5. Take public transit: You’ll save money if you take the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC). Catch the 192 Airport Rocket bus to Kipling subway station, or take the 52A Lawrence West bus to Lawrence West subway station. Both stations are on subway lines servicing the downtown core. Visit ttc.ca. Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (code YTZ), located on the Toronto Islands, services domestic, chartered and select U.S. flights. Billy Bishop is a short ferry ride from Toronto’s Harbourfront district, then mere minutes from downtown’s taxis and public transit. A tunnel is being built and will make the connection even faster (anticipated completion is early 2015). TRAVELLING BY BUS Toronto Coach Terminal is the main intercity bus depot, located downtown at 610 Bay St. GO Transit buses service inter-region travel in and around the Greater Toronto Area. The GO Transit bus hub is located at 140 Bay St. (at Front Street, just east of Union Station). Call 416-869-3200 for more information or visit gotransit.com. TRAVELLING BY TRAIN All trains arrive and depart from Union Station (65 Front St. W.). VIA Rail handles most of Canada’s intercity routes and connects to the U.S. via Amtrak. The Amtrak/VIA Maple Leaf route runs between New IMPORTANT FYIs  The legal drinking age is 19. Licensed establishments serve alcohol between 11 a.m. and 2 a.m.  To get married in Ontario, consenting partners aged 18 and older must first obtain a marriage licence. If you submit the application (available online) with two pieces of valid ID, along with the $140 fee, the licence can generally be processed within a day, after which it’s valid for 90 days. Same-sex marriage has been legal here since 2003. Find more info (including the application form) at settlement.org.  General retail hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., with some malls offering extended hours and some smaller boutiques closing earlier. Most shops and malls close earlier on Sundays.  Photography:SamJavanrouh
  35. 35. @SeeTorontoNow l VisitToronto TORONTO 2015 • 37 visitor resources York City and Toronto daily and takes around 12 hours, depending on the border wait. For more information: 1-888-VIA-RAIL and viarail.ca; 1-800-USA-RAIL and amtrak.com. GO Transit trains service inter-region travel in and around the Greater Toronto Area. The green-and-white trains operate from Union Station. Call 416-869-3200 for more information or visit gotransit.com. For general station information, call the Travellers’ Aid Society of Toronto at 416-366-7788. EXPLORING THE CITY  By Toronto Transit Commission (TTC): With four lines and 69 stops, Toronto’s subway system is easy to navigate. Maps are displayed on all subway cars and are available at station ticket booths. Subway stops connect to streetcar or bus routes that weave throughout the city and extend to the GTA (hold on to your paper transfer for free connections). Single fare is $3 for adults, $2 for students/seniors and 75 cents for children; keep in mind that drivers don’t provide change. You can save money by buying multiple tokens or tickets or a one-day or one-week transit pass. Single-day passes cost $11 and allow unlimited rides from the start of service until 5:30 the following morn- ing. On weekends and statutory holidays, the $11 day pass provides unlimited travel for a group of up to six people, with a maximum of two adults. Weekly passes, valid from Monday to Sunday, cost $39.25 for adults and $31.25 for students/ seniors. Visit ttc.ca or call 416-393-INFO for more information.  By GO Transit: For routes out of Toronto into neighbouring suburbs, check GO Transit bus and train schedules at gotransit.com.  By regional transit: Visiting Mississauga? Go to the Click n’ Ride route planner on mississauga. ca, type in your origin and destination, and the website will map out your best route. For route information in Brampton, visit Brampton Transit at brampton.ca.  By taxi: Toronto has numerous cab companies, and all charge the same base rate of $4.25, plus $1.75 per kilometre ($1.09 per mile) or 52 cents a minute. The easiest cab number to remember is 416-TAXICAB, which connects you to all taxi and airport-limo companies.  By bike: Renting a bike is easy. Keep an eye peeled for automated bike stands throughout the city. Bike rentals are ideal for shorter rides and are a great alternative to taxi jaunts. Grab a bike at one stand, then return it to another. Visit toronto.ca for a Toronto cycling map.  By foot: Toronto is a safe and walkable city. Look for trails throughout the parks, gardens and beaches; routes are outlined at toronto.ca. Explore the PATH, an easy-to-navi- gate system of underground walkways and shop- ping arcades that runs beneath the downtown core. The 30-km (19-mile) PATH connects six sub- way stations, major hotels and several attractions, including Union Station, Roy Thomson Hall, The Air Canada Centre, CN Tower, Toronto Eaton Centre, Queens Quay and City Hall. Maps are available at toronto.ca. TOURIST INFO + SERVICES FIND INFO: Visit the Ontario Travel Information Centre at the west end of Union Station (65 Front St. W.) in the Main Hall, near the Skywalk. Visit the Toronto desk in the centre for information to help you get the most out of your visit to Toronto. GET INSIDER ADVICE: The Toronto Greeter program (TAP into TO!) will send a volunteer to welcome visitors. By pairing guests and greeters with similar interests, the program offers newcomers a chance to connect with Toronto—and Torontonians—on a personal level and tap into the pulse of the city. Call 416-33-TAPTO for more info. MORE QUESTIONS? Call 311 Toronto at 416-392-CITY (2489), or dial 311 within city limits, from Monday to Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. TRAVEL AID Confused? Need assistance?  Travellers’ Aid Society of Toronto (TAS) at Union Station provides information on local transportation, attractions, current and future events and accommodations, as well as emergency assistance in travel-crisis situations. You can also call 416-366-7788 or visit travellersaid.ca.  Travellers Assistance Services of Toronto is a non-profit volunteer organization providing free tourist and referral information and assistance to Toronto visitors. Booths are run by volunteers at Toronto Coach Terminal and Toronto Pearson International Airport. 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  36. 36. @SeeTorontoNow l VisitToronto TORONTO 2015 • 39 DISCOVER TORONTOReady to discover Toronto? Use the next pages to plan a magical visit to one of the world’s most dynamic—and friendliest—lakeside cities. Find detailed info on Toronto’s top attractions, restaurants and shops, plus the scoop on transit. Each section is colour coded, so you can flip to exactly what you’re looking for. Let’s go! RESTAURANTS 82 RETAIL / SHOPPING 100 TOUR OPERATORS / TOURISM PARTNERS 108 TRANSPORTATION 110 ATTRACTIONS 48 ACCOMMODATIONS 40 BBs, RESIDENCES CAMPGROUNDS 45
  37. 37. Accommodations 40 • TORONTO 2015 l www.SeeTorontoNow.com Delta Toronto 75 Lower Simcoe St. 416-874-2066 1-888-890-3222 deltatoronto.com Nestled between The Air Canada Centre and the Rogers Centre and directly connected to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre’s South Building via the PATH, Delta Toronto is the anchor of the city’s coolest new neighbourhood, South Core (SoCo). You can do anything and everything just a few steps from our front doors.1680619135 DoubleTree by Hilton Toronto Downtown 108 Chestnut St. 416-977-5000 1-800-668-6600 torontodoubletree.com Located in Toronto’s financial, research, entertainment and shopping districts. Steps from City Hall/Nathan Phillips Square. 486 refreshed guest rooms and suites, and two world-class restaurants, Hemispheres and Lai Wah Heen. Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout.1399751 Drake Hotel 1150 Queen St. West 416-531-5042 1-866-372-5386 thedrakehotel.ca The Drake Hotel is a cultural, entertainment and hospitality landmark, known as an energetic hub for visual and performance art, as well as dining and hospitality. More than just a place to eat and sleep, the hotel is a hotbed for culture. Eaton Chelsea, Toronto 33 Gerrard St. W. 416-595-1975 1-800-CHELSEA (243-5732) eatonchelsea.com Steps from the city’s best attractions, theatre and shopping, featuring an on-site ticketing department, four restaurants/lounges, and separate adult/family recreation facilities, including the 130-ft. Corkscrew, downtown Toronto’s only indoor waterslide.1402295 Fairmont Royal York, The 100 Front St. W. 416-368-2511 1-800-441-1414 fairmont.com/royalyork A Toronto landmark, located in the heart of Toronto’s downtown shopping, entertainment and sightseeing districts, across from Union Station and connected to the underground city. Features 1,365 guest rooms.1401380 Four Seasons Hotel Toronto 60 Yorkville Ave. 416-964-0411; 1-800-268-6282 fourseasons.com/toronto Fashionably situated in the heart of Yorkville, Four Seasons Hotel Toronto is the location of choice for legendary service and award-winning cuisine. Experience the spectacular spa and culinary magic of international chef and restaurateur Daniel Boulud.1400156 Hotels Bond Place Hotel Downtown 65 Dundas St. E. 416-362-6061 1-800-268-9390 bondplace.ca Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, at Yonge-Dundas Square, across from the Toronto Eaton Centre. Ideal for leisure and corporate travel. Easy access to concerts, shopping, dining, universities, all hospitals and major attractions.1398836 Cambridge Suites Hotel 15 Richmond St. E. 416-368-1990 1-800-463-1990 cambridgesuitestoronto.com Recently renovated, all-suite, 4-star hotel, in the shopping, dining and entertainment districts, offers suites with a large living room, separate bedroom, private bath/dressing area and complimentary Wi-Fi.14029110 Comfort Inn Toronto City Centre 321 Jarvis St. 416-967-6781 choicehotels.ca/cn794 Unique hotel located in downtown Toronto. Minutes walk from the Toronto Eaton Centre and many of the Toronto attractions. 48 guest rooms with many amenities, free hot breakfast, high-speed Internet and 100% smoke-free environment. A great location for leisure and business travel.1575319622 Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Toronto 475 Yonge St. 416-924-0611; 1-800-847-5075 marriott.com/YYZCY The largest full-service Courtyard Marriott in the world! Located downtown next to shopping, entertainment, business, subway transit. Concierge, valet, fitness, pool. Coming summer 2015: new spacious guest rooms and meeting space.141898806 Courtyard by Marriott Toronto Airport 231 Carlingview Dr. 416-675-0411; 1-866-675-0411 courtyard.com/yyzap Close to Toronto Pearson International Airport and downtown, hotel is fully renovated and offers free wi- fi Internet, free airport shuttle, indoor pool, exercise facility and combined 2,700 sq. ft. of meeting space. The Bistro Restaurant features Starbucks and healthy breakfast and dinner options.1422411469 Delta Meadowvale Hotel and Conference Centre 6750 Mississauga Rd., Mississauga, Ont. 905-821-1981; 1-800-422-8238 deltameadowvale.com Only 18 km from Toronto Pearson International Airport, 40 km from downtown Toronto and 10 km away from Toronto Premium Outlets! Enjoy Quest’s appetizing menus. Work it off at Club Meadowvale, our 40,000-sq.-ft. fitness facility. Enjoy our 165-ft. Big Blue waterslide, outdoor/indoor saltwater pools, squash and tennis courts.14051150
  38. 38. @SeeTorontoNow l VisitToronto TORONTO 2015 • 41 Accommodations Hilton Toronto Airport Hotel Suites 5875 Airport Rd., Mississauga, Ont. 905-677-9900; 1-800-HILTONS toronto-apt.hilton.com Full-service hotel located across from Toronto Pearson International Airport, away from flight paths. Features 419 guest rooms and suites, complimentary wireless Internet in public areas and business centre, complimentary airport shuttle and fitness facilities. Re-opening May 2015: a brand-new indoor pool.14052155 Holiday Inn Express Toronto Downtown 111 Lombard St. 416-367-5555; 1-877-660-8550 hiexpress.com/torontodtwn Offering 196 well-appointed rooms in the heart of downtown Toronto, within walking distance to theatres, shopping districts and major attractions. Limited underground parking available (height 6'1). Free deluxe hot continental breakfast buffet, high- speed Internet.1401174 Holiday Inn Mississauga Toronto West 100 Britannia Rd. E. Mississauga, Ont. 905-890-5700; 1-877-307-6667 hitorontowest.ca Offering 138 premium rooms in the heart of Mississauga. Guest rooms come complete with all the amenities travellers expect in a full-service hotel. Conveniently located one block south of Hwy. 401, off Hurontario.1429213945 Hilton Garden Inn Toronto City Centre 200 Dundas St. E. 416-362-7700; 1-877-316-9951 torontocitycentre.hgi.com Boutique downtown hotel; walking distance to the Toronto Eaton Centre, Yonge-Dundas Square, subway, theatres, Massey Hall, Ryerson University and St. Michael’s Hospital. Free Wi-Fi, indoor pool, fridge/microwave, and morning shuttle within 3 km. Inspired meeting facilities and service.141959152 Hilton Garden Inn Toronto Downtown 92 Peter St. 416-593-9200 torontodowntown.hgi.com Boutique-style hotel in the heart of Toronto’s vibrant Entertainment District and only steps away from the bustling financial, business and shopping districts, as well as Toronto’s most popular theatres and restaurants. On-site restaurant and meeting facilities available.1456118441 Hilton Toronto 145 Richmond St. W. 416-869-3456; 1-800-267-2281 toronto.hilton.com The award-winning Hilton Toronto offers an urban oasis in the heart of downtown Toronto, between Canada’s Financial District and the city’s vibrant Entertainment District. Steps from shopping and attractions. Experience the hotel’s warm, sophisticated interiors, whether travelling for business or seeking adventure!14048146 ar ular • CN Tower • Royal Ontario Museum • Casa Loma • Toronto Zoo • Ontario Science Centre TORONTO - Good for 9 days - Skip most ticket lines 46%5 famous attractions Buy at these attractions Pricing and programs subject to change. Connect with CityPASS (888) 330-5008 or citypass.com Applicable sales tax not included $ 67 $ 41 ONLY Ages 4-12 26 CAD 15 CAD 1/ 2 AD
  39. 39. Accommodations 42 • TORONTO 2015 l www.SeeTorontoNow.com Toronto’s premier boutique hotel located in the Entertainment District, it offers convenient access to business, commerce and the arts.1424012457 Hyatt Regency Toronto on King 370 King St. W. 416-343-1234; 1-800-233-1234 hyattregencytoronto.com Located in the heart of the Entertainment District, the hotel offers 394 guest rooms, restaurant, café, lounge, outdoor pool, sauna, fitness room, underground parking and spa services.14050148 InterContinental Toronto Centre 225 Front St. W. 416-597-1400; 1-800-422-7969 ictc.ca Located on Front Street, connected to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, within steps of top attractions, and features 586 exceptional guest rooms and suites with stunning city and lake views, 18,000 sq. ft. of meeting and event space, the 4-diamond Azure Restaurant Bar and the Spa InterContinental.1401686 InterContinental Toronto Yorkville 220 Bloor St. W. 416-960-5200; 1-800-267-0010 toronto.intercontinental.com Featuring 208 guest rooms and suites. Atrium- enclosed pool and fitness centre, award-winning Signatures Restaurant, SkyLounge (a seasonal outdoor patio), Proof Vodka Bar, 24-hr. in-room private dining, wireless Internet.14027107 International Plaza Hotel + Conference Centre Toronto Airport 655 Dixon Rd. 416-244-1711; 1-800-668-3656 internationalplazahotel.com Minutes from Toronto Pearson International Airport, with complimentary 24-hr. shuttle service, 20 minutes to downtown Toronto. With 433 guest rooms and suites, five restaurants, including full-service Starbucks, indoor pool with 2 giant waterslides, shops, fitness centre, Zen Spa. Business centre, and free Wi-Fi throughout.14049147 Marriott Bloor Yorkville, Toronto 90 Bloor St. E. 416-961-8000; 1-800-859-7180 marriottbloor.com Located in downtown’s upscale neighbourhood of Yorkville, with direct underground access to the subway system and steps from world-class shopping. A 4-diamond deluxe 258-room property, including suites and concierge level. Valet parking, health club and Matisse Restaurant Bar.1400562 Marriott Toronto Downtown Eaton Centre 525 Bay St. 416-597-9200; 1-800-905-0667 marriotteatoncentre.com A warm and intimate upscale downtown hotel located next to great shopping at the Toronto Eaton Centre. Minutes to theatres, restaurants, galleries and sports. Experience spacious guest rooms, well- appointed meeting space and attentive service. Holiday Inn Toronto Airport East 600 Dixon Rd. 416-240-7511; 1-800-491-4656 hitorontoairport.ca Warm and friendly staff await you at Holiday Inn Toronto Airport East. This 191-room hotel is well known for its outstanding service and attention to detail. Minutes away from Toronto Pearson International Airport. Complimentary Wi-Fi, airport shuttle, solarium pool, fitness facility and business centre.1421610450 Holiday Inn Toronto Bloor Yorkville 280 Bloor St. W. 416-968-0010; 1-800-HOLIDAY (465-4329) hitorontoblooryorkville.ca The Holiday Inn Toronto Bloor Yorkville is fashionably located near the University of Toronto, in downtown Toronto’s Yorkville area. Comfortable, homey and award-winningly clean—your stay, your way.1400461 Holiday Inn Toronto Downtown Centre 30 Carlton St. 416-977-6655; 1-800-367-9601 holidayinn.com/torontocentre Centrally located in downtown Toronto, this property offers 513 guest rooms, including 25 modern suites, and impeccable hospitality. The Carlton Restaurant and Thirty Bar Lounge, Starbucks, parking, gift shop, spa, indoor pool and fitness facility. Steps from public transit. Complimentary wireless Internet.1399853 Holiday Inn Toronto International Airport 970 Dixon Rd. 416-675-7611; 1-800-524-8436 holidayinn.com/yyz-intlapt Warm, inviting, comfortable. Minutes from Toronto Pearson International Airport, away from flight path. Enjoy free wireless Internet, indoor/outdoor saltwater pools, free airport shuttle, fitness centre, whirlpool, sauna and the Metropolitan Restaurant and Bar.14080326 Hotel Carlingview Toronto Airport 221 Carlingview Dr. 416-675-3303; 1-877-675-3303 carlingview.ca Conveniently located near Toronto’s airport and highways 401/427, the beautifully renovated property offers complimentary breakfast pastries and coffee, airport shuttle and high-speed Wi-Fi Internet. A whole new Hotel Carlingview Toronto Airport awaits!1427813930 Hôtel Le Germain Maple Leaf Square 75 Bremner Blvd. 416-649-7575; 1-888-940-7575 germainmapleleafsquare.com Toronto’s second Hôtel Le Germain. Located just steps from The Air Canada Centre, home of the Toronto Maple Leafs (hockey) and the Toronto Raptors (basketball) and a venue for Toronto’s hottest events and shows, the hotel is at the heart of it all.1463819006 Hôtel Le Germain Toronto 30 Mercer St. 416-345-9500; 1-866-345-9501 hotelboutique.com A unique 122-room hotel featuring contemporary style with special attention to guest service.
  40. 40. @SeeTorontoNow l VisitToronto TORONTO 2015 • 43 Accommodations Renaissance Toronto Downtown Hotel 1 Blue Jays Way 416-341-7100; 1-800-237-1512 renaissancetorontodowntown.com Part of the Marriott family of brands, Renaissance provides a refreshing experience. Built into the Rogers Centre, this hotel is situated in the heart of Toronto’s Entertainment District and right next to the CN Tower, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, and the best theatres, restaurants and shopping.1398937 Residence Inn by Marriott Toronto Airport 17 Reading Crt. 416-798-2900; 1-888-798-2977 residenceinntorontoairport.com Perfect for extended stays, the hotel offers 137 one- and two-bedroom suites featuring fully equipped kitchens, dining and living areas with a work desk, complimentary high-speed Internet and voice mail. Indoor pool, exercise room and whirlpool.1434715310 Residence Inn Toronto Downtown/ Entertainment District 255 Wellington St. W. 416-581-1800 marriott.com/yyztd Excellent all-suite hotel. Spacious suites with full kitchens. Complimentary inclusions: daily hot buffet breakfast, Wi-Fi, evening social (Tues. and Wed.), and grocery shopping services. Located in the heart of the Entertainment District, close to major attractions.1444017362 Shangri-La Hotel Toronto 188 University Ave. 647-788-8888 shangri-la.com/toronto/shangrila Shangri-La is redefining Toronto’s city centre; it has become the centre of all things innovative in the luxury segment. Located steps away from Toronto’s most prestigious theatres, the Entertainment District and the Financial District of Canada. The hotel has become the leading luxury-provider epicentre of the Greater Toronto Area.1467019176 Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel 123 Queen St. W. 416-361-1000; 1-800-325-3535 sheratontoronto.com Features 1,377 guest rooms and a new club level. Central location with direct access to underground city. Indoor/outdoor pool, Senses Spa, fitness centre, 24-hr. room service, business centre, DataValet connection and award-winning restaurants.14044140 Sheraton Gateway Hotel in Toronto International Airport Terminal 3, Toronto AMF 905-672-7000; 1-800-325-3535 sheraton.com/torontoairport Connected to Terminal 3 of Toronto Pearson International Airport. Over 450 spacious soundproof rooms offering the latest in modern amenities. The ultimate convenience is being the only hotel on airport property. Perfect for business and people travelling with young children.1422311405 Novotel Toronto Centre 45 The Esplanade 416-367-8900 1-800-NOVOTEL novoteltorontocentre.com With a European flavour, whether you are staying for business or pleasure, the hotel offers a variety of services to make any stay exceptional. Conveniently located steps from the Hockey Hall of Fame, Harbourfront and Union Station, the hotel is in a historic district.14081327 Novotel Toronto Mississauga Centre 3670 Hurontario St., Mississauga 905-896-1000 novotelmississauga.com Novotel creates environments designed for travelling people to feel naturally good...your home away from home. Experience new guest rooms offering contemporary colours and style, warm atmosphere, wireless Internet and ergonomic furniture to ensure superb comfort. Park Hyatt Toronto 4 Avenue Rd. 416-925-1234 1-800-233-1234 parkhyatttoronto.com Located in fashionable Yorkville, across from the Royal Ontario Museum, the Park Hyatt features the award-winning Stillwater Spa and the legendary Roof Lounge.1400664 Quality Suites Toronto Airport 262 Carlingview Dr. 416-674-8442; 1-877-755-4900 choicehotels.ca/cn309 Closest all-suite, full-service hotel to Toronto Pearson International Airport. Spacious suites feature large living/dining area and separate king-size bedroom. Complimentary high-speed Internet. Home to Graffiti’s Italian Eatery Saloon, an area favourite.1430413965 Radisson Admiral Hotel – Toronto Harbourfront 249 Queens Quay W. 416-203-3333 1-800-333-3333 radissonadmiral.com Stunning boutique-style hotel with spectacular unobstructed views of Lake Ontario. It is complemented by contemporary guest rooms and studios, a newly renovated restaurant and lounge, a heated outdoor pool and an on-site fitness centre.1401483 Radisson Suite Hotel Toronto Airport 640 Dixon Rd. 416-242-7400 1-800-333-3333 radisson.com/torontoca_airport Located right beside public transit and close to Toronto Pearson International Airport, this hotel features one-bedroom suites, each with a separate living room and bedroom area. This pet-friendly hotel features complimentary high-speed Internet and airport shuttle service.1429813958
  41. 41. Accommodations 44 • TORONTO 2015 l www.SeeTorontoNow.com The Westin Harbour Castle 1 Harbour Sq. 416-869-1600; 1-800-228-3000 westinharbourcastletoronto.com On Toronto’s waterfront, steps from downtown attractions with endless options. Relax at this CAA/AAA 4-diamond hotel, enjoy impeccable service, magnificent views, and healthy cuisine with superfoods and gluten-free options. Indoor pool, WestinWorkout fitness studio, tennis court, personal trainer, aquafit classes, spa and Westin Kids Club.1400360 Thompson Toronto 550 Wellington St. W. 416-640-7778; 1-888-550-8368 thompsonhotels.com/hotels/thompson-toronto Thompson Toronto is located in the eclectic art and design neighbourhood of King West Village. This luxury hotel features 102 guest rooms with floor- to-ceiling windows, exceptional views, and multiple dining options.1459018758 Toronto Airport Marriott 901 Dixon Rd. 416-674-9400; 1-800-905-2811 torontoairportmarriott.com Experience warm and hospitable service at Toronto Airport Hotel by Marriott; premier airport hotel offering impeccable guest rooms, spacious meeting rooms, and indoor pool within a sunlit solarium environment. Enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner in Bistro West by East.14045143 Travelodge Hotel Toronto Airport 925 Dixon Rd. 416-674-2222; 1-888-483-6887 travelodgedixon.com This award-winning hotel features 283 well- appointed guest rooms, including business class and executive guest rooms. Minutes from Toronto Pearson International Airport. Featuring complimentary 24-hr. airport shuttle, executive lounge, business centre, indoor heated pool and sauna, oversize fitness centre and Wi-Fi.141861663 Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel and Conference Centre 801 Dixon Rd. 416-675-6100; 1-800-668-1444 sheratontorontoairport.com Featuring 249 guest rooms and suites. Overlooking a golf course and Toronto Pearson International Airport, 20 minutes to downtown Toronto. Olio: A Mediterranean Grille, indoor pool, 24-hr. fitness centre, car rental. Complimentary shuttle every 25 minutes.14026104 Super 8 Hotel Downtown Toronto 222 Spadina Ave., 3rd Floor 647-426-8118; 1-877-542-3853 super8downtowntoronto.com Featuring 92 spacious guest rooms, offering king- or queen-size beds. Microwave, fridge and safe. Complimentary SuperStart Breakfast. Located in Chinatown/Entertainment/Fashion District, close to major Toronto attractions and shopping. Public transit right outside front door. Fitness centre and underground parking ($19 per day).1444817457 The Omni King Edward Hotel 37 King St. E. 416-863-9700 omnihotels.com/toronto Our new guest rooms pay homage to a proud history as Toronto’s first luxury hotel. The oversize rooms combine regal elegance and comfort, enriching the guest experience. Close to area attractions, our dedicated Clefs D’Or Concierges will ensure a personalized and memorable visit.1399545 The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto 181 Wellington St. W. 416-585-2500 ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/Toronto Among Toronto’s finest luxury hotels, The Ritz- Carlton, Toronto welcomes guests to the heart of the city’s financial and performing arts districts with a world-class spa, exceptional dining, impeccable service and 263 luxurious guest rooms and suites. In this downtown Toronto hotel, urban design and natural elements combine in harmony.1458518619 The Strathcona Hotel 60 York St. 416-363-3321; 1-800-268-8304 thestrathconahotel.com In the heart of downtown, steps to world-class entertainment venues, shopping, sports, the Financial District and the city’s must-see attractions. Newly renovated, modern guest rooms boast the latest in comfort.14119658 The Westin Bristol Place Toronto Airport Hotel 950 Dixon Rd. 416-675-9444; 1-800-937-8461 westintorontoairport.com Convenient location near Toronto Pearson International Airport, featuring 287 elegant rooms. Comfortable atmosphere, attentive staff and top- rated dining at Zachary’s Lounge. Services include complimentary shuttle service, business centre, indoor pool, fitness centre and Internet access.14024100
  42. 42. @SeeTorontoNow l VisitToronto TORONTO 2015 • 45 BBs, Residences Campgrounds bike trails, pedal boat/canoe rentals, trailer rentals. Wi-Fi at the chalet.148331103 Glen Rouge Campground 7450 Kingston Rd. 1-855-811-0111 (Canada U.S.) 905-280-2287 (International) trcacamping.ca In the Rouge Park system, Glen Rouge is the only campground within the City of Toronto. Camping for tents, trailers and RVs. Easy highway and transit access. Serviced/unserviced sites.1434115250 Indian Line Tourist Campground 7625 Finch Ave. W. Brampton, Ont. 1-855-811-0111 (Canada U.S.) 905-280-2287 (International) trcacamping.ca Closest campground to downtown Toronto, with excellent public transit and highway access; 260 RV and tent sites; hydro and water hookups, showers, laundry facilities, swimming pool, store and playground.1399342 Guest Homes / Furnished Guest Apartments Glen Grove Residences Various locations in the Greater Toronto Area 416-489-8441 1-800-565-3024 glengrove.com Glengrove brand has been a pioneer in short- and long-term furnished accommodations for over 30 years. Our beautifully located collection of suites in Toronto are designed to delight.1645920599 JJ Private Residences Suites Premium downtown locations 647-347-3457 FurnishedRentalSuites.com Located in the heart of the Entertainment District in downtown Toronto, these exceptionally furnished suites offer great accommodation options with the luxury and comfort of home. Superb amenities and outstanding service. Short- and long-term stays, all at great-value rates.1471419274 Victoria’s Mansion Guest House 68 Gloucester St. 416-921-4625 victoriasmansion.com Charming rooms offer private bathroom, free Wi-Fi, phone, fridge, microwave, coffee maker, TV, A/C, daily maid service. Laundry and parking available. Close to theatres, shopping, dining, etc. $69 to $169.141551205 Residences, Dormitories Hostels Centennial College Residence Conference Centre 940 Progress Ave. 416-438-2216 stayrcc.com Offering a convenient location and professionally styled suites, each with its own private bath. Suites BB Houses / Registries Annex Quest House 83 Spadina Rd. 416-922-1934 annexquesthouse.com Tranquil, environmentally sensitive midtown retreat. Unique “Vastu” South-Asian designed rooms with free Wi-Fi, fridge, coffee maker, snacks. Laundry and parking. Steps to subway, Yorkville, universities, Bloor Street shopping, 24-hr. restaurants, theatres and museums.1431714278 Bonnevue Manor 33 Beaty Ave. 416-536-1455 bonnevuemanor.com Bonnevue Manor – Best-value bed and breakfast accommodation, including hotel-style studio condominiums, all amenities at Bloor/Yonge/Yorkville and at Fort York—next door to Exhibition Place and the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.1659220622 By The Park BB and Short Term Rental 92 Indian Grove 416-520-6102 bythepark.ca Vegetarian/vegan BB and vacation/business rental located in High Park/Roncesvalles/Liberty Village areas of Toronto. Just a few minutes’ ride to the city centre. Rates from $79 + 13% tax. Weekly rates: 20% discount. Winner of TripAdvisor “Certificate of Excellence” for 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014.1442117146 Feathers Bed Breakfast 132 Wells St. 416-534-1923 bbcanada.com/html Single, $85 to $110; double, $110 to $120 (ensuite bath, kitchenette). Elegant, award-winning Victorian downtown home. Charming rooms with many amenities. Five-minute walk from subway, cafés, theatre and antique shops. Close to Royal Ontario Museum, Yorkville, University of Toronto.14127726 Philomena Dave Bed Breakfast 31 Dalton Rd. 416-962-2786 647-500-9745 (text) bbcanada.com/html Single, $60; double, $80. Elegant, affordable and comfortable home located in central Toronto. Oak woodwork, stained-glass windows and very comfortable beds. Walk to many major attractions. Reservations required. Call the main line or send a text to 647-500-9745.14112579 Campgrounds Albion Hills Conservation Area/Campground Hwy. 50, 8 km north of Bolton Caledon, Ont. 1-855-811-0111 (Canada U.S.) 905-280-2287 (International) trcacamping.ca 1,100 acres of green space. 234 scenic sites. Hydro and water hookups, showers, laundry, fishing, pool and splash pad overlooking lake, hiking/mountain

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